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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Fri 28 Nov 2014, 11:43 am

Excellent work Pete !!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Mon 01 Dec 2014, 6:40 pm

Fantastic detail work!
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Mon 08 Dec 2014, 4:57 pm

Time for a progress update on the assembly of the race truck.

Here is the state of the chassis as of Sunday evening. The powertrain is all in, as is the front radiator support, skid plate, fuel cell and batteries. The fuel and tranny coolers are on, along with their plumbing. Some chassis electrical and brake plumbing is also there:



Here are close-up shots of the detail on both sides of the frame:




Skid plate is aluminum sheet, with plated brass brackets and fasteners. Battery cables and electrical wiring are painted guitar strings. Batteries are scratch built Optima gel cells. Fuel cell is square plastic, with photo etch, turned aluminum and plated brass parts. Coolers are scratch built from plastic and brass. Left side view shows fuel filter and the electrical cutoff switch (with red handle).

Here are a couple of photos of the completed dash:




Dash is all brass. The gauges and steering column are turned aluminum, with Slixx decals on the gauge faces, with Crystal Clear added for lenses. Switch panel is all aluminum.

Here is my last mockup of the radiator/charge air cooler (CAC) assembly, with all of it's plumbing:





Everything fit fine, with a few minor alternations. The hump hoses on the silver CAC lines are turned aluminum bases, and will be covered by black shrink tubing, with hose clamps added. Now that this mockup is done, all this plumbing has been taken apart. The radiator will be glued in, and the lines will be sub-assembled with the hoses. Once the roll cage is on the frame, then the lines are snaked through the bottom of the cage and glued in place. It is like threading the needle!

So far, everything is going together without much drama. I hope this continues!
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Tue 09 Dec 2014, 12:55 am

WOW!!! Jaw dropping is a word that comes to mind. Really nice Pete, really nice.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Tue 09 Dec 2014, 1:35 am

Simply amazing Pete.....
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Tue 09 Dec 2014, 7:12 pm

Pete, How many years have you been working on this model? Just curious.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Fri 12 Dec 2014, 5:40 pm

Superb attention to detail Pete.

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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Fri 12 Dec 2014, 6:13 pm

OOOOOOhhhh, you would have to ask that question, Buck. The answer is scary!!

If you discount the information gathering stage and concentrate on the modeling phase, it goes back to late 2006! I looked at the scale drawing I did for the basic chassis layout, and that is the date. OBVIOUSLY, there have been numerous stops and starts, as well as countless "remakes" of many of the parts.

So there you have my confession.      
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Sat 13 Dec 2014, 4:43 am

Progress report on the truck.

The paint process for the graphics was to paint a silver base where the silver accent stripes are, then mask the silver accents and paint the red accent areas, and then mask where the silver and red graphics are, and paint the rest black. Here is the paint on the cab and chassis side fairings after the silver was masked and the red painted:



And a detail shot of the cab:



On the chassis, I also put the hoses and their clamps together. The hoses are shrink tubing, with the clamps being a narrow strip of BMF, with a piece of wire glued on to simulate the worm clamp:



So over the weekend will be the tedious work of masking the silver/red areas, and getting ready to paint the black basecoat. All of the colors are basecoat, and will then be followed by Omni urethane clear.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Sat 13 Dec 2014, 5:42 pm

Great work Pete. popcorn
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Sun 14 Dec 2014, 11:30 am

Hoses look GREAT !!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Sun 21 Dec 2014, 4:20 am

Been working on the paint and the details of the chassis and interior.

Here is what the paint now looks like with the black basecoat:

Colors are still masked, as I may need to give some areas a light sanding and one last mist coat of black. Inside of cab and side fairings still needs black paint.

