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    Mashpee 354 International R190

    Here are a couple of updates. The cab is now in paint and some of the details have been added. Still lots to do but now and then it is fun to deviate from the general build and concentrate on the fun stuff. The paint is Duplicolor right from the can. I like it because it dries quickly and is a hard finish. Easy to polish out. I did the IH decals on my computer copying the logo from a photo of the real one. Then it was downsized and printed on an ALPS printer. The seat came from the '50 Chevy. It was brush painted with acrylic Model Master medium tan. When put on over Duplicolor primer it flowed perfectly into a nice even coat. Bare Metal Foil was used on the grill bars. Headlight bezels are now glued in place. Next up is to lightly sand and polish the hood and doors.
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    Mashpee 354 International R190

    Since the last post several things have been done. Doors have been opened by scribing and sawing. Then brass butt hinges were added to the cab and doors. The interior tub has been put in place also. When the doors were cut away the cab became very flimsy since it was only held together by the A posts at the windshield. I also cut away the cast in place headlight surrounds and substituted the chrome ones from a Ford truck kit. The door interiors have been painted with inside latches and window cranks made from bright aluminum wire. The dash board has been sanded for fitting and the cast in place gages were cut off. A decal was made of all of the gages and overlaid with photoetched bezels. The seat will be painted the same as the top of the dash as an accent color. Gear shift, hand brake and 4 wheel drive lever are ready for installation.
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    1932 Mack AP

    A scratch built 1932 Mack AP used in constructing Boulder Dam. Chassis is a stretched AC frame and modified wheels for hard rubber in the rear and pneumatic tires in front. The radiator was stretched also. Body is constructed of sheet plastic stock. Chains and sprockets at the rear wheels are from MicroMark.
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    Mashpee 354 International R190

    This is on the workbench and will eventually be a model of Mashpee 354, a brush truck for the Town of Mashpee Fire Department. The cab is an Illini Replicas casting. Frame is from an Ertl kit and was extended. Tires are resin castings made from a 3D printed master. The engine is re-worked from a 1941 Chevy kit engine.
  5. Got to finish this for my better half before going back to truck building. I may try another old Mack. We'll see.
  6. 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!🤣
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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!🙄
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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. 🙂
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    1925 AC MACK Recovery unit.

    Pretty unique piece! Well done!
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