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Autocar dump truck (FINISHED)

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  • Member since
    December, 2011
  • From: Havant, hampshire, UK
Autocar dump truck (FINISHED)
Posted by popeyesurf on Sunday, January 05, 2014 11:03 AM

Big SmileThumbs UpThis is the old AMT/Matchbox kit, it's nostalga kit as i made this back when it came out, it ended up getting trashed by my grandson who i gave it to, now i got interested in trucks again i managed to get this one on ebay, this time i've opened up the doors and fitted lighting, i did the dash same way i did the two peterbilts and in fact i use spare peterbilt gauge decals as this kit dosen't have any, real fiddley as i had to cut each gauge out seperatly and fix it behind each hole, managed to save most of the kit decals which were very brittle, i've also cut out the grill and fitted steel mesh and got side markers in the dump body strenghteners, head lights are gonna be a trial as they are seperate little units, just enough room for an smd light i think,  hope you like her

too young to die and too old to give a stuffBig Smile

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Posted by guidematic on Sunday, January 05, 2014 1:52 PM

Wow!!

Man I'd like to have that kit again.

Mike

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    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, January 05, 2014 8:35 PM

That looks fantastic, excellent work on the dashboard!

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  • From: West Seneca, NY (Buffalo)
Posted by Snork56 on Sunday, January 05, 2014 9:48 PM

Dashboard looks great!  Would be a nice tutorial!!  Nice work.......

To get back up when you are down, fight when you are struggling, give the extra effort when you are in pain, come back when no one expects you to and stand up tall when people try to pull you down.    That is what makes up a true champion!!   Snork56 (S56) Henry D.  

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  • From: Havant, hampshire, UK
Posted by popeyesurf on Monday, January 06, 2014 10:23 AM

Thanks guys, it is a great old kit, i was really gland to find another on ebay after foolishly giving the original to my grandson, i was hoping they had put all the broken tys and bits in the attic but i think my daughter threw this old dumper outSad

too young to die and too old to give a stuffBig Smile

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  • From: Havant, hampshire, UK
Posted by popeyesurf on Monday, January 20, 2014 10:54 AM

All done, hope you like it, not as easy a build as i thought, i think the chassis was out and i didn't see it, caused all sorts og mis-alignments, still i'm happy with it,

too young to die and too old to give a stuffBig Smile

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Posted by BrassBuilder on Monday, January 20, 2014 11:05 AM

Wow. It appears you could jump right in and drive away in it! Great job!

Mike

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  • From: Havant, hampshire, UK
Posted by popeyesurf on Monday, January 20, 2014 1:31 PM

Cheer's Mike, the keys are in itBig SmileThumbs Up

too young to die and too old to give a stuffBig Smile

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  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Monday, January 20, 2014 9:44 PM

Just beautiful, Ian! The lighting is killer on this one. Thumbs Up

chucky

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  • From: Havant, hampshire, UK
Posted by popeyesurf on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 6:16 AM

Thanks Chucky, much apprecieated mate, Thumbs Up

too young to die and too old to give a stuffBig Smile

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  • From: Caputh, Germany
Posted by modelmarc on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:40 PM

Very nice, great detailing - the lights are cool!!! In the light of this build, you should'nt have a problem with the Lonestar!!!

Marc

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    December, 2011
  • From: Havant, hampshire, UK
Posted by popeyesurf on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:05 AM

Thanks Marc, i apprecieate that, i am hoping i dont have too many probs with the lonestar, at the moment i'm just doing the easy bits like chassis and engine, i'll have to build up the nuts to take a scalple to the doorsSad

too young to die and too old to give a stuffBig Smile

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  • From: South Central Pa.
Posted by CarGuy1963 on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 2:24 PM

Dude you are the truck master. The lighting is just amazing! And that dash is crazy cool!.

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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  • From: Tennessee
Posted by SLUSHER on Thursday, January 23, 2014 2:43 AM

WOW, Excellent build of a classic work horse. Impressive detail and all the lighting is amazing. Best semi model I have ever seen....Slusher

IT TAKES A LIVING SAVIOR TO SAVE A DYING WORLD....

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  • From: Havant, hampshire, UK
Posted by popeyesurf on Thursday, January 23, 2014 3:30 AM

Thanks very much indeed Slusher/ Carguy,  your kind comments spur me on, this is/was a great little kit, i did have some issues witha slightly twisted frame and due to my lazyness i didn't correct it before sticking on many of the chassis mounted parts, this threw out the cab/hood alignment and after a comprimise in fitting these the dump body was then out of line, the cab is actually sitting about 5-8mm to the L/H side, luckily it dosen't show in the pics, you can bet your bottom dollar i'll properly check all future chassisBig Smile

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  • From: Central Ohio
Posted by pyrman on Thursday, January 23, 2014 6:54 AM

Nice job, Popeye.....impressive looking dash!  I've always been a fan of ruby red metallic.

