Thanks! Front wheels on this one needed extended chrome nut covers made from 1/16 styrene hex rod (thanks Ray aka R766ST) along with chrome centre cap, metal thumbtack was right size & contour. Valve stem is .020 brass wire.
Thanks! Rear wheels next on the list, they get a bit different treatment than fronts. Nut covers are easier to make as they are just the the regular length ones. 1/16 hex rod again used to make these, molded on wheel nuts ground off. Hub reworked for proper depth and fastener detail sanded off to simulate chrome "top hat" covers. Valve stems again .020 brass wire, holes opened up to 1/8" dia to give wheel proper Alcoa appearance. Reworked & stock wheel shown for comparison:
Fuel tank is stock kit part with all molded on detail sanded smooth. Thanks again to R766ST for a pair of RoG fuel tank steps. Welded on pads for fuel cap & tank fittings made from styrene sheet, free standing straps will be made for installation after painting:
I haven't been there so can't speak from experience however I am guessing the Italian Autostrada must be truly open road as there are no brake drums in the Italeri kit! ! As they are really not visible I thought about leaving them off but the idea of 80,000# payload and no brakes is too terrifying to contemplate, even if it is "only" 1/24 scale.
Front drums from parts box, IIRC AMT Mack R, raided a K123 parts kit for the back ones.
Centres drilled out to fit over Italeri wheels, solvent cement and stippling with old brush for cast texture. Model Master burnt sienna first coat followed with roof brown (Badger Modelflex) for cast iron that has seen some heating/cooling and road salt.
Post by ap40rocktruck on Jan 1, 2013 13:21:00 GMT -8
Well done Rob! Neat technique for getting the surface right on a brake drum.
As far as Italeri & no brakes, it just seems to follow suit with so many other bits they tend to "over look"
One Freightliner chassis with a sort of Cummins N-14 used on the Ford Aeromax 120 & 106, Western Star 4900, Mack (UN licensed) Superliner, Freightliner FLD-120. Everything has a sleeper, but no day cab panel......... and we can not forget the Euro wheels & tires galore...
Thanks guys! I don't claim credit for the solvent cement cast texture detailing, I read that most recently in a new book on modelling Sherman tanks. Trying to broaden the horizons a bit and learn from/try some different techniques and modelling ideas.
Battery box scratchbuilt, .020 styrene for main body of box and .010 brass for lid as brass was easy to form radius corner and solder side panels. I had thought of aluminum sheet as it could be polished but side panel attachment would have been more difficult. Air tanks are 378 kit parts. Batteries themselves raided from the "stash", Mack Cruiseliner parts kit: