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A Sylvan IH Emeryville, yes, awesome as per his usual- it in mounted on an Athearn chassis with various details from the parts box, scratch built A/C unit on the roof with Athearn air horns, K&S aluminum stacks and a custom paint job to make this somewhat of a resto unit. A tanker from Andre Giroux and a Kindersley tridem just because it looked good!

A link to the build from the Forum.

This one is also been on the go for over 2 years, had a delay figuring out how to tilt the cab but just grabbing the bull by the horns finishes them off!! This one is a re-build of an earlier Lindberg kit.
The chassis remains the same as the original model along with fuel tanks that were scratchbuilt of aluminum tubing, six spoke Lee Town drive axle wheels (just re-painted), with A-Line Alcoa aluminum wheels now on the front replacing the Lee Town steel wheels, and air breather and exhaust re-used from the original build. The cab was stripped down, sun visor added, and repainted in the factory #82 three tone brown PSC option, and made to tilt. An awesome Ralph Ratcliffe Models 8V Detroit Diesel was modified to an 8V92TA “Silver 92” and placed into the frame rails (the reason for tilting the cab), exhaust (with Masterbilt Models heat shield), and air intake details added, stainless rear fenders from K&S sheet stock, mirrors, grab handles, and wipers all from brass rod and staples. The massive windshield was replaced using a blister pack to get the curve and flush mount and air horns from Herpa sit over the existing slots from the original undersized horns. Here is a link to the build:

A link to the build from the Forum.

Here was a build that came from a trip to Annacis Island sometime ago, seen a KW K370 with a Peterbilt of same style which after posting on the Forum, a member from Europe said they shared a cab with a DAF. Immediately I went online to find a 1/87 scale die cast which has been transformed into the KW
Can’t remember what brand this was but the die cast cab was stripped from it’s paint and painted in Humbrol buff paint. The box was replaced with a Boley van body with River Point wheels detailed and decals supplied by Christie at Graphics On Demand for the fictitious Superior Bakery

A link to the build from the Forum.

Here is another one off the bench:
Western Star 5700xe truck tractor using a Dwayne Currie resin cab casting mounted on a modified Promotex builder chassis with various details added from different sources: Athearn Alcoa rims/tires, flush mounted windshield made from a blister pack, modified interior from Tonkin, and it has the Phantom 2 factory custom paint scheme applied in a silver grey/charcoal metallic with clear coat. The trailer is a modified Tonkin bark mulch live floor trailer with upgraded tridem suspension from Promotex, A-Line wheels, and an Atlas Pines landing gear.

Here is a link to the build on the Forum

Here is another one that somehow never made it to your site?

Thi is an RMM resin cast cab of an FL70, mounted on a modified chassis to accept a lit axle. Steer axle wheels are Jacobs spoke flotation with Athaern spoke wheels on the rest, Promotex HIAB crane mounted on chassis with a Lonestar flat deck installed. The model was painted in authentic Home Hardware colours and some Graphics On Demand decals.

Here is a link to the build on the Forum.

Here is one of my projects off the bench, complete after nearly 2 years on the go........sometimes who knows what gets in the way but eventually, they get done.

Tonkin IH Prostar with modified chassis, A-Line wheels up front with Dennis Aust wheels on rear drives. The trailers are both Walthers Stoughton trailers that were shortened to 30’ converted to B-train lead units –all HH trailers are leads so they are not designated- both were sanded smooth to represent FRP units, both had side doors added with 72” spread slider axles sets. All units were then painted in authentic Home Hardware Fleet yellow obtained at Home Hardware in aerosol can. The contents were emptied out into a bottle, automotive hardener was added and sprayed out of a touch up paint gun. Christie at Graphics On Demand supplied the decals upon request.

Here is a link to the build on the Forum.

Here is the first completion for 2018, hard to believe that 1968 was 50 years ago! This one started out as a Malibu International “Real Rides” 1972 Chevy C/10 in die cast, a mold was made, castings and from there the cab, hood and some of the front fender section were used to create the bigger series truck. The interior and windows are from the original pickup. The rest of the build details can be found on the Forum.

Here is the first one off the bench so far for this year, the re-worked CAT CT660S model. It started out as a toy die cast that required a lot of work to resemble this model as you see it. Here is a link to the build process for all the details!

Here is a link to the working progress on Hank's Truck Forum.

Basically, it began as a 1’'/92 scale die cast concrete mixer from State Toy China, the dump box is one of our own castings that was fitted onto a Promotex builder chassis with a host of scratch built items and items from many sources. Painted in a automotive fleet colour for Apex Construction. Pictured with a CAT 320D excavator from Norscott.

1961 White 4000TD & 35' Brown Trailer

This is a Sylvan resin cast tractor that has front wheels from Herpa, rears from Athearn, mounted on the kit chassis with modified axle housings to free roll. Fuel tanks are rectangular from Herpa with tanks step-wells added in, all other items are kit supplied with the addition to the bumper guide posts, twin air horns from Ralph Ratcliffe, cowl mounted spot light from Riverpoint, and mud flaps (on front of drives and bumper), interior has a dash added and the flush mounted windshield. The air breather is a mixed bag of sorts, the main body is Herpa, dual intake hoses are formed from solder wire with the air cap being scratch-built.

The trailer is a Walther’s 35’ flute sided trailer that has had a curb side door added along with step, A-Line spare tire rack with a Kibri tire/rim on the rack and the stance is lowered to resemble the look of trailers of that vintage. The whole unit is painted with 1959-71 VW’s code L360 Sea Blue auto paint with various model paints for detailing.

This was a fun build, Sylvan makes awesome models, some very interesting subjects for sure!


