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  1. And here's the finished result of my work. With the license plate and IFTA decals on, and outside pictures in decent weather, I think I can call this truck done. All that's left is the Build-Off judging itself...
  2. The Build-Off Peterbilt is getting close to completion! I have the hood functional, the mirrors are on and I made a big bumper from styrene. All that's left is the fenders over the rear wheels; I'm still not sure about the definite style and way of attaching them, but I have some time left to figure that out. License plate decals and IFTA decals are last. The stack tips are in place as well, but I'm not really sure If that was smart. I might have to work on the underside of the truck a little for that. Oh well...
  3. A little progress on the Build-Off Pete. Not much, but haven't had much time to tinker around. I'd say the truck is on the home stretch here; mirror brackets are on, rear mudflaps and tail lights. The exhaust tips I have ready as well, just waiting before I have put some work behind me that could snap them off again. The hood is done and waiting as well, I just need to figure out the hinges since the resin aftermarket part isn't prepared for the kit's hinges. Also I fear that I might have mounted the cab a little too high (talking about halves of millimeters) so I need to set the hood just right. With all the effort on the C15, I try to make the hood functional. After that it's off to the upfitter, for the custom bumper and rear fenders. Mirrors will be the last items on, last decals will be the license plates.
  4. Somewhere I picked up the Italeri LAFD Heavy Wrecker kit. I wasn't too hyped about it, because I have seen pics of the real truck and it's not a WS but a Pete. Anyway, the kit was dirt cheap so I decided to get it. I (still) have tons of Italeri Peterbilt kits in stock, and started with the assembly of a 377 model. I built a daycab panel from styrene, and used tanks from a Revell of Germany kit (slightly cut down); no battery box, they can also fit under the passenger seat, right? The wrecker body (I think it's called a Bro) I assembled and painted next. Also I scratchbuilt a tool cabinet. When I did the final assembly, I found out the Italerians designed this kit with two separate frames; one for the truck and one for the wrecker body. If you don't adapt either, the body will sit too high, as you can see in one of the pics. Nice… I cut out the frame from the wrecker body to make it sit better. This also meant I had to adjust the tool cabinet. The final result from this operation is that the white stripe over the side looks a little bit misaligned...
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    Parts Box Pete

    Over the years I have accumulated many leftover parts, aftermarket parts and what not; most of them Peterbilt parts. I figured there might be a complete truck hiding in them all, and set out to see how far I got. I had a 378 hood already converted to a 379-119, Peterbilt cab and sleeper parts, so the make and model were easily determined. The one thing I didn't have, however, was a spare engine. KFS sorted that problem with their CAT 3406 kit; sadly discontinued as well. Somewhere in the pars I found a second drive shaft that was a little longer and sturdier that a normal one, so I figured a "Canadian Spread" would be nice. Also a flattop, since I had the 63" sleeper flat roof part lying around. For the Canadian look, I ordered Cooney decals from (yes, again) www.modeltruckin.com. I'm very happy with their products! I had a little help from some Canadian friends in them sending over reference pics of Cooney Peterbilts. All in all I'm pretty happy with the result; in my Big Move 3 years ago I lost a mudflap however, I still need to cut a new one… And make some outside pics.
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    Joris Scholte

