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    Peterbilt 379 RV Conversion

    Look Amazing! Very nice work on the cooler! Excellent work!

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    1926 Mack Stake truck

    Looks great!

    1960 GMC B7000 wrecker....

    Now I like this! Very nice! Excellent work!

    KW T800 150 ton traveling rotator wrecker....

    Beautiful build! Excellent work!
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  10. vincen47

    Peterbilt 379 RV Conversion

    Now that we have a rolling (non-rolling) chassis, time to install the engine and add the radiator and charge air cooler. It’s a squeeze, but she fits. There’s a lot of extra parts adding to the overall engine width, like the serpentine bracket, so I made sure to measure and test fit beforehand. To connect the driveline, I made three driveshaft carrier bearings from styrene. Onto the CAC: There’s a void in the aftermarket for a proper charge air cooler/air to air aftercooler. Italeri tried in the 378 kit, but it leaves a lot to be desired. I used the Italeri kit parts as a basis for creating an aftermarket CAC in the style of a Duralite. I added photo etched radiator mesh and modified the side of the kit radiator. Then, adding putty to create the shape needed. The kit’s radiator coolant reservoir was added to the top at this point, but I will replace it later with a better version. On the front side, I added a parallel flow AC condenser unit, made with photo etched mesh. I’ll add the lines to and from it later, as well as the air intake connectors and pipes to the turbo and engine block.
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  12. It would be a great model if it was fully static, but the fact that it has a functional boom and outriggers is extra impressive. What’s under the hood?
  13. There's a few of those monsters running around the Kansas City area...seen them in action a few times....impressive would be a huge understatement....your build fits that description quite well.
  14. Brian Conn

    1960 GMC B7000 wrecker....

    ......Those Holmes 750's would tear something in half before they would quit pulling........nice build
  15. Tom Hall

    1960 GMC B7000 wrecker....

    THank you. Resin cab was a bit of a challenge because of the thickness of the casting.
  16. Thank you. The model also turned out to be quite heavy...in plastic no less.
  17. I agree with every one, this is a great build, he flaps on the front bumper is a real nice touch, and really makes the truck look like a worker.... excellent ! Jeff
  18. Hi guys, I asked this question on the Model Cars Magazine forum, but just in case, someone may not have seen it, I am wondering if anyone has a spare AITM Autocar backdated resin grille they may want to part with. I am doing the AMT Autocar dump truck as a heavy haul tractor, and would think it may be rather cool, to back date it a bit, if I can obtain a grille.... I am willing to pay as well.... probably asking for the moon, but one never knows unless one asks... Jeff
  19. vincen47

    KW T800 wrecker with rotator....

    That’ll be an awesome build.
  20. vincen47

    1960 GMC B7000 wrecker....

    Beautiful paint colors, and details. Impressive scratchbuilding. Love the subject and craftsmanship.
  21. Wow, fantastic build. 103k? She’s certainly heavy. But I suppose that adds stability. Nice scratch building. She’s a beauty.
  22. Winter project started November, 2023...estimated finish date April, 2024.
  23. Built almost entirely with left over parts from other kits. Holmes 750 style wrecker unit entirely scratch-built.
  24. Modelled after a real wrecker used by a local towing company. Real wrecker weighs 103,000-pound necessitating 5 axles and special permits to operate in most states. Boom rotates 360 degrees and is poseable. It has a scale 8 feet of travel on the frame. Model is almost completely scratch-built using styrene plastic sheets and structural shapes.
  25. vincen47

