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Custom Western Star

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I started out with Amts white western star, not liking the look I wanted to change it to a 1979 western star.

I coped down the frame to a single drive with airbags and not liking that..... I did the unthinkable

Here is what i have so far

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I have more pictures of the lowered frame,just need to upload then

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looks good so far.

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A Hotrod WS with a DD, I like it!

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looking good..

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Looks pretty good, Man....Nice mods....

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thanks guys going to post some more pictures tonight

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Pictures of the custom frame..... I don't know if it would work or not but this is what i have.

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I put a window shade on the back window

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The motor detroit 8v71 diesel out of the amt chev cab-over

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(the stuff wrapped around the exhaust pipe is 3m medipore tape for a "heat shield"

I don't think it is big enough!! hehehehe

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Thanks for looking

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  • Very cool!

Sort of reminds me of the old Great American Truck Racing type rigs of the 70's/80's but with a single axle.

Richard Murtaugh (sp?) had one called the "Flying Star" I think in the early 1980's though I have not been able to run across a picture of it.

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Found it. #33. 1988 was the last year of the GATR series and by then they were on dirt, fenders gone, and single axle. Enjoy. Will be neat to see what you come up with.

Edited by olsbooks

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man thats cool

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this is a cool single axle truck

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Just mocked up for the time being

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Still need to fix the other side of the hood to make it into a western star

Also if anyone remembers me asking about "How to get a western star grill"

That is the only thing that is holding me back from finishing the build... I have a idea of just bare metal foiling the grill surround and putting the white western star grill for the inside but I dont know if that would work... So share any ideas that you have for me

http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=79020#entry1005361

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I am thinking (and that is usually dangerous) that in the early 80's the grille "bars" were fixed to the front of the radiator when the hood tilted. If that is true, then fabricating vertical bars would not be too bad. After that I would try and print your own decal. Actually make several. Put one on a piece of .005 plastic stock. Once dry, then it would make trimming it a bit easier since it would act as a template. Just thinking out loud.

Italeri makes a 1/24 Assue style road train unit so that probably would work if budget allows. The kit number is ITA 719

I really like this thing you are building. Always wanted to build something like this to actually drive around.

Keep up the good work!

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thanks man for the idea

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