Monday, May 16, 2011


On the workbench and recently finished



I'm often asked where I buy kits and supplies from.  I use many sources ranging from hobby shops (Trains and Things in Traverse City, Michigan, Soapy and Sons in Marquette, Michigan, N.E.W.Hobby in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Hobby Horse in Madison, Wisconsin and about any hobby shop I find in my travels.).  I use Hobby Horse for BSI CA glues and supplies as they are the mail-order store for BSI glues. www.hobbyhorse.com.  For resin, I buy from just about everybody, AITM, Spauldings, KFS, Auslowe, Illini, P&P, Plaskit, GW Trucks, Klaus Clever, Mo'Luminum etc,.   I try to buy something from everyone.  At times I forget to give credit to the source - this isn't a snub, just a slip of the memory.  I buy new kits where ever I find a good deal.  Stores, eBay, on-line sellers, etc.  Evergreen and Plastruct plastic sheets and shapes are purchased where ever I find them  N.E.W. Hobby usually has a good selection of large sheets.   I joke that if I leave a hobby shop without spending $100.00 I've done something wrong.

I'm always on the lookout for something new - and love the learn new tricks from other modelers. ~ Tim

 Future Projects

Workbench photos from 2010 - click here


Moebius Models International LoneStar

LoneStar on YouTube


The LoneStar build - click here.


388 Michigan Tanker Tractor

AutoreOilPB388July2008.jpg (165054 bytes) The inspiration as seen in July of 2008 (note the price of gas! Gasp.. we're getting close to that again)

I started this '08 Peterbilt 388 after seeing a then brand new 388 for Autore Oil Company of Cedarville, Michigan.  I scratchbuilt the hood and daycab panel in July of '08 then ran out of steam on the project when I couldn't get the intricate scroll work pinstripe decals and logos made.   I assembled the frame and polished the paint recently.  I will attempt my own pin stripes using Kit Form Services www.kitformservices.com pin stripe decals.   

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Autore388pinstriped32611.jpg (141300 bytes) Autore388pinstrip32611.jpg (92926 bytes) Autore388stripedrght32611.jpg (113762 bytes) Using Kit Form Services scroll and pin stripe decal sheets I attempted the pin stripes.  3/26/11

Autore388cabinets32711.jpg (122985 bytes) Autore388batbx32711.jpg (124599 bytes) Battery box, DPF cover and tool cabinet fabricated.  3/27/11

Autoredecaled4811.jpg (162424 bytes) Autoredecalleft4811.jpg (122490 bytes) Autore Oil Lettering applied.  Special thanks to Charlie Rowley.  4/8/11

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Autoredeckplate51411.jpg (150274 bytes) Autore388cabmockup51611.jpg (184177 bytes) Autore388mockup51611.jpg (152089 bytes) Cab temporarily on the frame. 5/16/11

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North to Alaska - 70's style

352H resin cab painted in '04 - badly warped while in storage - now hopefully saved after heating and cooling the cab and manipulating it back to shape. I also polished and waxed the clear coat.   This will be an Alaskan Hauler 352H.  4/29/11

Tom Stephen Photo from www.HanksTruckPictures.com




Big Pete Hook

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Inspired by a '76 Peterbilt 359SBFA wrecker in Marquette, Michigan.  Mine will be quite different. 359SBFAFormulaOne.jpg (196156 bytes)

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BigHookfoiled41711.jpg (164415 bytes) BigHookpolished41711.jpg (170568 bytes) Polished and foiled.  4/17/11

BigHookstripe41811.jpg (137821 bytes) BigHookyellowstripe.jpg (181482 bytes) Yellow separator stripe added. 4/18/11

BigHookbumper42011.jpg (133750 bytes) BigHookrawdoor.jpg (118436 bytes) BigHookdoorraw.jpg (127350 bytes) BigHookinterior42011.jpg (113218 bytes) BigHookdash42011.jpg (132347 bytes) BigHookglass42011.jpg (137886 bytes) BigHooktestbody42111.jpg (157927 bytes) BigHookbodytestfit42111.jpg (137710 bytes) 4/21/11

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BigHookPeterbilt5311.jpg (223678 bytes) BigHookRear5311.jpg (157672 bytes) BigHook359right5311.jpg (208453 bytes) BigHookabove5311.jpg (140509 bytes)  BigHookfront5311.jpg (131129 bytes)

