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How accurate is the AMT Freightliner COE model?

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Are there any accuracy issues that need addressed?

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they were custom made to order trucks ,so most stuff is good.The headlighs are molded to high on the cab and the front axle is too wide.The instructions tell you to mount the cab tilt pump in the wrong place ,it should be mounted horizontal inbetween the 2 left fueltank mounts

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The headlight misplacement makes a big difference. Most have accepted for over 35 years. The modelers that have corrected that flaw have turned out great looking models.

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Headlights need to come down- this is how they look unmodified, from the kit-

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Here's a real one- note that the bottom of the headlamp bezels are about even with the bottom of the upper grille panel.

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And yes, the front axle is also a bit wide (as can be seen in the pic of the model).

You might also want to look into changing the side step setup- from what I've seen and have been told, the ladder-type side steps used in the AMT kit weren't very common.

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The steps AMT used are prototypes that were only on a few trucks mostly for truck shows. I've only ever seen one truck with them. The correct style of steps are available from Porky at P & P vintage kits. You could also fill in the opening and use the small stirup steps that were standard. A quick google search of 1972 Freightliners will yield a gold mine of info.

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the widenes of the front axle have i changed to remove backingplate

looks better part nr5

it works whit my old freightliner

next time i wil try the headlights

jacobus

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shave down the interior , it is a bit big .

Edited by Mr mopar

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what's the easy way to move the head lights down ?

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what's the easy way to move the head lights down ?

Hey Mark the easy way to do the headlights is cut off the corners and fill in the holes and the take some plastic tubing and make corners from it , then cut out your new holes for the head lights, just below where the kit one were. hope this helps you out.

Doug

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Thanks Doug and Aaron , I'll give it a try after I get my Peterbilt done.

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Sand down the peep window. Did a test fit last night and the cab had a budge.Don't forget the thickness of the clear peep window as well.

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