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Old 06-08-2014, 03:54 PM
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Default Custom build of a Kenworth C509 as autralian roadtrain

Hello,

today I'd like to start a thread about my custom build Kenworth C509 as australian roadtrain. I try to create a scale truck, but I can't promise.

The only difference will be that I want to add fuel tanks of a T909.

Because of my lousy english, I'd like to speak via pictures with some comments.

Actually the build is stopped to finish my rebuild of my Knight Hauler, but after it is done, the C509 will be continued with high priority.

When I started the project, I bought a King Hauler as the base kit. But after some changes to the cabine, I saw that the needed modification would be more work than building it from the scatch.

The base for the truck is a 8x8 frame.



So I started the cabine with the mud wings.













Because of the fact that the bowl was round, the mud wings are not completely in parallel.

After this, I started with the hood







After that the saw was taken into action to cut off the part that will be fix at the cabine. The hood will be openable.



After this was done I started to build the cabine. The doors will be openable.









Parallel I added the cabs for the lambs.







After that I started to build the sleeper.







So far so good, the PS works were finished for that moment.
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Old 06-08-2014, 04:25 PM
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After the sleeper was finished in its format, I wanted to be able to open and close the sleeper doors. They will hide the On/Off switch, the charcher contacts, connection points for the sound module and custom build computer boards.

My first idea was to create lock bars moved by bowden cables.









The doors were fastened with brass hinges.



The next step was the control block







But the hinges set on the outside wasn't very nice, I wanted to hide them. So I tested other hinges that were fixed from behind.



Horror !!!

Because of the fact the the PS plates are 2mm thick, the doors can't be opened with a standard hinge without a hige gap between sleeper and dor. So I started to design custom hinges that can open and the door can slide out a bit.













From the outside



From the inside

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Old 06-08-2014, 04:26 PM
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After finishing all the work I realized, that the bowding cables are having to much curves, it's not working easily. So a complete redesign was needed. In addition, the hinges are too flexible, the door is hanging down when it's open.

So I started to design new hinges.































And that's it after the complete redesign











That's it for today, tomorrow I will show pictures showing the build of the grill.
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Old 06-08-2014, 07:37 PM
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WOW!!! Your styrene and brass work is out of this world. And the cable and hinge design is fabulous. Can't wait to see more updates, you are doing a fantastic job.

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Amazing brass and styrene work. Keep the updates coming!
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Incredible! You have so much patience! Everything is looking very good. I can't wait to see more.
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Old 06-08-2014, 10:27 PM
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Wow doesn't even cover it! This is looking to be the best scratch cab yet!
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Old 06-08-2014, 10:35 PM
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looks amazing!!
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Thanx guys

Let me update you with the actual last part, the grill. Yesterday it was too dark on the balcony to go on typing.

The grill was my first project with bigger brass elements. Some parts could only be soldered with a flame. After finishing the frame we had a bit smokey smell in our living room.

First I folded the upper frame element to fit to the hood contour.



The edges are additionally fasteded with a thread rod.







After the frame was finished I started to build the grill elements. Here's a picture of the procedure started from left to the right.







In addition I started a sub project. The saddle plate handling had to be modified that way, that the mechanism can't be seen. So I tried to find a solution with a micro servo under the plate.













A short visdeo how it works

But after finishing I found out that the servo can't be hidden completely. If I create a brass plate to hide it, it would block the plate if it tilts to the front. So the road train will get the same mechanism as the Knight Hauler.
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WOW you leave us speechless.... Amazing work...


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WOW.....WOW.....and ......WOW, seriously outstanding work! It's great to see quite a fresh and innovative take on this kind of work ! Keep it up and keep them pic's coming!

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Looking good so far mate, Can't wait to see more Pic of this build.

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Your grille looks amazing! Did you file and sand the grille surround's inner contour after it was soldered together, or before hand? You have so much patience!
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Thanx to all

@ Nathan: Yes, it was filed and saned after the soldering was completed. It was a job for round about 4 hours. After had my hands were no longer usable for the evening and my wife grumbled about the brass dust around my working table

But it was definitely worth the work.
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Wow! Beautiful I hope to be able to work with sytrene as well as you someday.
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Thanks for sharing this with us.
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great job mate, perfect truck to build a model of,
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im enjoying watching this build and the problems you run into were i would give up but you just redesign it. patience is the key word which is why i will only be a kit builder with bolt on parts!! amazing job!
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amazing styrene and brass work , look forward to seeing more
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