BigHook359left.jpg (204224 bytes) BigHookVector.jpg (107761 bytes) BigHookflag5311.jpg (169237 bytes) BigHookrhtcbcls.jpg (134587 bytes) BigHookcableft5311.jpg (210067 bytes) BigHookcabclslft.jpg (151835 bytes) BigHookaboveshadow5311.jpg (166800 bytes) 

The Big Hook is as finished as she'll be until I can decide on a company name.  5/3/11





Sugar Cane Tractor

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This project was started in 2003.  I modified an AMT Peterbilt 359 cab into the Severe Service cab, scratchbuilt the 381/383 long hood, grille/radiator, fenders and cage in '03, painted the cab in '04 and put it back into the box.   On 4/1/11 I brought this long-dormant project back out and assembled the frame, running gear and other components.

SugarCanewindow4311.jpg (54561 bytes) SugarCanerearlft4311.jpg (117963 bytes) SugarCanelft4311.jpg (128238 bytes) SugarCaneside4311.jpg (191604 bytes) SugarCaneleftclose4311.jpg (184191 bytes)  4/3/11

The cab and interior are AMT Pete 359.  The hood, grille, bumper, fenders are scratchbuilt.  The chassis is Evergreen channel for the rails and the kit cross members.  The rear suspension is from a built-up Autocar dump truck (thank's Bob Spear).  The tires and wheels are old RNK resin items.  A little more weathering to the tires and chassis and it will be ready for some outdoor photos.  

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LNG Powered 367


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2/17/11 started

ExtCabframe22211.jpg (214946 bytes) Extcabprimed22211.jpg (113530 bytes) Extcabtestframe22211.jpg (122849 bytes) Extcabtestside22211.jpg (117121 bytes) Extcabtestparts22211.jpg (113729 bytes) 2/22/11

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 ExtCabtesttank22511.jpg (86044 bytes) Extcabmock22511.jpg (98294 bytes) 2/25/11    ExtCabchassis22611.jpg (154378 bytes) Extcabframe22611.jpg (110670 bytes) Extcabbits22611.jpg (78242 bytes) 2/26/11

The paint - Duplicolor primers for body flaws, Zinzer/BIN sealer to seal the bodywork and resin, Duplicolor white primer, multiple coats of Krylon "School Bus Yellow."

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DPFboxesandbrackets.jpg (80210 bytes) ExtCabframe3411.jpg (100784 bytes) extcabtail3411.jpg (79085 bytes) ExtCabframeright3411.jpg (81068 bytes) 3/4/11 frame ready for paint.

Extcabframewhite3511.jpg (85179 bytes) Frame in white primer/sealer   The frame looks like it would take a big sleeper COE cab at this point.

DashingDialsprimed3611.jpg (96290 bytes) Interiorbits3811.jpg (95388 bytes) 3/8/11 - interior paint work  extcabroughseat3911.jpg (73015 bytes) extcabseats3911.jpg (62335 bytes) extcabnewfloor3911.jpg (84940 bytes) Interior work 3/9/11

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Extcabexhrear31111.jpg (90622 bytes) Extcabtankheldup31111.jpg (98852 bytes) extcabno1testfit31111.jpg (102083 bytes) extcabLNGtankon31111.jpg (71765 bytes) ExtCabexhaust31111.jpg (142493 bytes) 3/11/11 9pm

extcabdashwheel31211.jpg (115304 bytes) extcabdash31211.jpg (34727 bytes) extcabint31211.jpg (79518 bytes) Extcabtankslamps31211.jpg (57256 bytes) 3/12/11

  extcabdefadded31211.jpg (102834 bytes) Extcabdieseltank31211.jpg (108084 bytes) Extcabtankstop31211.jpg (67992 bytes) extcabrhstp31211.jpg (103749 bytes) extcabrhstep31211.jpg (113925 bytes) extcableftstep31211.jpg (150131 bytes) extcableftstepreflectcab31211.jpg (56225 bytes) extcabfueltankstep31211.jpg (101039 bytes) extcabfanned31211.jpg (64900 bytes) 3/12/11

extcabtestroof31311.jpg (102646 bytes) ExtCabrooffairtest31311.jpg (83983 bytes) Extcabgrillemesh31311.jpg (75112 bytes) ExtCabtestfairings31311.jpg (69887 bytes) ExtCabfairingtest31311.jpg (93938 bytes) extCabpartsparts31311.jpg (132941 bytes) extcabcarvedpaint31311.jpg (54473 bytes) 3/13/11 mid-day progress.  I had to literally carve into the paint on the roof to allow the roof fairing to sit properly - when I made the fairing I didn't take into consideration the thickness of primers and multiple layers of paints. 

