I have one ordered, planning to replicate one I saw on Hank's Truck Pictures. Was very surprised to see one on the shelf of a hobby shop the other day and "snagged" it. (Lots of projects in mind, room for several in the "stockroom"! )
Yes, the molding is quite well done considering the "old technology" (original die work is almost as old as I am! ), there are 3 chrome sprues. Most of the chrome is "logical" however the usual suspects are there: Way too much chrome for a "real" engine and chrome fifth wheel/mount. Interestingly the inner rear wheels are not chromed.
I like the way Round 2 is packaging these kits too, tissue paper between chrome sprues and clear parts in separate bags. Decals are in sealed bag too.
Just started my one yesterday, and already hit a block with regards to the lack of accurate placement on the instructions. Any build threads of this kit? I've got a few questions...
Should the engine be tan or white in colour? Should there really be that much chrome in the engine?
I'm probably going for the owner/operator look, as the whole point is to have a model of a "big, shiny American truck" so I figure a fleet unit won't have all the chrome exterior fittings, but I'm not sure about the engine bay. Also, I've heard Interstate never operated a K123 in those colours so it's fictional anyway.
Can anyone tell me how you work out the angle for the axle brackets (14 on step 3)? It says to angle them rearwards but it doesn't say how much. I've the rear axle/diffs glued and drying, so that I can try dryfitting later, but it appears that the position on these is dependent on the length of the propshaft, and therefore the position of the engine/transmission. However, the engine/tranny has to go in AFTER the rear axles.