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Federal Tractor Unit Finished
MrRoo
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 12:52 PM UTC
well it's finally finished. I am pleased with it and I must admit I learned a lot as well, this being my first full resin kit. Below are 4 pics and if you click on MY GALLERY you will see more pics of this and other models I have done.

Comments are more then welcome. I like it DO You?









Kencelot
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 01:07 PM UTC
Very impressive job Cliff! I really like the weathering on the cab.
How did you achieve the worn/worked paint? Where the decals part of the kit?
The only thing I would like to see is more wear on the fifth wheel. Maybe some bare steel and more grease. This is just from what I can see of it in the pics.

...and yes I do like it too!
mrs_selrach
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Indiana, United States
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 01:12 PM UTC
Beautiful job!!! I love the weathering, the worn and torn look, the rust.. chipped areas.... I think its your best work yet. And me just finishing my sdk.fz 222 panzerphagen... I can really appreciate the work you put into it. Placement of the decals is perfect...

You'll have to share with me your weathering and worn out, rusty look techniques with me.


PvtParts
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 01:18 PM UTC
Very, very nice job. All around it looks great. You get a pat on the back and a tip of my hat.
PorkChop
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 01:23 PM UTC
Looks great Cliff, the dial faces are really well done.
Fantastic choice of a subject as well, and I'll just post it here, the trailer looks great too. How long are the two units when combined?
chip250
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 01:39 PM UTC
WOW! thats all I can say. Very impressive!

One question, the rust. How?

Thanks!

~Chip :-)
MrRoo
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 02:08 PM UTC

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How long are the two units when combined?



the two units when 'hooked togeather as a unit are about 13inchs long


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the rust. How?



the base is Humbrol #98 Chocolate with orange pastel over.


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Were the decals part of the kit



No there were no decals with the kit so the stars and numbers are out of the Skybow 6X6 kit and the numbers altered in sequence to suit this truck as the serial number had to start with a 4 where as the Dodge one starts with a 3.. The 'ladies and the truck name on the bonnet under the windscreen (black sheep 2) are from the Dragon Wagon kit. The dash gauges are cut out of instrument panel decals supplied with the Italeri water tank truck.

Thanks for ther comments so far
blaster76
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 03:31 PM UTC
I'm just now finishing my all resin kit of an M123 10 ton beast. You really do get a great sense of accoplishment finishing something like that. I'm working on adapting an old M15a1 trailer for it.. I've got the truck mostly assembled and painted. got some fine details to finish, and then to the trailer.
Selrach
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Indiana, United States
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 05:37 PM UTC
looks great Cliff

The detail is great and the weathering is wonderful

I like it!
jimbrae
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Provincia de Lugo, Spain / Espaņa
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 08:28 PM UTC
As ever Cliff, I take my hat (or I would if I was wearing one) off to you. Getting better all the time. I would still like to see a series of articles on the builds...Jim
animal
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Posted: Monday, October 13, 2003 - 02:07 AM UTC
Simply outstanding!!! Animal wants THIS truck!!!
Machu
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Posted: Monday, October 13, 2003 - 02:55 AM UTC
Awesome piece of work :-) I like the color
WeWillHold
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Posted: Monday, October 13, 2003 - 03:12 AM UTC
Cliff: The wrap around decal is a nice touch on the open door--well done.

Another impressive model from "Da Pouchster's" workbench.

This is just me, but I would fade the rubber on the tires to a more grey/black look. The tread looks a little too black & shiney (but that's a nit, and just me).

This is a great vehicle, and again, something a little bit different for us all to enjoy.

Question for you. On your earlier in progress pics, the overal Federal OD appears to be much lighter in color and more faded than what is showing on these pics.

Is it photography/lighting differences from that batch of pictures to these, or has the Federal been darkened since the in progress shots were posted?.

Steve
ps: Any chance of getting a pic of that 50 cal? Would like to see that --thanks!!
boosahmer
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California, United States
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Posted: Monday, October 13, 2003 - 03:42 AM UTC
What a fantastic job you did!! Both units look great! Thanks for sharing.
TankCarl
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Posted: Monday, October 13, 2003 - 04:41 AM UTC
Very well done Cliff.
Did you put a drop of clear over the guage faces?
MrRoo
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Posted: Monday, October 13, 2003 - 08:53 AM UTC

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Question for you. On your earlier in progress pics, the overal Federal OD appears to be much lighter in color and more faded than what is showing on these pics.

Is it photography/lighting differences from that batch of pictures to these, or has the Federal been darkened since the in progress shots were posted?.

ps: Any chance of getting a pic of that 50 cal? Would like to see that --thanks!!



I think it is the pics and the light in which I took them in a hurry but I will look at the unit in the new light of day and if need be I will give it another coat of matt and I am not 100% happy with the way the fifth wheel turned out.

The 50cal I am happy to take some pics of it for you when the camera is next out.

I was lucky to find one original pic of this truck in a book and it gave me the placement of the decals especially the cut in half stars on the doors.

Thanks for all your kind comments Folks.
turrettoad13
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Mississippi, United States
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Posted: Monday, October 13, 2003 - 11:41 AM UTC
Great work, Cliff. Anything I might have said was already stated above. If you can't put them in a dio together because of the gear being down on the trailer you can always make a dio with the crew backing up to the trailer to hook to it. Just a suggestion, but if they never get into a dio I still say...Great work!! (++)
SS-74
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Vatican City
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Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 02:34 AM UTC
WOW, Lord Roo! This is very very impressive, and I will say, your best work so far. Not that your usual models are not impressive, but this one is sure a show stopper. This one is perfect!
SOW1
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Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 01:36 PM UTC
Cliff, simply phenominal job.. I love the weathering it looks awesome... You really know your stuff... (++)