I added a couple of little engine bits, nothing special, just a couple of hoses.

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ExtcabRedEngine31411.jpg (135840 bytes) My slightly modified "Red Engine". extcabwhatif31411.jpg (91278 bytes) Extcabgettingclose31411.jpg (87415 bytes) 3/14/11 ExtCabtankstake231711.jpg (118915 bytes) 3/17/11

I took a 3 day break to do some painting - kitchen, bathroom and laundry room.

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ExtCabGrillebars.jpg (156453 bytes) ExtcabgrillebarsA32111.jpg (58395 bytes) ExtCabgrillebarsB32111.jpg (152362 bytes) Grille Bars - 3/21/11

ExtCabhorn32111.jpg (79512 bytes) ExtCabOnFrame32111.jpg (145198 bytes) ExtCabOnskirt32111.jpg (141370 bytes) ExtCabMirrorsOn32111.jpg (128151 bytes) ExtCabMirrorscoop32111.jpg (121005 bytes) ExtCabhoodon32111.jpg (153268 bytes) 3/21/11 Cab on frame.

Extcabrear32211.jpg (152711 bytes) ECreadyforaero.jpg (135725 bytes) extcabnofairings32211.jpg (112419 bytes) exycabdeck32211.jpg (209472 bytes) ECreadyforaeroright.jpg (116502 bytes) Ready for the aero treatment.  3/22/11

EXLNGwarning32311.jpg (160939 bytes) ECLNGventstack32311.jpg (145964 bytes) ECbeforeaeroparts32311.jpg (178805 bytes) ECsidenoaero32311.jpg (146600 bytes) Corrections and a few parts added 3/23/11

Robertextenders32311.jpg (141331 bytes) Robertroofrear32311.jpg (160646 bytes) Robertrooffairing32311.jpg (159116 bytes) Robertextendersonly32311.jpg (151411 bytes) Robertleftrear32311.jpg (153250 bytes) Roberthoodmirrors32311.jpg (116982 bytes) robertreflectextender.jpg (95412 bytes) 3/23/11 9:30pm

Robert367test1032411.jpg (130825 bytes) Robert367032411.jpg (170087 bytes) Robert367rhttest32411.jpg (130542 bytes) Robert367left32411.jpg (149610 bytes) Robert367testright32411.jpg (153849 bytes) Robert367cabrear32411.jpg (171143 bytes) Robert367cableftrear32411.jpg (158267 bytes) Robert367closeleft32411.jpg (194839 bytes) 3/24 almost done Robertnotankbrackets32411.jpg (146484 bytes) Robertextendbrkt32411.jpg (136042 bytes) Robert367above32411.jpg (183542 bytes)

 Robert337text040611.jpg (161654 bytes) Robert367abovetext.jpg (142264 bytes) RobertD130751window.jpg (73661 bytes) 367gotgas.jpg (37587 bytes) RobertPQIclose.jpg (156375 bytes) RobertPQIleft4611.jpg (116245 bytes) 4/6/11 Could it be finished? Still needs mudflap hangers.

