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    1948 Sterling HC 175

    Kept working on the details today and last nite. The front bumper is now done along with the headlights and brackets. The doors have been opened after much scribing but they came out quite well. Getting closer to some paint on the cab!!
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    1948 Sterling HC 175

    Here's where we are as of today with the Sterling. I'm modeling a 1948 Sterling, Dave. Brass sheet has been used to form the hood so it can open. The bumper is now brass as well since the kit bumper was straight and did not have the curved ends like most of the trucks that I am trying to construct. Next up will be to get the doors open. Bumper has been primed and I will post pix of it shortly. The engine is a compilation of various pieces from the parts box including a Pete block and oil plan and transmission. Much of the rest is simply plastic tubing, sheet stock and craft wire. A shot of the engine bay with the hood side open. The louvers still have to be added along with a strip for the Sterling name plate.
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    Mack B61 fuel hauler

    I've heard some things about the Rubber Duck Mack that suggest that the model is not that close to the real thing. Comparisons to photos indicate some adjustments may be necessary. Not my personal observations; only what I have heard from others who have done the research.
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    Mack B61 fuel hauler

    That's been my experience with AITM castings as well. There is very little prep work that needs to be done with them before painting.
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    Mack B61 fuel hauler

    Good job, Brian. How was your experience working with the resin? Looks like it took the paint really well.
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    1948 Sterling HC 175

    Thank you, Brian. Plenty of work ahead on this one!
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    1948 Sterling HC 175

    The original that was reworked was sent back to AITM and was cast again. This time with the shorter hood and 5 louvers. Since receiving it back the frame has been worked on and the drive train made up. I took the jackshaft from the Monogram Mack AC kit. The sprockets and chains are from Micro-Mark. Wheels came from the AMT ALF kit and the tires are resin castings. Lots of small stuff done to create the front axle so that the wheels can be posed. King pins are brass tubing. Tie rod the same. Next up will be do make the steering arm and connect it to a steering box. Also about 1/4" was cut off the bottom of the hood and cab. Many Sterlings were cut just below the door lines.
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    Al B

    Only other option I know of is to build your own. Use Evergreen strip stock to build the springs up by cutting varying lengths and glueing them together. Only thing is I'd round of the edges first or you will loose the individual leaf look of the finished spring cluster. Brackets would have to be similarly made out of strip stock and perhaps tube stock. Another choice is to make them from brass stock soldered together at each end.
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    Mashpee 354 is finished.

    Yes, they do push over trees with that top bar but the idea behind it is to just get the tree leaning. The bottom bar does all the work. Anyway the real rig is multi-fuel, I believe.
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    Pete wrecker rebuild

    OOO! OOO! Big dent in the cab corner?? Assume that will be coming out.
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    Reo Gold Comet

    Here's what it looks like built up. Just up on blocks for now. Time to start working up a frame.
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    Mashpee 354 is finished.

    That's nice work, Paul. Scaling up is not easy to do, especially if what you are working from is in any way questionable. I did this M-52 from photos and measurements taken from the actual piece and it was a fair amount of work. The hardest part was to get the hood right. Fortunately I did a mold and was able to cast it. The rest is just sheet stock. The builder of this real rig overdid the front bar work in my opinion. But that is the way the truck was made so that is what I did to reproduce it in 1/25 scale.
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    Hello from across the pond

    Yes, a big welcome from this side of the pond! No FB here either. I can stay out of trouble that way! Glad you are here. Hope to see some builds when you can do some posting.
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    Mashpee 354 is finished.

    What scale is that, Paul. That's pretty cool! Cab from the Renwall wrecker kit by any chance?
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    Reo Gold Comet

    Got the first casting back today from AITM. It came out great, even if I do say so myself. Dave Natale did a fantastic job! So here are some pics of the casting pieces and what it looks when the fenders and cab are put together. The grill is easily opened up with an Xacto knife and some small files. There is just a skim coat over the openings. Same with the door handles. Just a file and Xacto will open them up. ks like