Greg H

"Think of the fact that there's not one state in the 50 that has the death penalty for speeding...although I'm not so sure about Ohio." (The Cannonball Run)

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  • From: Havant, hampshire, UK
Posted by popeyesurf on Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:27 PM

Thanks GregThumbs Up it is a nice red, since i started takeing some pics outdoors the colors look much better in natural sunlight,

too young to die and too old to give a stuffBig Smile

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  • From: springdale, arkansas
Posted by nascarbob4344 on Thursday, January 23, 2014 1:02 PM

very nice build and the lights just push it over the top. i have read you tutorial on working with led's i think i am going to give it a shot on the big pete i am working on, thank you

bob gordon

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Posted by Scooter261 on Thursday, January 23, 2014 6:05 PM

Wow,,that is awsome,,dig the lighting work,,what lights did you use? Are they for models specific,,or can you get them @ radio shack  ect?  Im doing a diorama of  a  dragstrip starting line  and need some overhead lighting of some  type. Great job on this.

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  • From: Havant, hampshire, UK
Posted by popeyesurf on Friday, January 24, 2014 5:43 AM

Thanks Bob and Scooter, the lights are just regular LED's and SMD's all available from radio shack (i'm guessing as i'm in the UK and our alternative is Maplins) however i just buy cheaper packs from ebay (useually from China)Surprise  you just need regular white led's they dont need to be ultra-brights as these will be a bit too bright for model headlights, also i use defussed orange or amber and defussed red, for rear and marker lights, these are jut regualr panel type led's, you dont want them too bright, also i use SMD's they are in thoes strips or tape lighting things also from ebay, verious colors and you can cut out the indivual little leds, it's a good cheap sourse of smaller led's, a bit fiddley to solder onto but their small size allows you to fit them in small spaces like peterbuilt headlight or like in this autocar which has seperate headlights and even with some carefull fiddleing in the spotlights under the front bumper, actually in those i used some 1mm smd's that i got in a cheap smd strip, also you can get 1mm led's from model railroad hobbyist's, bit more expensive tho so these strips are a much cheaper way of getting a load of them, onlt trouble is you have to carefully cut them from the strip and de-solder them from the bit of copper tape left on, 

one tip there is use a hot 1mm tip iron and dont linger or the heat will damage the smd, so speed is the key,  just remember to use a resistor between the power source and the led/smd, or it'll blow,  if you check out "Bigtalldad's" write up i added my 10cents worth a few pages inBig Smile,  also fir a 12 volt supply you'll need a 470ohm resister, radio shack can tell you what you'll need for other supplys like 6v or 9v etc

grab youself a few and have a go, 

too young to die and too old to give a stuffBig Smile

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  • From: springdale, arkansas
Posted by nascarbob4344 on Saturday, January 25, 2014 12:48 PM

popeye, what size led's do you use, also what size would you recomend for a 1/16th scale model?

bob gordon

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  • From: Havant, hampshire, UK
Posted by popeyesurf on Saturday, January 25, 2014 1:55 PM

Mostly depends how much room you have fitting wise, both are the same brightness (assumeing they are both the same "value" , forward voltage etc), mostly i use 3mm but in some cases 5mm,  the smds cut from the strips are little square things, when i get a chance i'll post some pics of them,Thumbs Up

too young to die and too old to give a stuffBig Smile

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  • From: springdale, arkansas
Posted by nascarbob4344 on Saturday, January 25, 2014 2:21 PM

thank you i think i will star watching e-bay and see what i can come up with there, radio shack is too expensive for my wallet

bob gordon

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  • From: Little Rock, AR
Posted by streetrodnut on Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:13 PM

Amazing job on the Autocar dump truck. The red paint and detail you put into it is breathtaking.

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  • From: Havant, hampshire, UK
Posted by popeyesurf on Sunday, January 26, 2014 4:45 AM

Cheer's mate, thanks for the kind commentsThumbs Up

ok i posted this a while back, it for peterbilt headlights but you see what the smd's are like, these are the regular one too, the smaller blue one i sued on the spotlights are even smaller, a real bugga to solder and excessive heat will destroy them so like i say spped in the soldering is essensiall, anyway these strips are a good way of buying in a lot of little lights in verious colors and will fit where theres no room for 3mm leds, it's the tails that make them hard to fit sometimes, if you bend the tails too close to the encapsulation you risk breaking the diod,

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/33/t/115586.aspx

too young to die and too old to give a stuffBig Smile

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  • From: Houston Tx
Posted by Mopar-D on Sunday, January 26, 2014 12:06 PM

Excellent build your lights puts over the top.

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Posted by xxxxflyboyxxxx on Sunday, January 26, 2014 5:47 PM

Fantastic!  The lights really set it off.

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    December, 2011
  • From: Havant, hampshire, UK
Posted by popeyesurf on Monday, January 27, 2014 1:20 PM

Thanks Mopar, Flyboy, much apprecieatedThumbs Up

too young to die and too old to give a stuffBig Smile

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Posted by chippern73 on Saturday, March 30, 2019 12:37 PM

Good news is the kit is coming out in July by AMT / Round 2. Two major online Hobby Stores are pre-selling it for $39.99 USD plus shipping.

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  • From: south east usa.....for now
Posted by JohnsMopar on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 10:28 AM

WOW! That's one of my favorites from way back as a kid in the 60s.

I watched them daily as they passed by my house to and from the

gravel pit. The only thing better to me was the Mack B60 6 wheel dump!

Thanks for the nostalgia!---John

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