Roberbocutp4711.jpg (147100 bytes) Robert367dash.jpg (63203 bytes) Robert367hoodopen4711.jpg (196689 bytes) robert367left4711.jpg (134564 bytes) robert367rearleft4711.jpg (188849 bytes) robert367rght4711.jpg (237177 bytes) robert367test4711.jpg (128160 bytes) robert3674711.jpg (151525 bytes) Robertabovelfthwy4711.jpg (124575 bytes) Robertaboverear4711.jpg (123138 bytes) robertatpipes4711.jpg (115774 bytes) robertatthedoor4711.jpg (129170 bytes) Robertboc4711.jpg (92753 bytes) robertboctest4711.jpg (183424 bytes) Roberthoodtp4711.jpg (101164 bytes) Robertleftrearutp4711.jpg (199491 bytes) Robertlftrearutp4711.jpg (148175 bytes) robertouttest4711.jpg (133238 bytes) robertoverthecrown4711.jpg (95069 bytes) robertpullingouttest4711.jpg (111701 bytes) robertredmotor4711.jpg (116817 bytes) Robertrghtsouth4711.jpg (154101 bytes) Robertrightcloseboc4711.jpg (126346 bytes) Roberttestrear4711.jpg (131420 bytes) roberttesttim4711.jpg (126058 bytes) Robertutpcab4711.jpg (92521 bytes) Robertwindshield4711.jpg (92696 bytes) robertintest4711.jpg (56106 bytes) Robertlookingoverthebird.jpg (135363 bytes) 4/7/11



389 Tri-Drive Dumper 


I got the idea for this from the sleeper cab equipped tri-drive dump trucks seen in western Canada.  Photographs on www.hankstruckpictures.com serve as the inspiration. (photo borrowed by Hank's Truck Forum)

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white389foiled111710.jpg (109258 bytes) white389BMFd111710.jpg (136516 bytes) Bare Metal Foil applied.  11/17/10 white389chassis112010.jpg (144542 bytes) Chassis built 11/20/10

Three frames painted black and ready for assembly.  11/22/10

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white389bodymounted21111.jpg (147746 bytes) white389boxon21111.jpg (128339 bytes) white389dumpon21111.jpg (152856 bytes) white389rear21111.jpg (155683 bytes) Almost finished.  2/11/11 Still needs the tarp, tow pins and company names.

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white389cabcloselft21211.jpg (98310 bytes) white389DEFDPF21211.jpg (212953 bytes) white389closecab21211.jpg (187044 bytes) 2/12/11



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ExtCabdashruff3511.jpg (103334 bytes) ExtCabdashblank3511.jpg (118092 bytes) Making a new style Peterbilt dash  3/5/11 

Dashingcarved3611.jpg (57210 bytes) Dashing2030611.jpg (64045 bytes) Dashingshape3611.jpg (53571 bytes) Dashingprimed3611.jpg (61027 bytes) Dashings3611.jpg (123993 bytes) 3/6/11

Dashingbits3611.jpg (123314 bytes) DashingDialsprimed3611.jpg (96290 bytes) Dashingback3611.jpg (58690 bytes) Generic bits and pieces for dials and switches.  3/6/11

Doorsnewerstyle3611.jpg (49936 bytes) Doorsanddash3711.jpg (29460 bytes) My rendition of Platinum style door panels. 3/7/11

danewdashwithwood.jpg (253261 bytes) dashnowoodontop.jpg (157517 bytes) The Real Thing


378 Yellow Hauler

  yellow378PBTphoto.jpg (121258 bytes) The inspiration - a photo from Hank's Truck Pictures. 

   anotherPBcab7610.jpg (74953 bytes) Yellow378Cleared71010.jpg (67399 bytes) This will be a 378 Heavy Haul tractor.  The real truck is an oddity.  Yellow cab, hood and sleeper with yellow painted wheels - except for the lift axle which is a polished wheel.  The battery and tool boxes are painted black like the chassis, yet the fuel tanks are nicely polished with 4 straps.  No visor.  Small bumper.  

  7/7/10 yellow378hood111510.jpg (92147 bytes) yellow378polish111510.jpg (80811 bytes) 11/15/10 polishing. yellow378batterybox11010.jpg (103593 bytes) yellow378chassis112010.jpg (127442 bytes) yellow378chassisrear112010.jpg (134447 bytes) 

yellow378paintedparts1811.jpg (134030 bytes) yellow378parts1811.jpg (124491 bytes) yellow378bumperwork1711.jpg (114308 bytes) yellow378bumperprime1811.jpg (73875 bytes) 1/7/11 progress. Yellow378foiledbumper11011.jpg (85538 bytes) 1/8/11 bumper.


