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Kenworth w900
Posted by 58volvoV8 on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:59 PM

I don't know very much about truck I gotta admit. But I just bought a revell kenworth w900 and amt lowboy trailer. The plan is to build a model close to the truck my fatherinlaw drives at work and give it as a gift. Problem for me is the revell is a sleeper cab type truck and the one he drives is a standard cab(day cab??) I saw a build were a guy chopped the cab down...does anyone have info they could pass along on doing this to this truck?? Imagine the frame also needs shortening?? I'm not much of a bodywork guy(1:1 either lol) but figure the big picture is what counts even if my putty is wavy.

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Posted by DRIPTROIT 71 on Friday, May 8, 2020 10:51 PM

58volvoV8

I don't know very much about truck I gotta admit. But I just bought a revell kenworth w900 and amt lowboy trailer. The plan is to build a model close to the truck my fatherinlaw drives at work and give it as a gift. Problem for me is the revell is a sleeper cab type truck and the one he drives is a standard cab(day cab??) I saw a build were a guy chopped the cab down...does anyone have info they could pass along on doing this to this truck?? Imagine the frame also needs shortening?? I'm not much of a bodywork guy(1:1 either lol) but figure the big picture is what counts even if my putty is wavy.

 

 

Are you using the old snap kit (aerodine sleeper made to the cab) or the recently re-release Revell of Germany kit ( long hood with seperate double sleeper)?

The Snap version will require more body work as the sleeper goes into the top of the cab and will have to be cut off.

I try to avoid putty. It shrinks and I don't have great results with it. I usually fill with super glue and plastic. To cut out the rear window, I draw the window on sheet stryrene and then I clamp a straight edge to the sheet at each line drawn and use the back side of a hobby knife making several passes to cut out the window.

You may also find a scrap AMT cab that you can cut the back out of and graft it into your cab.

For the frame length, get an idea of what wheelbase the 1:1 truck has. Wheelbase is measured from the center of the front wheel to the center line between the tandems. You can get close figuring 1mm. = 1 inch, but if you want to be exact divde the 1:1 wheelbase by 25 and you will get the wheelbase you need.

I hope this helps.

 

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Posted by 58volvoV8 on Sunday, May 10, 2020 2:10 AM

thanks for the input it helps allot. It is the newer revell truck kit. When shortening the frame would I just cut with a saw and ca glue the frame back together with butt joints?? Would that be strong enough ya think?

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Posted by DRIPTROIT 71 on Sunday, May 10, 2020 10:16 PM

58volvoV8

thanks for the input it helps allot. It is the newer revell truck kit. When shortening the frame would I just cut with a saw and ca glue the frame back together with butt joints?? Would that be strong enough ya think?

 

Make sure that you get it cut square. I add a thin styrene plate on the inside of the joint for strength. If you can splice it in a place where a deck plate will be on top of the frame, then that will add strength to the joint as well.

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    April 2020
Posted by 58volvoV8 on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 12:42 PM

Guess my truck was the one piece cab with the sleeper(haha I really don't know rigs much) anyways I backbladed the sleeper off and cut the interior tub. I then hackily(....is that a word?) Cut the back of the sleeper cab to make the cab back...complete with rivet lines and top of cab body lineYes ......now waiting for sheet styrene to fill the V left on the top of the cab from the sleeper.....gonna try Bondi spot putty on that(I also never have luck with putty and use superglue gel) but this is gonna need allot of filler on that roof.........and lastly I cut the frame out to shorten it were the sleeper was......then I realized.......it was too much that's wear the tanks go...DOH!!!!.....now I gotta fix that...ugh.

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