Thanks Jim, I keep telling myself I should "just build a simple model".......then find myself adding all the bolt heads etc. I guess they just don't look as "complete" without the subtle detail items, and with parts like the nut/bolt/washer castings available really isn't difficult to do - Tichy Train Group did the hard part in making the castings!
One upgrade that is good to add to these kits is hood hinges, AMT's "promo model" heritage shows in the way hood is just set in place on the Louisvilles and early 359's.Hinges made with section cut from 3/16" styrene tube for bumper portion, regular 1/16" brass tube soldered to bent 1/64" x 1/8" flat bar for hinge itself. Cab and hood were taped in place with shims as needed to set everything level then styrene angle glued to hood to provide attachment surface for brass hinge. Pins are .020 brass wire, temporary ones for now. Once hood is in place permanently a bolt head casting will be attached to bumper portion of hinge.
Thanks guys! A b-i-g step forward with this project yesterday evening.......finally got frame painted. Used Model Master semigloss black, thinned approx. 70/30 with lacquer thinner and airbrushed. Fifth wheel left off at this stage for easier access to paint around the differential area.
Engine is kit item with parts box manual transmission added along with some basic plumbing and "Clatterpuller" yellow paint. Still needs filters, alternator and some more wiring before final assembly into frame.
Thanks guys - engine is officially installed now. Rad in place, brace added from top of rad back to firewall. Pallet is made from balsa wood, have had it for a few years now. It's a handy prop especially for in progress photos.
Down below, kit driveshaft ends were used with aluminum tube for driveshaft. No parting lines to clean up and by telescoping tubes together driveshaft is easy to install. Model Master semigloss black was used, partway between flat and gloss it looks a good match for what 1:1 truck frames are painted at the factory.
Looking better & better! I like your radiator brace. I that brass for the firewall bracket?
I agree with you on the semi-gloss black. I generally use semi-gloss black for frames; either Tamiya or Dupli-Color. I didn't know Model Masters made a semi-gloss black, but it makes sense. They make everything else!