Yellow378grillescreen11011.jpg (115396 bytes) Yellow378tireson010911.jpg (87061 bytes) Yellow378tiresonleft1911.jpg (88921 bytes) Yellow378progress1911.jpg (110853 bytes) Yellow378cabonleft11011.jpg (130242 bytes) Yellow378cabonright11011.jpg (140621 bytes) Cab on Frame 1/10/11


yellow378lampsstock.jpg (41126 bytes) yellow378lampsblack.jpg (52416 bytes) yellow378lamplenses.jpg (55278 bytes) yellow378lamp2.jpg (74342 bytes) yellow378lamp1.jpg (50697 bytes) yellow378stocklampsonwhite.jpg (83489 bytes) I don't like the stock look of the headlamps so I black out the recessed ring on the lamp pod and apply Bare Metal Foil around the lens and the back side of the lens.  The black adds a bit of depth and the BMF seems to provide a better reflection than the stock clear lens.  1/12/11

yellow378rooflightsstock.jpg (49045 bytes) yellow378rooflightwblack.jpg (57788 bytes) yellow378roofnoblack.jpg (39099 bytes) yellow378roofwblack.jpg (37968 bytes) yellow378rooflightsn11211.jpg (30039 bytes) yellow378rooflights011211.jpg (41150 bytes) I used a Sharpie black marker to highlight the rubber grommet base for the roof lights.  1/12/11

Yellow378nomuffler11211.jpg (63625 bytes) Yellow378aeroshieldsraw11111.jpg (106730 bytes) yellow378brightwork11211.jpg (118927 bytes) The real truck as aero-shields instead of traditional muffler heat shields.  I made mine from K&S flat aluminum bent around the kit muffler.  I punched holes in the metal for mounting the grab handles.  The shields are wrapped in chrome vinyl for a stainless look.  Aluminum tube is substituted for the kit mufflers.  This is my first attempt at the shields using aluminum.  I have tried plastic without good results. 1/11/11

379aeroshields20071plastic.jpg (98273 bytes) Aeroshields made from plastic in '07.

yellow378spotmirror011211.jpg (64395 bytes) yellwo378hoodmountsrh11311.jpg (95536 bytes) yellow378fndrmrrmnts11311.jpg (89262 bytes) yellow378fndrmirrorrh11311.jpg (96561 bytes) yellow378hood11311.jpg (90292 bytes) I used pics of mirrors that Kurt McLucas made for inspiration for mine.

yellow379packedup011211.jpg (127083 bytes) yellow378mirrorarm11311.jpg (122258 bytes) yellow378mirrorarmleft11311.jpg (98470 bytes) Mirror arms and braces installed.  1/13/11  yellow378daleks.jpg (55641 bytes) 

Yellow378tilt11411.jpg (140452 bytes) yellow378hoodandbunk11411.jpg (151258 bytes) yellow378assyIiview11411.jpg (176403 bytes) I swear the nameplate decal drooped while setting up.  Hmmmm. 1/14/11yellow378flaps11411.jpg (93446 bytes) yellow378rearnobunk11411.jpg (105079 bytes) 

yellow378interior11611.jpg (51204 bytes) yellow378hoodnewlogo11511.jpg (124422 bytes) Yellow378bunkonleft11611.jpg (111701 bytes) Yellow378sleeperon11611.jpg (139101 bytes) Yellow378sleeperonleft11611.jpg (129774 bytes) yellow378cabslpr11611.jpg (106830 bytes) yellow378mirroraircleanerdoor11611.jpg (125521 bytes) yellow378hoodon11611.jpg (138217 bytes) Yellow378front11611.jpg (96713 bytes) 

Yellow378tilted11611.jpg (175467 bytes) Yellow378left11611.jpg (163944 bytes) Yellow378decked11611.jpg (126744 bytes) I need to touch up the yellow on several huck rivets and a few other spots.  1/15/11

In the photos below I've added the roof beacons using AMT amber beacons with aluminum bases. The sun came out too, so I was able to take some natural light pics.  Unfortunately the tempurature was 19f - if you look at the bug screen in the grille on the 'decked' pics the screen was bowed in - I could hear it ticking from the cold.  Once I brought the model back indoors the grille resumed its shape again.  1/16/11 

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Aero Muffler Shields


Yellow378nomuffler11211.jpg (63625 bytes) Yellow378aeroshieldsraw11111.jpg (106730 bytes) yellow378brightwork11211.jpg (118927 bytes) Many Peterbilts are fitted with polished "aero" muffler shields instead of the slotted muffler shields. I've avoided the aero shields as my earlier attempts with plastic didn't look right.  I decided to try using aluminum.   I made mine from K&S flat aluminum (part# 255 .016 thicknewss) bent around the kit muffler.  I punched holes in the metal for mounting the grab handles.  The shields are wrapped in chrome vinyl for a stainless look.  Aluminum tube is substituted for the kit mufflers.   1/11/11

379aeroshields20071plastic.jpg (98273 bytes) Aero shields made from plastic in '07 .ylw378aeroshield.jpg (67822 bytes) Shields made from aluminum covered with chrome vinyl '11.

