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PostSubject: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Wed 10 Sep 2014, 4:32 pm

Well, now that the bike tour season is winding down, it is time to bring this model back to the bench. I have a deadline to complete this, as it is going to the GSL in late April! I plan on taking this race truck and the Salt Shaker Bonneville bug. I am passing on the latest group build to concentrate on this one.

With this on the back burner for some time, the previous thread disappeared, so I started a new one

The big project on this is fitting and matching the hood to the cab. The cab and hood are resin parts that I cast. Here are some photos:



And here is how it looks close up:




As the hood was cast in four pieces and then bonded together, there is a ton of filling and sanding. I had to open the areas for the grilles and headlamps. There is also a lot of bondo on the cowl panels in order to get the rear of the hood  and the cowl to look decent when closed.

The hood is hinged, and here is a view of this with the hood open:



With the hood open, the inner reinforcements and radiator panels were required. I still need to make headlamp buckets and some lower reinforcements to cover up the hinge tubes.

So it is getting there. This part of the model has by far been the hardest, with lots of mockups, and trial/error fittings. The brass chassis was relatively easy by comparison. After this hood/cab fitting is done, the chassis is ready for paint. A lot of the painting is either done or started. The graphics will be painted on, with lots of masking required.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Wed 10 Sep 2014, 6:12 pm

Glad to see this one back again. Butcher Bob and I are talking about going to the GSL. It's the first weekend in May. Hope to see you there.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Wed 10 Sep 2014, 7:25 pm

Here ya go Pete:

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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Thu 18 Sep 2014, 3:29 am

Been making some progress on the race truck, in between work on tearing apart the 1:1 Meyers Manx dune buggy!!

The hood and cab/cowl fit is now done and ready for primer. Here are the left and right sides:




The hood now has its headlight buckets and internal reinforcements:



The air dam that goes below the bumper is done, except for its mounting brackets. And yet to be started is the main grille. The plan for this is to make it from brass, so it can be cobalt nickel plated. A brass grille bar material has been found at the LHS, so a fixture will have to be made to get the proper curvature and spacing.

The rear fender mounting needed U-bolts, so four of them were made:



The skid pan under the engine/tranny is done, including its mounting bracket. Also done are the resin seats. Seat inserts were added using the Model Hiro adhesive-backed upholstery material (great stuff). Full racing belts will come later when the seats are mounted to the floor pan:



Now starting on all of the main chassis and body painting. The finish is a special basecoat paint from Scale Finishes (air brushed), followed by two coats of Testors Ultra Clear (spray can). They color matched the paint to original PPG color chips I had from the real truck. The colors are metallic black (with blue metallic in the mix), a bright silver and a bright red. Here are some of the parts painted:



The chassis side fairings have the first base color on them of silver, then the silver areas will be masked off and the red painted, then mask again for the red/silver and paint the main body color of metallic black. Here is a picture of the scale paint mask drawing that has been developed:



Now comes the tricky part with all the painting. We will see how it comes out!!
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Thu 18 Sep 2014, 9:50 pm

Looking good Pete. I hope to see it at the GSL in May.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Fri 19 Sep 2014, 1:29 am

Wow!
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Fri 19 Sep 2014, 11:14 am

Nice work !!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Fri 19 Sep 2014, 1:44 pm

Just looked through the old thread...very nice build so far.

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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Mon 22 Sep 2014, 7:56 pm

Just finished the first attempt at cobalt/nickel plating brass for the exhaust tailpipe for the race truck. It came out AWESOME!!

The Caswell Plating kit was used, and I put down a .00025 thick nickel plate. With the brass polished ahead, the nickel came out flawless. I am so impressed, and the process is very easy. No electrolysis, just a good part prep, and the heated solution and time (15 minutes). It looks so much better than my first attempt using paint.