    Peterbilt 379 RV Conversion

    Wheels and Tires… Most 1:1 RVs of this size are running 315 (or larger) tires, especially in the steer position. The hobby market, in my opinion, is lacking in accurate big rig tire offerings - don’t get me started on the generic junk that comes in kits that look more like 1:1 all-position retreads than anything else… So, I searched for a very long time, waiting for detailed, modern tires that would be accurate for the build. A&N Resin came to the rescue when they introduced the perfect tires - Michelin X-Line Energy Z Coach 315/80r22.5 Steers and X-Works 315/80r22.5 Drive tires. Incredibly detailed. On their website they list them with more generic names like “highway tread standard width front tire” etc. At first, I was disappointed they were only available in hard resin, but that turned out to be a blessing as they’d support the weight. I now prefer hard resin tires for their detail and strength. Painted with Tamiya Rubber Black, they look the part. The wheels are real aluminum Peterbilt Oval Alcoas from Keystone Aluminum Model Miniatures. Unfortunately, he’s no longer around, but M&R offers great wheels nearly identical to these. The rims fit the M&R hubs perfectly. However, the A&N tires had to be sanded out larger to accommodate the one-piece wheels. Not a fun thing to do. I used sand paper wrapped around a broom handle, gradually adding layers of paper. 10 tires took a while, as you can imagine. I also had to add a spacer between the rims on the rear axles to accommodate the wider tires. I used simple 8mm washers from the hardware store. Because the rims now sat further out on the hub, the top hats looked a little short. So, I added 8mm hubcaps from Auslowe. They fit perfectly and even have a better rounded profile than the original M&R hub. I detailed them by adding Acorn nuts from Keystone, Alcoa decals from Model Truckin’ and scratch-made valve stems from Detail Master #1 line and fittings. Tedious, but worth it. I don’t think I took any photos of the rims before I mounted the tires. Wish I had. The outside rear wheels have inside-facing valve stems, just like they so on real trucks. The tread and sidewall detail is fantastic on these tires. They are geared towards the Euro truck market where it’s more common to run 315s in line haul service, but it’s great having the option here in the U.S. for a unique build like this one, and others that need a little more beefier tires. A&N also offers heavier tread pattern 315s, along with 385s for highway tread steer, heavy tread steer, and drive treads, for your North American fire, construction, and logging equipment needs. They also have resin wheels designed to easily fit their tires.
  26. vincen47

    Peterbilt 379 RV Conversion

    Now onto the rear axles, suspension, hubs and brakes. The main chassis color is Tamiya Semi Gloss Black. There’s a couple other shades of black, and also Tamiya Rubber Black (a very realistic color) used on the air bags. The rear axles needed a sleeve of wider tubing to fit the wheel hubs. Those beautiful real aluminum hubs are from M&R Wheels. Highly recommended, they make excellent products. I got the M&R hubs to go with the Keystone Aluminum Peterbilt Alcoa wheels, which are fantastic, but didn’t come with hubs with a socket for the axle stubs. I probably could have figured out a way to make the Keystone hubs work, but M&R provided a much simpler option. More about the wheels in a later post. I added resin Bendix Air Disc Brake assemblies from Moluminum. Drilled them out to fit over the hub axle mounts. I included air lines to the brake chambers, and ran the lines up to the frame rails. I didn’t bother running lines further than that, because, well, none of this area of the chassis will be seen on the completed model unless you turn it upside down. Not planning on that. The frame rails are mostly devoid of bolt detail for the same reason. In fact, on the rear axles, all you’ll see is the outside wheels and tires. But, I guess when the build is finished, I’ll know the brakes and lines are there and that’s what matters. But, I sometimes have to ask myself “does it matter when you won’t see it?” After all, this project has been about striking a balance between the sane and crazy, right? The front axle has disc brakes, too. I painted and decaled the shocks to represent Bilstein commercial truck and coach shocks. The front brake assemblies were also run with lines, along with the air bags. Air Bag Levelers were added using bits from the parts box. These details make more sense because they will be seen when you tilt the hood. The air lines to the bags are braided line from Detail master with their fittings connecting to the mounts and to the frame rails. The resin air bags are brush painted in Tamiya rubber black. I opted to go with solid bags rather than rubber ones because of the potential amount of weight they’ll need to support. The hubs are fixed in place, not enabling the model to roll, though the front axle steering is functional. I like rolling models, but the vast majority of the time I glue the wheels in place because they can usually be positioned better (plumb and square) that way and they won’t roll off a shelf.
  27. That’s a great build, and a set up you don’t see anyone model often. Nice. Welcome to the group!
  28. Gary Chase

    International 5300

    Going day cab with headache rack to go with my fleet,,,,,,,when I get back to it. With warmer weather we are getting our garden planted under hot hoop houses and I am heading down south to see my kids/grandkids😜😉😁
  29. That looks great ! Love the paint job and finish on the tanks. Johnny
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