After liking how the aero shields on the yellow 378 turned out, I decided to spend some time cutting and bending a dozen or so of them for future builds.

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Click on the thumbnail for how I made the shields.    With all of these made I won't have to remember how I did it when it comes time to build the future projects.



377* DayCab tractor


I started this little daycab in mid 2004 and painted it in September of '04 then put it back in the box.  I pulled it back out and assembled the frame and polished the paint today.  11/21/10 (6 years!).

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Comparing a 377 SFFA with a 384 and a 385.  All built from the Italeri or Revell of Germany Peterbilt 377A/E kit with modifications.

* Is it a 377 SFFA or a 375?  If a 377 then my hood is too short.  If a 375, then my hood is too long and the bumper tapers back to much.  I know one thing - it is a 1994-ish three-seventy-something.


1969-70 Peterbilt 359

 The inspiration - as seen on page 101 of Ron Adams Peterbilt-1939-1979 book.  This 359 features dual air cleaners (rare at the time) and a frame mounted luberfiner (like the Revell of Germany 359 kit has).  The AMT T500 kit is pretty close to this.    The body is virgin, but the frame, running gear and engine were built and painted bright jade green with red accents.   7/11/10 Finished 1/1/11 - the first for 2011.

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Curses, foiled again - or tanks a lot

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Fuel tanks for Italeri Peterbilts - sliced and diced to make various tank sizes.  12/29/10


Autocar Sleeper Tractor

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This project has no planned outcome, no real direction.  Just building for the fun of it.  9/11/10


Air Cleaner Reduction

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Sometimes a Peterbilt needs a smaller painted air cleaner rather than the big "trash can" size air cleaner.  I've tried using the Revell of Germany air cleaners but the mounting straps don't line up with the Italeri 378 cab.  This isn't a Revell error, the design of the mount changed from the 359 to the 379 family.   To make a smaller air cleaner assemble to the two halves of the kit air cleaner.  Saw off the screen at the top just above the raised lip.   Saw off the bottom of the canister.  Saw off the lower portion of the canister just below the lower mounting strap.  Now glue the former bottom to the top of the canister.  Take the air cleaner cap and sand off the outer rim/lip.  Mount the former cap to the bottom of the canister.  I used a resin cast air cleaner from P&P resin.   If you look on my Denton Fire 377 I used this method but applied Bare Metal Foil to the entire air cleaner. 11/26/10

visorsontwo389070410.jpg (84347 bytes)These two Peterbilt 389's were started a couple of years ago, with cab modifications and a 36" sleeper built, then put into their boxes to be finished at a later date.  I knew I had to redo the grille openings, so I decided to do that today, then make a 48" low-roof sleeper for one of them, then two custom visors for both.  I made quite the mess today.  I managed to get paint on both of them too.  The white is Duplicolor Pure White with clear coat and the yellow is Krylon School Bus Yellow.  7/4/10


 Trackless 389

  I spotted the real 389 in early spring of '10 in Epoufette, Michigan parked along US-2.  I talked with the driver for a while and after watching this yellow beauty pull out on US-2 I knew I had to build a model of it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciWYlHbzuLE

Trackless389April2010.jpg (175051 bytes) The inspiration.

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11/15/10 polished and body repair on the yellow 389.

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379 Black and Chrome

2006Peterbilt379TMC.jpg (145214 bytes) TMC379119sept2005.jpg (115711 bytes) The inspiration as seen factory-fresh in the fall of 2005.

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Early 70's Schneider Transport

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357 Heavy Haul 6x6


4940263-R1-008-2A.jpg (72019 bytes) The inspiration.

