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    1. Kit: , by (VIP/Sponsor) Old Busted Hotness is offline
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      I got a screaming deal on a Tamiya 48-foot Fontaine spread-axle flatbed box trailer:

      But I already have a 53-foot and 28-foot van trailer. besides, nobody runs 40-footers anymore. So I guess there's just one thing to do.

      Pour me another tequila, Sheila? Well, okay, but then let's cut up the trailer:

      I extended the deck and chassis using pieces left over from another trailer build, and staggered the joints. Changed out the tandem axles for individually sprung spread axles, using Hi-Lift leafs shortened up a bit:

      Square styrene 48-foot Fontaine spread-axle flatbed tube makes a DOT bumper

      Take a good look, this is the last you'll see of the shine

      Rusty bumper using Microballoons

      Steel wheels made with my patented Easter-egg method

      Deck stained with used motor oil and BBQ ashes. It quits stinking after a couple days. Or maybe I just got used to it.

      Tool/tarp boxes


      I had some mudflaps made from inner tube but they wouldn't hang straight. These are .010 styrene 48-foot Fontaine spread-axle flatbed .

      Overall (indoor) shot. Outdoor pics when it warms up, maybe by June.

      Gotta have a load. Steel coil made from those annoying AOL CD's that show up in the mail all the time. Not putting a whole lot of detail into it as it'll be tarped anyway.

      Took it for a test drive, and it's about as real as it gets. You never know if it's going to turn on the forward or the rear axle. Every back is an adventure. When the weather improves I'll hook a rig to it and take some good pics for ya :)'
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  1. hot ford coupe's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Sep 2005
    Another phenomenal weathering 48-foot Fontaine spread-axle flatbed job. The realism is first rate. You are the truckmeister.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)

  2. Dr Dave's Avatar Yearly Subscriber
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    Nov 2006
    Mate, you are doing a top job on that trailer . Can't wait to see it in all its grubby glory. You blokes over there have some strange gear compared to what we run down here. Our spreads have to be load sharing axles, and spreads are not common any more. We don't have shockies on springs, only on air bags. Our straps are a little smaller and slide along rails. Oops, I'm waffling too much.
    A few questions if that's ok. Would that be 1/14 scale? What on earth are Microballoons? And your Easter egg thing? You didn't spill chocolate on it did you? I can't begin to imagine...
    Here's a couple of my reference photos of a strap (on my truck) to be made in 1/25 scale for a rebuild in the future.
    Looking forward to seeing more of your great work.
    Attached Images Attached Images 48-foot Fontaine spread-axle flatbed-winch-001-jpg  48-foot Fontaine spread-axle flatbed-winch-002-jpg 

  3. Old Busted Hotness's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Jul 2006
    G'dye Dave,

    I may have cheated a little on the straps. Ours are rail-mounted, too, but I made mine fixed for a couple reasons. One, I didn't feel like making proper rails (recycled the box-trailer corners) and two, I knew as soon as I drove the thing they'd all slide together in a big strap orgy.

    It is indeed 1/14 scale, or close to it. Tamiya 48-foot Fontaine spread-axle flatbed tends to fudge some things, but that's okay because I do too. Microballoons are tiny glass beads that are used as filler in epoxy 48-foot Fontaine spread-axle flatbed . RC airplane guys use it to make the epoxy 48-foot Fontaine spread-axle flatbed lighter and easier to sand 48-foot Fontaine spread-axle flatbed , but it has a great texture for rust.

    The Easter-egg wheel mod uses plastic eggs to turn the "aluminum" wheels into "steel" ones. This will give you the general idea:

    Spreads are more common up here lately. I'm seeing more and more spread-axle reefers on the roads. You're allowed more weight on a spread than a tandem.

    We don't have road trains, either. The max allowed is three trailers, and then only on designated roads.
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues

  4. Old Busted Hotness's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Painted (wrong color, I know, but it was here and handy) and secured:

    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues

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