Thanks guys - will be ready for paint on frame & wheels soon. Used hooks from AMT "doubles" trailer kit to make swing away tow hooks behind bumper. Block heater plug (a required Canadian item!) fitted, also visible is brass mesh fitted to front of cab behind air cleaner. Hinge parts from second (parts) kit used to strengthen hood hinges. (Hinge pins will be cut shorter at final assembly)
Hi Martin, yes, heater for warming engine water during the (cold! ) Canadian winters! Depending how cold it gets the diesel engine may not start at all if shut off for a long time, even if it does start it is better for the engine if it is pre-heated. On the model main detail item is just the little door that covers electric plug, it is the square styrene piece set into bumper near passenger side bumper bolts.
Here in Germany we have Summer- Diesel and Winter- Diesel. The Winter- Diesel keeps it's liquide consistency until -22° C. At the Army (25 years ago) we had no Winter- Diesel. We warmed up the fueltank with a gas burner or enlighted a fire under it! Or we took 1/3 of the volume filled up with Premium fuel (was forbidden!) But the pre- heating of the water by an electrical system is not standard here. It's available for some car types, but not for trucks. We fill up enough Anti- freeze liquid into the radiator. Also the modern trucks have a build- in Diesel pre- warmer.
Muffler made from 3/8" styrene tube, exhaust pipe itself made using parts from those always useful "snap" W900 & 359 kits. 3 of the molded 90 degree exhaust elbows cut from "snap" kit stack and assembled as required. Section of aluminum tube runs right through muffler and slips over exhaust pipe, band clamp detail simulated with .030 x .060 styrene strip and some bolt head castings:
And an appropriate post for Feb 14 - frame & wheels painted red. Looking more like a truck now but still lots to be done:
The fiddly bits will take a while yet, did make a start on some of them today: Mirror brackets are .030 styrene rod, ends flattened with smooth jaw pliers. Assembly is surprisingly strong when completed. In the case of this truck the job is made easier by Carling's painting everything red except mirror heads so I can assemble them right on the cab.
In primer, short term forecast calls for red paint soon.......While brackets are painted red mirror heads are chrome so will be finished with Alclad and added later:
Quarter fenders will also be finished in Alclad as they were stainless with chrome cross bar on the real truck. Starting point was parts from AMT Kenworth kit, all cast on details removed. Crossbar is 3/32" styrene tube, braces are .035" styrene rod with ends flattened. Small bolt heads are from Tichy Train Group, .020 brass wire bent for U-bolts holding crassbar to frame:
Styrene strip bracing added under hood, insulation texture simulated with pieces cut from 220 grit wet/dry sandpaper: