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  1. Got to finish this for my better half before going back to truck building. I may try another old Mack. We'll see.
  2. Don't forget that Sterlings of that era were chain drive.
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    painting and weathering on Brass

    I agree. Self etching primer is the way to go after the brass has been thoroughly cleaned. You will still find that the primer will wear at sharp corners and may require a bit of touchup before painting the finish coats. Wear and weathering should come after the finish coat has been applied. Military modelers seem to have this technique mastered for sure. But you can achieve good results using washes that have a base other than what was used for the finish coat. Acrylics do well. They there are weathering powders such as Tamiya that can be applied to small areas to bring out highlights. Check out IPMS and some of the shows they sponsor. You can pick up all sorts of tips on weathering and making things look beat up there.
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    1958 Dodge COE Potato Truck

    Watch out for Snap, Krackle and Pop!๐Ÿคฃ
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    Model Show this Sunday

    Wings and Wheels will be hosting a model show this Sunday in Chickopee, MA. Plenty of info regarding the show on their website.
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    Class 325 Version 2 is complete

    I'll surround it with soft foam with appropriate cutouts for the wheels, pump, ladders and spotlights. That all goes in a plastic tub which in turn will go in a cardboard box filled with packing peanuts. Then I'll pray it gets there in one piece!๐Ÿ™„
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    Wal-Mart Navistar.

    Nice clean work! First model of Wally World I have seen. I like it!
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    Class 325 Version 2 is complete

    Thanks, Guys. I will be keeping this one for a short while but eventually it will be sent to its future owner in Belgium. He has the restored rig that this one was modeled after. Done to his spec.
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    Class 325 Version 2 is complete

    Been working on this one since last October. Last of detailing was finished today with the addition of the ladders, pike pole, some running board brackets, pump cans, CO2 extinguishers, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1925 AC MACK Recovery unit.

    Pretty unique piece! Well done!
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    Hood-to-Cab Fitment

    Tape the two together before painting so that they fit as they should. Then place the combined pieces on the frame to see where the attachment points are Chances are you will have to make some slight adjustments. That is where some plastic pieces, some pins and glue will help. If the hood is to tilt make sure everything is square and level when it sits on the frame.
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    why trucks?

    Simple. I like trucks!๐Ÿ˜Ž
  13. First one is a 1954 Maxim 750 pumper. Brass frame and springs, Renshape fenders, brass hood and cab doors, nickel plated brass bumper, photoetch grill screen, plastic for cab and body. 1967 International Loadstar brush truck. Cab master made from a 1953 Ford kit cab. Bar work is combination of brass rods and plastic rods. Body and all details scratch built. Tires are resin castings from a 3D printed master. Decals are ALPS printed. Class 325 WW II pumper based on a 1941 Chevy 1.5 ton 4x4 chassis. Chevy kit cab was modified to fit resin cast hood, hood sides and fenders. The body of the front mounted pump is based on a turned aluminum master. All other pump parts are tubing, and craft wire. Body is scratch built along with all of the details including the pump cans, stacked buckets and suction hose. The hose in the bed is stained sewing elastic. This one isn't fire related but it is one of the latest builds. I started with a '53 Ford cab and reconfigured it to look like an IH Loadstar. Renshape was used to make the fenders. Dave Natale at AITM has the master and has added it to his series of conversion kits. This is a first pop of his castings that I added a dump body to and a snow plow frame that could easily have been used by any number of municipal highway departments in the country.
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    New Member from MA

    Been building model trucks for a while now. With the new magazine out it is nice to get acquainted with other truck modelers. I'll be posting from time to time on the various projects that get on the workbench.