I got the chassis cooling module in, along with a couple pieces of plumbing :


The rear suspension air bag lines were made and installed, including the air valves:


The front axle assembly has been completed, with the steering rack, disc brakes and plumbing. The steering column, including universal joints and boot is done:


The complete aluminum wheel set was purchased some time ago from KFS in England. The rear wheels were fine, but the front ones were too wide for the low profile tires I had. So I had to chuck these into the lathe and narrow them. The wheel on the left is the front side, and the right one is the backside that I machined down:


Here is a photo of the roll cage with some of the interior pieces in. Parts that are in include the floor panels, dash, pedals, master cylinder, engine/trans control box, shifter and roll bar padding. The master cylinder and electrical box are under the floor. Still remaining are the seat and belts, and the fire extinguisher:


So far, it is going well without any hitches. I am anxious to see how the paint comes out when I take the masking off. Then comes the tricky part of the clearcoat. Once the cage is installed onto the chassis, all of the engine plumbing can be finished.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Sun 21 Dec 2014, 4:09 pm

If you can start it up and drive it off screen, I wouldn't be surprised. You are just too good. Hours and hours of tedious effort, award-worthy.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Sun 21 Dec 2014, 5:39 pm

Pete this is an awesome build. How many years have you been working on it? I have pictures of it from Model Fest, I think 4 years ago. Not sure maybe 3.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Sun 21 Dec 2014, 6:20 pm

Buck, see my confessional post towards the top of this page. I bare all of my soul there!!
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Sun 21 Dec 2014, 9:38 pm

Sorry I missed that post, Pete. Old people are hard to figure sometimes.


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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Mon 22 Dec 2014, 11:39 am

That is just awesome modeling Pete !!!

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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Wed 24 Dec 2014, 6:12 pm

I got brave enough yesterday to pull the masking off the paint graphics on the cab and side fairings on the race truck. All in all, it came out pretty good.

Before:

After:


Some close-up shots:



You can see the small spots of over spray where the tape pulled loose. Although most of these are under the decals, I still may fix them. All are on the red areas, so the silver and black will be masked, the red lightly sanded, and then a light mist coat. The backside of the side fairings and inside of the cab still need the black base coat paint.

But it is getting there!!
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Wed 24 Dec 2014, 7:18 pm

Nice one Pete.

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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Wed 24 Dec 2014, 8:14 pm

WOW Pete that is magnificent!

The detail is unbelievable, very long build but so worth it in the end
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Wed 24 Dec 2014, 8:29 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Mon 29 Dec 2014, 3:15 am

Here is the latest update on the race truck.

Been working on completing the roll cage details before I mount it on the chassis. Got working on the seat belts, and here is one nearly complete, but not mounted in the cage:



Then two disasters bit me.  

The first one had to do with the seat belts, as I discovered that I had left out the tubes that the shoulder belts mount to. So I have made two new tubes on the rear of the cage, and have them painted. I will glue them in carefully, as not to disturb all the completed paint!

I masked off the graphics side of the cab and chassis side fairings so I could paint the black basecoat on the backside. Then disaster number two hit when I gingerly took off the masking:



Look at the upper left hand corner of the fairing, and you will see where some color peeled off. Apparently I had done a small amount of filling with bondo here, and it did not adhere to the brass! It all came off on the tape. So I am now re-filling this area, and will need to go through the sanding, priming and painting of the black in this area. Will have to do some tricky masking here.

Yes, there were some obscenities today on the model bench!!
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Mon 29 Dec 2014, 3:20 pm

Hi Pete,

Still looking outstanding Sir, may I ask, have you flocked the seat...

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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Mon 29 Dec 2014, 4:21 pm

Andy, for the seat flocking, I used a material from Model Factory Hiro. They call it "Adhesive Cloth for Seats". It is a thin self-adhesive sheet of material that is cut out to shape, the backing removed and then pressed in place. It comes in a 3 inch by 5 inch sheet. I only saw black, so I don't know if it comes in other colors. I made a paper template of the shape first, and then cut out the shape with scissors.

I picked this up at a show, and this is the first time I have used it. It is thin enough to look great, and does not look too thick. The adhesive holds well, so good that you must be sure to get it in the proper place the first time. No chances at a second attempt.

In all, I am impressed with it.
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PostSubject: Re: Sterling Pike's Peak Race Truck   Mon 29 Dec 2014, 5:21 pm

Shame about the paint, Pete. I know you will fix it. Still on track for the GSL.
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