Many of you have seen these on a neighbouring forum, these three Kenworths are currently underway for a club build project there. This is the main reason I haven't been posting a lot of "in progress" on some other ongoing projects recently, with these well on the way to completion now it is time to share them.
AMT W-925 "Movin On" kit is being used to recreate a classic Monfort circus wagon from the early 70's:
Revell "snap" Aerodyne is the basis for this newer Monfort rig with paint that could be termed "circus wagon" colours in its own right:
Heller's reissue of the old AMT "TnT" series 1/43 Kenworth cabover being built to resemble this Michigan steel hauling tractor:
Thanks William, the paint schemes are both what made me want to model these particular trucks and also what is slowly driving me mad! In different ways they have all been a good learning experience and definitely a step out of my usual painting "comfort zone".
Robert, Three really nice looking paint jobs!! I think you may be gaining in the comfort zone??!! The second Monfort rig looks almost like an Aussie rig, with the dual tanks and the colorful paint job with pin stripes.
I hadn't thought about the Australian resemblance, you're right there are some similarities.
Just a "duo" this evening, got orange stripe decalled on the "circus wagon" along with air cleaner straps (self adhesive chrome vinyl) and non slip areas on battery box/step made from 220 grit sandpaper:
More striping on the Aerodyne (will it ever end? ) and drive wheels painted to match cab colour:
Thanks guys, I'm definitely not a wizard though! Maybe a sorcerer's apprentice at best.......lots of trial and error on these ones. "Circus wagon" got painted twice, first try at white over the yellow didn't turn out well. Multicolour Aerodyne has seen some re-dos on the decal striping, surprisingly the little 1/43 cabover's paint work came together the (relatively) easiest of the 3!
Work continues when time permits, it wasn't until well after painting that I really noticed the row of small bolts around top of air cleaner in reference photo. Adding them wasn't that difficult, hole layout was done on the CAD program and a simple decal printed. This gave me a way to accurately centre punch the holes for drilling:
Holes drilled #75 and .020 styrene rod used for "bolts". Simple tool made from piece of sprue with two spacers of desired depth, in this case .030, sets projection of each "bolt" consistently:
Frame painted brown to match fenders and colour panels on cab, after "talking trucks" with a fellow modeller this seemed the best choice:
Snap tab slot on battery box cover hidden with the simple expedient of an aluminum plate cut from K&S .016 aluminum sheet:
Thanks Gator! With this being a long weekend I was able to fit in some modelling time, circus wagon lettered with home made decals on door & air cleaner, white permit numbers from reissued White-Freightliner DD kit. Fuel caps made from styrene disks and .020 brass wire soldered into T shape: