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Big Rig models, any new ones?

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  • From: Fort Knox
Big Rig models, any new ones?
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, December 30, 2017 1:20 AM

Many years ago, I remember building the old BJ & the Bear big rig. Have there been any newer type big rig kits? I've searched online and have seen some Italeri and Revell in 1/24 scale. They seem a little pricey, are they new tool or 1970-80s vintage?

RobG

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    March, 2006
Posted by johnnyR on Monday, January 01, 2018 9:47 AM

About all of them are repops of past kits.

The only new kits (or newer) are the Moebius kits.

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 10:53 PM

Thanks, I've been hesitant to try the European ones because of the cost. There's a military flatbed that looks promising, but is very expensive.

RobG

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Posted by mini man on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 6:44 PM

It is an oldie but a goody.

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 11:09 PM

Larger scale than I'd like to work with! I've been looking at this one, but it is quite pricey.

https://www.italeriusa.com/product-details.php?id=ITAS3820

RobG

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  • From: Umea Sweden
Posted by Force on Sunday, January 07, 2018 1:05 PM

Well don't expect to get a model kit that's right all over.
Italeri has not been known to do correct models every time as they usually takes shortcuts here and there and generalize when they do updates to their kits.
So there are lots of faults in the later kits, wrong chassis, wrong engines and so on...so in my book they are not worth the money as you have to correct things everywhere with aftermarket parts to do it right.
This Mack uses the chassis and Cummins NTC 400 from the Freightliner FLC kit, I think it was the first US truck they did.
Italeri only has three chassis for all their US trucks, this one from the Freightliner wich is also used in all Ford, Mack and Western Star kits, a Peterbilt chassis wich have a Detroit Series 60 engine for the Peterbilt kits, and the chassis for the Volvo VN wich is a curbside without engine.
I'm not a big fan of the Italeri wheels either.

Håkan Persson Sweden

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, January 07, 2018 1:20 PM

Thanks, I was hoping for a well engineered kit that has good fit with a decent level of detail. I'm not very concerned with accuracy since these trucks are not my primary interest. I did see a 1/32 scale Mr. Goodwrench race rig by Monogram at a thrift shop. I peeked inside the box and since it was snap tite, I wasn't too interested in the model. I'd rather have a quality glue kit. Not to say I dismiss snap kits off hand, but I'd guess this kit was from the 80s and not up to today's standards.

I was just looking for a truck model done in current standards.

RobG

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  • From: Umea Sweden
Posted by Force on Sunday, January 07, 2018 5:45 PM

The Italeri kits are quite allright detailwise, but as I said not allways that accurate and up to date.
So if you are doing a shelf model they will work as most of the things wrong are not that visible.
But if you want to do the kits as I like to, as accurate as possible, then they are not worth the money.
If you want a more current kit I would go with the Moebius Lone Star and Pro Star, Revell AG also issued a reboxed kit of the Lone Star but it's still the Moebius kit originally.

Håkan Persson Sweden

John Force 16X NHRA Funny Car Champion

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, January 07, 2018 8:34 PM

The lone star kits looks like it'll fit the bill, and at $50 it isn't too pricey.

RobG

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