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1:64th Scale Diecast GP Transco Freightliner Cascadia 53’ Utility Dry Van DCP by First Gear Product Review

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I’m Logan the 64th Gear Jammer Skeele and this is Toy Talk!

I’ve got yet another review today. It’s a DCP by First Gear, Freightliner Cascadia with dry van trailer for GP Transco.

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The Real 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with Dry Van "GP Transco"
The Real 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with Dry Van “GP Transco”

GP Transco was founded on June 28th, 2006 as GP Transportation Company in Darien, Illinois. It was founded by Gedas Poviliunas while he was still a college major in finance. He is the current president of the company.
 
Today GP Transco is one of the fastest growing trucking companies in the industry. Their fleet consists of 400 tractors and over 550 dry van trailers.
 
They keep the tractors no longer than three years and their fleet consists of Volvo, Peterbilt, and Freightliner trucks, just like the one that First Gear made. Their fleet provides transportation services to all 48 contiguous US States and to Canada.
 
In 2018, GP Transco transported over 2.5 billion pounds of cargo while their trucks drove over 35 million miles. They did it while delivering over 25,000 loads.  That’s impressive for a trucking company.
 
Other companies under the GP Transco umbrella are OpenRoad TMS, GP Transco Logistics, and Truck RX.
 
Now let’s go on and look at this First Gear piece that they made in these beautiful colors.

1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53' Utility 4000DX Dry Van "GP Transco"
1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53′ Utility 4000DX Dry Van “GP Transco”

This is the DCP by First Gear, 2018 Freightliner Cascadia, the redesigned Cascadia, with 53’ dry van for GP Transco. This is a beautiful paint job for a fleet truck.
 
The model comes in the standard Die-Cast Promotions box. It’s got the nice mural in the back with the two piece clam shell to hold the truck. And of course they tape the clam shell together. And for this video, I’ve already cut the tape so that it goes a little faster. It is item number 60-0754.
 
Officially licensed product by Freightliner. Also the Utility trailer is a licensed product.

1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53' Utility 4000DX Dry Van "GP Transco"
1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53′ Utility 4000DX Dry Van “GP Transco”

So let’s go on and open them up and talk it.
 
Inside you can see that beautiful mural back. That makes it look really nice. Otherwise it just be brown cardboard which is not so nice.
 
The truck itself is in the two piece blister here where it’s cradled. It holds the truck very nicely. With the Cascadia, they don’t factory mount the hood minder mirrors. DCP put two sets though in the bag back there and they give you an extra set of the door mirrors in that bag, which is really, really nice.
 
Now let’s go on and open them up and take out the trailer first. Then take the truck out so I can get the clam shell out of the way. Their packaging does a real nice job of protecting the item.
 
Now let’s go on and start off with the trailer first.

1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53' Utility 4000DX Dry Van "GP Transco"
1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53′ Utility 4000DX Dry Van “GP Transco”

This is the Utility 53’ dry van tooling that Diecast Promotions has. It’s also got the skirts underneath where it says, drivegp.com on them and an extra clearance light there. You can see the DOT striping down the trailer side. It says this trailer is disc brake equipped, which is coming new for trailers, disc brakes
 
Up near the top. You can see the trailer has its roof clearance lights, just like it should have. Where most trucking companies today are going to more boring, plain Jane colors, GP Transco has chosen a three color scheme for their trailers, which actually adds quite a bit to the looks of them. It’s got that turquoise; it’s got the dark blue and then the white in a pattern instead of just straight. The logo is really sharp with that G and P there for GP.

DCP by First Gear Logo

Now this trailer rides on black painted 10 whole wheels instead of chrome. And it’s got the black landing gear with the screw down type landing gear, just like you’d expect on a DCP.
 
Turning it to the back here. The mud flaps to start off with are all black. The doors have nice detail with the cam locks are all tampoed silver. The hinges are also tampoed silver. It’s got the reflectors there, roof clearance lights, trailer number, GP Transco information for drivers and customers, a recruiting sticker for other drivers, and then their logo.
 
The trailer has the DOT striping on the bumper. It’s got the little bumpers that are there for hitting the dock painted black. And it’s got your standard, a dual round brake lights.
 
The doors on this guy do open up to reveal a nice, nice interior. It actually looks more like the refrigerated interior than there a dry van interior. It’s got the white sides and nice detail on the floor. The trailer has a silver inside to the roof.

1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53' Utility 4000DX Dry Van "GP Transco"
1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53′ Utility 4000DX Dry Van “GP Transco”

This trailer is a real nice all diecast trailer. The interior parts are plastic. The mud flaps are plastic. The wheels are soft rubber, and there’s some plastic parts on the suspension, but the rest of this trailer is all metal.
 
Turning him over here to the passenger side, you can see the same details that we saw on the driver’s side of the trailer. Very nice.

1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53' Utility 4000DX Dry Van "GP Transco"
1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53′ Utility 4000DX Dry Van “GP Transco”

Turn him underneath. It says Utility 4000DX dry van and it’s got Die-Cast Promotions Made in China cast into the base of the trailer. It’s got the rib detail for the floor and it’s got the king pin right there. And then the landing gear. This Utility van trailer also has a spare tire carrier with a spare tire and wheel on it. Tandem axle detail has brake canisters, and it’s also got a decent representation of the rest of the suspension.

1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53' Utility 4000DX Dry Van "GP Transco"
1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53′ Utility 4000DX Dry Van “GP Transco”

As I said, there’s very little plastic on this trailer. The tire carrier, this little bit of actual detail and the interior in the trailer, that’s it. The rest of it’s all metal. And then the tires are soft, rubber.
 
