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Post by Deaf as on Sun 21 Apr 2019, 7:06 pm

Going to have a go at building something along these lines.
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I'm going to use a KP 1418 cab, the one on the left. I was given the other one but it seems to be more 'modern' than the era I'm looking for. I'm not sure what it is made of? scratch
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This is the donor kit I'm using for the chassis etc. It came at the right price even though it is not correct but I do like the look of the chassis and it's older looking features.
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It looks like I'll have to shorten the distance between the front axle and front cross member for the shorter Benz bonnet. I don't think I'll open the bonnet so I'll be able to leave the top off the radiator and engine if needed to fit them in the new bonnet.
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Post by allan on Sun 21 Apr 2019, 10:49 pm

Interesting project, did think about getting one of KP's Benz cabs but changed my mind Very Happy
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Post by Deaf as on Sun 28 Apr 2019, 5:53 pm

The chassis is together.
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Had to cut the front end down so that when the Benz cab went on , the wheel arch was centered over the axle.
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There is some nice detail on the engine, seems to be a shame to have it covered up but I'm not sure that I can cut the resin bonnet open and detail it enough to be worth the effort.
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Quick mock with the engine in. Had to take the aircleaners off the top of the engine to get it under the cab and leave the radiator out.
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Post by allan on Tue 30 Apr 2019, 5:48 pm

Looking interesting so far.
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Post by Deaf as on Sat 04 May 2019, 7:15 am

Thanks Al going to be a bit of mucking about with cab mounts etc but so far so good. Post some more pics soon. Experimenting with paints and weathering to age it up a bit.
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Post by allan on Sat 04 May 2019, 12:17 pm

Use flat paint and weather it with dry pastels, should be able to pick up a set of 12 from news paper shop.
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Post by Deaf as on Fri 24 May 2019, 8:31 pm

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Base colour on the engine.
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Chassis painted.
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Made a start on the weathering. Trying to give it a left out in the weather with no love kind of look.
Have made a start on the jib.
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Post by allan on Sat 25 May 2019, 5:49 pm

A+
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Post by Deaf as on Mon 03 Jun 2019, 8:34 am

So a bit of forwards and a bit of backwards on this.
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Subframe for the jib.
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It was at this point that I discovered that the kit wheels didn't fit under the Benz cab without making it look like an off road truck! So back to the parts box to find some other rims to fit.
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Happy with how the guards turned out. They will be weathered up and given a worn look.
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Plenty of work needed to the firewall and front of the engine to get it all to fit under the cab. Looks like I'll have to leave the radiator and fan and belts off for it to work. The tunnel will protrude into the cab a bit more as well.
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Post by allan on Fri 07 Jun 2019, 6:22 pm

Good job on the jib. bigthumbsup
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