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Hey Guys,

So, the port side is complete.  Just like things are, the first corner took a couple of day or so to build.  Corner two, was a day to build.


Left rear (port rear) looking forward.....




Everything is painted and I'm ready to start "the other side".


  I put the tires at the center locations to show where the brakes will be located inside the wheels.






Of course all this gets covered up, and we'll never see them again.




  Around to the other side.  I'll be back.......

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Hey All,     So, "in a couple weeks" has turned into 6 months.   I will be starting again slowly.     Most everything has survived the move.  The storage box for the Frog held up fine f

Thanks for the great comments guys!!  It's good to be back.       Hey All,       Upon farther inspection this weekend, I found several places where I need to repair the build

Hey All,   I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season with lots of modeling.   I had a fun time just staying out of the way and building, but at a holiday pace. The engines have been finishe

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   I have finished with the Suspension System.  The remaining two corners I built in an afternoon.  

Back corner....




Front corner...






  The situation with the wheels is that I built some parts before storage, so these need to be sorted because not all of these look usable.  




I'll go through these and see what I have and what needs rebuilding.


Also to keep me busy, I'll be starting the next chapter.  This will be the double engines and transmissions. 




Some of the parts for the next chapter.  "The Engines"  I'll continue to work on the wheels, but this is looking like a custom job for each tire.  Scratching!  

 I'm excited about the engines.  I have great references and I get to build two of everything.


Be back in a bit

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Hey Altogether, a double dose this morning...

  The engine build is really straight forward.  The engine block is just a group of rectangles laid in order.  The only parts that had any more than four cuts are the engine front and back parts.



  The rest of building the basic engine blocks is just keeping everything straight and square...



Once I got all the straight parts mounted, they sort of looked like engine blocks.  I placed these on the frame build so you could see about where these are to be located.



  Then came the transmission build.  You can see that this is getting fun to build.






 Then I had some interesting cuts to do and wrap around the drive output housing...



 A little bit of putty work and the first blank is ready to detail, with the second one not far behind...




  I'll get them finished and ready for all the details that wrap around these power twins.  There is a large amount of items that need to be individually built and placed somewhere on these.  I'm also thinking that I might have to hold off on some of the items and wait until these are mounted to the frame, I'll get to that.


 I'll be back later with the basic engine/tranny combos put together, and getting started with all the details.


Thanks for watching.


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Hey Guys,


  A small report today.  I have been busy with the engine build.  This part of the build is a bit slow for all the details that go onto these engines.

More parts....




I have most of the bolts for the Transmission installed.  The engines still have much detail to add.




Also I have a wiring harness to install onto the engines after the details are added.  They look good placed on the frame, and will be secured into place after I add as much as I can while these are still lose.




The front of the engines and the central braces and the Tranny braces all line up great.


I'll be back with more.........

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Hey Guys,

  it's been a week or so.  The engine build is continuing at a steady pace, I just have all kinds of items to place around the engine blocks.

 I have started with some of the wiring harnesses.  I am using blue painters tape for my wire loops to mount to the block.




I have several of these wire harnesses to build.  If you look real close, you can see these spread about the engine blocks.

 Then it is more of the same,  engine details.......Pumps




things,  all sorts of crazy items........




Here is what they look like as of today........







Still a lot of items to place yet.  

  The engine build is on track, just at a regular pace.  Next posting the engines should be primered and painted,  we'll see about that.

  I also have a goodly amount of items to place when the engines are mounted permanently that link the two together.  Much more work to do at this location.

 Be back later boys!!


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Hey Everyone,

   This will be the last posting for this year.  I hope you like it.

    The engine build continues.  I have one engine base painted, and the other only a few day behind in the build.  I have most of the wiring finished on the one engine with all the piping and hoses yet to build.

   I have finished with the small sub assemblies for the top side of the engine blocks.




  In the photo above you can see the wiring that is fitted to the tiny parts shown with them.  All of this is mounted to the top side with a bunch of other stuff.  You can see this finished assembly in the photo below.......




Some of the wiring needed to be threaded through items, in which case, I had to pre bend the fittings.

   I managed to get most everything where it should be.  Some of the wire ends are not shown in any of the reference photos I have.  They just sort of wonder off under the engine somewhere.







  Once I had the basics in place it was time to give it a base coat of paint.  I use a base of black flat primer, sprayed over with bright silver.  I used the black base to get a grimy start to the old used engines.




