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  1. Hi James If you click HERE it will take you to my Flickr page showing the finished cab and some diagrams of how I did things. It should work now but if you have any problems just let me know. From that page you can also see the other truck builds that I did. I posted diagrams in most of them too. The cabs may be different but the concept for adding lights is basically the same. Let me know what your Flickr page is as I'd like to follow it.
  2. Hi James Did you get your kit? What do you think about adding lights? The main thing is to just take your time and look at the best ways to insert the LED's and where the wire will run. I painted everything black on the underside as this helps to hide a lot of sins (bits you have cut away, etc).
  3. Hi James, you are welcome. Sorry for the delay but I have now updated all of my Flickr accounts and reorganised them. All of my truck pictures are now together HERE . I have now posted all of work in progress pictures with their respective models too. If you look at all my truck cabs you will see that they are very similar and it will give you more references to work from. To work the lights I ran enough cable from the cab to a plastic enclosure box where I mounted all of the on/off switches. If you are going to make a diorama you could route the wires under the display board and mount the switches on the side perhaps? I always use 4 AA batteries and locate them in the switch box but you could use smaller batteries if needs be. Hope this helps.
  4. Hi James. Thanks for letting me know about the missing links. I have now updated them all and they can be found on my first post at the top. This kit is the Revell one. I have done other Italeri truck kits and they are very similar quality wise. With the Revell kit I had no problems with flashed parts or bad fitting but, like you, I study the Internet for reviews, previous builds and content examination. From what I can remember I used 3mm LED's for the front main lights and for the side panels and rear lights I used 1.8mm LED's. The wiring that I used was Kynar wire as it is very thin and easy to route through tight places. You can get it on Ebay. The only other thing I remember is that I had to cut out part of the fuel tank (that goes behind one of the side panels) to fit the LED's in. I hope this information helps. Kevin
  5. Thanks, Jeroen. There is so much material available on the Internet now for creating these conversions and it's amazing when you see what people have done with the real thing.
  6. Thanks for your nice comment. I must say that this kit is ideal for conversions of all types.
  7. Thanks Jeroen. Will let you know when the house warming party starts, ha! ha!
  8. Thanks Chimpion. Appreciate your comments. I have now added a video and a pictures link to the main intro if you are interested.
  9. Hi Everyone This seemed the perfect kit for doing many conversions so I decided to go for the camper van look with my usual detailing of adding working lights. I converted the inside and created a kitchen feature with built-in cupboards, oven, drawers, sink with taps and a microwave. I also added a removable table top and double bed along with an extending awning on the roof and roof rack. As this kit was built on an older model I only added working side lights, headlights, brake lights and indicators. Lastly I added the roof rack with luggage over the front cab. Building this kit, everything went together perfectly and it was a big help being able to add the glazing from the outside after the body was assembled. There was no flashing on the sprues and included were plenty of chrome parts with a lot of detailing. As I said before, there is plenty of scope for creating more versions of this bus and now that there is a panel van also available the idea's are numerous. More pictures are available HERE including some Work in Progress pictures and a video of the lights working. I hope that you enjoy the following pictures and my adaptation of a very popular vehicle still being used today and look forward to your reviews. With side lights on Headlights Indicators Rear side lights Rear brake lights
  10. Hi Everyone I thought I'd include some of the pre-finishing pictures here so that you can get a better view of the inside before adding the roof. The finished pictures and a link to a video showing off the lights will soon be available in the RFI section. THe pictures are now available in the RFI section HERE. Thank you for viewing.
  11. Thanks, Spiny. It is looking good with the wife. I'm looking at this picture and something does not seem right with the colour scheme. I think I;m going to make some adjustments..............
  12. Thanks, Jeroen I agree. A great kit to build and it has so many possible conversions.
  13. Thanks. Really appreciate that. She is fine now. One of the lucky one's and it certainly makes you revalue life. Anyway, I enjoyed this kit as it was of a larger scale and a lot easier to mod and add lights to. There was no flashing on the sprues at all and the parts went together very well. The glazing fits well (inserted from the outside) which seems to be the norm with Revell now. That way there is less chance of spoiling them when assembling the body. All of the doors actually work properly and just 'snap-on' to the 'hinges'. Overall a great kit. They now make a panel van so that could be a good project for the future.
  14. Hi everyone Well, it's been a while since my last posting as I've been dealing with my wife's breast cancer treatment, etc, but I have not been idle. I've done a few kits here and there which I hope to get on here soon. In the meantime this one I have now nearly completed. As usual I have added working lights but, this time, I have modded the inside to convert it into a camper van with an extended roof and luggage rack. All I have to do now is connect all of the wires to a switch box and it will be ready to post in the RFI section. Here is just a little sample:
  15. The thought about the shower made me laugh, thinking how I would manage to have a shower in one of those cabs with my 6ft 4inch frame............ I know some of the American owner drivers actually live in their rigs but they are like twice the length of the trucks here. How do they manage to power all of those accessories?
  16. Thanks, Brian. Appreciate your comment. I'm sure that you are amazed by how much these cabs have changed over the years? I've never had the chance to actually look around these cabs but looking at videos they look incredible with all the mod cons inside.
  17. Thanks. I really appreciate that. I wasn't totally convinced about the colour scheme but so far it seems people like it.
  18. Hi everyone I have now added a video showing the lights actually working, The video is only 3 minutes long. MOVIE
  19. Thanks, MB. The bike has a small fairing at the front so that should be ok. As for the indicators, that's a different story. I have a few idea's in mind but until I start I'm not sure if it will work. Alas, I like a challenge........
  20. Thanks, Jeroen To be honest, I had a spare tin of gold spray that I wanted to use and one of my daughters helped me to choose the canvas colour. I am quite pleased with the signage colours too. They just came to me in a rare moment of inspiration.
  21. Though this is not quite a WIP build, I knew this build would take me months to finish (due to work commitments) and rather than keep people lingering for any advancement, I decided to take pictures as I went along and post them here when complete. That way anyone who is wondering how straightforward it is to add lighting to these kits can see how I managed to do it. I hope it helps. The finished build is HERE as well as more WIP pictures and a video. The chassis: The side indicators under the wheel arches: The main headlight grille: The lower spotlight grille The route for the internal cab light The wiring for the upper cab side lights The interior: There is just enough clearance for the LED legs for the internal light The front wiring loom
  22. Well, it's been a while since I added my DAF XF105 truck and trailer with lights (here) but I have still been looking for other truck kits to build and add lighting to. So I came across the Italeri 1:24 scale DAF 95 Canvas Truck (Chevrier) and it looked perfect for the job. Firstly I must say the kit was clean with minimum flashing and everything seemed to go together well. A few locations on the instructions were not too clear but saving those parts until later on sorted out any queries. I decided to go with my own paint job on this and came up with the design below. With my fascination for adding lights to everything, my next build is a 1:24 motorcycle kit. I am looking at adding lights to that, which could be my biggest challenge yet. For some reason I cannot add any pictures to this post but the pictures of the finished build, WIP and video can be found HERE. Thanks for looking, folks
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