Moving on, realised the “b” section brace dimensions didn’t accommodate the tank skids. Trimmed these down to allow a dry to fit as shown. Then I drilled out the spare wheel bracket fittings, and added the spare wheel. Cab still dry-fitted in second pic.
AFAIK he’s working on it, drawing the battery box and air filter. I think we thought the M54 air filter could be just swapped around but the canister is quite a different unit, with one connecting hose, not 2 like on the M54.
I’m not too sure the air filter is that different. From what I can tell, they are basically the same, just turned around. The M54 only has one hose going into it, and another coming out the front to the intake. The M809 also has only one hose in and none coming out the back and the intake on top. The M54 part can easily be modified by smoothing off the front and adding a smaller disk on a pipe on top to be the M809 filter and intake.
The M54 unit can be modified, but a dedicated air filter would complete the conversion set nicely. Ive modified the M54 filter housing but its convex profile of the front end of the housing is difficult for my clumsy hands to replicate. And it’s pretty prominent sitting up on the d/s fender like that. Pushes the price up but that’s OK with me.
Looks excellent Mikey. The battery box looks beautiful, a work of art!
Great to see you’ve added an air filter. Are you printing the air filter separate from the engine side panel? I would love to think the hood, side panels c/w air filter would simply drop in place without too much fettling but……Maybe printing the filter and pipework separately would provide a bit of wiggle room when aligning the filter housing on the fender?
(Just looking at it from an end-user’s perspective )
Another step forward, filled ? the flaw in the tank. Other one nearly as bad….Contacted PSM re potential replacements last week, no news yet. Separated the TPU parts and a/b Tamiya XF89, laid a coat of same over filled tanks to help with final fill/sanding.
Seems weird to be finishing the back of the truck when it hasn’t got a front end, but all things in time………
Today was spent studying images, detail painting the hose couplings, hose and various attachments. The 600 gallon tanks got a coat of DARK GREEN 2 and the diagonal cracks in both are still visible…….I’m going to give them more Mr Surfacer 500 and one more sand tomorrow and then its over to a wash, decals and weathering to cover the problem.
on my M1062).
The kit, as others have said, has its complications and if I can arrange the connecting hoses it’ll be a blerry miracle!