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AMT White Western Star (first time builder)

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Hi, This might look finished but there's still a couple of things to go (that's why I'm posting here in workbench). This is my first attempt at a truck (previously done a couple of WWI aircraft recently) and other odds and sods about 30years ago.

This is pretty much out of the box but I have taken some liberties with the decal placement as (1) the instructions don't give you much help and (2) I have no idea where they would go on a real truck! haha.

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This is a mockup with the sleeper...

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I have a couple of questions though (not being all that familiar with big rigs):

1) How many brake lines should this have and what colour? I think I have seen trucks with 2 and some with 3?

2) Also where do they snake back to? Somewhere under the cab or engine bay?

3) The chrome luberfiner (oil cooler?) on the left side - should that have a couple of hoses coming out of the bottom?

4) Any tips on decal/placard placement would be appreciated (although probably too late for this build), especially all the number plate variants etc (I am in New Zealand so obviously don't see these around every day).

Thanks for your help

And one more (minor) one - they say paint the thing that holds the brake lines a brass colour which looks cool but just curious - in real life that big pole wouldn't all be brass would it?

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Nice Star !

The pole you mention is nicknamed a "pogostick" and is also called a hose tenna. It would be brass color (the color notations on the instructions were prepared by me), the tenna really isn't brass. They could also be chromed or painted chassis color. The trailer hoses would be two air and one electrical line. They typically route under the cab to the air system, the instrument panel controls and the engine. In the old-days, all the trailer connections would be black.

The Luberfiner (that's a brand name for an oil filter) would have 2 hoses coming from the bottom (intake and return) that run from the oil system on the engine.

License plates until the mid 1980's in the USA and Canada would be a-plenty on the front of the truck. Cross-country trucks could have a dozen or so on the front. More typical would be 3 or 4 plus a "bingo card" plate (the one with the little colored rectangles). The front bumper and front of the fenders below the headlamps were good for mounting plates. Since your truck is the NorthWest trucking, you could probably get away with the Washington and British Columbia plates.

I'm glad to see your cab and hood lined up. The alignment can be tricky with this kit (same for the Diamond Reo and White Road Boss).

Here's my version - looking very similar to yours but really dirty.

Tim

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Hey thanks Tim,

Soooo that's your truck - I was using that for reference on my build - cheers.

Yeah I had to jiggle the cab a bit to get it to fit properly. I enjoyed the build overall only tricky parts I found were the fitting of the hood/hinges and fitting the mirrors.

One other thing I noticed, I found the rear axles way too long so had to trim them down.

Thanks again for the info - thats a big help. I'll be able to finish her off now.

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Great job on your first truck, I do hope you build a few more

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Steven, very nice work!

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Yeah, some of the metal axles have come out way too wide. It is almost automatic for me to trim them anymore. Even on a few original AMT kits they were too wide.

Tim

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Soooo that's your truck - I was using that for reference on my build - cheers.

When it comes to Peterbilt Tim is the specialist :):) . Your model looks real good for a first time builder of trucks. I'm from Holland and in our country US trucks are very rare. This is due to weight regulations.

Hessel

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Looks great nice job on the "star" keep them coming :D

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Awesome work for your first truck...You display an array of skills with this kit....It looks very good...And you'd be well advised to listen to Tim....His site has an incredible selection of quality builds...Keep it up, Man...

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WOW well done thats cool for a first rig build keep it up . Just as a little tip you may want to paint the inside of your sleeper in a dark colour this will stop that opake look when you look through the windows B)

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Thans for all the comments guys - I appreciate it.

Doobie - great tip! Only thing is I glued the sleeper on yesterday so I don't have access to the inside (@#$%^*&.......) I just went out and had a look and yes it looks like poo with the clear windows and white interior (can't believe I didn't notice it before).

I think I'll try and 'smoke' up those widows somehow with varnish or nail polish or something - any tips?

Apart from that it's pretty much finished, just got to put the ac unit on and 'plumb' it.

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Looks real good,another tip sand your tires makes them more realistic. Nice work.

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A little trick Ive used once of twice is to get some blank film negatives cut the film to the size of your window and then get some wood glue PVA and stick the film on the outside of your window . This solves both probs of not being able to get in to the sleeper and gives you tinted windows

P/S make sure you use the shiny side facing out on you film

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Doobie you're a legend mate! ;) great tip on the window tint using old film negative (I had to search the 'digital' house but eventually found some). All done, so published a few photo's over here

http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=69201

Thanks again to everyone!

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