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Peterbilt 359 (Revell 1/25)
Posted by Florida_Boy on Saturday, August 25, 2018 5:27 PM

Hello everyone.  My name is Michael and I'm originally from Florida.  I'm in a position now in life where I can devote more time and energy to this hobby, something I've been doing since I was a boy in the 90's, but from which I've taken many long breaks.  I've joined my local state club and hope that also by posting progress on forums that I will have some impetus to stick with it and hone my skillset.

 

I build primarily 1/24 & 1/25 scale cars and 1/48 scale aircraft, but I've been trying recently to add new genres of subjects to the stash to try out, and this first WIP here is one of the results.  This will be my first ever model of a semi tractor, but I feel ready and excited to tackle it.

 

The kit is the Revell 1/25 scale Peterbilt Model 359 Conventional Tractor, an inexpensive but reliable choice for a first truck, and indeed first scale model in 8 years!  Surprise  It is an older kit, but not bad, and I think with a few small improvements, it will build into a nice example of a classic road tractor.

 

 

As provided, it seems to be a 359 of early 1980's production, a flat top sleeper cab, 6x4 chassis with a Cat 3406 and a 10-speed Road Ranger.  I'll be building it as an owner/operator's rig, circa mid to late 80's.  The body color will be Model Master 2940 Racing Blue and the interior will be Tamiya TS-1 Red Brown, representing one of Peterbilt's stock interior offerings and with the Dash of Class.

 

I don't necessarily follow the assembly steps in the instructions right away.  I just start prepping parts.  Whatever is ready for primer first is likely to get painted and sub-assembled first, and in this case it was the interior tub and dashboard.

 

I used Tamiya Fine Surface Primer in gray, then sprayed GSI Mr. Base White 1000 as a base coat for the blanket in the sleeper bunk.  I wanted to hand paint an attractive pattern to set off the interior and decided that a simple Mexican blanket pattern would be appropriate and look nice.  I designed the pattern in Paint.NET and printed it out as a guide.  I used Tamiya tape to lay down template stripes and got to work.  Handpainting was done with Vallejo Model Color acrylics:

 

The linens and blanket in the sleeper cab were sealed with a light coat of Tamiya TS-13 Clear and masked off with Tamiya tape.  Then I sprayed the interior base coat of TS-1 Red Brown.  I forgot to take a picture of it, but then I masked off and painted the cab floor TS-48 Gunship Gray.  Masking tape was removed, I painted the pedals black, and the whole tub was sealed with TS-13:

 

I gave the interior tub a heavy wash with artists' acrylics, thinned with 70% alcohol, a dark gray-brown.  Excess was removed with cotton swaps for the final effect, very lightly moistened with alcohol:

 

The door handles and window cranks were picked out with Vallejo acrylics, and then the whole tub was given a final protective coat of Model Master Flat Clear lacquer:

 

I got excited and forgot to take any WIP shots of the dashboard before it was installed, but this is what I did:  The dash was primed with gray Tamiya Surface Primer, then basecoated with TS-29 Semi Gloss Black.  The wood grain area was masked off and basecoated with AS-15 Tan (USAF).  The wood grain pattern was effected with streaks of artists' acrylics in various shades of brown and yellow.  The tape was removed and all this was sealed with TS-13.  The air vents were drybrushed light gray, as was the detail in the lower dash, like the CB radio and glovebox.  Everything else on the dash was detail painted with Vallejo acrylics, and the whole thing sealed with MM Clear Flat.  When all this was dry, I simulated glass on the gauges with drops of Testors Clear Cement.  The dash was then mated to the interior tub with Tamiya Extra Thin:

 

The open seat backs were covered with pieces of Evergreen sheet styrene, glued on with MM cement, trimmed to shape and sanded smooth.  Also, I'm working on scratchbuilt headliners for the cab and sleeper, made from textured Evergreen:

 

And these kit parts are being prepped and are almost ready for primer:

 

The bodywork too, of course!  Wink

 

Again, greetings to you all, I wish you well.  All comments, criticisms and suggestions are welcome.  Stay tuned!

Built by Florida Boy

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 12:39 PM

Awesome detail in there!!! Looking forward to the rest of this one.

                   

 

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 1:44 PM

That blanket turned out really nice.  Looking forward your build

Thanks,

John

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    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 1:45 PM

Hello Michael!

From what I see in the pictures, you clearly know what you are doing, so I hope to see some great work here. We didn't get to see to many big rigs built around here, so your WIP is very welcome. Welcome to the forums, too! Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

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

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    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 1:47 PM

Somehow missed this one on the first go-round. Spectacular work! It's touches like the blanket design that I always love.

Looking forward to further developments. And welcome to the forums!

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 3:17 PM

Really nice work on the interior!

I sometimes drive a couple of 80's Peterbilts for a local farmer, one with the round dash like you are doing, the other a few years newer with a squarer dash. Both have the sun visor above the wind shield, and most older 359's have these.  Without them they look like a 60's Peterbilt to most people. With your scratch building skill that would be a good addition.

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 4:21 PM

Looking good! Nice work! Yes

-Greg

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    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 5:30 AM
Wow. Nice work. Your idea with the blanket was spot on.

 

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Posted by U_ser_ID on Saturday, March 2, 2019 3:04 PM
Beautiful work! Hope to see you back when more updates.
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    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, March 4, 2019 3:06 PM

looking very good.

Nick.

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    April 2016
Posted by GlennH on Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:19 PM
Yes beautiful details. I wish that darn photo bucket site offered larger views. Why I love when folks post on Flickr.

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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Posted by philo426 on Sunday, March 31, 2019 12:07 AM

fox
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    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, March 31, 2019 3:41 PM

Nice job of shrinking down a 1/1 for the pic. Wink

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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    March 2005
Posted by philo426 on Sunday, March 31, 2019 4:00 PM

Have to take the pic quickly she reverts to full size quickly and if does it would wreck the basement and the house!lol

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