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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Wed 23 Sep 2015, 10:46 am

That frame work looks brilliant....

I agree about the kit covers ... they're not to the standard achieved at the moment and to be honest might make it look a bit naff.

Ive used tin foil, double thickness cling film, lining paper (for wallpaper) and close knit T shirt material for canvass in different scales ..... if that helps.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Wed 23 Sep 2015, 4:33 pm

They do have some nice molded-in detail though. Nice work, Al.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Wed 23 Sep 2015, 6:23 pm

Thanks for the suggestiona Colin.

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They do have some nice molded-in detail though.  Nice work, Al.

Yes they do Mike so I may try covering the material with medical tape.

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Wed 23 Sep 2015, 9:16 pm

They all look great and you guys really put the time and effort it, well done people!
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Wed 23 Sep 2015, 10:34 pm

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Yes they do Mike so I may try covering the material with medical tape.

Hi Al,

Another little suggestion, hope you don't mind, do you have any of the really wide masking tape, just thinking instead of having lots of strips, you could do the side's in one go...

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Wed 23 Sep 2015, 10:41 pm

The kit bed cover may lack texture and it doesn't exactly fit together well but it is at least a good fit over the frame and on the bed sides:....





..... so I'm going to fill the gaps and sand. Then I'm going to mix some flat paint with talcum powder to see if I can get some better texture on it.

Just to give you an idea how big this thing is:


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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Wed 23 Sep 2015, 10:44 pm

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Yes they do Mike so I may try covering the material with medical tape.

Hi Al,

Another little suggestion, hope you don't mind, do you have any of the really wide masking tape, just thinking instead of having lots of strips, you could do the side's in one go...

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You sneaked in while I was posting Andy.

I NEVER mind suggestions Andy, in fact I welcome them.

That's a good thought as I might be able to cut around the belts and buckles. I'll give it a whirl before going my route.

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Wed 23 Sep 2015, 11:43 pm

Now ive seen it all together I would have a go at making the covers out of lightweight polycotton or worn denim and have them drawn open so you can see the inside .....
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Wed 23 Sep 2015, 11:51 pm

I may end up doing something like that Colin. The material will have to be thin though.

Looks like I have a fit issue.

The bed and cab sit nice and level but once the cover is on, the bed is about 5mm to high at the front.



The font end is sitting on the sleepr as it should be:....



.... so maybe it's the cab that needs to fit lower down but for the life of me at the mo I can't see how.

I'll take another look at it tomorrow in the cold light of dawn.

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Thu 24 Sep 2015, 12:33 am

Hmmmm that is weird ... It all looks like its in the right place but is definitely off somewhere

It'll be something simple no doubt mate.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Sat 26 Sep 2015, 1:02 am

Is it possible for the sleeper top section to fit deeper into the bed, eliminating the gap between the cab and bed?
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Sat 26 Sep 2015, 11:31 am

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That frame work looks brilliant....

I agree about the kit covers ... they're not to the standard achieved at the moment and to be honest might make it look a bit naff.

Ive used tin foil, double thickness cling film, lining paper (for wallpaper) and close knit T shirt material for canvass in different scales ..... if that helps.

I have a NICE handkerchief (boxed gift... I use industrial weight paper towels to hold the load this huge proboscis puts out) that I keep for stuff like this. Very fine weave. Kinda hard to cut, but I use an old rotary cutter from my wife,when she got a new one to cut her quilting fabric.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Sat 26 Sep 2015, 9:41 pm

Maybe experiment with different facial, wrapping tissue paper, or paper towel to see which (when painted) looks most like the finish of the plastic "canvas."  I know some here swear by plain gift type tissue paper.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Mon 28 Sep 2015, 12:54 am

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I think I'm on the way to solving the problem.

I gave the sleeper compartment a double layer of 50mm foam, a pillow, a bed roll and some pin up photos. (Just don't ask to see the really raunchy ones on the roof!! LOL)


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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Mon 28 Sep 2015, 4:02 am

I have a little time between trips to California, so I have made some small progress on the Western Star sleeper. Cabinets are assembled, interior panels laid out, and here is the mockup:





You can see the upholstery diamond pattern on the rear panel. I tried another approach to obtaining the pattern in 3D by cutting out individual diamonds, and beveling the edges. Here is a close up:



I think this is the way to go, with the addition of a small button in the corners of the diamond pattern. It will just be a lot of work making quite a few of these small diamonds .... probably over a hundred. I will have to make a fixture, so I can cut them in a very repeated fashion!
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Mon 28 Sep 2015, 11:30 am

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Mon 28 Sep 2015, 1:07 pm

Seems like a lot of work for  button, tufted upholstery.  Some are "rivet counters."  Do we need "button counters?"
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Mon 28 Sep 2015, 5:59 pm

I didn't like the bedroll so I gave the driver a beaten up home made sleeping bag.   :





It isn't great but will be hard to see when the sleeper is attached to the cab anyway.

I also treated him to a 1950's style Sat Nav system!! LOL


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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Mon 28 Sep 2015, 6:51 pm

Nice sleepers you guys got going.
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Mon 28 Sep 2015, 9:39 pm

Very nice work making things comfy, guys.

Still waiting for the woodgrain decals.  So, I got to work painting the wheels and brass parts.






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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Mon 28 Sep 2015, 9:49 pm

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I didn't like the bedroll so I gave the driver a beaten up home made sleeping bag.  

Hi Al,

I actually liked the bedroll, could you not pop it on top of the sleeping bag, going back to those times the sleeping bags wouldn't have been that great, so I'm guessing they'd also have a blanket to go on top on really cold nights as I don't think they had night heaters, 'tis just a thought Sir...

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Mon 28 Sep 2015, 11:17 pm

Your wish is my command o'wise sage!!!



It's getting quite cozy in there. Shame it will be difficult to see when the sleeper is attached.!!

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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Mon 28 Sep 2015, 11:38 pm

So cool!  Brass and wheels on the antique model are looking mighty fine as well!!
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Tue 29 Sep 2015, 12:27 am

I will have some stuff in the sleeper, but not so sure I will "decorate" my sleeper with naked lady posters!

Not sure if this is also done in Australia, but I wouldn't be surprised!
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PostSubject: Re: Community Build #10 'Trucks'   Tue 29 Sep 2015, 10:12 am

I like the way the sleeper cabs are progressing, a slice of two diffrrent era of trucking.

Hope any relief drivers not a woman in Als' version though lol.

The wheels look brilliant Mike ... what paint is that for the brass, its very convincing and looks bettrr than what i use
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