I took photos throughout the process, so when I get my laptop back from being fixed, I will post a tutorial.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Tue 23 Sep 2014, 11:07 am

Looking forward to see your plating session.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Tue 23 Sep 2014, 5:10 pm

Looking forward to seeing the plating also. Looks like you will make it this to GSL with it next year. Hoping to see it and you there.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Wed 24 Sep 2014, 4:47 pm

Very nice!
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Wed 12 Nov 2014, 3:34 am

I have been making some progress on the race truck. the chassis and roll cage are now painted and cleared (two-part urethane). The three axles are also done and detailed. Here is what they look like:



You can see small blue highlights on the black. That is the blue pearl in the special black paint.

To start putting things together, I am using 00 brass bolts/washers/nuts. To have them look cool, I have nickel plated all them. They are not that way on the real truck, but this way they "stand out" on the all black frame. Here is a photo of all 50 of them, labeled on where they go due to their different lengths. The strip with all the holes was the "metal fixture" to hold them during plating.



So now I will start assembling the chassis, suspension, powertrain, mostly using these bolts. At the same time, I am ready to start the graphics on the cab and chassis fairings. The silver basecoat is done, with it now to be masked and paint the red.

I have started making the grille and grille surround. I have a flat grille, made from plastic, that needs to be heated and shaped. A brass one will also be made as an alternative. I am trying to make the grille surround out of .005 brass shim stock, which can be shaped and smoothed. The plan is to plate this also. The fallback will be BMF on the hood surface and grille. We will see.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Wed 12 Nov 2014, 9:42 am

Nice work Pete.

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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Wed 12 Nov 2014, 12:22 pm

WOW !!!
Great work, Pete !!!

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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Wed 12 Nov 2014, 5:25 pm

Man-O-Man Pete, Youy got it going on. Thanks for the update. Butcher Bob and I are talking about going to the GSL this next year also. Hope to see you and the truck there. Keep them updates coming.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Thu 13 Nov 2014, 1:52 am

Hi Pete,

WOW, just WOW Sir...

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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Mon 24 Nov 2014, 4:18 pm

So despite what Sam thinks, I have been making progress on the Sterling race truck.

The rear suspension area of the chassis is now assembled. All that remains is the plumbing from the disc brakes to the lines on the axle, and the air lines to the suspension air bags. Here are a couple of photos, with and without the tires:



The wheel set is turned aluminum from KFS in England. They are absolutely beautiful, with a full set of lug nuts. The tread pattern on the drive tires was hand cut in with an Exacto knife. The pattern actually started out identical to that on the rear tag axle tires!

The rear fenders are fitted, and the fifth wheel (turntables to you Brits) are complete. The fifth wheel is brass, and has been cobalt nickel plated:



The engine, tranny and skid plate assembly is just about ready to drop into the chassis. Here are a couple of photos of it:




The Detroit Diesel engine and Allison trans are both resin. There are many added parts that are turned aluminum or made from plastic. The skid plate is formed aluminum sheet, and then hand polished. Most of the wiring is made from guitar strings, as they replicate the plastic convoluted tubing used on truck wiring looms. I have pre-wired it , as the engine is pretty buried in the chassis and some things are hard to get to later.

Next is getting the engine into the chassis. The front cooling package, with it's support is after that. Then comes outfitting the interior bits to the roll cage. In between all of that is the painting of the basecoat of the graphics. The silver is on, with the red next.

It is nice to see it all come together after all these years working on it!
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Mon 24 Nov 2014, 5:22 pm

Pete it looks great. Man that Diesel engine and tranny are awesome. Super nice work.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Mon 24 Nov 2014, 6:12 pm

Superb detailing.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Tue 25 Nov 2014, 5:31 am

It hurts me sometimes, to watch a genius at work. Now I'm going back to bed.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Tue 25 Nov 2014, 3:04 pm

Amazing work Pete. Looking forward to seeing this one at GSL.

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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Tue 25 Nov 2014, 10:21 pm

So far its absolutely stupendous..

The best things come to those who wait.. This will be definitely worth your waiting.. I can tell

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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Thu 27 Nov 2014, 7:46 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Thu 27 Nov 2014, 7:50 pm

pete s wrote:
So despite what Sam thinks, I have been making progress on the Sterling race truck.



And what progress it has been !!

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