Turning them to the front. It’s got some nice fancy graphics for the GP, Transco logo, another trailer number. Can’t find your trailer? Pull this one. sticker, Apply for gp.com and then this Utility trailer has a real nice extra part. This is a plastic extra part that has the hookups for your electric lines and your brake airlines here. Also for a little extra flash. This trailer has the chrome corners right here. I can also see roof clearance lights tampoed on the front.

1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53' Utility 4000DX Dry Van "GP Transco"
1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53′ Utility 4000DX Dry Van “GP Transco”

Here my friends is the tractor. Isn’t that sharp. I just love that paint job, white lettering on the turquoise color. It’s just beautiful. It’s got chrome plated steps here. The door handle is black surround with silver handle. The black fuel filler there. The tractor has white lettering that says GP Transco, GP Transportation Company with USDOT number and VIN number there.
 
The tractor has the two windows for the sleeper, just like all the Cascadias have, and it runs the full skirts. It’s got black quarter fenders, black aero covers on the rear wheels, soft rubber tires and the rest of the aero kit here. The front wheels are chrome. The only chrome wheels on the truck.
 
The Cascadia tooling has an opening hood, which shows off a detailed Detroit DT-12 engine, which is the standard engine in the Freightliner Cascadia.

1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53' Utility 4000DX Dry Van "GP Transco"
1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53′ Utility 4000DX Dry Van “GP Transco”

Closing the hood. You can see the air intake grille here, and it’s also got that place where those mirrors mount for the minder mirrors that aren’t factory installed. The door mirrors though are already installed.

1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53' Utility 4000DX Dry Van "GP Transco"
1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53′ Utility 4000DX Dry Van “GP Transco”

Turning around to the front. He’s got a beautiful chrome grille, individual jewel style headlights with the turn signal painted amber. This guy does not have the visor, but it has the roof clearance lights right there on the cab. A lot of these Cascadias don’t run visors. It’s got the hard plastic windows that are clear, so you can see the beautiful interior, which is all gray and features driver and passenger seat and steering wheel. Nice detail for the dash and a gear shift lever in there. Sleeper details are kind of forgotten. But with those two tiny windows, you can’t see in there anyway. Diecast Promotions also put the big GP up on top of the sleeper.

1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53' Utility 4000DX Dry Van "GP Transco"
1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53′ Utility 4000DX Dry Van “GP Transco”

The tractor has the black painted lower air dam, which is normally just a dark gray fiberglass piece under the front bumper faces. It’s got your driving lights tampoed on and it’s got the beautiful body match bumper.
 
Over the passenger side, it’s got the same details that you would expect to see and the same details that were on the driver’s side. Only it’s got this extra mirror here that’s above the door pointed down so the driver can see what’s beside him.
 
This truck features, positional steering, not steerable it’s positional. It clicks in place and stays there, which is okay. We can show it off with wheels straight or turned.

1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53' Utility 4000DX Dry Van "GP Transco"
1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53′ Utility 4000DX Dry Van “GP Transco”

Turn them around to the back. The tractor has the fifth wheel. It’s got the mud flaps. You got your two brake lights with a single backup light, which is standard. The sides of the aero kits are actually attached to the mudflap brackets, which they are on the real truck. It’s got a chrome ladder in there to get up onto the chrome deck plate. It’s got a chrome grab bar, so you can lift yourself up and it’s got a chrome bar up here, which the brake airlines and electric lines hang off of. Plus, it’s got the airlines and electric lines. It’s got a light there for a work light on both sides, kind of hard to get to that other one, because it doesn’t want to show, but it’s in there. And then they got the truck number painted right up there, which is kind of funny because, oh, they’ve got the truck number up on the front quarter fender as well.

1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53' Utility 4000DX Dry Van "GP Transco"
1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53′ Utility 4000DX Dry Van “GP Transco”

Now let’s turn him underneath. It’s obvious he’s got the underbody exhaust, cause I didn’t see any stack on the back. So, there’s the SRC complicated exhaust system with the underbody tail pipe, the chrome fuel tanks. There’s the ladder. There’s your battery box, which is chrome. And there’s also your chrome air tanks. The rest of the under detail is painted black except for one little part on the engine, which is painted silver. The tractor has front suspension and it’s got rear suspension with differentials on the axles and drive shafts, connecting them all.

1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53' Utility 4000DX Dry Van "GP Transco"
1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53′ Utility 4000DX Dry Van “GP Transco”

Overall DCP does an amazing job and First Gear is keeping them up. So I’m very happy with the way things are going. Now let’s hook this guy up and to do so. I’m going to have to lower the landing gear a little bit, or raise the landing gear, I should say so, they will hitch you up.
 
There we go, all hitched up, oops got to go on and close the back doors. You can see what she looks like.

There it is. The 2018 Freightliner Cascadia high roof sleeper with 53 foot Utility dry van trailer for GP Transco. Isn’t that paint job sharp. I know most guys aren’t really into fleet trucks, but these fleet trucks are the bulk of the trucks that run up and down the highway. And whenever we can get a fancy paint job on one that’s even better.

1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53' Utility 4000DX Dry Van "GP Transco"
1:64th scale DCP by First Gear 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with 53′ Utility 4000DX Dry Van “GP Transco”

First Gear has done an amazing job on making this model. They used all DCP toolings, which were phenomenal. They’re probably the best all diecast truck toolings that have been made in 1:64th scale.


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Turbine Tractors – Passing Fancy or Great Idea – You Decide

International HT-340 & HT-341 Experimental Turbine Tractors & the 1:16th Scale SpecCast Resin Models…

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I am Logan, the 64th Gear Jammer Skeele, and this is Toy Talk.

