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1944 Diamond T 6x6

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This will become the latest project to build.  It's been on my mind for a while now but was put on the back burner until the modeling juices were re-energized.  So the frame has been started.   Completed since this photo was taken is the main frame bracket for the tandem rear axles.  Will be making a trip to the LHS to get some strip brass for the springs.  Front springs are 49" long and 3" wide.  Rears are 4" wide and roughly 51" long.  Since I work at 1/25 scale, metric measurements come in handy so I will be looking for 3mm and 4mm strip stock.

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It’ll be a neat project. The frame looks great, straight and square. What’s you’re rough estimate as to the ratio of scratch-built to kit or aftermarket-sourced parts and components? I’m sure you have a detailed build plan, and I’m always curious how you approach such a project. 

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Wow!  Never actually gave that much thought.  But it is probably 95% scratch vs 5% kit or after-market.  

I always approach a project from the frame up just as a real builder might.  The difference being that while the frame is done in one factory, the body parts are being stamped and assembled in another location.  In this case it is much like building a house.  Get the foundation true and square and the rest should follow along.  Same thing with the frame and the location of mounting points, etc.  But I don't have a separate cab or body factory so they will be done after the frame is built.  

There is a fair amount of study of photos and information such as is contained in the Walk Around book like you see in the photo.  The questions to answer revolve around how a certain feature will be built and out of what materials.  Right now I am working on the rear tandem setup.  Up until yesterday I needed to know how the pivot was built and attached to the frame.  I finally came across a maintenance manual that had photos of exactly what I was looking for and will use them to create the parts in brass.  I also know where the mounting points will be on the frame because the parts are centered on the length of the wheel base.  The front spring hangers are in place so I know where that center will be.  From there it is just marking out the length of the wheel base on the frame and holding everything to it.

I'll try and include some added information as the project moves along.

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In between my 1:25 scale projects, I started this 1:14 Tamiya RC truck.  I’ve been painstaking wiring each light.  The lights I acquired form Evans design they have amazing LEDS of every size.  The trailer lights and related attachment points had to be customized as the kit does not allow for side markers, only rear tail lights and turn signals.  I also upgraded the tractor roof lights from 5 to 7 along with required bondo work on roof and rear of sleeper.  The air intakes are custom aluminum which I drilled out to receive 7 lights each.  That was one of the most difficult parts.  I would have loved to have added reds as well but there simply was not enough room.  The front bumper came with a pre wired circuit board, which I quickly figured out how to short circuit. So I had to Individually solder and wire each of those separately as well.  I’ll have 6 blue LEDs under the sleeper.  I’m 90% done and can post additional photos later if you like.  The cab in this photo is just resting on the frame, not properly installed and today I will be adding 6 custom red lights to the back of the sleeper.  Ideally, I’d love to find someone who can 3D print a thermo king reefer in 1:14 scale, so if anyone knows someone let me know.  Thank you.

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Got a bit more done.  Axles are set up and as of last nite the front axle has the steering knuckles done along with the steering arm and tie rod.  Will post pix of the work.  But here is where we are as of a couple of days ago.

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The "X" shaped pieces are the steering knuckles before being cut down to the proper length.  The tubing is made so it can be inserted into the tubing that runs through the front axle.  The wheels and wheel hubs have been made up and can be mounted with screws and small washers.

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Got a bit more done on the chassis and axle assemblies.  Lots of small stuff to do to get it all together.    All torque rods are in place.   Front axle is glued to the springs and U-bolts added.  The springs are still detachable and will need final pinning.  The rear axles are finished along with brake parts.  The axles pivot up and down with the springs floating free on top.   Drive shaft between axles is also in place.  Tires and wheels are still unattached and will have to be painted before they can be mounted in place.IMG_2548.thumb.JPG.4917772f5492cf39e0551e79048a337c.JPGIMG_2549.thumb.JPG.3bb9573a9de2753fbd008a700bad1ed3.JPG

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