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Ford LN8000 Louisville Short Hauler

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  • Member since
    May 2014
Ford LN8000 Louisville Short Hauler
Posted by JayDubs on Saturday, April 25, 2020 3:55 PM

So this bad boy is quarantine build #3. This time I went way out of my lane in an effort to stretch my building skills and to try something different. I was not disappointed.

This is AMT/ERTL kit #6460 the Ford Louisville Short Hauler, released in 1994. I lost the box to this kit in the "Great Basement Flood of 2012" but the instructions and all of the parts trees were saved. For an AMT kit, I was quite impressed with the level of detail and the parts count. The engravings were pleasantly nice; however the kit was marred by some enormous ejector pin marks and mold lines. These were mostly cured by some work with the good old sanding sticks.

I chose to paint the cab with Scalemates Ford Redfire Metallic basecoat. Omitting clear coating left the cab with a really nice matte finish that I thought would be more fitting on a working truck than a gloss finish would. The cargo area was finished in white primer with aluminum trim. Having no idea if this would be accurate, I like the way it looks.

I'm not thrilled with the fitment of the front end to the cab body but that could have honestly been user error and not the fault of the kit. Although there were a number of pieces where the connections were not clearly called out in the instructions so, I winged it.

One highlight for sure was the wood grained floor and walls of the inside of the cargo bay. I was intimidated by them at first. I spend some time watching railroader videos to learn how to duplicate wood patterns, finally settling on a base coat of tan, a light coat of dark brown and top "almost dry-brush" coat of grimy black. The results don't show up in the photos as well as I would have liked, but I'm pleased.

I also used the railroaders' expertise to fashion some pallets out of styrene sticks that have been laying around forever. Balsa wood would have been nicer, but hobby shops aren't "essential" so I made due. I loaded the pallets up with boxes made from some old scrapbook paper and wrapped in cling wrap.

The ToddCo lift gate was an impressive multipiece assembly that really tested my patience and required alot of finessing to get to fit properly. She was finished off with a photo-reduced Michigan license plate and IFTA decals.

All in all, for a first go at a medium-duty truck, I'm pleased.

Here is the entire album.

Hope you've enjoyed looking.



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  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Sunday, April 26, 2020 7:27 AM

Wow, that is an impressive build.  Looks just like the ones you see out on the highway.  

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    July 2015
Posted by DRIPTROIT 71 on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:15 PM

Nice looking Louisville! Great work!

I thought that I was the only one who had a basement flood that ruined several models, or at least the boxes.

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    January 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, May 2, 2020 1:20 AM
very nice. i like the wrapped pallet load too

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