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JeroenS

Mercedes-Benz 1628s 6x4 hookloader conversion

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That interior is awesome. The cooler and thermos look a little too clean but I guess the fella has a hard working female at home looking after them😂👍🏼

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8 hours ago, Cooper645 said:

The cooler and thermos look a little too clean but I guess the fella has a hard working female at home looking after them😂👍🏼

Exactly what I was thinking haha... Mrs. Truckdriver makes him clean his cooler and thermos before he takes them inside 😋

 

I'm going to give them a bit of a wash to take the edge off 🙂 

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Small update. I matted down the cab using Vallejo's matt varnish, easy to apply by brush. Inserted the windows, there are 3 separate pieces, 2 for the rear windows and 1 for the front and small side windows. The fit is not entirely correct, there's a small gap at the top. It's not too visible, probably not at all if you attach the sun visor to the cab but I don't intend to do that, I like the cab better without it. The larger side windows have no glass in them, so you have a good view of the interior. Getting the interior in was a tight fit but it worked out in the end, I had put the steering column in a too upright position so I had to reposition it. My cooler didn't fit in the center console, so it's now in the passenger footwell. Only steps and front bumper to add, and the mirrors but I won't do that until the whole truck has been completed. 

 

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Looking very good - it can't be far off completion now by the looks of things is it?

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8 hours ago, Spiny said:

Looking very good - it can't be far off completion now by the looks of things is it?

Well, it's getting there for sure. It still needs lights, plates, and something I've been putting off a little bit, which is some kind of contraption on the left side of the chassis with couplings, hoses etc. to make it look like something with air and hydraulics is going on. But, the truck itself is nearing completion. After that, I still need to make the skip bin, which will be a small project in itself. 

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What happens when you keep putting things off? Well, nothing indeed... I've wanted to add some "hydraulic and air" stuff to the chassis for quite some time but kept thinking it through to the point of nothing happening. I just needed to get on with it and that's what I did. 

 

I started bending some 0.5mm brass rod and added plumbing from the hydraulic tank into the chassis...

 

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and back

 

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I have no clue as to whether this resembles anything in 1:1 scale but it looks nice and that's what counts is what I say. 

 

And with a bit of paint on it this is done. Next up, some air hoses and couplings to make it look a bit busier. 

 

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It's a bit difficult to take decent close-up shots with the camera on my phone, so sorry about the lack of focus, on the parts which I wanted to focus on anyway... this camera has its own ideas about that. 

 

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Changed last pic for somewhat better version

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Just saw this, this Benz looks good and used already. I have two or three of these, haven't found an idea for them yet. I did find an airport refueller for sale and saved the pictures. It's a single axle with a tanker, might do that.

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Well... I managed to get my mojo back by starting the Scania build and this week I really felt like finishing the Benz, so that's what I did. Phase 1 is completed! Making the bin to go on top is phase 2, I'm saving that job for the dark days of winter. This week I made all the small stuff that still needed to be made, like the lights and license plates, and after that everything needed to be put together. So far, it's turned out pretty much exactly as I wanted it to. I started this build over a year ago, knowing next to nothing about trucks, having never done any scratchbuilding and weathering. I just jumped in the deep end and started swimming. I've enjoyed every part. It has become a funny little truck, with an '80s Benz cab, the front end of a Mercedes chassis, the back end of a Volvo F12 chassis and modern Volvo drive axles on leaf spring suspension 🙂 

 

So. I already took some pics out in the sun today, here's a couple of them now. 

 

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Thanks for watching! 

 

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Nice weathering, looks like the real deal! 

 

Puts my '90s finished 1628S to shame, in the most severe way :D  

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Thanks Roy! 

 

3 hours ago, Roy vd M. said:

Puts my '90s finished 1628S to shame, in the most severe way :D  

Well, I'm quite sure you've improved since then 😉 

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Fantastic end result (I presume it is the end result?) which doesn't even begin to hint that it's your first go at scratch-building and weathering. Well done!

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39 minutes ago, Spiny said:

Fantastic end result (I presume it is the end result?)

Thanks Spiny. I'm considering the truck itself done, so yes the end result as far as that's concerned. In my eyes it's not complete without a bin, which is still on the todo list. But I'll be taking a break from this build for a little while.

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Absolutely brilliant work there, love the weathering and the differences to the real thing..... My mate runs an old Daff that's running all sorts of different parts, because better the devil you know! He says why buy a new truck when you can adapt something to make what you've got better. 

 

Great work ;D

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1 hour ago, busnproplinerfan said:

Turned out real good.

Thanks. Some weathering still needs to be done to tyres and underside of cab, and once my GAZ-AA is finished I think I'll start on the waste bin to go on top. 

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