As you know, IH was an innovative company and produced a large variety of agricultural and other products.

William Deering founded the Deering Harvester Company in 1874. The Deering Harvester Company and McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, along with three smaller agricultural equipment firms merged in 1902 to form the International Harvester Company.

Today I am going to talk about one of their most famous and innovative products that never was intended to reach production. The experimental turbine powered tractor, the HT-340. The HT stood for Hydrostatic Turbine.
 
While Allis-Chalmers was researching and experimenting with their fuel cell tractor, IH was researching turbine powered engines to see if they might have applications in agriculture.

International engineers began working on development of an experimental hydrostatic transmission in the 1950s. At the same time, they were working on development of the 340 series tractors. This series was supposed to have the new hydrostatic transmission, but the transmission was not perfected until after production of the 340 ended in 1963.

A side note: the hydrostatic transmission finally came on the market in 1967 in the IH 656 Hydro tractor.  The hydrostatic transmission remained an option for many years to come.

The 1950’s and 60’s was the age of jet engines and jet airplanes and IH became really interested in jet turbine engines. The IH R&D group wanted in on the development action so they suggested to the engineers that they test the hydrostatic transmission using a small “Jet” turbine engine from IH’s subsidiary, the Solar Aircraft Co. This was to see if the hydrostatic transmission would work.

It did, and in 1961 the international HT-340 turbine experimental tractor was the result.

The Solar Aircraft Company subsidiary was a major manufacturer of small turbine engines. Solar developed a small jet engine to power the new “space age” looking experimental HT-340 tractor. The tractor was way ahead of its time. It resembled a car more than a tractor and it did not sound like any tractor of its time.

The IH HT-340 tractor made its first appearance for public view in July 1961 in Lincoln, Nebraska. This was at the University of Nebraska’s 10th annual Tractor Day. The tractor proved to be a big hit with the viewers. IH received praise for their innovation and design from tractor day attendees.

Over the following winter, the HT-340 underwent major repairs and some modifications. Once completed, the HT-340 tractor, now known as the HT-341, was again shown to the public in 1962.
 
Modifications included a three-point hitch, stabilized steering, larger tires, rear lights, enhanced controls, a new fuel-filtering system and a new color scheme.

The HT-340 was blue and white.

The updated HT-341 was red and white.

SpecCast made these two beautiful 1:16th scale replicas of the IH HT-340 and the IH HT-341 tractors in resin. They are very limited production models. They made them in resin because that’s the only way they could do it economically for the consumer.

Both of these tractors were exactly the same, which means they’re not entirely perfect, but they’re close enough to represent each tractor. They are based on the HT-341 which is the only surviving prototype to measure and photograph.  That means the HT-340 is not quite right as it didn’t have a few parts that were on the HT-341.

Starting off with the IH HT-341, 4 you can see the molded fiberglass body around it, the beautiful blue and white paint scheme. On the top of the hood you can see the jet exhaust port with grille over it and in the front you can see the jet engine air intake along with the IH Logo.

Underneath, you can see the hydraulic lines for the steering. It’s got the standard IH 340 front axle on it, which was for the 340 tractors that they were already producing.

Turning him to the back. You can see the hydraulic motors on the hydrostatic transmission. There’s not a whole lot of other detail underneath to show because most of the really cool parts of this tractor are under the hood, but they still replicated the tractor very well.

Up Top, SpecCast did a great job replicating the full, detailed dashboard. It’s got the headlights in the fenders and then the fuel tank is wrapped around the seat.

On the back, SpecCast put the rear lights on that were not on the HT-340.
There’s also a three point hitch, which was not on the HT-340. The rear lights and three point hitch were only on the HT-341, but SpecCast use the same tooling for both tractor models to save on tooling costs.

The model has both brake pedals so that you could steer it with the brakes or you could stop with the brakes. It also has a perfect replica of the steering wheel, the levers and the full detailed dashboard.

Then we come over here to the HT-341. Again, all the same details as SpecCast used the same tooling for both tractors. But if you’ll notice it’s got the three point hitch and the rear lights. That’s correct for the HT-341. It was supposed to have those which were not on the HT-340.

SpecCast replicated the white and red paint scheme on the HT-340 perfectly. This would be more traditional colors for IH but that blue still is pretty sharp. However, if they really wanted to make it a true, IH they would have reversed the white and the red, but that’s okay. This is the way International Harvester made it. So that’s the way SpecCast made the model.

These tractors are all resin bodies.

The wheels and the tires are also resin pieces. They’re not rubber on plastic. The wheels and tires were made specifically for this tooling and they weren’t used again by SpecCast.

You can also note that the two tractors have different wheels.  The IH HT-340 has wheel weights on the front wheels. And it looks like a heavier wheel turned outward on the rear. Whereas the HT-341 has the rear wheel turned inward. The HT-341 doesn’t have front wheel weights.

SpecCast did a really nice job replicating these two very rare prototype tractors and they’re a real standout and a collection for their uniqueness, historical significance, and very limited production numbers.

The space age looks and high visibility body, made the HT-340 a real stand out. However, that was one of the drawbacks to HT-340 tractor. It did not weigh enough to achieve real tractive power.

Overall, the tractor was noisy, demanded to much fuel, could not work in a dusty environment, and unlike the Allis-Chalmers fuel cell tractor, it simply was not heavy enough. Despite all the drawbacks the concept of using a turbine engine to power a farm tractor worked.
 
The International HT-340 set two records:
 
First being the first “jet turbine” powered tractor.
 
Second being the first to employ a hydrostatic transmission.

