The Junk Man attempts to model. The idea is to replicate the truck as it is seen in these pictures, weathering and everything. Eventually presenting it to my Dad for a fathers day gift. Videos document the whole process.
Project objective: Use a model kit of a Kenworth W900 to replicate our own 1974 Kenworth W900A used on the farm (see picture below)
Model kit used: Monogram 1/16th scale Kenworth W900 Conventional plastic model kit
Skill Level: 3 -- Most challenging; glue and paint required. For ages 12+
Timeline: Hopefully less than a year
Watch the videos in the playlist to see the individual techniques used to put a realistic "well used" finish on the model.
Here is the REAL truck I am replicating. It has 1.2 million miles on the clock
Part 1: Starting by building parts of the frame. Here it sits after some flat black paint drying. Also pictured is the front leaf springs drying. I will add some washes or dry brushing techniques to add a little bit of "dirt" and "dust" maybe even some rust in the normal places before more assembly.
Part 2: Engine detailing. Replicating a Detroit 8V92 as best I can. I used some varying weathering techniques for the chipped paint, rust and grease/oil.
Here the chassis is mated with the engine, drive-train and the wheels and tires are installed. Those weathered separately to give them a worn and dirty look from all the driving around on dirt/gravel roads.
Here are some shots of the preliminary painting of the cab and hood. The real truck the hood is fiberglass and the cab is aluminum the base coat is applied so after the top coat of blue I can sand down areas that have been worn or sun faded.
The interior has been "dirtied" and worn right down to the wear on the clutch pedal. I also added the appropriate cracks in the steering wheel and a personal touch of the CO-OP spring clip holding scale receipts from the elevator (Farmers will know what those are) The detailing of the gauge needles was tedious.
And here is the finished model. I built a base and cover for it. The base has mirrors and LED lights to light up the undercarriage since I spent so much time detailing it under there. A lot of scratch building of unique or custom parts are featured. The "stock" model kit is a more deluxe and slightly newer model of the W900. Some custom touches was the hydraulic oil tank, pump and PTO driveshaft, this is an application specific accessory not normally found on semi trucks. Also converting the dual to single exhaust and flapper versus the slash tip on the exhaust. Custom licence plate, air hoses and the removal of the dual fuel tanks. I then presented it to my Dad for fathers day.
Under glass. The Kenworth W900 1:16 scale model fully finished and detailed. Replicating a real 1974 Kenworth W900A. I had a lot of fun with this project. I made a short video series about the build up of this. You can watch all of them HERE at this link. Thanks for watching!
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