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Post by Deaf as on Mon 11 Sep 2017, 8:20 pm

Hi guys, this build uses the section that I cut out of the cab that I used in the Comet Overnight Kenworth. I was going to do this cab first but decided to have a trial run making the narrow cab first.

This is it with the extra piece added. You can still see the join marks. I'll give these a bit more attention later. Whilst talking to Mutley at Checkmates one day, he mentioned that he had the plans and measurements needed to cut the cab to bring the aero roof forward like it is on Aussie trucks. Theses are the pencil lines you can see on the roof.




The plans actually show how to cut the cab down from approx 101 inch (I think) down to 86 inch but I want to keep the cab long so I didn't cut the sides. You  do have to make 2 cuts, the whole section comes out and then the extra piece from the front is cut out so that the window section can be moved forward. Auslowe now make a resin cab at 86 inches with the aero roof correct for Aussie trucks.



This is where it's going to sit. Because I used the other bits to make the Comet truck, I don't have a piece to fill the gap with so I'll have to fill it with plastic and putty.



Fair bit of cleaning up to do here. Hope to get some upgrade pieces for this at the Wagga show from Auslowe. Things like the air intake system, front quarter panels and headlight upgrade etc. Hoping to find a triaxle tow body for this like off the re released Peterbilt but intend to cut it back to a bogie drive rather than the tri.
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Re: Kenworth Aerodyne

Post by allan on Tue 12 Sep 2017, 10:42 am

Interesting looking Kenworth in the making.
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Post by Deaf as on Wed 13 Sep 2017, 5:44 pm

Thanks Al. Still not sorted on colours or anything yet, probably go with a traditional Kenworth style of stripes but it may depend on how I can get it to flow onto the body. Not sure if I should go with round tanks and the old round tube style bullbar or go more modern with square tanks etc which may suit the wrecker body better???
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Post by allan on Fri 15 Sep 2017, 9:18 pm

Just looked at the Auslowe one nice but will pass on it Laughing Thinking on starting to build up a SAR Kenworth that I have been putting off for years now.
Paint it in the Comet colours.
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Post by Deaf as on Sat 16 Sep 2017, 8:12 pm

If the SAR goes ahead Al, I'll see what Comet decals I have left from my build and Ill send them up to you. Let me know what else you need.
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Post by allan on Sun 17 Sep 2017, 8:05 am

Deaf As, still thinking on colours for SAR will be a day cab & a tray top.
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Post by Yahshu on Mon 18 Sep 2017, 11:53 pm

Very cool, I now use Tamiya's photoetch .05 saw blades for all my cuts instead of the back of a #11 blade, I have just cut the doors out on my AMT K100 Aerodyne & the panel fit is perfect and next to no clean up. I'll be watching your progress on this one.
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Post by Deaf as on Tue 19 Sep 2017, 7:54 pm

I'll keep my eyes open for some of those blades. Have been thinking about opening the doors so I might give it a go - what could go wrong?? lol!
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Post by Yahshu on Thu 21 Sep 2017, 10:32 pm

what could go wrong?? lol![/quote]
That's what I thought too but I took my time and it worked out perfect, now to fit the Model Car Garage piano hinges - what could go wrong? LOL. On the down side of this, I have to rebuild the interior & that's a more daunting task than cutting out doors.
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Post by mouse on Sat 23 Sep 2017, 9:06 pm

can't wait to see this all done popcorn

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Post by Deaf as on Sun 24 Sep 2017, 2:33 pm

Would like to see some pics of how it's shaping up Yahshu. I do have a spare resin RH dash if you need it - no charge. Have done some filling so will put a pic up soon.
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Post by Yahshu on Sun 24 Sep 2017, 3:51 pm

Thanks for the offer of the rhd dash, greatly appreciated. I'm building the BJ & the Bear rig so no rhd dash needed. What are you using to post pics please now that photobucket has hijacked all my old pics.
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Post by Deaf as on Mon 25 Sep 2017, 6:10 pm

I just pull the memory card out of the camera, stick it in the side of the computer and download the pictures into a file on the computer. Then I just use the 1st button in the 4th box above to bring the picture across. I live out of town in an apparent technology black hole and every time the kids try to load flickr or photobucket before the hijack, it just kept dropping out so this is all I have!!
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Post by Yahshu on Tue 26 Sep 2017, 1:05 pm

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Re: Kenworth Aerodyne

Post by Deaf as on Wed 27 Sep 2017, 6:03 pm





I have filled the gap with scrap plastic and done a little putty and sanding work but there is a long long way to go. Have to repair the frame for the quarter window as well. I might try to put some small windows in the sides of the sleeper section somewhere if I can find something suitable in the spares box. Not sure if I should sand off some of the vents as well?
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Post by allan on Sat 30 Sep 2017, 11:17 am

popcorn
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Post by Deaf as on Sun 19 Nov 2017, 7:29 pm

Haven't had much time at the desk lately but did manage to pick up a few things at the Wagga show.



Nigel from Auslowe got me a partially built wrecker body and he also had all the upgrade bits I wanted. As you can see, I'm going to have to stretch the chassis a fair bit to get it all to fit.In the gap between the cab and body, I still have to fit the front box of the wrecker where the front stabilisers live and the aircleaners and exhaust system for the truck  It probably needs another 15 to 20mm to fit it in. Given how long it is going to be, I think I might leave it as the tri drive and twin steer it as well to give it a heavy duty look and help fill the gap under the cab. Need to get a third drive axle so might cut one out from the Revell Blue Circle Kenwoth. It is different but under the wrecker body it should be ok. Still not sure if I should push the bogie to the back and add the extra one in front of it or just tack it on behind scratch
P.S Does anyone know if Kenworth get the cab measurement  from front to back externally  or  what? From front to back I think this scales out at about 143 inches - maths is not my strong point!!
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Post by allan on Sun 19 Nov 2017, 7:57 pm

Thats going to be one long wrecker.
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