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#26 OFFLINE   channabasanna

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Posted 04 October 2020 - 09:39 PM

View PostT1000, on 03 October 2020 - 10:22 AM, said:

Ideally the trailer color should match the truck, in my opinion :occasion14: Or something in a complimenting  brigher color if you want it to stand out.

Thank you T1000, i was thinking to get a couple of Silver spray cans and spray it, with Wheel arches being black. But as vulpex suggested will look out for some inspiring examples.

View Postibj40, on 03 October 2020 - 11:41 AM, said:

Good job and lots of ingenuity in your approach.

Looking really professional.

Thank you ibj40.

View Postvulpex, on 04 October 2020 - 01:44 AM, said:

Getting better and better!! :eusa_clap:

Difficult to give an suggestion for the colour - of course you have to keep your truck in mind.
What I would probably do is a bit of research in google pictures until I find an inspirering example...

Thank you vulpex, as you suggested will look out for some examples before painting it.
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Posted 05 October 2020 - 01:07 AM

Pretty cool. I starting in the hobby in the mid eighties building truck models as my dad was driving big trucks back then, so I got right into them. Mostly 1/25 Ertl/AMT prime movers and trailers. I even was entering my truck models in model competitions when I was 14/15 and won my first ever trophy in life for a custom truck model.

For anyone that may want to build on of these trailers with more accurate frame, suspension etc, AMT actually make a 1/16 scale flat bed trailer, I think these are still available and are very close to 1/18 scale, you could just reduce the width of the bed to suit 1/18 scale, but you could still use all the chassis rails, suspension etc.

Taking nothing away from your efforts here Channa, you have done a great job building something from scratch.

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Posted 05 October 2020 - 09:25 PM

View PostROBSMC, on 05 October 2020 - 01:07 AM, said:

Pretty cool. I starting in the hobby in the mid eighties building truck models as my dad was driving big trucks back then, so I got right into them. Mostly 1/25 Ertl/AMT prime movers and trailers. I even was entering my truck models in model competitions when I was 14/15 and won my first ever trophy in life for a custom truck model.

For anyone that may want to build on of these trailers with more accurate frame, suspension etc, AMT actually make a 1/16 scale flat bed trailer, I think these are still available and are very close to 1/18 scale, you could just reduce the width of the bed to suit 1/18 scale, but you could still use all the chassis rails, suspension etc.

Taking nothing away from your efforts here Channa, you have done a great job building something from scratch.

Thank you Rob, will check for the AMT trailers. I was thinking of getting Tamiya trailer landing legs, if i could not build it.
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Posted 11 October 2020 - 08:28 AM

Updates on the Trailer:

[U]Built the Landing Legs:[/B] They can be moved up and down, this was done by drilling 2 holes in each of the landing legs, and the leg holder. To hold the legs, i am using the rectangle paper clips and cut them to hold in place.

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The landing legs attached to the trailer and side support to hold them in place:

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With the landing legs down

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Landing legs up:

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With 2 1:18 cars on the trailer

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Paint and attaching tail lamps is pending, will probably add a head board and some connection for brakes, tail lamps connection from the tractor.
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Posted 11 October 2020 - 11:12 AM

Keeps getting better.

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Posted 12 October 2020 - 01:08 PM

Coming along nicely!! :occasion14:

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Posted 13 October 2020 - 12:54 AM

View Postibj40, on 11 October 2020 - 11:12 AM, said:

Keeps getting better.

Thank you ibj40

View PostCraig, on 12 October 2020 - 01:08 PM, said:

Coming along nicely!! :occasion14:

Thank you Craig
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Posted 28 October 2020 - 07:54 PM

Updates on the Trailer:

Initially painted the trailer with Tamiya Matt black, however the wood grains were visible. So brought few carbon fibre kind of looking stickers sheet from 2 dollar shop (Which was around 40cm x 80cm) and added it to most of the body.

Added the head board to the front of the trailer:

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Side Rails were designed in powerpoint and printed on a thick drawing sheet:

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Rear boad was also designed in powerpoint and printed on a thick drawing sheet, also attached the tail lamp set.

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Few pics of the trailer:

Left Side

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Right Side

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Trailer attached to the Actros:

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With the models loaded, shows the size of the truck with the trailer

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Posted 28 October 2020 - 10:05 PM

Well done!  Not sure how much more of a compliment I can deliver other than I am jealous of your commitment and dedication to this build.

You should be proud of what you have accomplished!  :eusa_clap:

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Posted 29 October 2020 - 08:33 AM

Wow, that looks superb! Great job! :eusa_clap: :occasion14:

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Posted 30 October 2020 - 10:57 AM

Ah that's fantastic! You've done a great job on it! It looks perfect!! :10:

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Posted 31 October 2020 - 02:42 AM

View Postibj40, on 28 October 2020 - 10:05 PM, said:

Well done!  Not sure how much more of a compliment I can deliver other than I am jealous of your commitment and dedication to this build.

You should be proud of what you have accomplished!  :eusa_clap:

Thank you ibj40. It wes indeed a tough task considering it to be wood. Avoiding wood grains with sticker was the only best option i had.

View Postcwbs, on 29 October 2020 - 08:33 AM, said:

Wow, that looks superb! Great job! :eusa_clap: :occasion14:

Thank you cwbs

View PostCraig, on 30 October 2020 - 10:57 AM, said:

Ah that's fantastic! You've done a great job on it! It looks perfect!! :10:

Thank you Craig
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Posted 31 October 2020 - 02:46 AM

Well done, channabasanna!!! :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:

Frankly, I was expecting that a plain paint would make the wooden structure quite visible.
But you solved this issue easily by going with the carbon like foil - TOP!! :rock:

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Posted 31 October 2020 - 09:25 AM

Fantastic results :eusa_clap: :yahoo:
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Posted 01 November 2020 - 10:23 PM

View Postvulpex, on 31 October 2020 - 02:46 AM, said:

Well done, channabasanna!!! :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:

Frankly, I was expecting that a plain paint would make the wooden structure quite visible.
But you solved this issue easily by going with the carbon like foil - TOP!! :rock:

Thank you vulpex, yes initial black paint was showing the wooden grains, hence made us of the 2 dollar shop accessories and got these carbon like stickers and just sticked them on. It just avoided a lot of elbow grease work of putty fill, sanding it.

View PostT1000, on 31 October 2020 - 09:25 AM, said:

Fantastic results :eusa_clap: :yahoo:

Thank you T1000.
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Posted 05 November 2020 - 08:37 PM

Wow it is simply amazing.

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Posted 07 November 2020 - 12:09 AM

View Postjuliojaramillo_3jc, on 05 November 2020 - 08:37 PM, said:

Wow it is simply amazing.

Thank you buddy
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