Will be a "cabover Pete with a reefer on" when finished, model inspired by an old National Geographic article from February 1974. Fairly stock build of the old AMT kit with modifications as required. Article gave a couple hints like 318 horsepower engine and 16 forward gears to shift so I'm using the kit Detroit engine with transmission from a Road Boss kit.
Thanks guys, those classic cabovers do make a sharp looking truck.
Hood hinge upgrade was something of a "must do" as kit's bumper is being replaced with the narrow version, a fellow modeller gave me a proper resin bumper which of course won't make for a very solid cab mounting point (AMT's 352 kit has you glue lower hinge part to back of bumper).
Paint has cured to the stage where frame can be handled! Drive wheels now installed, been working on cab, air conditioner modified to more closely resemble shape of one on prototype truck. Front wheels will get Alclad so won't be installed for a while:
Engine in place, rad hoses and other lines to be added yet:
Some simple details inside the "red oval" cab: styrene sheet headliner above driving compartment, .188 square strip styrene header above windshield, .015 x.188 sunvisors, .040 disks for interior light bases. 7/32" styrene tube replaced kit part for "redwood" intake stack:
Outside, kit air conditioner grille will be used, styrene strip & marker light lenses added, this part will get Alclad chrome. Fan taken from scrap N scale diesel locomotive shell added to top of a/c box, molded on grab handles on front of cab removed, spares box Italeri "Superliner" ones used instead.
I had a couple diesel shells in the model railway "junk box", may not be 100% correct but looks better than just a plain a/c box. Best part was the fan didn't cost anything and I still have a couple more for future projects.
First coat of paint on cab! At first I thought an ivory was proper colour, after painting a test piece of sprue it looked too yellow so used plain 'ol Insignia White (Testors Model Master line) instead. No "no touch" for at least a week, then mask for dark blue.