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    Stephen McNally

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  1. I've not done anything for a week or so because I finally got my cataract surgery!!!! They had to use ultrasound to shatter it because it had got too big. Anyway, after a week and a bit I decided to try doing some work and the difference is unbelievable. I decided to do some drilling because they say to avoid dust, so no filing/sanding. I can place things so precisely now. I first drilled all the location holes in the slide rails of the tandems. I used a template for the Trailmobile because the rails were just plain. The Fruehauf had dimples in the rails which I used to locate the
  2. Maybe because it's such an iconic car we expect the kit to equal our admiration for the actual vehicle? It's been my first love for decades. I've only ever built the Revell snapper '57 although I've got about six Tri Chevy kits including the 1/12 Revell Bel Air.
  3. They look better than any kit mudflaps because they're self coloured, not painted so they have a more realistic appearance. The tape is 19mm wide which is just right for 1/32 scale, I don't know if wider types are available for you 1/25 lads.
  4. Looking at the AMT Trailmobile, the mudflaps are sooooo thick. They measure 1.5mm which at full size would be 2 scale inches thick! I pondered what I could do. I thought plastic card, at least that would be thinner, but then I hit upon an idea. Electrician's insulation tape. I bought a pack of 5 small rolls for less than £2. I want to use white mudflaps on this trailer but I conducted my experiment with the black. I removed the AMT slab, then cut two pieces of tape, placed them sticky-side together and left a tab of sticky bit hanging over to affix it to the bracket. Once mounted I trimmed to
  5. Now the Trailmobile landing gear. This is pretty poorly moulded so lots of cleaning up Himalayan scale separation lines. The crank handle needed major filing to give it some shape rather than the blob it comes as. The triangular shaped braces were just solid pieces and looked a bit characterless in place so I drilled some lightening holes, working up from 0.5mm up to 3.2 to keep them tidy, then a little chamfer on each one. The end result looks much better I think. I like giving these trailers a bit of self respect.
  6. Focusing on the Fruehauf, the most obvious fault is the landing gear. You can have it up or down by snapping the relevant lower sections on but they look terrible. The bottom half is too narrow and there's a huge gap at the top. This should be one solid square steel tube. I cemented them in place. Then added plastic card either side to bring the width up. Then rubbed them down to size. A quick skim of putty. Then wet sand, and ready for paint. I also drilled the mounting tube for the sandshoes, these were just held on with a huge cotter pin at either end. Then a black line aro
  7. Thanks all for your kind comments. I know they're not a match for their 1/24 big brothers with all the detail you can add, but they take up less space and with a little work, can be quite presentable. I'd love engines to detail etc... but how often would I see the finished product? I'll be doing a few other things to improve the look, like improving the appearance of the landing gear, a bit of plumbing, tidying up the rear view of the AMT Trailmobile and realigning its atrocious tandems subframe. I forgot just how bad an AMT kit can be in terms of fit and alignment. Looks like it's
  8. Thank you sir, very kind. I have to say, I am fairly pleased with it myself.
  9. Nice combination. Definitely stands out from the crowd.
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