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  1. 5 hours ago, rattle can man said:

    If only we could get a B.J. and the Bear aerodyne.

    Same kit different decals and boxart...and it's not right for any of the BJ trucks used in the series.
    But Modeltruckin.com has decals for the BJ truck if you want to build one...just be sure to order before August 31:st.
    A more correct starting point for the BJ truck is the Revell Germany K100 Aerodyne kit as it has the right wheelbase, a Cummins engine and Fuller transmission.
    The AMT kit has a Detroit 8V-92T, Allison automatic transmission and I belive the wheelbase is too long depending on what frame rails are in the kit, the Tyrone Malone transporters Papa Truck and Hideout Truck are based on this kit and have a very long frame.

  2. On 7/15/2024 at 6:33 PM, Rockford said:

    To add to what's already been said, this video on YouTube shows how they piped up the Fruehauf 40ft van. I know you're doing a Trailmobile but the method is just the same except for you not having to accommodate the sliding bogie, your hard lines could go straight to the reservoir. Here's some stills:-







    Remember too that the trailer you're building only has service brake chambers not spring brakes so each chamber only has one airline to it. Trailers so equipped in UK used to have a mechanical cranked on park brake mechanism but I've never seen one on a US trailer. 

    We had the same parking brake system here in Sweden, a crank mechanism pulling wires to apply the service brakes manually on one axle when it's parked.
    Now that's gone since they started to use Maxis on trailers.

  3. Here is a diagram.
    On trailers you only have two lines, one supply line (red) wich supplies air to the trailer air tanks and one service line (blue) wich gets the air from the brake pedal and truck brake system and actuate the brake valves and brakes on the trailer, and one cirquit for parking brakes (yellow) if the trailer has maxis.
    A converter dolly and a trailer is pretty much the same thing and has the same setup depending on how many axles they have.ahome1_gte.net_res0f98n_airbrake.jpg.01e65cac3fdc8f65eb09c5eeea5351b5.jpg

  4. On 7/13/2024 at 4:33 AM, Rbray47 said:

    Very helpful topic. Is there a transmission list somewhere?

    I haven't dived into that yet but here are some.

    Most of the US truck kits have Eaton-Fuller transmissions regardless of manufacturer.
    Here are some exceptions.
    The AMT kenworth W925 has a Dana-Spicer main and auxillary transmissions, maybe a 5 and 4 or 6 and 4, so it's a twin stick
    The AMT Kenworth W900 Alaskan Hauler has a Dana-Spicer 16 speed 
    The AMT Kenworth K100 Aerodyne and the Tyrone Malone Bandag Bandit and Super Boss has Allison Automatics
    The AMT Mack trucks has Mack transmissions

  5. I got #224 in the mail today here in Sweden, so I hope the troublesome mail chain will work from now on after all the problems the last two years.
    #222 and #223 are still missing in action tho'.
    So with this rate it looks like I get every third issue because the last one I got was #221.

  6. 1 hour ago, Rockford said:

    Explain this. In one season Sundance went from one plate to many plates, then a different set of many plates. Only the bingo plate and Idaho stayed. 



    Sundance Plates.jpg

    They used two different trucks might be one answer, but the plates changes during the first season and I have counted to six different plate setups, eight if you count in the plates that changes colors but have the same letters and numbers, the second season the plates are the same throughout the series.

    Regarding the Marmon.
















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  7. On 6/23/2024 at 10:10 AM, Rockford said:

    Great pictures! Thanks for posting. It doesn't look like an "old" truck, it still looks current, probably because its descendants are still knocking around at work. 

    I can imagine the gold emblem was highly valuable at the time, I know Twinsticks on YouTube had trouble getting one for his Smokey and the Bandit tribute. 

    The gold emblems were on 1973 Kenworth's in the US to celebrate Kenworth's 50th anniversary, Canada built Kenworth's didn't have them, but they have been used on later trucks too, I believe the 007 Edition also had gold emblems.
    But for some reason I don't know both the 1974 trucks used in Movin' On had gold emblems and KW bug on the grille, I have several pictures where you clearly can see them, could be that as 1974 was the first year for the V.I.T. package, Very Important Trucker, it could be the reason for them to have gold emblems and all pictures I have seen on 1974 V.I.T. trucks have gold emblems, but I don't know, they do have them.

    For the Smokey and the Bandit, trucks, the KW bug was painted gold and black on both trucks, but the real gold KW bug was gold and red, allthough one of the trucks used in Smokey and the Bandit was indeed a 1973 and had gold KENWORTH side emblems, the other one had chrome.

    Here is a picture of KW bug on one of the Smokey And The Bandit Trucks.



    Here is how it should look for the 1973 trucks.



    Here is both the 50th and 75th anniversary emblems.


    And here is a picture where you clearly can see the gold KW bug and the side emblems on the hood and sleeper are also gold, it has the beige with green buttons V.I.T. interior with highback seats and 60 inch sleeper so it has to be one of the 1974 trucks.


  8. 9 hours ago, Rockford said:

    I've only just realised that Movin'On is 50 years old! Which means that the W900s in the series would be 50 years old too! Wow! 

    Yes you are right.
    The first two trucks bought new for the series was 1974 Models.
    The only known survivor from the series is currently under restoration and is at the final stages and it's one of the 1974 trucks.
    One thing that bothers me is the emblems and KW bug should be gold wich they were in the TV series so they must have been changed sometime under it's life.

    Here is some pictures from the Movin' On facebook group posted recently.





  9. 6 hours ago, tim boyd said:

    In talking with Revell during writing my book on Drag Racing Model Kits (this woud have been around 2019) it was revealed that they were doing some preliminary investigation of what would be required to update their Rail Dragster tool to today's configuration....but that died when the Hobbico bankruptcy debacle took place....too bad for all the obvious reasons...TB 

    That was unfortunate.
    They could use most of the basic tooling but change and add some things and they would be up to date even today so many years later, because they are really good kits that looks good on the shelf.
    Maybe Atlantis is interested in doing it, they have the Don Garlits Swamp Rat XXX tool and maybe they also got the other Top Fuel tooling.

  10. Awsome as usual.
    I'm impressed with your attention to details and I have followed your builds for a long time.

    It takes quite a lot to update the Revell Top Fuel Dragster kits to more modern status.
    Revell did some updates with every version of the Top Fuel dragster kits (and Funny Car kits) but they were allways behind and never did enough so they would have been up to date even for the time period they were supposed to be and the only accurate kits are the first kits of this era wich came in 1991, then the evolution of the real Top Fuel dragsters, wich was very steep in the 90's, ran away from Revell and they never cought up.
    If Revell had done the necessary updates when they issued the last versions of the Top Fuel kit, the Kenny Bernstein Budweiser King and Tony Schumacher Army Dragsters in 2002...wich they didn't, they did some updates but not enough...they would have been pretty much up to date even today 22 years later as much haven't changed visually on Top Fuel dragsters since then.

  11. The ERTL Smokey And The Bandit II trailer is not right for the movie truck as the trailer used was a trailer with a slight drop deck and low profile tires and two large opening side doors on the drivers side.
    ERTL just took what they allready had (like most model kit companies do) and did the decals for it, so it's the regular Great Dane dry goods trailer with the decals from the movie, the decals isn't even absolutely correct either as the blue stripe should go all the way around the front of the trailer.




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