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  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Phillipsburg,NJ
Freightliner kit woes
Posted by NewB71 on Sunday, December 29, 2019 1:07 AM

This is just my opinion but the AMT White Freightliner is not what I thought it would be-a nice kit. Instead it turned out to be a nightmare. Everything was going good with the build until I was near the end.

First I had problems with installing the exhaust stacks. Had to go with an alternate installation.

Second and most annoying was installing the cab. No matter what I tried it would not line up properly. The front of the cab was at least 1\8" out of alignment and the rear would not sit on mounting pads.

I tried many ways to get it to line up front and back but with no luck. With all the kits I have built since I was a kid this one is the worst. I'm about this close to putting it back in the box and putting it away for 100 years.

Thanks for letting me rant and in closing this kit is CRAP.

Thanks

Bob

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    November 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, December 29, 2019 7:10 AM

We've all had kit like that. I built the Polar Lights Bobby Allison 69 Cyclone, absolutely the worst kit I have ever put together, nothing fit, holes and pins did not line up or pins were too big for holes, mis shapen parts etc. POS for sure.

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Posted by Modeltruckbuilder on Sunday, December 29, 2019 10:58 AM
I built my first AMT truck in the early 1970's. I can honestly say that I've built all of them at least twice, in some cases even more than twice depending on the truck. Without a doubt the White Freightliner was my least favorite! It's just one of those kits that can be a real PITA. Never fit right or even looked right after it was built.
  • Member since
    December 2019
  • From: New Braunfels,Tx.
Posted by Metalbender on Sunday, December 29, 2019 12:12 PM

Aha!

     The Cabover Freightliner was always a bad un' .Never understood either the hard assembly and those awful rivets everywhere. On mine after the final assembly the cab would NOT set level on the frame.

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    November 2005
  • From: Lower left side
Posted by vettecote on Sunday, December 29, 2019 1:06 PM
I just bought that kit, now I'm scared to open it! lol...Joe

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  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Phillipsburg,NJ
Posted by NewB71 on Sunday, December 29, 2019 6:57 PM

I'm glad I'm not the only one that has had crappy kits,the Freightliner. I have come to the conclusion that in the end it will be what it will be.Nothing i do can make it look nice.

  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 8:14 AM
The Freightliner definitely has its problems, the two biggest I hit were the front axle being too wide and the sleeper extension not fitting inside the cab. I have one more on the shelf to get to, and it'll likely end up a curbside which makes the build a lot easier.
  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Phillipsburg,NJ
Posted by NewB71 on Saturday, January 4, 2020 6:52 AM

Since I posted,I managed to get the Freightliner finished. It ain't that pretty looking but it could have been worse. I had planned on posting a few pictures but as luck would have it my camera died. Will have to wait to get another before I can post pics.

Bob

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