International Harvester never put the HT-340 or HT-341 into production.  However, from the beginning of development they never intended to put it into production anyway.  It was always just to be a one-off prototype.
 
Today we can still see the prototype experimental tractor due to International Harvester’s generosity.  The HT-341 was added to the collection at the Smithsonian Institution in 1967.
 
Occasionally the Smithsonian sends the International HT-341 tractor out on tour.


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A foot note:
How did IH get into the aerospace and Jet turbines industry you asked? Well IH, as you know, was into all kinds of equipment, tractors, cars, and trucks. So, airplanes were a logical direction for IH to go. So IH purchased the Solar aircraft Company.
 
The Solar Aircraft Company traces its history to the 1927 founding of the Prudden-San Diego Airplane Company, which became the Solar Aircraft Company in 1929.
 
Convinced that the gas turbine engine would become the future of Solar. Solar invested heavily in R and D in gas turbines. It was Solar’s knowledge of small gas turbines that attracted International Harvester to purchase the company in the early 1960’s. Solar then became a wholly owned subsidiary of International Harvester.
 
IH sold its Solar Turbines subsidiary on May 31, 1981, to Caterpillar Tractor Co. who continues operating the subsidiary today.

1:64th Scale DCP by First Gear Peterbilt 389 Brenner Chemical Tankers for Time D.C. Product Review

Time D.C. runs a nice owner operator like fleet. Those are company trucks, but their fleet looks like owner-operators where they’re all fancy show trucks. And that’s the two Peterbilt 389s with Brenner chemical tankers for Time D.C. Out of Rockport, Indiana.

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I’m Logan the 64th Gear Jammer Skeele Opening the warehouse doors on another episode of Toy Talk.
 
DCP by First Gear has released two awesome 1:64th scale trucks by Diecast Promotions Peterbilt 389’s with Tankers for a company out of Rockport Indiana.
 
Time DC prides themselves on their incredible working relationships with customers.

Time offers Tanker Services through their fleet of over 100 tanker trailers.  They haul virtually every hazardous liquid and have the certifications and expertise to do it safely.  They even haul dry and liquid food-grade freight and liquids including alcohol.

Pete 389 Time DC
Pete 389 Time DC

Not only does Time D.C. haul to any location in the continental USA, they haul to and from Canada with certifications to haul to any port in the US or Canada.

Pete 379 Time DC
Pete 379 Time DC

If you have any tanker needs, give Time D.C. a call with their professional drivers and first class show trucks.
 
Now let’s take a look at these two beautiful replicas of Time D.C. Peterbilt 389s with Brenner Trailers.

DCP by First Gear Logo

Okay, guys, what I have here are two Peterbilt, 389s with Brenner chemical tanker trailers for Time D.C. of Rockport, Indiana. DCP by First Gear brought both of these Pete 389 Brenner tanker trailer trucks out at the same time. They’re even sequential item numbers. And because they’re so similar, I’m just going to do both of them in the same email. Like I did back when I did the Pete 352s with livestock trailers for Kreilkamp Trucking. I just did both in the same email.

Now let’s go on and start off with the first one, which is the red one. It is item number 60-0786. I’m going to open them up. They both come in the standard DCP box with two part blister and the nice mural in the back. I’ve already gone on and cut the tape that’s normally used on the blisters just to save some time.

Both trucks are the same and inside the boxes, you will see it has the extra set of mirrors, which DCP is famous for and First Gears continuing. We really appreciate that. I’ll set this trailer off and then set this tractor out and get them out of the way here and then open up that other truck. And then the black one is item number 60-0787, sequential numbers. And we’ll open them up. It’s got the same two-piece blister. And it’s got the extra set of mirrors in there as well. Really nice.

Now, I’m going to just focus on the details on one trailer and one tractor, because they’re so similar. Just paint scheme differences. But the details are the same. So, I’ll just talk about the one and then I’ll show off the graphics on the other.
 
Start off with this trailer. There is one small difference in each of these trailers and I’ll get to it in just a moment, but starting off here on this side, you can see it’s got the place that holds the extra hoses. These are chemical tankers. They are not food grade tankers, they are chemical tankers because they’ve only got the one ladder on the curb side. You can see the marker light there. And up here, you can also see it’s got the DOT striping and Time D.C. runs these little lights banded around the trailer at each end. Pretty cool. And they were able to tampo print them on. They are in red on this trailer.

DCP Pete 389 with Chemical Tankers for Time D.C.
DCP Pete 389 with Chemical Tankers for Time D.C.

Underneath, it rides on soft rubber tires with a nice tread pattern. It’s got its air canisters and it’s got actual suspension that works on this guy, and suspension detail as well. You can see the bottom of the landing gear standard landing gear that is on all the DCPs, just a screw down type. It’s got the bottom real nice detail on the fenders here. The back of those fenders have mudflaps that have the Time D.C. logo. And up here, you can see the Time D.C. America’s finest logo on the side of the tank.

DCP Pete 389 with Chemical Tankers for Time D.C.
DCP Pete 389 with Chemical Tankers for Time D.C.

On the front here. You’ll see one difference. That’s on this trailer versus the other trailer, and that’s the trailer number each trailer has different numbers, but that’s the only real difference between the two tanker trailers. You can see it’s got its airlines and brake line hookups and the airlines that run right down the side to the back. Also, you can see marker lights. It has a hazmat placard and other warning tampos. Also, there’s a very nice Brenner logo right there on the front of the trailer.
 
Around to the back is the only other place where there’s a difference on these trailers. It’s got that trailer number there. The big logo, DOT required reflectors the upper clearance lights, the brake lights, and it’s got the DOT striping on the bumpers and Time D.C. on white mudflaps. It’s got valve controls there as well.

