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Scott Colmer

FXI Trucking Hot Rod Peterbuilt.

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Good gravy, Man....This is awesome....From beginning up to this point, there has been some phoenominal work done....Awesome....

Edited by kilrathy10

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It's been a year and a half since this project got tucked away for school, and new career and a house remodel. It's back on the bench now and here is where I am at.

Today I finished the bracing on the inside of the bed. It's pretty intricate. I still need to add the mounting brackets.

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I also got a start on the valve cover. I couldn't find any replicas out there. I learned from the crew here on the Truckers page that they are a one year only item. At this point I have no way to make uppercase/lowercase lettering, so I will have to settle for the all uppercase ones that I have. Hopefully, I can produce one and cut a deal with a resin caster to make a set. 

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Thanks for looking.

Time to grade papers.

Scott

 

Edited by Scott Colmer

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Well its been awhile, but you've made some nice progress !

 

 

Be Well

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It been over 2 years?! Wow. Well, I have been working on this. I want to finish it.

Here we have the engine I am replicating. You can just see to T/F blower on top. My biggest problem was the valve covers and heads. I could not fin them in 1:25 scale. I had to make my own, which took a good deal of work. To save time I also decided to try my hand a resin casting. The masters are pretty good. I could not get the upper/lower case lettering in the pic, so I grafted in all upper case from a donor set. The raised letters are a little lighter than I would like, but that is the best I could do. 

Casting was a learning experience. My first resin cast was goopy. I learned I should not have sprayed the silicone mold with silicone spray. They do not like each other. I made a second valve cover mold and things are looking better. 

Here is the 1:1

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Here are the molds with a fresh pour starting to solidify, masters, some castings, some of those chrome plates and breather vents on the right waiting for alclad.

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Next is getting the blower up to snuff. I shaved the ribs and I am making new ones with the correct count and spacing. The technique is to lightly CA glue a block of sheet and shape the whole thing. Then I use debonder to separate them. It worked 1/2 the time. One side did not debond, so I had to shape them one at a time.

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Until next time.

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 Nice work on those castings !

 

 

Be Well

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