    Hi all, just a some words to introduce myself here. Born in The Netherlands, but emigrated to Switzerland. I started building trucks in '04 or '05 or so, having a job then that gave me lots of free time because of the irregular hours. Although the job changed (as well as the country I live in, the girlfriend and the amount of time off), the truck building stayed. It's for me a nice way to relax and be creative. I don't build every moment I have time, but I try to keep on tinkering. My main interest is in Peterbilt trucks, although other American brands I like as well. Eurotrucks I don't care that much for, but sometimes I build one. Over the years I developed a preference for building the kits not box-stock. I mostly prefer to alter kits and do my own ideas. Also a reason why I prefer American trucks, I have the feeling that they're easier and nicer with some custom parts. Any questions about me, feel free to ask!
  7. This Peterbitl 379-127 I made in the last months for a Facebook Build-Off. Casey here asked me to do a blog about the building of this truck, you can find it on this site. The truck I'm calling done. P&P 379-127 parts (note the newer style mirrors and window sills, and therefore it has a newer style dash to match) and I think the big toolbox on the rear I got from P&P as well. Frame stretch, to manage a lift axle. Big Cat C15 under the hood. The C15 and lift axle are products by moluminum.com. Front and rear bumper are scratch built, the rear fenders are modified Revell of Germany items.
  8. Some work has been done on the big beast. I completed the engine setup, which means that I put on the exhaust system. For that I had to attach the cab to have the exhaust stacks in place. I cut off the exhaust tips, I want different tips. And while I was at it, I also put on the sleeper. Wheels I put on the axles; I used chromed 10-holed wheels with round holes from an Italeri Western Star kit I had saved, because I ran into a little issue with the lift axle. The rims I ordered fit the axle hub, but they are too wide for my taste; the tires that came with them have a pretty rough thread, more fitting on a dumper I think. It took some consideration, but my buddy Patrick Tompkins gave me a tip about using AMT wheels. They're a little smaller, like 22.5", and they would do well. These wheels come with round holes, and to keep the wheels more or less looking uniform the Western Star wheels were to go on the other axles. I put Italeri trailer tires on the front axle, they're a little wider than the standard truck tires. I do need to remember to put on the axle hubs on the front axle, though... With the battery boxes and tanks in place, the truck has now entered the "Roller" stage; she should be able to move under her own power now. I'm getting more and more happy with how this truck is turning out! As you might notice, the truck has two extra air tanks inside the frame, right about where the lift axle is located.
  9. Thanks! It's a completely different kit than the RoG 359, that's for sure. Neither are 100% perfect, but with some effort and determination you can go far with them.
  10. The AMT 359 and dumper trailer. I adapted the tractor a little, Revell of Germany fenders on it. I built a tool cabinet to go on the frame and beacons on the roof. for the rest pretty much box-stock.
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    Peterbilt 359

    Thank you! This one has never been modified or rebuilt since I put it together. For the moment I'm keeping it like this anyway!
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    Peterbilt 359

    Just another Peterbilt in my early building years. Not really an idea, just building it. The striping I did myself. For the rest, nothing fancy; I do think there's this 70-ies look about it. A "Catercummins" under the hood...
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    Peterbilt 377 Fleet Tractor

    Thanks! It's an older one, but it was fun to do this. And you're right, the 377 seems like the ugly ducking, not just in real life but also in modelling. Too bad, I really like them.
  14. This Italeri Pete I built with a twist; single stack on a rack behind the cab, fairings between the cab and sleeper, spotter mirrors on the fenders. 2-Hole wheels from KFS, just something slightly different. The standard Detroit 60 Series under the hood.
  15. A great source for inspiration is the site truckpaper.com. Some years back I found this Peterbilt 378 listed there. I started out building along these lines, although mine became a Peterbilt 379-119. Scratchbuilt headache rack, battery box, daycab panel and rear fenders. Tanks from a Revell of Germany Peterbilt 359, robbed some other parts from other kits here and there. The frame used came from a kit I bought on Ebay, already partly assembled and warped as, well, you know. Tried to correct it, but it still shows. The cab panels are still the original from the kit, but I put in a '05 and up dash from P&P Vintage kits, thus making it an '05 model. Made outside pics of this truck here recently.
  16. Thank you! Indeed, it's a good combo.
  17. The first "Swiss built" truck, a Peterbilt 377 from Italeri with some minor alterations. The first kit I built after moving over here, just to see if I still could...
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    From the album: Peterbilt 379-127

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    Peterbilt 379-127

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    From the album: Peterbilt 379-127

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    From the album: Peterbilt 379-127

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    From the album: Peterbilt 379-127