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  1. Hey all

      I've been wondering if any of you have had a problem with Kootenay 3D model parts in Canada? He has some really nice looking stuff for trucks in 1/24-25 and 1/16 scales. 

      My problem is that I placed an order with him in The end of January and I still have not received my order. He sent me a tracking number, finally, after a month and a half. When I look it up it says "number created, not in system yet". This is a pretty crappy way of doing business.

    Ron G 

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  2. Hey everyone 

      I started this build about a year ago and I'm still in the process of getting it done. It is a scratch built XL Specialized RGN XL120 Lowboy, XL120 jeep and stinger. Here are some pictures for you to look at.

    20210223_170854.jpgThis view shows the tractor, jeep, trailer and stinger with the bottom half of a scratch built Cat 374D excavator sitting on it. This setup is almost 6 foot long!

    20210223_170910.jpgThis is the truck, it's the 359 Peterbilt from the Revell "Can Do" wreaker kit modified into a heavy haul tractor.

    20210223_170933.jpgThis is the scratch built XL120 jeep. 

    20210223_170950.jpgThis is the scratch built XL120 Lowboy and Cat 374D.

    20210223_171005.jpgRear of trailer.

    20210226_162217.jpgLanding gear for the stinger.

    20210219_152125.jpgThis view shows the plumbing on the rear of the trailer.

    20210219_152206.jpgThis view shows the rear suspension and plumbing. Suspension is from Moluminum.

    20210116_165133.jpgThis is the lift cylinder for when you unhook the goose neck. It rides on the frame of the tractor so you can remove it from the deck for loading equipment.

    20210116_165228.jpgThis view shows the goose neck, main cylinders, lift cylinder and the pony motor for the hydraulics. The front of the goose neck is flip able.

    20210116_120346.jpgPony motor and hydraulic tank. The motor is 3D printed and everything else is scratch built.

    20210102_192647.jpgThese are the main cylinders.

    20210101_183436.jpgThis view shows the rear of the goose neck pivot and how it attaches to the deck of the trailer.

    20210226_162251.jpgThis is the stinger, it has air & hydraulics for adding pressure to the rear of the Lowboy and to lift it up. Like I said I started this a while ago and haven't done much on it recently. I have more pictures if you guys are interested.

    Ron G 

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  3. Hey all 

     Some more work done on this build.

    20240115_164435.jpgDrivers side view of the rear of the frame. I painted the 8 air bags with Tamiya rubber black 

    20240115_164512.jpgPassenger side view of the rear of the frame.

    20240115_164539.jpgThis view shows the brake canisters that I painted a goldish color and aluminum.

    20240115_164708.jpgFront view of the brake canisters.

    20240115_165308.jpgThis view shows the exhaust pipe painted a steel/silver color. I added some very small lead wire to the exhaust pipe to simulate the corrugated tubes that connect the exhaust pipe to the stacks. Well that's it for now.

    Ron G 

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  4. Hey all

    Some more work done on this build.

    20240111_154240.jpgAdded the black around the lights with some Tamiya rubber black.

    20240111_154444.jpgDid some more detail work on the engine.

    20240111_154621.jpgOther side of the engine I added some rust texture to the turbo and exhaust manifold.

    20240111_154735.jpgI painted the valve packs on the rear of the transmission black.

    20240111_155426.jpgThis view shows the frame finished painted along with the three deck plates and the fifth wheel.

    20240111_160207.jpgThis is a view of the rolling chassis temporarily together.

    20240111_160359.jpgThe other side of the rolling chassis.

    20240111_160252.jpgCloser view of the engine in the frame.

    20240111_155841.jpgThis view shows the cab temporarily in place on the rolling chassis. Well that's it for now be back soon with more.

    Ron G 

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  5. Hey all 

      This is the kit I'm using for this build. As the title says it is going to be stretched out to a 300 inch wheel base.


     I started this build on another forum that I belong to, so it's quit a ways along.

    19dc1640-d0cb-4784-a2ae-5f0aab9ebc22.pngThis view shows the color scheme I'm going for.


    eab13c51-446b-4b0c-8683-8e14dc970d6e.pngAnother view of the color scheme.

    20231226_192740.jpgThis view shows the stretched frame. I used some frame pieces that I had left over from my "can do" wreaker kit.

    20240102_172733.jpgThis view shows the modified exhaust plumbing that I scratch built. I modified the kit part by adding a scratch built adapter from the 5" pipe to the 8" pipes and used two Plastsruct elbows and some aluminum tubes for the exhaust stacks 

    20240103_153513.jpgThis is the Photo-etch dash panels that I got from Moluminum. I will be adding red, yellow and blue knobs for the air brakes to this.

    20240104_174618.jpgThis view shows the modifications I made to the kit engine. I converted it to a single turbo and added some plumbing.

    20240104_174759.jpgThe other side of the engine. I added a starter to it, because the kit didn't supply one.

    20240105_164453.jpgI added brake drums to the kit wheels/tires.

    20240105_165506.jpgThis view shows the aluminum drop visor and Texas bumper

    20240106_170820.jpgThis view shows the aluminum full rear fenders and the line for the fifth wheel slide.

    20240110_151456.jpgThis view shows the left side of the engine painted orange and black. I still have to add some detail painting to this.

    20240110_151547.jpgTurbo side of the engine.

    20240110_151633.jpgtop view of the engine.

    20240110_151646.jpgThis view shows the rear side of the fan blades.

    20240110_151857.jpgThis view shows the under side of the frame.

    20240110_152134.jpgThis view shows the top of the frame. I have made custom deck plates that fit between the rails front to back. I still have alot of wiring, plumbing and detail work to finish on this one.

     That's it for now be back with more updates soon.

    Ron G 

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  6. On 10/24/2021 at 5:00 PM, ROY FERGUSON said:

    If you want to expand the side rails these are available on SHPAEWAYS.

    1/24 lowboy outrigger

    1/24 lowboy outrigger 3d printed

    Be very careful with those! I used them on my custom lowboy and they are VERY fragile, because they are printed in the best detail resin, which has great detail, but is very brittle. If you can contact the gentleman that makes these on Shapeways see if he will print them in the white processed plastic/vinyl. A little more clean up but much stronger.

    Ron G 

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