DCP Pete 389 with Chemical Tankers for Time D.C.
DCP Pete 389 with Chemical Tankers for Time D.C.

Flipping them up to the top. You can see the catwalk, valves, and the hatch to get into the tank.
 
All in all, it’s a very nice trailer. It’s also a very heavy trailer. It’s not solid, but it is a very heavy trailer.
 
Onto the curb side. You can see it has the ladder, which is only on the curbside on the chemical tankers. See the landing gear. You can see the vent hose, another place where they carry hoses. It rides on duals, not super singles. And it’s got a very nice chrome plated ten whole wheel on it. And you can see the Time D.C. logo, hazmat placards, and all the important parts.

DCP Pete 389 with Chemical Tankers for Time D.C.
DCP Pete 389 with Chemical Tankers for Time D.C.

Now I’ll pick up the other trailer so you can see the difference in the trailers. Cause there’s only one very small difference. Remember the trailer number and the other one is different than the trailer number on this one.

If you turn around to the back, you’ll also see the same thing. The trailer numbers are different. 0630 on one trailer and 0398 on the other trailer. It’s the only actual difference in the trailers. Those two numbers, one on the front, one on the rear.


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DCP Pete 389 with Chemical Tankers for Time D.C.
DCP Pete 389 with Chemical Tankers for Time D.C.

Then let’s go on and talk about the tractors. The details are exactly the same. Cause they’re both Pete 389s. Everything is the same, except for the paint scheme. This is the red one and it has a truck number up on the hood. It’s got the VIN number on the door. Time D.C. is down on the battery box steps there. It’s got another number and the USDOT number right there.
 
This guy has chrome fuel tanks with black covers at the ends of each tank, chrome ladder, chrome deck plate, chrome turbo intake cleaners for the air, chrome 389 style mirrors, and chrome 389 style exhaust stacks.
 
Turning him around to the front. He’s got. The 389 grille and the 389 aero style headlights, which kind of looks silly. It’s got a standard factory bumper, nothing fancy there and chrome visor.

The interiors are gray with a black steering wheel. It’s got the hard plastic windows that are abs and it’s got windshield wipers that are molded in and then tampoed black, along with the framing around the window is tampoed black. So it looks like it has the rubber gaskets.
 
On the roof. It has a whole bunch of roof clearance lights, and it is the 70 inch standup sleeper box. Also, you can see the beautiful Peterbilt logo tampoed right above the grille.
 
Over to the other side, same graphics and same everything that is on the driver’s side, except for it’s actually got that little window right there on the door. Another little note, it has this chrome piece with lights. That’s Peterbilt option on the 389. It’s on both sides of the cab. It’s got what looks like a Cummins diesel engine in it, but it could be a PACCAR engine.  It has a turbocharger, air intake piping, and the radiator piping. Very nice job on the engine.

DCP Pete 389 with Chemical Tankers for Time D.C.
DCP Pete 389 with Chemical Tankers for Time D.C.

Turning him to the back. It has. stainless double hump fenders. I’m not really a fan of these fenders and I’ll show you why in just a moment, but they’re there. It has a chrome plated fifth wheel, chrome deck plate chrome pogo stick with airlines on it, grab bars, and brake lights up on the sleeper. It’s also got the reflectors high up on the sleeper. It does not have brake lights on the back, but the mud flaps do have the diamond weight on them.
 
Now I’ll turn them over and I’ll tell you why I don’t particularly like those fenders. If you can see where the edge of the wheel is, look how far out past the edge of the wheel, those fenders stick. I don’t know what they were thinking when they made them. They’re just way too wide. That’s a good old ticket waiting to happen for your fenders being too wide. They should have made them much narrower and lined-up with the wheels, but they didn’t.
 
Then underneath, you’ve got the exhaust underneath of the engine, the muffler with all the emissions control stuff that we’re having to deal with on the trucks that are making them unreliable. It has positional steering, not steering, their positional. They just click in place. You can see the bottom of the chrome fuel tanks. It’s got the drive shaft and it’s got rear differentials, and air brake canisters. Also, it has the same tread pattern, soft, rubber tire that these trucks ride on.

DCP Pete 389 with Chemical Tankers for Time D.C.
DCP Pete 389 with Chemical Tankers for Time D.C.

Both trucks feature the same exact details, just different paint so I’m going to show you the paint job on the other one, the black one here. It has black fuel tanks with Chrome bands on them. The Time D.C. logo is actually here on the fuel tank instead of up on the battery box, it’s got a VIN number, a USDOT number, and that’s it. The rest of the striping, you can see is the same as the other one, but it’s on a black base instead of a red base. Also the blue in this striping is silver on the other truck.
 
That’s your big differences. It’s those colors in the striping and numbering. Under the front you can still see all the same details and around to the other side, you can see it’s the same truck, just different paint. It is kind of cool that Stripe goes all the way across the hood.

DCP Pete 389 with Chemical Tankers for Time D.C.
DCP Pete 389 with Chemical Tankers for Time D.C.

Isn’t that truck beautiful?
 
Have seen any of these trucks on the highway before, just email me pics if you have them.

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Diecast Promotions did a really nice job on graphicing these up. Now let’s go on to hook these guys up so you can see what they look like. All hitched up, ready to roll.

Time D.C. runs a nice owner operator like fleet. Those are company trucks, but their fleet looks like owner-operators where they’re all fancy show trucks. And that’s the two Peterbilt 389s with Brenner chemical tankers for Time D.C. Out of Rockport, Indiana.
 
Weren’t those trucks just gorgeous?  DCP does an amazing job on not just details but also on paint schemes.