Silver coating next.  I sprayed the silver at a distance to make things look somewhat see through for the black to show through.




  The paint looks somewhat textured with the photos up close.  When I get to the weathering and ageing this will look great as a starting point.








I still have a ton of things to do to this engine, plus get caught up with everything on the other engine.  A good week to stay home with good food, drink, smoke, and very close family.


Happy Holidays All...........


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   Hey All,   I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season with lots of modeling.

  I had a fun time just staying out of the way and building, but at a holiday pace.

The engines have been finished as much for now, and installed.

  I finished with the silver painting........




I began the wiring with the spark wires.  I chose Red to give things a bit of contrast.  I had to build the exhaust headers and get these installed to check the install of the spark plugs.




Once I had the spark installed, I started with the hoses......




After the installed hoses, it was the final touches of the build before I bolted these down.  Do I have to get out my belt?  




I make my belts with masking tape painted black........

Except here....




OOPS!!  I'll paint the under sides black also, and when this is installed correctly you'll never see it.




This is about what I can do for now.  I need to build the radiator cooling system that is very tightly integrated with the engine build.  I do have a layer of basic paint stain over the engines, but more dirt to be added for sure.

When I get the cage for the radiators built around the engines you will not be able to see much of these....




With the starting of the next faze, that is actually still the engine build, I have begun investigating the cooling system........

You can see where the radiator vent openings are located...




  I have accomplished a bit more with the sheet styrene around the engines and radiators, but I'll leave that for next report.


Be back later All.



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Thanks everyone for watching!


  Hey All,

  The Engine Build has expanded to the Engine Bay Build.  I have just about finished with the engine build, but I have a few connections to the radiators and then all is finished with the engine build.

 I have finished with the cross connections between the engines and installed the drive shafts.




The cross connections control the carburetor linkage, and you can see the linkage that shifts the gears on the transmissions.

  Once I had the linkage installed. all was secured final, and then the drive shafts install.




The rest if the engine build is just the air filters, and the water hoses.  However these all integrate into the air intake radiator system.  So the best thing to do is to start with building the radiators and the housings that support these large cooling fans.

The radiator housings are a large cage sort of affair that wraps around the engines with supports for the air filter canisters and the fans and motors to cool down 16 cylinders of Russian muscle.

This section of the build is a bit confusing with all the unfamiliar parts for the body.




starting the cooling fans......




I used wire mesh for the radiators to see through the cooling system.  The large wall on the right is the fire wall for the cab and the air openings are on the port side.




building the radiator fan housings....




Fresh back from the Paint Dept.




And this is how these relate to each other...





  This cage, along with many supports, wraps around the engines, witch sits in the middle of this, and hides the engine build I just finished.

I should have the cage installed for the next posting, but not promising for sure.  I have a bit of wacky geometry with the outside body panels and all has to match the inside cage.

I'll be back with the fans and motors for the cooling system and maybe the cage.


Thanks again for watching!!

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Hey Guys,

   I had a few thing to get out of the way before I do more work on the Radiator Cage.  I had to place the cooling fans into the surrounding cage.  With all the items that are crammed into the cage, things aren't looking so good.  I just don't see how all this fits in there.

So to get on with the cooling fans, it always starts with a load of parts.......




This part of the build starts out with building the Generators and mounts with a couple of fuse ports and wiring.

I keep an eye open for junk to use for scratching.  I collected these off the ground at my local car tire repair spot. These are the air stems for putting air into your tires...




I needed some heat ports for the generators and these worked out great after I removed a few things. I used some brass screen for the cold intake end, and not a bad looking generator.






The generators and fuse terminals all mount to the fan side of the cage.

Everything back from the Pain Dept. and ready for detail.......




The next thing was to wire it all together........







Generator and Fuse packages installed and wired.

  The next thing to build are the fans.  Checking the Fan Shroud for fit...




Then finishing the shrouds and checking the fan fit.....




You can see that my initial fan blade did not fit.  I trimmed 1mm from the ends and the fit was fine.

Now building the Fan Guards...




Once I got it all together, I painted these and mounted everything into place. 

The drive shaft spins off the fan rotation and in turn spins the generator.  The other end of the drive shaft connects to the pullies mounted to the engine, to spin the entire cooling/charging systems.  You'll get to see all that later.




New and clean from the shop...

Old and grungy for the build...




#2 fan tomorrow...




 I'll get the dirt and ageing under control and keep working on the cage.

Until Next Time.....Thanks All......

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