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AMT Diamond Reo

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AMT Diamond Reo
Posted by Reserve on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 3:14 PM

Finished this up and decided to show it for laughs. AMT may have been state of the art in the seventies but by todays standards this is a ghastly excuse for a scale model, so much scratching, fitting, and detailing was incorporated into what you see here


 001 by Mark Hartig, on Flickr

 004 by Mark Hartig, on Flickr

 006 by Mark Hartig, on Flickr

 008 by Mark Hartig, on Flickr

 009 by Mark Hartig, on Flickr

 010 by Mark Hartig, on Flickr

 013 by Mark Hartig, on Flickr

 015 by Mark Hartig, on Flickr


Been awhile since I posted anything here











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  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 4:45 PM

I feel it; I'm working thru the Peterbilt 352 Cabover now, 'cause I just had to have a big rig on the shelf. Mold seam city and lots of plastic blobs for "detail".

Your tractor turned out real well; I especially like the attention you paid to the wiring and paint. Glad you posted it!


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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 5:53 PM

Realistic rig nothing fancy just beautiful 



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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 4:21 AM

Hello Mark!

Thanks for sharing - you don't see a Diamond every day! I like the chassis and the engine on your model a lot. I'm not so sure about the paint on the cab, black rims is also not my thing. That particular kind of sleeper you have on your rig was meant to be in natural metal. Of course you could paint it, but it would require special paint. What I miss is a nice frontal shot with the hood closed.

As for the AMT kits - of course they are pure 70's and they don't build very nice straight out of the box. But when it comes to trucks it's often AMT or nothing, especially if you're after a particular model of truck. Although crude, they are mostly factually correct, as opposed to Italeri trucks, that are often complete Sci-Fi - like their "U.S. Power Truck" that has a widened Mack Superliner cab on a Freightliner frame.

It's still easier to detail an AMT kit than to put a resin aftermarket cab on a custom-built chassis. With a little TLC those old kits can look really good!

Good luck with your modelling projects and have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by Reserve on Thursday, December 15, 2016 12:12 AM

Thank you gentlemen

Pawel I try to go for the look of what one would see on the road, hence the black five spoke split rim wheels. Darker red is also a very common color on trucks here in the states as well, and I don't think I've ever seen a chromed sleeper outside of truck shows as the average fleet/owner operator could probably not afford it.

This model is bound for a diorama base and the hood is fixed in postion to avoid breakage, which, with my clumsy mitts, would surely occurr




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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, January 02, 2017 11:43 AM

Mark ;

 That's why , although they were Internationals I liked the ERTL Transtar Eagles . Well molded and pretty straight-forward to build . I still like the AMT stuff as it was the only Game in town .

 If the Monogram stuff had included more types they might've caught on better .But 1/16 makes for an awesomely big truck and the 1/32 snappers didn'thave enough variety either . . T.B.  P.S. you did a nice job building this .

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  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Monday, January 02, 2017 11:27 PM

looks real good from here Mark. Thanks for shairing this buid.


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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 5:21 AM

Today's standards my foot! Looks like you set the bar for the oldies but goodies there Mark. Good stuff man and thanks for sharing that beauty! Yes


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Posted by Reserve on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 10:11 AM

Thanks gents glad y'all like it. By way of experiment I've acquired an Italeri Freightliner and a Revell Kenworth K-100 that both seem to be representations of genuine vehicles. They both look pretty good in the box but we'll see when I get around to starting them




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  • From: Spring, Tx.
Posted by kilrathy10 on Monday, January 09, 2017 9:21 PM
This is a very nice piece of work.....I like the color choice.....The engine looks awesome...
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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 11:43 PM

Nice work, looks sorta lethal, like the Peterbilt in Duel.

That sleeper looks like some that were made from stainless steel, with all the embossing.  Doesn't hold paint well.  Of course most have always been aluminum and fiberglass, and painted.


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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, February 01, 2017 4:34 PM

Very nice.

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Posted by Reserve on Saturday, February 18, 2017 4:33 PM

Thanks gents




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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Sunday, February 19, 2017 3:28 AM

The attention to detail is duly noted on this build and has definately enhanced this older kit!  Great job!



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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, February 27, 2017 4:57 AM


 She looks ready to pull gravel . Nice job on this .  T.B.


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