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Revell Krupp Titan Tractor Conversion


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Hi all, it's been a while since I last finished a build, I didn't get much modelling done this winter. Anyway, I plodded on with the Titan, which I built for the TLC Group Build. 

 

It's Revell's '90's era kit of the beautiful Krupp Titan. 

 

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Of course, I couldn't just build it like that... I have this book which contains a lot of pictures of various types of Titans, including a couple of fifth wheels tractors.

 

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I believe these were not very common, all the more reason to build one. Luckily, the book contains technical data as well and it mentions the wheel base for the so called "Sattelschlepper". I had to shorten the kit chassis considerably, 6 cuts were needed because exisiting mounts for fuel tank and such needed to be taken into account. The fuel tank itself, and various other components, were also shortened to accommodate for the reduction in length. 

 

With the chassis ready, I ran into an issue concerning the fifth wheel assembly. Because the chassis beams are not very high, normally a subframe and a load bed are put on top of the chassis, I needed to get that fifth wheel higher, while not being too obvious about it. It took a couple of tries to make something I liked. 

 

As for hoses and such, to connect to a trailer, I had some help from @richellis in fabricating a period correct look and feel. No coiled susie cables but thicker, heavy hose material it seems. The rack I built in the end is completely fictional but I think it looks pretty nice. 

 

Anyway, so much for the introduction, let's have some pics!

 

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I chose Belgian plates because the inspiration for this build, from the book, was a Belgian tractor. 

 

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Full album here.

 

Here's the build log. 

 

 

Thanks for watching!

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We both started on here at the same time, and I think it's fair to say that we've gone in different directions in terms of how we build. I certainly couldn't build something like this - excellent work both in terms of the building and the weathering which you've done a great job of avoiding overdoing.

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3 minutes ago, Anteater said:

I know nothing about these trucks but it's all very convincing. My main thought is how that front overhang must be lots of fun when manoeuvring. 

My thoughts exactly, it must have taken some getting used to!

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Jeroen

 

Congratulations with this model ! 

 

You did a excellent conversion job with this nice truck. Are you thinking about a semi-trailer ? 

By the way I like the photograph on the frontpage of your book, those Kastenwagen always have something special about them.

Pity that Revell did not bring out more vintage trucks.

 

Thanks for showing !

 

Cheers,

JohnHaa

 

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1 hour ago, JohnHaa said:

 

Jeroen

 

Congratulations with this model ! 

 

 

Thank you John! I know you love these old trucks a lot. 

 

1 hour ago, JohnHaa said:

Are you thinking about a semi-trailer ?

 

Definitely thinking about it, there are some really cool ones in this book 

 

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These trailers have rounded fronts, I think you may know what I mean. I may save building such a trailer for when I build my DAF 7 striper. I have a cab body for that. 

 

1 hour ago, JohnHaa said:

By the way I like the photograph on the frontpage of your book, those Kastenwagen always have something special about them.

Pity that Revell did not bring out more vintage trucks.

I have another Krupp Titan kit, I'm thinking of building a "box truck" version, not like the one on the front with the cab enclosed (I don't think I can pull that off) but this looks feasible. 

 

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