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Does anyone cast the Thermo King reefer unit with fuel tank and battery/electric boxes from the old Ertl Great Dane Reefer Trailer in resin??

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I need a couple of the old style Thermo King units for a couple of upcomming TV and Movie truck projects of mine, I'm planning to build the Smokie & The Bandit truck and trailer, and the BJ & The Bear truck and trailer and both trailers has the old style Thermo King units..

As far as I know the Ertl #8033 Great Dane Reefer Trailer has never been been re-issued since the early 80's, but the Dry Goods Van trailer (Ertl #8932) has been out at least once or twice under AMT/Ertl lable, both trailers are the same except for the reefer unit with inside air duct/cooling element, fuel tank for the reefer engine, battery/electric boxes and the front wall.

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173 views and still no answer, so it must be as i suspected then...nothing available. :unsure:
That's okay, I'll have to rely on my scratchbuilding skills then and do my own, I have one Ertl Thermo King unit on a built trailer to take measures from.

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No that's another type of unit (I don't know what make and type it is) wich looks like this.

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And this is the one I'm after.

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As you see they are different units, thanks anyway.

This type of Thermo King unit has also been done by Heller for their 3-axle Reefer trailer.

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The pictures are borrowed from this excellent website http://public.fotki.com/modeltrucks25thscale/ and all credits goes to him.

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they both thermo king units first one an older model unit

Thanks, I kind of suspected that but I didn't know for sure.

I have tried to find out what the different Thermo King models are called but I can't find much information on the "interweb" on the older units, I know one type is called Super Boss...but I don't know wich...it can be the model I'm looking for.

And if you do a google search on Thermo King Super Boss you get a lot of pictures of Tyrone Malone's Super Boss truck as his main sponsor was Thermo King before Bandag...it's a cool truck but not exactly what I'm looking for. :rolleyes:

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I have tried to find out what the different Thermo King models are called but I can't find much information on the "interweb" on the older units

I would suggest picking up something like an older service manual or catalog on eBay:

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The TV show "American Trucker" covered the restoration of the B.J. & The Bear/Movin On trucks a few years ago, and in one episode I watched, they searched fro an found a vintage refrigeration unit for one of the trucks, so perhaps you could find the episodes on YouTube or elsewhere on the web?: http://www.overdriveonline.com/american-trucker-premieres-on-speed-channel-feb-24-with-a-familiar-face/

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Casey - Yes I saw that episode when the American Trucker series was televised over here,,,but I don't remember what the reefer unit was called.
But looking for old service manuals is a good tip to find out what they are called.

KJ790 - the AMT unit could be a Crown 500...but it's on a Fruehauf Reefer trailer, not a Great Dane. ;)

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Casey - Yes I saw that episode when the American Trucker series was televised over here,,,but I don't remember what the reefer unit was called.

But looking for old service manuals is a good tip to find out what they are called.

KJ790 - the AMT unit could be a Crown 500...but it's on a Fruehauf Reefer trailer, not a Great Dane. ;)

Sorry, I meant the Ertl Great Dane. This one:

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Looks similar to the Crown 500 model without the badging, though Thermo King had a few models that all looked similar around that time.

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Sorry, I meant the Ertl Great Dane. This one:

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Looks similar to the Crown 500 model without the badging, though Thermo King had a few models that all looked similar around that time.

Thats my photo, thats my bed sheet, thats my model kit! KFS offered a

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After doing some research, it looks like the reefer unit on the old Ertl Great Dane trailers may be a Thermo King SNWD model. I for one would love to see these in resin. I have 2 on built models, and would love to have some more. I am thinking about scratch building one, but a resin piece would be much better.

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After doing some research, it looks like the reefer unit on the old Ertl Great Dane trailers may be a Thermo King SNWD model. I for one would love to see these in resin. I have 2 on built models, and would love to have some more. I am thinking about scratch building one, but a resin piece would be much better.

The Super NWD was available from the late 1960s to the late 1970s in various iterations. For the very observant, the Ertl unit has a flaw that otherwise detracts from the most detailed reefer compressor replica ever. The control panel is on the curb side. It should actually be on the driver side.

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KJ790
It looks like you're right, Thanks a lot.
And yes, a resin piece is a lot easier than scratchbuilding. ;)
howsthat1959
It's Ertl Great Dane 40' Reefer Trailer Kit # 8033, it has never been re-issued after the AMT/Ertl merge as far as I know...it's the one pictured in a couple of posts on the first page in this thread.
chuckyr
Yes, I have noticed that the control panel is on the wrong side, it shouldn't be that hard to fix though.
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