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  1. Thank you. Now that you've described it more, I might even have some here.
  2. I've been assembling some high quality resin model railroad cars with good success using Zap-a-Gap super glue. Never used 5 minute epoxy. Have no idea what exact product to get, but will try it. Specifics?
  3. Dennis

    1948 Sterling HC 175

    Stunning! I have no words to express myself. I'm beginning a Sterling conversion onto an AMT AutoCar chassis, but I'll never even come close to what you've done. Congratulations, you are quite the craftsman!
  4. Pretty new here. My first attempt. Found the AMT AutoCar A64B tractor kit to go with my $80 American Industrial Model Truck's Sterling conversion. So logic tells me to build the AMT frame and running gear and drop the Sterling cab on, right? Before I head that way, does anyone have any tips or trouble spots to avoid? I intend to build this up as a logging truck and I also have the AMT log trailer kit. I recently built the AMT, "Construction Bulldozer," kit also in 1:25, using all the you tube videos I could find. There were several pit falls in the building process, but it came out OK. Still weathering it. Interestingly, the bottom of the bulldozer kit's box had sprue diagrams with numbers printed to match instruction sheet. AutoCar has the diagram on box bottom, but..........zero numbers. Not much help. Just go by photos. I do see another thread here on a Sterling that looks really, good, however, with me using a donor chassis, I'm still asking this. Thanks for comments, Dennis
  5. A64B: Thank you for your reply. Actually, I have already purchased the Autocar tandem tractor. Would this be any different in terms of undercarriage from your dump truck reference? Everything around our house gets fouled up November through end-of-year. I'll be lucky to get started on much until January, but that gives me time to squeeze in stocking up on parts, etc.
  6. Beautiful photographs. Thank you. Really pulls at me to re-create such a system in the model. Not sure if I'm up to it.......will have to experiment. The motorcycle parts links are appreciated.....I might have to look into one to give it a try. Wonder if anyone else has ever done it?
  7. Well, dog-gone!! I knew earlier Sterlings were chain drive but it never occurred to me the one I got from AIT fell into that category. Now I have no idea what chassis to buy or what parts to chase to replicate the chain drive!! For most vehicle models I've ever built, I always liked those where the wheels would turn. I was expecting to achieve that here as well, but a chain drive mechanism is a real challenge. Anyone have thoughts as how to proceed? Anyone done an, "active," chain drive chassis?????
  8. Received the Sterling conversion kit from AIMT. REALLY looks good. Expensive, but I am glad I got it. I think I'll take advice here and look for an AMT Reo or Autocar for it's chassis. Not sure how, "drop in," it will end up being; I'm sure some fitting will be required. Likely will get the Autocar. Thank you all for the help.
  9. Thank you. I ordered AIT's Sterling kit. I've always liked early Sterlings since I was a kid and saw them on the road. Not cheap, but...... Now I need to research what base kit/chassis to buy to build the conversion on. All AIT's kits/parts appear to be 1:25, which is what I've settled on. Back to more shopping/homework.....
  10. Not much luck doing search. What I'd really like is a 1950's era log truck in 1:20 scale to use with that scale model logging railroad. Don't think I'll find that. On a gamble today, I picked up the AMT 1103 Peerless logging trailer in 1:25, new, $29. Could be OK in that scale, but am having trouble finding a suitable 1950's vintage truck to hook it up to that would match scale. AMT has a couple, but later years.......might have to adapt/bash???? Any tips/thoughts would be appreciated. Not much out there in older conventionals that I can find. Thanks, Dennis