Part 1 :- Engine build & chassis construction
The building guide for this model will be different in that, as I used to work for E.R.F. and have seen how trucks are made & built them myself I decided to only use the instructions as a guide & make it as we would build & paint one.
The model is in a 1/16 scale, but is only an enlargement of a 1/25 scale version. There could be a lot of modding & scratchbuilding done on this model like putting piping in to & from the fuel/air tanks, adding brake levers & fittings, airbag fittings, etc. This would make a great display model, but would take a very long time & a lot of expense. I might do this when I get hold of another kit & the months to do it justice.
SECTION 1 :- Engine build
Just follow the instructions on building the engine as a complete unit ready to go into the chassis. I painted the main engine block in the beige colour that CAT engines used to arrive to us in & then highlighted the pipes, alternator, turbo unit, and fan blades, which are added when the engine on the sub assembly tracks.
SECTION 2 :- Chassis Sub-assembly
I built the chassis frame by glueing the crossmembers onto one side of the chassis & left it to set in the mould first then glue the the other main frame to this solid structure & then allow this to set fully. Doing it this way helps to avoid the chassis setting in a twisted position.
Part 2 will be fitting the axles,engine, wheels & also cab preperation. This is now online :- click here