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Terrell
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Posted - 03/17/2017 :  4:05:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I bought this at a train show on March 11. It's 1:38 scale, so a bit large for O. But I think it looks ok. I had been wanting one since I built the Tucker-Hatfield garage.







And the makeover....

























What I have yet to decide is whether or not to weather more of the truck body and whether or not to letter it for the Tucker-Hatfield garage or the Gulf station or leave it generic.


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Tabooma County Rwy
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Posted - 03/18/2017 :  11:27:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beautiful truck! I think without the lettering, it isn't as imposing, doesn't look quite so big. Maybe just some smaller, "quiet" lettering? I'd vote "yes" for the weathering, at least a little, as most tow trucks at a gas station were "working" trucks.... That Tucker-Hatfield scene is top-notch!

Al Carter



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Terrell
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Posted - 03/18/2017 :  1:05:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the thoughts, Al !




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quartergauger48
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Posted - 03/18/2017 :  1:17:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, You have done it again Fred'.. Top notch for sure'..I have the same truck in 1/24 scale. !/38 seems to fit in pretty good with the scene. I agree with Al, a little of both weathering and subtle lettering'...Nice alteration job'..
and the structures are first class'...



Ted

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David Clark
Crew Chief

Posted - 03/18/2017 :  3:27:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Definitely needs weathering. It doesn't need to look bagged but if it's been working for some years then it will have "patina". Chains, etc. will be rusted from being outdoors all the time. The cab will have a bunch of papers and coffee cups on the dash. The body work might be cleaner if it gets washed at all but the working end will definitely be weathered...unless it was just bought, of course.
Cheers,
Dave



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Terrell
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Posted - 03/19/2017 :  8:39:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Ted and Dave. I am going to do some more weathering. And mulling over all of the suggestions.

Thanks for the thoughts and comments !!



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quartergauger48
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Posted - 03/19/2017 :  9:07:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fred, I'll bet Dollars to Donuts', this wrecker will turn out to be another MASTERPIECE'* from the 'Terrell' museum quality builds company'.


Ted

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Terrell
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Posted - 03/25/2017 :  6:39:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We'll see about that, Ted.

I have been dirtying up things a bit.



Anybody know how to fold a map.... in O scale?













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David Clark
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Posted - 03/25/2017 :  7:39:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's the ticket!
Cheers,
Dave



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boomer44
Engine Wiper

Posted - 03/25/2017 :  8:46:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dirty is good. Looks like it has hauled a wreck or two. I have not seen many pristine tow trucks in my life... a lot of used ones.
Looks very good .
Gordon



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quartergauger48
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Posted - 03/25/2017 :  8:47:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice job Fred'..just right'...


Ted

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southpier
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Posted - 03/26/2017 :  05:25:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
fits in just fine. a commercial truck can certainly be expected to be a bit bigger all 'round to handle the heavy loads. I just wouldn't put a 1/48 figure in its immediate vicinity and call attention to the fact.


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Terrell
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Posted - 03/26/2017 :  08:18:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Guys !!

For Ted.





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quartergauger48
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Posted - 03/27/2017 :  12:22:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well there it is Fred'...What a beautiful shot'..A masterpiece is born'..


Ted

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