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Peterbilt 378
Posted by Modeltruckbuilder on Friday, July 31, 2020 11:47 AM

When I posted the Autocar one of the replies mentioned trucks with construction equipment. This is a little over 10 years old now, Italeri kit built as a daycab tractor, the trailer deck and gooseneck are scratchbuilt using Plastruct I beam along with Evergreen sheet and doll house basswood flooring for the deck. The suspension was modified from an AMT Lowboy kit. The excavator is a resin cast piece from Race Motors Replicas with tracks from a Bruder toy. The tractor has a scratchbuilt cab guard along with a hydraulic wet tank and coiled brake and electric lines.

 

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, July 31, 2020 12:02 PM

Wow, that is an impressive build; especially with all the scratch work you did. I love trucks but I don't have the room to display them atm. Very nice work.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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  • From: Ontario's West Coast
Posted by dpty_dawg_ca on Friday, July 31, 2020 12:16 PM
Very nice job. Excellent work on the scratch built float. Excavator is also well done. Its too bad that Broeder models are 1/16th scale or we could kitbash and detail wide variety of construction models. Carl
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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, July 31, 2020 1:00 PM

Lovely!

 

Here's a similar one I used to play with, a 320 on a Cozad pulled by a 359.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Friday, July 31, 2020 1:12 PM

I like it!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by jazzsoul60 on Friday, July 31, 2020 2:03 PM

Fantastic!

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, July 31, 2020 8:30 PM

Very nice.   There's 3 models there and I can't pick my favorite .  Well done. 

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Friday, July 31, 2020 10:18 PM

    Now that is a truck!! I can only dream of building something that cool.

    While I build armor, planes, sci-fi, cars and trucks...especially tractor trailor semi's ALWAYS catch my attention. P. S. former skateboard tugger.

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by Modeltruckbuilder on Saturday, August 1, 2020 2:44 PM

jeaton01

Lovely!

 

Here's a similar one I used to play with, a 320 on a Cozad pulled by a 359.

 

Thanks John. I've never actually seen a Cozad trailer here on the East Coast. Most of what we see here in New England are Rogers, Talbert and Eager Beaver trailers. The 320 looks like the newer cab style

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Posted by Modeltruckbuilder on Saturday, August 1, 2020 2:53 PM

Thanks everyone for the compliments. The master for the excavator was actually a New Ray toy. It's pretty much hollow and weights very little. It makes a nice load for the trailer, it serves it's purpose.

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, August 1, 2020 3:12 PM

Excellent finish on a “toy”!  The running gear looks appropriately heavy.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, August 3, 2020 3:17 PM

What's somewhat annoying is that there's a wide range of construction equipment in die-cast in 1/34 to 1/36, with the bulk at 1/35.

And, naturally cecent truck kits at 1/35 are somewhat lean on the ground (if over-salted with New-Ray low-detail assembled models).

The trailer selection at 1/35 is even more sparse.

Which is a shame as I have the 1/35 Hitachi 135US in the stash, and it woould be nice to have a trailer for it.  Sigh. 

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Posted by jazzsoul60 on Monday, August 3, 2020 3:48 PM

New Ray and Jada offer 1/32nd scale trucks and trailers. 1/32 scale is close to 1/35 scale, they can be paired together without much difference in visual scale mismatch.  If you think your choices in those scales are limited, those of us that model in 1/25 -1/24th scale construction equipment have almost no choices.  The ancient AMT Caterpillar D-8 is a mainstay and is currently being reissued.  The equally dated Ertl JD 310 Backhoe hasn't been reissued in decades along with the Ertl farm equipment kits.  There are few rare die cast fork trucks from Europe.  If you want museum quality kits CCM offer a few in 1/25 scale for hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Be thankful for the smaller scale choices.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:18 AM

Jazzsoul60.

     Could you Please type in a larger Font. I could hardly read your post!

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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:31 AM

Beautiful job on that build .

 

Nick.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 8:20 AM

Love it!  I am looking to buy the Miniart Bulldozer kit and do it as a civil machine.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by jazzsoul60 on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 8:45 AM

Tanker-Builder

Jazzsoul60.

     Could you Please type in a larger Font. I could hardly read your post!

 

 

And I thought I was old.  LOL!

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 10:30 AM

Looking good.  Nice job on it.

Here is its 1/35 brother in US Army colors.

I also started with a die-cast excavator.  You can follow along w/the build/conversion here: https://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=283311&ord=&page=1

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Posted by jazzsoul60 on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 10:43 AM

Nice model.  I generally stay away from those military armor web sites.  They totally disrespect civilian trucks and heavy commercial subjects. You never seem them represented.

 

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Posted by Modeltruckbuilder on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 4:12 PM

Don Stauffer

Love it!  I am looking to buy the Miniart Bulldozer kit and do it as a civil machine.

 

 

Thanks Don. The Miniart kit looks like real nice. Hasegawa also has some Hitachi models in 1/35 scale as well. 

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 5:05 PM

Modeltruckbuilder

Thanks Don. The Miniart kit looks like real nice. Hasegawa also has some Hitachi models in 1/35 scale as well. 

So far, only the 135US (handy as I used to own one, if only briefly).

That kit is a beauty, and Hasegawa needs to make more.

Only downside is that the one company that used to make indie tracks (Hitachi all use metal tracks) has folded up and vanished into the wind.

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 5:36 PM

jazzsoul60

New Ray and Jada offer 1/32nd scale trucks and trailers. 1/32 scale is close to 1/35 scale, they can be paired together without much difference in visual scale mismatch.  If you think your choices in those scales are limited, those of us that model in 1/25 -1/24th scale construction equipment have almost no choices.  The ancient AMT Caterpillar D-8 is a mainstay and is currently being reissued.  The equally dated Ertl JD 310 Backhoe hasn't been reissued in decades along with the Ertl farm equipment kits.  There are few rare die cast fork trucks from Europe.  If you want museum quality kits CCM offer a few in 1/25 scale for hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Be thankful for the smaller scale choices.

The problem with New-Ray is not in selection, it's in scale fidelity.  They are very generic in both plastic and metal, both.

Utterly unlike Joal, Universal, Norscot, NZG, and, of course 1st Gear.  Thos latter two have outstanding detail.  Which can make them a shame to drill out rivets and rebuild them.

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Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:47 AM

Excellent work, it looks real! Nice job with the weathering too.

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Posted by jazzsoul60 on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 10:27 AM

CapnMac82

 

 
jazzsoul60

New Ray and Jada offer 1/32nd scale trucks and trailers. 1/32 scale is close to 1/35 scale, they can be paired together without much difference in visual scale mismatch.  If you think your choices in those scales are limited, those of us that model in 1/25 -1/24th scale construction equipment have almost no choices.  The ancient AMT Caterpillar D-8 is a mainstay and is currently being reissued.  The equally dated Ertl JD 310 Backhoe hasn't been reissued in decades along with the Ertl farm equipment kits.  There are few rare die cast fork trucks from Europe.  If you want museum quality kits CCM offer a few in 1/25 scale for hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Be thankful for the smaller scale choices.

 

 

The problem with New-Ray is not in selection, it's in scale fidelity.  They are very generic in both plastic and metal, both.

Utterly unlike Joal, Universal, Norscot, NZG, and, of course 1st Gear.  Thos latter two have outstanding detail.  Which can make them a shame to drill out rivets and rebuild them.

 

 

There are Facebook pages were modelers have modified and converted Jada and New Ray truck trailer models to wonderful show pieces.  It depends on your skill level and how far you want to go.

 
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