Kenworth 18 Wheeler

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Project by dansnow posted 05-23-2017 11:02 PM 1046 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started with a set of plans from After looking the plans over I knew I wasn’t going to make this as a toy, it was going to be a sort of scale more display than play. I had to modify things, and the first thing was to get rid of the simple post into a hole connection between the trailer and tractor. Nope, had to have an actual locking fifth wheel connection. Check
Then I decided that the simple box for the trailer with a 1/2” thick slab on a hinge for a door wasn’t good enough. Nope. So, simulated frame with adjustable tandem wheel assembly with reefer fuel tank was added underneath along with a DOT bumper, reefer unit, double hinged doors, marker and tail lights. Check
Oh, what the heck, might as well make a flat bed trailer to go with it. This entire trailer was designed from scratch as the plans only had the simple box trailer. Frame, DOT bumper, stake pockets, tail lights and front bulkhead finished it off. Check
And the tractor. Added a detailed interior, complete with steering wheel instrumented dash, bunk and cabinets in the sleeper. Added rear view mirrors, and driving lights to the exterior cab details along with mud flaps, air hoses, load locks, tail lights and license plate. Check

Finished in various dyes, stains and paints, finished with clear gloss lacquer.

Now I just need to find a market for it! :)

Thanks for looking

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#1 posted 05-23-2017 11:11 PM

All that extra detailing ready add to the authenticity of the rig Dan…well done!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 05-24-2017 12:32 AM

Looks great Dad! Hope it sells for you!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 05-24-2017 01:46 AM

YES! Not a toy—a model!

Very well done.

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#4 posted 05-24-2017 10:55 AM

Very nice job, I like the fact that your thinking outside the “box” [pun intended] Good looking truck.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 05-24-2017 01:16 PM

Incredible craftsmanship, a real purple truck eater.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 05-24-2017 01:31 PM

I like it ….....GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 05-24-2017 02:34 PM

These three pieces are beautiful models and display a lot of wonderful details and craftsmanship. Outstanding work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 05-24-2017 10:18 PM

Half the fun of building with plans is not using them to the full. LOL
Great project!!!

I just went back and looked at your projects and your very first one on here is one I made way back in the 1980s.
You got a bunch a fun projects showing here.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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