View Full Version : 1/14 International 9400i from scratch/scraps

Old Busted Hotness
02-10-09, 03:08 PM
Okay, time for another scratchbuild.

Started with a Tamiya Aeromax cab that had had the nose cut off, and some other misc. body parts.


Frankenstein, right?


Cut up the Aeromax headlights, flipped the turn signals side to side and upside down, converted to sealed beams and re-shaped to resemble the cornbinder's lights.


Foam fenders, nose covered in fiberglass cloth and resin


Built out the sides of the sleeper, and lots of sanding


Grille emblem printed out from the internet and taped to the back of some .040 Lexan, with beveled edges.


Lexan windows


Picket-fence grille and sliding sleeper windows


A little paint


dashboard, pre-paint.

Old Busted Hotness
02-10-09, 03:14 PM

After paint


Assembly started


Weathered stack


9400i emblems, from .010x.020 styrene strip


CB radio and air-horn lanyard


Hood tie-downs and IFTA decal


Remind me to empty the ashtray


Pre-pass, logbook, truck stop guide, bills on the dash. This driver is messy.


Sleeper area with reading material and DVD player.

Gotta pause for the cause now, I need to fund the chassis.

Old Busted Hotness
02-10-09, 03:17 PM
One more:

No cheap company truck would be complete without steel wheels...


...made from Easter eggs.

02-10-09, 03:37 PM
Wow, what an incredible build!

02-10-09, 03:40 PM
OBH, you done it again. Looks great. 1thumbup1

Don Garrett
02-10-09, 05:31 PM
Love the ashtray and magazine......1thumbup11thumbup11thumbup11thumbup1

hot ford coupe
02-10-09, 07:47 PM
First Rate!!! Absolutely first rate all the way. OBH, you are definitely the master of the utility vehicle. Your detail is groundbreaking. 1clap11clap11clap1

Old Busted Hotness
02-11-09, 10:43 PM
Thanks guys :)'

Next step is to light it up with LED's. Not a 10kW chicken-light display, but the minimum legal allotment (this is after all a company truck). Head, tail, sidemarkers, clearance and a sleeper dome should be enough. Oh, and the work light on the back of the cab.

If I can find small enough LED's I'll do the lights on the mirrors. The 1:1 has exposed power leads so it won't be much work to hide them. Problem is finding enough room inside the mirrors.

I have an evil plan for funding the chassis, so this build will go ahead as scheduled.

Old Busted Hotness
02-17-09, 07:23 AM

Lights and convex mirrors (made from two headlight lenses glued back to back)


Drilling the holes was the hardest part. I just knew the drill bit was going to skitter across my new paint. But it didn't.


Slightly scurfy taillight panel. Look closely and you'll see the right-hand lamp is full of water (added a clear half-moon lens inside the lower half)


I don't like this guy, he looks like he's up to something.

hot ford coupe
02-17-09, 11:20 AM
Oh man, is this great. I love the way you got it lit up. You need to put in a sound chip of an idling engine and some air brake noise. I can small the diesel from here.

Old Busted Hotness
02-21-09, 07:19 AM
Some minor progress while I wait for the chassis to arrive:


Clearance light lenses


Sidemarker lenses


Brass mudflaps

Don Garrett
02-21-09, 12:39 PM
Mud flaps look great OBH....but where's that little chrome plated reclining (stick on) babe the truckers are so fond of, or perhaps Yosemite Sam "back off" art? Then there's always "passing side"-"suicide" with the appropriate arrows.gringrin

Old Busted Hotness
02-23-09, 03:01 PM
Don, this is a company truck. The main office doesn't go for that kind of foolishness 1no1

But my other truck has the chrome babes and a good set of chicken lights!

Don Garrett
02-23-09, 03:33 PM
Maybe we could get John, one of these days to build a dio around a real deal trucker nostalgia stop....I'm sure you get my drift. gringrin

Old Busted Hotness
03-05-09, 04:27 PM
Well, here she is, finished for now.


Chassis is a Tamiya King Hauler. I had to tweak the cab mounts (no surprise there) and shorten the fuel tanks to replicate the twin 100's.


Rear tires are from gardentrucking.com, wheels are Tamiyas modified with Easter eggs. Notice the valve stems.


Rear light panel. I cut up some 1/32 slot car tires to make the gaskets.


Qual-Comm dome made from Wild Willy headlights


Sneaky concealed electronics, when the body is on the bunk covers the battery, and cabinets conceal the speedo and receiver.


A shot with the scratchbuilt 53-footer.

And yes, I've straightened the bumper he1he