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1/24th Italeri Freightliner

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    April, 2012
1/24th Italeri Freightliner
Posted by Reserve on Sunday, May 21, 2017 2:13 PM

Some time ago I threatened to build one of these and finally got around to it. The kit is a fairly good one, surely better quality than AMT but not without is problems such as the seven piece cab which was a pain to assemble.

I ground off the molded on injector pump and oil cooler and scratched replacements. I also ground out the driver's door and scratched a new one so it could be postioned open as Italeri gives you a pretty nice interior. Brake lines, wiring, air lines and the air distrubuion valve on the firewall were made of wire, solder, and various plastic bits. Enough mouth, pictures.

 001 by Mark Hartig, on Flickr

 004 by Mark Hartig, on Flickr

 005 by Mark Hartig, on Flickr

 006 by Mark Hartig, on Flickr

 009 by Mark Hartig, on Flickr

 010 by Mark Hartig, on Flickr

 011 by Mark Hartig, on Flickr

 013 by Mark Hartig, on Flickr

 

And there's two months I'll not get back

 

Regards,

Mark

 

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Posted by mississippivol on Sunday, May 21, 2017 4:01 PM
That's a fine build!
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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, May 21, 2017 4:05 PM

Hello Mark!

Your Freightshaker is lookin' good! It is one of the best truck models from Italeri - you really get to see that when you compare it with the AMT model. But this very Freightliner is also infamous for being the "Father" of other Italeri truck models like the Ford 9000 or the "Mack" - which consisted of the same frame and engine with different skin (cab and hood) on it. I've been tackling the Mack some time ago and I had to modify almost every part to make it resemble the Mack RW it was supposed to be - that project is currently on hold, but maybe you'd like to take a look, it's here: http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/4/t/127400.aspx

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    January, 2010
Posted by CrashTestDummy on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 2:02 PM

Nice work, Mark!  Great detail.  I might have to get one of these to drag my car hauler trailer behind. 

Needs more grease on the 5th-wheel!  Big Smile

Gene Beaird,
Pearland, Texas

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    April, 2012
Posted by Reserve on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:56 PM

Thanks guys

I'd have to say that Italeri has it all over AMT for molding and in most cases ease of assembly. That being said, the molded on detail is distressing in some places and as Pawel has pointed out they don't do well with accuracy when it comes to frames and other stuff. If you're like me and mostly don't care unless it's glaring error time these are probably the better kits in regards to semi trucks.

Gene I had no graphite on hand for the 5th wheel grease and was going to apply it at a later date. I took it down to the LHS where I purchased it and they would not let me out the door with it; it seems they wanted to display it for awhile so it's gonna be some time before it gets that particular treatment.

Thanks for looking

Regards,

Mark

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    February, 2003
Posted by Jim Barton on Friday, June 02, 2017 11:25 AM

Beautiful model!

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Friday, June 02, 2017 12:06 PM

Absolutely gorgeous, Mark.

I've never built an Italeri---just the old AMT Ford series (almost all, at one time or another)---but the Italeri definitely looks a bit more refined & less 'clunky.' Still, that's a lot of plastic to move...seams to clean up and refine, even before any necessary mods. Truly inspiring!

Greg

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, June 02, 2017 3:38 PM

Hello!

In case of the Italeri trucks you just need to do some research. And some of those trucks, like that Freightliner - will need less work than those AMT kits to give you a good model. Some of them - like the Superliner - will cost you A LOT more work than those AMT kits to get at an accurate model. But still - ther are so few options for 1:24 or 1:25 scale trucks, that every one counts. And you're right - every truck is a lot of work to build, even without modifications (I can't do without modifications any more :-(

Thanks for reading and have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    February, 2014
Posted by jazzsoul60 on Monday, January 29, 2018 12:36 AM

Nice one chap.

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    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, January 29, 2018 3:54 AM

Well ;

 Being as how I was associated with some of these in real life , I like what you've done .

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    December, 2017
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, January 29, 2018 4:42 PM

That thing is BIG!!  Very cool.  Really nice work.  Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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  • From: Pineapple Country, Queensland, Australia
Posted by Wirraway on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 1:48 AM
Really nice work Mark

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