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  1. 16 hours ago, Rocking Rodney Rat said:

    Here's my latest project. I bought this MPC Corvette kit on a whim. Frankly, it's pretty humble, about the only good part about it is the kidney bean style "Halibrand" wheels recently added to the kit.



    You mean added back to the kit, they were in this kit when it was issued back in 1978, I built one back then.
    The wheels was changed for other versions in the 80's  and that's why they had to add them back to be able to this kit again.
    I don't think the kit is that bad, it's more detailed than the AMT C2 kits.

    Well it's going to be interesting to see the progress so keep up the good work.

  2. 17 hours ago, robdebie said:

    Hakan, I will make the wheels available, either as 3D parts, resin casts or the STL file. But I need to work on them a bit more, right now it's just a first 3D design.

    Thanks a lot for the details of the other wheels, I haven't started work on those. Baby steps 🙂

    Like you I'm gathering parts, but I only have the AMT Peterbilt 359 and the Lindberg Dodge L700 Tanker. Decals are promised by JBOT. As you can see, you're way ahead 🙂


    Perfect, I keep my eyes open.

    Yes I see that. 🙂

    I was thinking of using the Lindberg tank trailer but when Keystone did the 3D printed correct tank trailer I bought one of those to save some work.
    The Page and Page suspension was available from Strato Models for a short time and I managed to get one of them before they were sold out...Pavel does very limited quantity when he does his things so you have to be fast to get them when they are available.
    Some of the wheels I bought from Scenes Unlimited before they were sold to ST Supply and they might still be available, AITM had the 5 hole Alcoa aluminum wheels in resin and so did Keystone in real machined aluminum and I have some of those.
    The cab, hood and some other small stuff was available as a kit at AITM and I was able to get one some time before Dave Natale passed.
    For the starting point...well I don't know wich Peterbilt I'm going to use, both the AMT 359 kits available are wrong as they are way too new and it's not much I will use from them other than the frame itself.
    The movie truck after what I have found out was supposed to have had a Cat 1673 engine and there are no such engine done in scale as far as I know, so we'll se how we are going to do about that, try to scratch build one or modify an existing engine maybe.

  3. I don't know if "best" is the appropriate word as there is only one model kit available on the market for some of the years.
    AMT did the 1949 Coupe (the Coupe has a shorter roof than the 2 and 4 door Sedan) and 50 Convertible, both seems to have hit the market in 1962, Lindberg did the 53 Ford Victoria in 1998, no Sedans for these years or 1951 or 1952 or 1954 kits  are made by the model companies so resin is most likely the only option.
    There are also Pickups done for these years, Revell has a 1950 F1 originally issued 1995 and AMT did a 1953 F100 originally issued 1964.

  4. Exactly, no front brakes wich was an opted out thing from the option list on many trucks back then and up to the late 70's and maybe early 80's...some thought it wasn't safe having front brakes and some didn't think they needed them pulling trailers and thought they would have enough brakes anyway as they were on the drivers and trailer....I belive straight trucks with no trailer had to have brakes on the front tho'.

    Those wheels looks good and I would like to be able to get a set or two for my upcoming Duel build wich is in the planning stage, the only ones of this style I have found so far were for 20 inch tires and they are too small...and the ones Moluminum makes for the Tyrone Malone transporter trucks but they have a molded in Baby Moon style hubcap and doesn't look right.
    The main Duel truck in the movie had miss matched wheels on all axles except for the front where this style wheel was used...different color from side to side but the same style, all wheels were split ring/lock ring style and the drive axle outside wheel were 5 hole Alcoa and the tag axle had regular 5 hole Budd on the drivers side, the passenger side outside wheels were a 5 hole Budd on the drive axle and a 5 hole Alcoa on the tag axle, the tank trailer had 6 hole D-shaped Budds on the forward axle and 5 hole Budds on the rear, the tires were also different all over and the tread depth varys from almost bald to decent.
    The truck seems to have been painted light gold from the beginning and lots and lots of grease and grime was put on over the paint for the movie, the truck was in makeup as much as the other caracters in the movie.

    So I'm gathering parts for the project and I have most of the stuff needed, a 50's cab from Dave Natale at AITM with needlenose grille and butterfly hood, the Page and Page rear suspension from Pavel Behensky at Strato Models, the tank trailer from Doug at Keystone before he closed up shop, some wheels from different sources, decals from Modeltruckin', and a correct looking air cleaner.
    The things I'm on the hunt for now are the front wheels like these, a Cat 1673 engine and a Kenworth style torsion bar suspension wich was on the tank trailer in the movie and I can get started.

  5. Nice build.

    7 hours ago, Bugatti Fan said:

    Nice model of such an iconic movie vehicle. There is a lot more to this build than immediately meets the eye.

     I built one quite a number of years ago, back in the 80's I think converting the 359 Hauler kit and scratch building the tanker unit. It was quite a satisfying build when I got it finished. 

    I could never understand why it was never kitted like the Ertl Rubber Duck Mack from Convoy of AMT's Pruitt's Kenworth from Movin On. Also I think a rig from Smokey and the Bandit got kitted too some time ago.

    There has been no correct kits of the Rubber Duck truck or the Movin' On truck, both kits issued by ERTL and AMT are way off and are nothing like the movie and TV series counterparts, and no kit has been issued of the Smokey and the Bandit trucks, only a trailer from ERTL from Smokey and the Bandit 2 wich also is wrong, the BJ and the Bear truck has been issued by AMT and it's not that bad, wrong engine and transmission and too long wheelbase, otherwise it's decent.
    But of course it would have been nice to have correct kits of them and the Duel truck and maybe some more of the iconic movie and TV series trucks, and trailers for them.
    The Duel truck was a single drive 281 with a tag axle on Page and Page 60/40 suspension, 1673 Cat engine, mid 50's small window cab and narrow nose butterfly hood.

  6. On 11/22/2023 at 4:36 PM, Rockford said:

    Well, great minds think alike Charlie, I fitted a couple of bosses through the side rail, cut the crossbar and inserted the brackets and it looks ok. The bosses will blend in better when everything is green. Looks much more like the real thing. 




    In the photo of the real thing they've moved the deckplate to behind the 5th wheel for a stunt where Sonny unhitched a drawbar trailer from the pintle hook fitted to the rear cross member. The deckplate was only held by rubber straps. 

    That goes for the deckplate forward of the fifth wheel too.
    Here is a picture of one of the 1975 trucks and I believe the 1974 trucks were the same...note the 1975 trucks did not have any grab handles on the back of the sleeper.


  7. Ford had two different power steering pumps in the 60's, the earlier up to 1965ish Eaton pump with external reservoir either on top of the pump itself or remote mounted on the inner fender. and the later  from 1965ish Ford pump with integral reservoir like the one in the pictures above.

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