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Down on the Farm Series 1 – Six 1:64th Scale Diecast Farm Tractors by Greenlight – Product Review

Series 1 was Greenlight’s first venture into farm tractors and they knocked it out of the park by making models of great tractors, like the Ford 8N and the Ford 5610.

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I’ve already done emails on, Down on the Farm Series 2 and Series 3 by Greenlight, but I couldn’t find my Series 1 set at the time. So now I’m going to talk about Series 1.

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Greenlight Down on the Farm Series 2 Blog Post
Greenlight Down on the Farm Series 3 Blog Post

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Greenlight Down on the Farm Series 2 YouTube Video
Greenlight Down on the Farm Series 3 YouTube Video

Vintage Ford Farming Brochure Cover
Vintage Ford Farming Brochure Cover

The Ford 8N is possibly one of the most recognizable Ford tractors that was ever made for Ford Farming. It also gave Ford the nickname of the little tractor due to its tiny size. It was powered by a two liter, four cylinder gasoline engine that put out a massive 27 horsepower.
 
The Ford 5610 was a widely popular utility tractor that was used by farmers and state and County road departments. It had a 4.2 liter four cylinder diesel engine making 62 horsepower. The 5610 was most commonly found as a two wheel drive, open station tractor with 2-posts, ROPS. However, it was also offered with a mechanical four wheel drive system and the cab was also optional.

Down on the Farm Logo

What do you guys think of the Greenlight farm tractors? I’d really like to know what your thoughts are on them and whether or not you would put them in your collection.

Series 1

Series 1 was Greenlight’s first venture into farm tractors and they knocked it out of the park by making models of great tractors, like the Ford 8N and the Ford 5610.

48010 - 1-64 Down on the Farm 1 - Group
48010 – 1-64 Down on the Farm 1 – Group

And there we go, folks, this is Greenlight’s Down on the Farm Series 1, and it is a set of six diecast farm tractors with three new toolings and two different paint schemes of each. They tried to make them different on each tractor. That way that would look like a set of six pieces. It’s their first venture into farm toys. And I think they knocked it right out of the ballpark.

48010-A - 1-64 Down on the Farm 1 - 1947 Ford 8N - White and Red
48010-A – 1-64 Down on the Farm 1 – 1947 Ford 8N – White and Red

Let’s start off with the A release, which is this 1947 Ford 8N tractor in gray over red, which is the factory paint color. This one represents either a showroom new one or, or a fancy restore. You can all see the little red caps in the center or the gray wheels. It’s got soft rubber tires on the front and the rear with very nice vintage narrow front tire and rear tire with bars. It shows plenty of engine detail, including some black parts to really set it off. It’s got the steering detail on there. It’s got the Ford script logo written on both sides of the hood.
 
Up on top this little tractor has the radiator fill cap and it’s got the little door latch for the fuel tank filler. It’s got a black steering wheel and black seat. Which is a saddle mount seat over top of the red transmission.
 
Turning to the front, we see the Ford script logo, kind of an oval Ford logo right above the grille. The grille is painted black to make it really stand out. And it’s got the optional front bumper wasn’t standard back then. It was optional, but a lot of people would buy that bumper to protect the front end. Really well worth the extra money.
 
Underneath. It’s just got the Greenlight tampos of Ford licensed product on it, and very, very modest detail.
 
Turning him to the back. Same thing, very modest detail, but it does have a nice hitch to pull one of their implements. You can see the gray clamshell fenders. The mount part for the upper piece of the three point hitch, which Ford was famous for, with his little war with Ferguson over that hitch. And you can see the back of the clam shell seat that you would sit on.
 
Very nice piece. What a great way to start out the set.

48010-B - 1-64 Down on the Farm 1 - 1949 Ford 8N - White and Blue
48010-B – 1-64 Down on the Farm 1 – 1949 Ford 8N – White and Blue

Then we move on to the B Release here, which is another Ford 8N. This time it’s a 1949 Ford 8N. And this is not a factory paint job. Well, take that back. It could be Ford restoration.  Ford had a program after they went to the white over blue that you could bring your old, gray over red tractor and get them reconditioned by Ford and they’d be painted in the white, over blue paint scheme. Also some of the actual restorers would paint them this color. Either, they didn’t know better or they just like the way it looked better. This one that you can see the blue little center caps on the white wheels.
 
This tractor has the same detail under the hood as the red belly version cause it’s the same tooling. It’s got a few black tampo prints.
 
Up top. It’s also got the black radiator cap and the black latch on the door, over the fuel tank, the steering wheel, and also painted black transmission detail is there. It’s all blue and you can see actually a little gear shift on there. The Ford script logo is actually in blue.
 
Then turning him to the front. It’s got the traditional Ford oval on their logo, even though it’s definitely not right. But it’s there. It’s got the bumper painted blue this time instead of red. The tractor has the black paint, to show off the grille.
 
They did a nice job underneath with the same small level of detail with the Greenlight writing on it.
 
Turning it to the back. You can see it’s got the back of the seat and the two clamshell fenders. It’s got those very nice rear bar tires that are pretty narrow. They’re soft rubber, and the front wheels are those really, really skinny tires that Ford used. This little 8N also has a regular hitch.
 
That is the B release, the 1949 Ford 8N tractor in blue and white.
 
This set just keeps getting better.

48010-C - 1-64 Down on the Farm 1 - 1982 Ford 5610 Tractor - Blue and Black
48010-C – 1-64 Down on the Farm 1 – 1982 Ford 5610 Tractor – Blue and Black

Now we go onto the C release here, which is another Ford tractor.
 
