Tamiya "Gloss aluminum" used overall, decals from Modeltruckin.com. Film trimmed as close as possible to minimize headaches applying lettering over corrugations. Up front nose was easier as 1:1 Kingsway photos showed sheet metal plate screwed to trailer nose.
.020 x .080 styrene strip used to replicate white plastic base for marker lights. Kit lenses cemented to strip, trimmed off as required.
Kit tail light boxes just need a bit of work, dechromed and kit lenses installed. Reflector is disk punched from polished .016 sheet aluminum, Tamiya clear red added after gluing disk in place. .010 black styrene rings added to tail light lenses.
Back to "active" status for the Carling O'Keefe van, as kit represents a Fruehauf and one I am modelling is a Trailmobile some visual sleight of hand required along bottom edge of trailer. Area below corrugations sanded smooth and lip along bottom edge built up with styrene strip. Gussets cut from .010 x .250 strip and attached using rivet lines on corrugated sides as a guide.
Rivet decals from Micro-Mark used, their O scale (1:48) set works well on 1/25 trucks. After application and a couple rounds of decal solvent the clear film effectively disappears under a coat of primer.
Continuing with the theme of using up "leftovers", Italeri suspension and slider rails were on hand from a previous beer trailer project (Labatt's 4 axle van), basic suspension "box" assembled and given styrene overlays as this was easier than filling/puttying/sanding the holes. Springs and mounts will be sourced elsewhere as the Italeri springs don't match 1:1 trailer's suspension.
Doors are .010 styrene overlay with hinges built up from styrene strip & rod. Rivets here are Tichy Train Group parts, it was actually easier to drill and install these than apply single decal rivets - I know because that was the first approach I tried. ICC bar is 5/16" styrene I-beam uprights with 5/16" channel crosser.
Thank you - still using up leftover parts, with some new material used as well (resin brake drums from Plaskit).
Axles on the real trailer are round so the Italeri ones from "American Cargo Trailer" kit are a good match along with brake backing plates. AMT 40' van kit brake chambers and slack adjusters used, 1/16" thin wall brass tube for fitting where hose will attach to brake chamber and .080 styrene rod connecting slack adjuster to backing plate.
A couple of trailers made from AMT parts a while back used suspension brackets from 2 kits to get wider axle spacing, this left some springs in the spares box. Cleaned up and drilled for 1/16" styrene mounting pin, these will work nicely under this trailer.
Brackets did require "new material only", .020 styrene body with .010 x .040 flange.
Suspension assembly complete, track rods are again "leftover" items from spare (AMT trailer) kit parts collection. Triangular raised areas on suspension brackets made from .020 styrene sheet, wheels and brake drums are resin items from Plaskit. Fastener details added using Tichy Train Group parts.