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Volvo Man
Chaz Gordon (Volvo Man)


Truck Fleet Restoration
Restoration of 4 Revell & 1 Mitsuwa 1980s Trucks

These trucks were originally built by teenage me, in the 1980s. What painting that has been done was brush applied Tamiya Acryllics. They spent about 10 years on open display, followed by more than 20 years in a box in my loft.

I've decided to restore them, alongside some new builds over the coming months. The new builds are effectively the same base kit as the 33 year old restoration projects, and in one case, the exactsame kit.

As I go, I will find out just how far down I can dismantle the original kits, and what parts will need to be replaced. Fortunately, I got a resin moulding kit for my birthday, so I will likely be making some replacement or upgraded parts along the way.

I'm expecting to change the paint schemes and decals as the kits are restored, and I will be rebuilding to the standards I am now capable of, given more patience, and better facilities and equipment.

Project summary

Title:Truck Fleet Restoration
Restoration of 4 Revell & 1 Mitsuwa 1980s Trucks
Timeline:Started on September 27, 2019

Project inventory

Full kits
1:24 Hino Super Dolphin (Mitsuwa Model 333)
Hino Super Dolphin Dump Truck
Mitsuwa Model 1:24
198x | Changed parts
1:25 Kenworth Heavy Hauler (Revell 7458)
Kenworth Heavy Hauler
Revell 1:25
1986 | Changed parts
1:25 Peterbilt 359 (Revell 7410)
Peterbilt 359 Trucks of the World
Revell 1:25
1982 | New tool
1:25 Marmon Conventional (Revell 7457)
Marmon Conventional
Revell 1:25
1986 | Changed parts


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Updated: October 16, 2019


Bill Newcomer I am jealous. My builds from my teens I wish I still had. When my Brady Bunch family broke up, they got sent to the dumpster. I had built about 6-7 trucks with trailers by that point.
15. October 2019 at 07:31:10
Chaz Gordon I had Four main kits that I needed to replace that disappeared somewhere among a half dozen house moves. I managed to buy all four this year. Unfortunately, three of them were Tamiya 1/12 cars, and one Revell 1/12. But now I have the pleasure of building them to my new capabilities and significantly higher patience level.
15. October 2019 at 15:32:30
Bozzer I'm keeping an eye on this too. I wish I still had my old trucks, from when I was a kid. Luckily, I can still get most of them. Problem is now, I can afford the trailers too! So I'll hang on the side and stick around for the ride, 10-4!
16. October 2019 at 02:42:02
Danny Meer Very cool that you still have them, will follow your quest :)
16. October 2019 at 11:35:02
Tim Heimer Bozzer I can totally agree!
16. October 2019 at 14:33:10
Chaz Gordon Don't hold your collective breath, these are going to take some time. I have obtained complete untouched kits of each of the revell kits (or close enough) that I will be building alongside. The plan is to correct some of the kit's issues along the way, such as the hood hinges on the Petes, which don't open properly and the lack of limits or supports on the Kenworth Cabs, and it's going to be my first venture into alclad chrome too.

If I find I need to fabricate a part to fix an issue or replace missing parts, I will also be making my first forays into resin moulding. I really want to try and build something unusual from a couple of them, I have 4 standard Peterbilts, so I am planning to create a resin chassis for the triple axle version and the additional axles using some spare parts I have, mixed with some resin parts from the originals (ie extra suspension, wheels etc.

I also have in the loft the remains of the Revell car transporter trailer, which I believe I can convert and use as patterns to build a complete Cottrell transporter to take up to 11 cars.

In the stash is the rest of the Italieri Scania Wrecker that the wrecker body came from that will be reunited, the Scania Roadrunner tractor, The Revell Peterbilt fire truck (good extra spares source) 3 Revell K-100 Aerodynes, and 2 Revell Peterbilt 359s

Along the way, I am planning some ambitious stuff:

Alclad Candy over chrome
Alclad Candy over silver
Home made Resin parts
Silicone Tyres (The Late Revell Kenworths have perfect tyres, I want to try and make copies for all the fleet)
Custom printed Decals
Some LED lighting
Engine Detail up
Interior Detail up
Taking stuff apart and putting it back together
Fixing those busted axles
Chrome the original kit lacked (Lights, air stacks etc)
some scenery to display them on

It's going to take a while
16. October 2019 at 16:14:21
Bozzer Awesome news! I can tell you that its possible to spray Molotow chrome, which in my opinion, is the best chrome I've ever seen. However, I have noticed that it dulls, when you spray clear on top. But, a recent post on a group I'm in, suggested using a different clear for the chrome, because they had excellent results! So my friend, I suggest you experiment with that. Any help you require regarding LED lights, give me a shout. I'm more than happy to share a few tips. I applaud you on taking on this quest, you've got balls buddy. Best of luck.
16. October 2019 at 18:01:36
Tim Heimer This might help some I have bought many things from here and ebay. I have the set ups for about 8 rigs with custom cases, a forklift and a VW micro bus, plus aftermarket parts for most of the set ups with plans to light up a car carrier and a cop car. I know how the imagination just takes off with the stuff! I'll be watching I'm sure to see where yours takes you!
16. October 2019 at 20:46:43
Bill Newcomer I support your endeavor. I am also willing to advise you on LEDs and custom decals. I also recommend Auslowe parts. I just got an order not too long ago of a bunch of detail parts.
18. October 2019 at 00:11:05


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