This time we’re jumping forward in years, it’s a 1982 Ford 5610 tractor. Well, I’m not entirely sure the years are right because of the dates this tractor was produced were after this, but that’s what Greenlight calls it.
 
This Ford 5610 has the steel wheels, which are standard. It’s a lightweight wheel instead of a cast wheel. It’s got a real nice bar tread mounted on the rear and it’s got a nice front tread on the front tire with a rib. The Ford casting is out of sight on this guy. They really did a nice job on that. Greenlight put plenty of different tampos as well. They’ve got the red and black striping with Ford lettering in it. And it’s a Series II version showing that this is actually later than that Greenlight is saying it is.
 
The tractor has the front suitcase weights. It’s got a black air intake, pre-cleaner up on the hood, silver muffler with tailpipe pointed forward, black steering wheel, white rear fenders and black 2-post ROPs.
 
Turning around to the front. You can’t see a whole lot of detail in here, but it has a black grille, the black soft rubber tires, and it’s got the blue suitcase weights.
 
Turning him to the bottom. Not a lot of detail there, but it does have the basics underneath. You can see the hitch and you can see the Greenlight licensing marks along with the front axle.
 
To the back, you can see the three point hitch, the regular drawbar hitch, which is set up for like the SpecCast implements or the Greenlight implements. The regular Ertl implements just won’t hook up. The tractor has the 2-Post ROPS is in black. The three point is in blue, and then it’s got those nice fenders in white
 
Very beautiful Ford in very nice 1980s Ford colors. And they did an outstanding job on this tooling.


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48010-D - 1-64 Down on the Farm 1 - 1988 Ford 5610 Tractor - Yellow & White
48010-D – 1-64 Down on the Farm 1 – 1988 Ford 5610 Tractor – Yellow & White

Which brings us around to the D Release, which is another Ford 5610, this time they say it’s a 1988, which is probably correct because of the years of the 5610 were 1986 to 1996, that’s the years it was in production. This one though is painted yellow for a state highway or county road department, which bought lots of these tractors. Greenlight also added the cab to this one. It has the same stamped steel wheel on the rear with the nice bar tread on the rear and a nice rib tire on the front. You can see it has little yellow caps on the centers of the wheels. And the wheels are white. It’s got fancy little detailing under the hood. And it has steps leading up to the cab door. The doors do not open, but it does have cab glass on this guy. The door handle is tampoed.
 
When we turn him around to the front, you can actually see the windshield wiper is tampoed onto the windshield. There’s a little piece molded in the glass and then they painted it black to make it look like it’s got a real nice windshield wiper.
 
Now with the cab, it’s got lights up on top of the cab pointed forward, and this one has the two lights in the grille and they’re painted white. Also. It has the suitcase weights hanging on the front. The Ford oval was up there on the hood as well as a black pre-cleaner and a forward tipped exhaust stack above the muffler.
 
Interior detail is not super great, but it’s there. It’s got a floor. It’s got the seat and the steering wheel painted black. For the operator’s compartment and some other nice, nice details to make it look like it’s pretty much a detailed cab.
 
Turning him to the back. You see, it’s also got the three point hitch. It’s got cab lights and brake lights on the fenders of the cab, and you can really see that nice bar tread detail on the rear tires.
 
Underneath, not a whole lot. Again, you can see the steps on this one. You can see, and it’s got Ford licensing marks. Also, you can see the fuel tank that’s hanging underneath the cab door is painted black.
 
The D Release, the 1988, Ford 5610.

48010-E - 1-64 Down on the Farm 1 - 1981 Tractor - Red and Black
48010-E – 1-64 Down on the Farm 1 – 1981 Tractor – Red and Black

Now for the E Release, which is a 3488 tractor in an open station configuration painted red & black.  It is based on the utility versions of 88 series International tractors. It has the bar tires on the rear and it’s got a nice International wheel pattern on the inside with the black center and the gray ring. The front is an all gray wheel and it’s got the same rib tire that was on the Ford.
 
You can see the steps and the grab bars going up to the operator’s platform.
 
Up on top, you can see the red seat, the black steering wheel, the black dashboard, and the black control panel beside the seat. It’s got the lights up on the fenders and it’s got the black panels here, which is actually the intake for air to go through the radiator. This series of tractors suck the air through the top of the hood and blow it out the front. Kind of a novel idea, but international was toying with all kinds of weird ideas. And then it’s also got the silver straight pipe with the turned out tip.
 
Pretty nice piece.
 
Turning around to the front this tractor has the black grille, suitcase weights, and it’s got the two headlights that are painted inside the grille.
 
Underneath. You can see the Greenlight marks and you can see the bottom of the steps, the hitch, and the three point hitch. You can see how tiny that hole is in their drawbar hitch. It’s not going to hook up to your standard Ertl implements, but it will hook up to some of those really, really fancy implements.
 
Turning to the back. The 3488 has brake lights, backup lights, work lights, and three point hitch. You can really see those bar tires.
 
That is the E Release, the 1981 3488 tractor.

48010-F - 1-64 Down on the Farm 1 - 1983 Tractor - Yellow and Black
48010-F – 1-64 Down on the Farm 1 – 1983 Tractor – Yellow and Black

Now for the last one, the F Release, which is a 1983 3488.
 
This time the 3488 tooling has the cab. It’s painted in a yellow, that was used in Eastern Europe. When these tractors were licensed to be made in Eastern Europe, they were painted yellow. Don’t know where they got that yellow color, but that’s what they did in Eastern Europe.
 
The tractor has the stripe down the hood that says 3488. It’s got the same wheels as the other 3488 had with black centers and gray rings, the bar tires, and then the all white front wheels with the rib tires.
 