357_heavyhaulhood.jpg (15397 bytes) 3576x6112210progress.jpg (143093 bytes) 3576x6reference112310.jpg (154620 bytes)  Back in mid 2006 I modified the cab and hood and painted them white.  I then put it back in the box and slowly amassed parts for the build.  Wheels and tires from Klaus Clever, front axle from KFS.  The frame is scratchbuilt from Evergreen. Lots and lots work to go. 11/23/10

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dougwalkerdecal2.jpg (72909 bytes) DougWalkerdecals.jpg (61902 bytes) Thanks to Doug Walker for making the Schlumberger logos for me.

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Stuff I've been tinkering with

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Hot Fudge and Buckskin

2009 Peterbilt 389

The inspiration    The model

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The Italeri "Long Hauler 378" is the donor kit for this.  The hood, fenders, bumper and cab sides are from Spauldings.  The roof is from P&P  I've found the perfect way to get the roof to fit the cab - I remove the upper "lip" above the windshield and fill in the notched area on the front of the roof with plastic, then sand the of the roof so that the new plastic matches the roof.  For the visor, I trace the shape onto plastic, cut it out, then bend it to shape.  I glue the visor to the roof, then sand the roof and visor as one unit to get the right shapes.  I will cover the visor with Bare Metal Foil once painted.  I open up the backwall of the cab and the front wall of the sleeper to match the wider opening of the roof.  I add strips of Evergreen to build up the back of the cab to simulate the Unibilt walkthrough.  I have the colors on hand now, buckskin for the cab, Hot Fudge for the frame and Brownstone effect for the fenders.  7/24/10.

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The frame is Evergreen strip #382 which matches the height of the Italeri frame rail nicely.  I cut crossmembers from square plastic and cut 48 bits of Evergreen thin strip to make the crossmember top and sides.  Over 100 "bolts and hucks" were made from Evergreen hexrod that I sliced into tiny "bolts."  The wheelbase is 324" giving enough room for the lift axle and extra tool cabinets.  Everything has been painted and now awaits curing.  7/25/10.

Bishop389waxed8610.jpg (107231 bytes) bishop389wax8610.jpg (108463 bytes) I spent the last hour polishing and waxing the body.  8/6/10

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Bishop389cabmockup81910.jpg (115627 bytes) Bishop389mockup081910.jpg (125149 bytes) Headlamps cleaned up, foiled and installed.  I "cheat" with these as I mounted them both to the grille shell and to a small dab of glue to the fender.  This really helps support them and safeguard from breakage - I tend to break things when dusting models at a later date and these big 389 lamps seem to suffer more breakage due to my heavy-handed cleaning.  The fenders were mounted to the hood here.  The cab/hood/sleeper are only resting in place for the photo.  8/19/10

Bishop389onframe82110.jpg (142603 bytes) Bishop389cabonright82110.jpg (118414 bytes) Bishop389rearalmostdone82110.jpg (87343 bytes) Bishop389almostdone082110.jpg (107965 bytes) A day of rain and drizzle allowed for plenty of time at the workbench.  8/21/10

Here she is looking as she did when she left the factory 

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They can be rebuilt


I was recently given quite a few old builds and parts trucks from a modeler who built them in the late 70's and early 80s.  The trucks had been in storage for almost 30 years.   I've been taking them apart and determining what is salvageable. I'm rebuilding some in new configurations, on some I am sourcing new cabs or hoods from my parts boxes to replace damaged or warped parts.   I'm deciding 'on the fly' as to how to build the models.   Plenty of kitbashing going on with these. Thanks Denny!


Autocar axle-forward

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Starting out as a green Diamond Reo, I swapped in some left over Autocar A64B parts.  Started 10/23/10  I reworked the Autocar fenders and hood for an axle-forward version.  The bumper is scratchbuilt from plastic strips.  Bare Metal Foil was applied to the horn snow cap, radiator sides and top, cab window posts and windshield center post. 11/11/10

Transtar CO4070

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  transtarttilted120410.jpg (97827 bytes) transtarrightrear120410.jpg (87388 bytes) Transtarright120410.jpg (129533 bytes) transtarleftrear120410.jpg (91821 bytes) TranstarHiway120410.jpg (263376 bytes) TranstarHighway120410.jpg (205350 bytes) transtar120410.jpg (199776 bytes)  Transtar CO4070A.  I shortened the frame.  It will be all red.  Thanks to Eric at P&P resin for the replacement bumper.  Color is Duplicolor Victory Red over AutomotiveTouchup.com red primer.  Clear is MinWax Polyurethane.  Nice clear but not durable as it will peel off if you mask anything.     Clear parts were replaced with clear acetate.  Bare Metal Foil applied to the nameplate belt.  All other "aluminum" parts are parted with Duplicolor Bumper Chrome spray paint.  The headlamps, mirrors and wipers are from a Paystar.  The door handles are from a Lindberg Dodge L700.  Started 10/23/10-11/12/10


