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Old 03-09-2020, 09:57 AM   #21
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Awesome little run clip Mike. Engine sound set up sounds good, but the air brake sounds really sell it! Scale is not quite as big as I expected, although still pretty big for 1/14. Also, are you going to be running a trailer, and if so, what kind?


No clue, might sell it , might get a lowboy..... still having fun building.


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Old 03-09-2020, 06:41 PM   #22
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Same here, I left a response on your YouTube channel
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Old 03-11-2020, 06:30 PM   #23
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Paint has been shot, waiting for cure, color sand and clear to come still.....


Few parts still getting chrome removed, This Tamiya chrome is the toughest Iíve ever removed in 30+ years of styrene modeling. 3rd lye bath seems to work!


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Old 03-11-2020, 06:55 PM   #24
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Not sure how you made the color choice but that looks absolutely perfect. Really love hearing that audio too. You've got some serious skills, Mike.
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Old 03-11-2020, 07:43 PM   #25
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Not sure how you made the color choice but that looks absolutely perfect. Really love hearing that audio too. You've got some serious skills, Mike.


Shucks, itís just patience and a vision.
Iíve used these colors many times before. Iíve always loved pearls, these are simple pearl green and white. Very traditional look. Iím hoping that the ďfactory ď striping in the box will work. The Ivory is a close look, but not sure if it will look too yellow with the white. The axle and transmission I wanted a neutral color but not brown or tan...... Thatís RAF green but done high gloss.
Still a bit more color, the visor and air cans are coming.


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Old 03-15-2020, 04:14 PM   #26
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Well Iím out of patience and parts.... So it must be done. It is , and I must say Iím disappointed, now that itís done and I donít have more building to do! This was flat out a fun kit to build, and if instructions are followed it is perfect. As Iím a long time styrene builder I did reach back for a few tricks, to add a bit more.

I will start by mentioning paint. This is a Tamiya kit, and all paints are Tamiya.
With the exception of Duplacolor self etching primer before the Tamiya.



Tamiya Fine White Primer
AS 9 (RAF) Dark Green
TS 29 S G Black
TS 45 Pearl White
TS 49 Bright Red
TS 60 Pearl Green
And topped with TS13 Clear
All lacquer, wet sanded after cure.
Tamiya includes all the grease and thread lock in the box.

Wiring the MFC seems tough, but really not too hard, patience and neatness makes it much easier.
As I wired in stages testing went quickly. Wires all bundled and foil taped, a few lengths of wrap and braid were used as needed. All lights and functions worked out of the box thanks to Tamiya Detail.


After last weekends work, I was sick for a couple of days, but that allowed paint to cure, and chrome to strip naked!! But why bling is king and this is a King Hauler? Elementary Watson, thatís how many get built, I do it differently. Tamiya chrome is the toughest Iíve ever-removed it took Two hours in lye finally...
This is why I wanted the air cans and visor stripped, paint rules!
Green is Clean!
The cans were assembled, painted and then I got the BMF out and the Molotov Pen out for fine touches

Preplanning this build , having my KNK screw kit , FastEddies bearings, and my needed 3D parts printed before made for a smooth, fun build.
Biggest surprise for me was amount of paint I shot.... This is BIG!!
All fairness I did also shoot the frame, But I feel the results were well worth the time!
I did make a flat black panel separating the cab and berth, covering all wiring, And the full dashboard and seats fit perfectly as the speaker is under the longnose!

Total investment including Rx/Tx (modified and programmed),batt, bearings,screw kit, under $1000.00 !
Paint , sundries, and 6 alloy wheelsets add $200.00.
So thatís $1200.00 as you see it in itís full glory.
Iím pretending to edit a better video, stay tuned!


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Old 03-15-2020, 04:21 PM   #27
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Wow Mike - that’s a gorgeous rig! Awesome paint job and color selection.
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Old 03-15-2020, 06:23 PM   #28
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The big question is are you going to run a trailer on this masterpiece? Dropped my jaw to see it finished. And made even better by seeing/ hearing about all the fantastic details. Wallpaper worthy.
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Old 03-15-2020, 06:57 PM   #29
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The big question is are you going to run a trailer on this masterpiece? Dropped my jaw to see it finished. And made even better by seeing/ hearing about all the fantastic details. Wallpaper worthy.


Thanks..... Iíve been toying with trailer ideas, bit pricy on most, I do have a lowball bid on on a flatbed....... It may go down to the LHS for sale, not sure yet......It does have the unlatch/latched sound off a switch on the 5th wheel


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Old 03-15-2020, 07:06 PM   #30
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Wow Mike, that turned out great, very nice build!
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Old 03-15-2020, 08:12 PM   #31
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https://youtu.be/7gS5SceEdZg


https://youtu.be/U9QubEmoMb0


https://youtu.be/MDL42i_jLhc


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That looks awesome! Now you need your own trucking logo on the door.

What made you paint the shackles red? It looks cool, but I'm curious why you did that. I'm sure there's a reason.
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Old 03-16-2020, 09:39 AM   #33
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That looks awesome! Now you need your own trucking logo on the door.

What made you paint the shackles red? It looks cool, but I'm curious why you did that. I'm sure there's a reason.

Thanks, fun build!
Had the color, didnít want another green, looked right.
I was going to use S. Pruitt but many would be lost on that.



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Old 03-17-2020, 07:02 PM   #34
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Have some LEDs left over, realized when backing up into a trailer, I would be blind, Iím going to install a pair of amber or blue leds and the back up light into the spots on the rear of the berth. With a trailer wiring kit coming, need to finish all.


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Old 03-21-2020, 06:17 PM   #35
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Old 03-24-2020, 04:06 PM   #36
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While I wait on USPS to drop off my led bezels, I needed something to whittle time away
A shorty flatbed with more lights!


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Old 03-25-2020, 12:29 AM   #37
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That thing is awesome!!! I LOVE IT, now I want one. Thanks a lot pal...
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