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#1 Posted : 08 January 2013 23:41:50(UTC)
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Hi folks, I have been admiring the builds here for a few weeks so finally decided to contribute my own work-in-progress thread.

This project is a conversion of the Italeri FH Globetrotter kit into a 6x4 heavy haulage tractor. I began this project with little knowledge of the real Volvo FH, or of the kit I purchased, and I was disappointed to learn of the base kit’s inaccuracies. Still, this is just for fun so I am not too upset. I am not a truck expert, I am just enjoying myself.

I purchased a KFS Volvo 6x4 conversion kit, which I have started assembling, and I have made a start on the cab and interior. Plans are to build this as a 6x4 tractor with a crane, probably Belgian or Dutch registered, and a good honest working truck.

Progress pics below. The KFS chassis conversion is my first ever resin/white metal kit, and I am very impressed by the finish and fit of the parts. If this is what resin kits are like, I will definitely be trying more in the future!
I will post more pics as I go along. Thanks for looking.


The outdated engine will stay, though I will not detail it.


Still more parts to add, but the KFS kit builds well and all the wheels touch the ground!

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#2 Posted : 09 January 2013 00:27:37(UTC)
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Good work mate, like the comment about all the wheels touching the ground!

(most of my previous builds didnt'!)

cheers harryvr6.
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#3 Posted : 11 January 2013 18:24:57(UTC)
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Looking good so far Applause Applause Applause





















WHY SO SERIOUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS ONLY A HOBBY
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#4 Posted : 13 January 2013 17:30:18(UTC)
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Thanks lads. A small update, the chassis is now coming together with the KFS 6x4 conversion completed.


Engine and front axle installed dry to help keep the chassis in shape.


Detail of the conversion parts, which I think are going to look just the job when painted.
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#5 Posted : 13 January 2013 19:45:31(UTC)
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Looking good so far, keep up the good workAngel
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#6 Posted : 13 January 2013 19:57:22(UTC)
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Thanks mate, I have looked at your photos of your own 6x4 conversion many times for reference! Seeing your build gave me the push I needed to get stuck in myself.
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#7 Posted : 19 January 2013 01:21:30(UTC)
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Hey mate, this is the part num for for the mud guards from auslowe. M10 black 1/24. they are $13.50aus dollars. cheers joe. Hows the build coming along???
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#8 Posted : 19 January 2013 22:03:13(UTC)
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Thanks mate! Much appreciated. The grey ones look ideal for my project, I might have to make an order. I am currently trying to work out what to do about the round cylindrical diesel tank, which really ought to be square. I will probably make a new one once I've given it some thought.

The build is going fine though I seem to uncover another problem at every stage, mostly related to the outdated chassis and engine. If I'd known better, I would have started off with a better base kit! Still, working out problems is all part of the modelling hobby and a good way to learn new skills.
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#9 Posted : 20 January 2013 00:09:04(UTC)
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Does the kit come with a round tank or square tank. M&G mouldings have a good selection of fuel tanks, round, square n d shape tanks. I used the d shape tank. Worked well.
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#10 Posted : 17 February 2013 22:12:24(UTC)
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A bit of an update: the cab is now more or less together and I have made a start on the crane from the Italeri Accessories Set 2. This truck will be a Belgian-operated vehicle so some Antwerp FC flags seemd right for the windscreen!





I also gave the diesel tank, battery box, exhaust box and front wheel trim rings a shot of Alclad chrome lacquer.

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#11 Posted : 19 February 2013 22:44:24(UTC)
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Looking good mate. keep up the good work
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#12 Posted : 07 March 2013 22:46:43(UTC)
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A bit more progress with the Volvo. I have concentrated on getting the chassis details in place, like the exhaust system and diesel tank. I get the feeling that some of the parts in the kit are left over from the old Volvo F16 kit and are not really correct for the FH, but I'm sticking with them for the moment. I might change a few bits later, I'll see how it looks. I also managed to get the cab attached to the chassis and it sits OK, but I am not happy with the gap beween the bumper and the cab door bottoms. I can't really see how to improve it at this stage though.

I quite like how it's coming together: I seem to have ended up with a very long chassis but that's OK, gives me room for a crane and tool boxes.





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#13 Posted : 07 March 2013 23:36:48(UTC)
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Looking good mate. You have done a awesome job. Cheers joe
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#14 Posted : 08 March 2013 17:02:39(UTC)
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thats looking great so far, well done mate Applause Applause
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#15 Posted : 08 March 2013 18:57:56(UTC)
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#16 Posted : 08 March 2013 21:57:05(UTC)
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Very nice, as someone from the bottom end of the globe, i always prefer seeing 6x4's, they look far more practical, 4x2's never seem quite right (unless they're on a lighter style of truck and it's a rigid van or something).
It'd be so much easier if they just made kit's of this thing.
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#17 Posted : 17 March 2013 23:30:58(UTC)
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Some more progress. I have taken a couple of steps backwards on this build: I decided to add a lift axle and make a new diesel tank to replace the old cylindrical one in the kit, so I have been doing some scratch building (not very ambitious compared to some of your builds but a big step for me).

I made up a simple tag axle or lift axle, using a spare steering axle and making a frame with L-beam plastic from the model shop.



I then added simple airbags made of Milliput and sprayed up the assembly to match the chassis.



For the diesel tank, I used what came to hand, which was some 5mm-thick balsa wood. Cut into rectangles and PVA-glued together, I had roughly the shape I needed.



After a few coats of Squadron Green putty and some gentle sanding, we were nearly there.

I gave it a few coats of satin black enamel tonight so it will be ready for Alclad chrome lacquer.

I also got the crane finished, together with some hydraulic lines made out of stretched sprue. Here it is before and after a wash with black oil paint:




Thanks for looking folks.
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#18 Posted : 18 March 2013 12:48:53(UTC)
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Looking good mate. I would have left it as. 6x4 instead of putting in a lift axle. They dont seem practical. Overall its a good first time build. Cheers joe
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