Here is a little truck, a 1965 IH Pickup, this is a resin cast item from PRM od Germany, the only things I added were the wheels from an Atlas 1970 Ford custom 500 and a step bumper (modified) from Riverpoint, painted in Monstone blue metallic. Here is a conversion of an Athearn White Freightliner to a Freightliner.....one that Jamie did 15+ years back –when Athearn released the 2nd phase of these classic models, now, 2018 and I finally did my conversion.
Here it is finished off, a few different looks, converting from the White Freightliner to the Freightliner, wheel arches modified for new ladder style entry step, 3 bar grille and full bumper, interior modified to create full engine tunnel, a Cummins engine from Herpa sits under the cab, sun visor added and new exhaust curved tips with Masterbuilt heat shields, A-Line wheels and tires up front and a tail light bracket complete the build. The cab paint was touched up only the white around wheel arch repair and a clear coat then applied over the cab, green was matched and chassis painted. Yhe one in white with shades of blue is Jamie’s version back then

Trailers hooked into the truck are from Lonestar, the Wilson grain trailer with 60” axle spacing and the other being one of the Athearn container chassis with a Walther’s tank container going for the ride.

A link to the Forum with more details for those who wish to see:

Here is a Sylvan kit I have been putting together.

The cab is mounted on a Boley chassis riding on the wheels and tires from the kit with axles added to free roll, the front tires are RoCo giving them a slightly smaller profile for better clearance in the wheel wells. Colours for the cab are Ford’s Willow green and unknown brown gold metallic, clear coated using all auto paint. The body is a modified Walther 35’ trailer that has been shortened to a scale 25’, wheel well inserts added along with a side door, painted in Alclad with Testors steel for the trim. A Sylvan vintage Thermo King reefer was added to finish this one off.


Here is a Paul Kittle resin casting of a Play Art toy, modified including shaving oversized rivets, new fenders, wider bumper and planed down grille finishing off with a sun visor. The cab is mounted on a modified Athearn Freightliner chassis with A-Line fuel tanks (steps added) and resin battery boxes turned sideways with added steps, aluminum exhaust stack with Masterbilt heat shields, stainless half fenders over the drives, mudflap/tail light brackets with Paul Kittle “CAT Diesel Power” decals, flush mounted acetate windshield, Herpa windshield wipers, Athearn air horns and mirrors fabricated from staples and sheet plastic. It is finished in R-M BASF auto paint 85 Toyota Super Red with silver stripe in base/clear, chassis is British Leyland Engine red. All chrome is Liquid Chrome ink pen by Molotow except wheels which are Athearn A-Line chromed.

The trailer is Walther’s latest offering of the Trailmobile 40’ dry van painted in grey with silver trim shown previously. A new version, 9’ spread axle style is the one in white, same trailer just slightly different spec’d. They come 2 in a pack so this is what needed doing to the 2nd.

Here are a few of the IH D400 Logger. The logs loaded up are twigs out of the backyard, the wind storms have let those trees leave a few 1/87 scale logs in the yard.

I’m sure you are well aware of First Gear having entered the 1/87 scale die cast, they are a welcome contender as they produce some nice items! The first ones were the new Volvo tractors, day cab and sleeper style........OK, not AS excited about that , but still nice to have the new gen Volvo- and the next one they released is this Mack Terrapro with a McNeilus Atlantic series front load garbage compactor.

I did cut the loader arms loose and have them pose able but did not go to the functioning hydraulic cylinder detail. Basically, dismantle and repaint!! Adding an interior from a modified Herpa Mecedes, windshield and side window divisional bars along with clear acetate, windshield wipers and a fire extinguisher from Boley. Finished in automotive fleet colours and A-Line safety stripes finish it off!. The wheels are re-painted giving the 5 hole steel wheel look –which IMO seem to be what they are intended to be- and I changed out the steer tires for a set of Herpa wide rubber giving a slightly improved look.

Here is the link to the build process: Build Process Link

Here are a few shots of the late 60’s early 70’s IH DCF400 in Labatt Breweries livery based in London Ontario as best as I can remember it from when I was a kid. The impressive fleet of these trucks captured y attention from then on forward. The cab is a Sylvan cab that has been changed from a 92”BBC to a 114” version as Labatt’s used this style. It utilizes the wheels/tires, interior and a few other details situated on a Promotex chassis. Mirrors, wipers and exhaust are scratch built, air horns and front bumper from Athearn.

The trailer is a 40’ 12’6” high (perfect for the beer haulers) from Trainworx that is pretty much box stock. Authentic fleet colours for Labatt breweries (which was patented in the day) was mixed up and applied to the unit and finished off with decals from either Graphics On Demand or Ken Goudy.

Here is a different style rig , an older “re-purposed” ex-military truck with a gravel/coal style trailer.

The Trident tractor is bone stock with the exception of the re-paint from military olive drab to 59 Austin Mini Surf Blue with standard black trim. The dump trailer if of course the awesome RRM resin kit from Ralph (William) Ratcliffe, the changes are A-Line spoke rear wheels through aluminum axle tubes to obtain rolling wheels and the mud flaps were re-positioned to allow for the raising and lowering of the dump body. Chassis also finished in the Surf Blue with straight fine aluminum toner activated to resemble aluminum.

Here is a little truck, one that features the fantastic River Point Station F450 dually.
I did “dropped” the rear suspension to give it the “laden look”
Here is one more of an F450, work truck version, regular cab, I lengthened the service body, then painted with the small crane added
Here is another cool trailer model, the unit is as is, i just added a reefer and fuel tank, removed some of the lettering and hooked it into some earlier builds that just look dandy together! It is a Trainworx Brown 40’ replica, absolutely fantastic!

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