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I'm going with a 70's long wheelbase Alaska-type tractor.  Started 10/23/10  I stretched the frame, used the bumper from an Alaskan Hauler, scratchbuilt a drom deck using the Alaskan Hauler cab guard that was broken.  Farr dry-type air cleaner came from the Diamond Reo rebuilder and parts box.  Duplicolor Victory Red is the color with a vinyl white stripe.   

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I'm rebuilding these just as an exercise in fun.  No plan, no worry about 'the perfect gloss.'  Just fun.  How they turn out is how they turn out and will sit on the shelves.





Denton, Texas Engine 3 - 1988 Peterbilt 377

I'm way out of my comfort zone on this one..  a 1988-89 Peterbilt 377, that's the easy part.  The apparatus body perplexes me.  The last time I built a fire truck was in 1974... and the one I've chosen to "replicate" is no longer with Denton, Texas as it was auctioned off in '08.  I only have a black and white photo copy and a tiny color photo of a sibling 377 and one found by another modeler to work from.  So far I have about $10 worth of Plastruct and Evergreen used.  The Italeri 377 required little modification to the frame - namely moving the rear axle and filling in the excess mounting holes.   Started 8/29/10

The real truck - Engine 1 in this photo - photo courtesy of www.youngstownfire.com forum.

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engine3painted91610.jpg (105184 bytes) engine3paintedleft91610.jpg (92718 bytes) Engine3painted91910.jpg (131144 bytes) I tried a new primer for this, AutomotiveTouchup.com offers a bright red colored primer.  It works great. I applied 2 coats of Duplicolor Victory Red and 2 coats of clear and there isn't a single spot where the red paint pulled from edges, corners, details.   9/16/10

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Okay, I'm getting a little more comfortable working on Engine 3.  The great info on www.scalefirehouse.com sure helps!  Especially to a fire apparatus virgin like myself. Thanks to Capt. Bryce Tracy of the St.Ignace FD for valuable insight.

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engine3cabdoor92410.jpg (42212 bytes) engine3logo92410.jpg (46897 bytes) Department name and number on the doors. 9/24/10  engine3logos92510.jpg (120329 bytes) engine3lighton.jpg (24677 bytes) 9/25/10

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e3hoodreflect.jpg (91622 bytes) e3hoodopen.jpg (101949 bytes) E3grilleabove.jpg (130620 bytes) e3fronttest.jpg (116603 bytes) E3DFDleft.jpg (105509 bytes) E3DFDfront.jpg (112371 bytes) E3DFDdoorlogos.jpg (103887 bytes) e3attestcab.jpg (137371 bytes) e3attest3.jpg (52436 bytes)

e3attest2.jpg (62150 bytes) e3attest.jpg (70735 bytes) e3abovetest.jpg (107576 bytes) 9/26/10



AMT Kenworth K123 COE 


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AMT Kenworth K123 cabover right out of the box.  This was a test-shot for AMT.  No chrome plating came on any of the parts.  Started 9/1/10.

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K123leftside9510.jpg (83220 bytes) K123rightside9510.jpg (58075 bytes) K123righrear9510.jpg (105704 bytes) K123leftrear9510.jpg (137638 bytes) K123ismfs9510.jpg (54956 bytes) K123ISMFtop9510.jpg (90022 bytes) K123ISMFS09510.jpg (115541 bytes)

Built out of the box, no add ons, no changes.  I did have to modify the undercab air cleaner piping and the exhaust piping to clear the cab.  Colors are Krylon Allis Chalmers Orange, Krylon tan/biege for the engine. Black for the interior and transmission.  9/5/10

Here are a couple of other K123 kits I've built over the years..  first is the first model I built when I got back into model building in 1999 then one from 2001 and a group shot including a K123 daycab sitting on a Mama Truck frame.

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