The cab has glass. It has a door latch tampoed on and the hinges are tampoed on. It has an interior which is all black, black steering wheel, black dashboard, black seat, and black operators platform. All black interior.
It’s got steps leading up to the door.
 
On top of the hood, you can see the silver exhaust stack and you can see the black air intake grilles.
 
Top of the cab. It’s also got what looks like an escape hatch. An escape hatch was required in Europe.
 
Turning them around to the front. It’s got the black grille and the white painted headlights. Also it has the front suitcase weights hanging on it.
 
Underneath this tractor has the same detail with just some licensing marks. See the bottom of the steps and the rear drawbar hitch with that tiny little pin hole for Greenlight implements.
 
Turn him around to the back. The cab has the upper clearance lights on it that would be flashing. It’s got lights on the sides that are pointed backwards for work lights. It’s got backup lights and brake lights. Also, this one does have a three point hitch.
 
It’s a weird color but overall it’s still a pretty nice piece and would look good sitting on a shelf or on a diorama.

48010 - 1-64 Down on the Farm 1 - Pkg
48010 – 1-64 Down on the Farm 1 – Pkg
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There you have it folks that is GreenLight’s Down on the Farm Series 1, a set of six fantastic 1:64th scale farm tractors that hadn’t been done before, or hadn’t been done very well before.

I know, simply because of the scale, I just had to put them in my collection since I’m the 64th Gear Jammer and my diorama has farm tractors and trucks on it. So, I just had to add these tractors to my layout.

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P.S.S. I’ve got a FREE pdf of the Ford Farming brochure right here.  Just click below and download your copy.

Vintage Ford Farming Brochure E-Brochure Cover
Vintage Ford Farming Brochure E-Brochure Cover

Airplanes Make A Collection Take Flight

1:72nd Scale Diecast Century Wings F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks DN7 Product Review

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I’m Logan the 64th Gear Jammer Skeele and this is Toy Talk!
 
This video is a departure from my normal reviews subject matter. I’ve done some videos on spacecraft models before, and I enjoy airplane models. So, I want to review some of them starting with a Vought F-8E Crusader in 1:72nd scale by Century Wings.

F-8 Crusader
F-8 Crusader
F-8 Crusader Take Off From USS Midway (CVA-41) 1963
F-8 Crusader Take Off From USS Midway (CVA-41) 1963

The Vought Crusaders was a single-engine, supersonic, carrier based, jet aircraft. It was developed to meet the needs of the US Navy for a top speed of Mach 1.2. This was to compete with the Russian MiGS that we were encountering during the Korean war.

VMF-333 F-8 Crusader Museum
VMF-333 F-8 Crusader Museum
VMF-333 F-8 Crusader Airshow
VMF-333 F-8 Crusader Airshow

The Marine Corps used this aircraft as well. One of the Marine Corps wings to fly this plane was VMF-333, the Fighting Shamrocks.

VMF-333 Patch
VMF-333 Patch
VMF-333 F-8 Crusader Aircraft Carrier Takeoff
VMF-333 F-8 Crusader Aircraft Carrier Takeoff

On February 1st, 1966, the squadron was re-designated as a Marine All-Weather Fighter Squadron 333 with the adoption of the all-weather versions of the F-8E Crusader, which they only flew for a few months. Then they transitioned off to the F-4 Phantom II. And that’s when they became VMFA-333, or Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 333. They did that on June 20th, 1966.

VMF-333 F-4S Phantom Cherry Point 1979
VMF-333 F-4S Phantom Cherry Point 1979
VMF-333 F-18A Hornet Desert Shield 1992
VMF-333 F-18A Hornet Desert Shield 1992

The Fighting Shamrocks flew during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. The squadron was deactivated effective March 31st, 1992.

Century Wings wings of heroes

Century Wings was the premiere 1:72nd scale aircraft maker. There are others including Hobby Master who have surpassed them, but back in the day Century Wings was top.

This is the 1:72nd scale F-8E Crusader fighter aircraft. The model was made by Century Wings. Vought made the real aircraft.

1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks
1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks

Their packaging was very simple. It was a black box with an opening lid so that you could see the model. It also has information on the model that is in the box. And then they show off the tail insigna, which is where most American planes actually show off their insignia is on their tail.

1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks
1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks

Oh, another note it was Century Wings, item number 601482.

1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks
1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks

Now let’s go on and open this box up.

They made a really nice plane here. They put in a good weapons compliment, and then they made a really nice box to hold it. Also, they give you a clear display stand, not a display case, to hold the plane up so that you can show him off either in a flying position with the gear up or with the gear down as if he had just taken off. Very nice.

Then inside this box here, you can see the directions for how you put on your landing gear, your display stand together. It gives you your different weapons that you can put on and the different weapons compliment you can have. You’ve got Mk-32 ZUNI rockets. AIM-9 Sidewinders in singles and doubles. And then you’ve got Mk.82 Snake eye with Multiple Ejector Rack.

1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks
1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks

They really go all out to make a nice, nice aircraft.

They tape their packages together so that you don’t lose any parts when you open them up, which is a nice little feature because you don’t want to lose these parts. They’re not really replaceable. As Century Wings doesn’t sell replacement parts.

In here, you’ve got your landing gear parts. You’ve got a little pilot sitting there. He’s tiny, but you can take the canopy open and actually put him inside the cockpit seat. I’ve never tried because I don’t think it’d be possible to get him back out, but I know people have, and I think it’d be pretty cool to have him in there.

1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks
1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks

Also, you get a little collector’s card. With as production number and a little more info about the plane. Pretty cool with the Century Wings logo on the other side.

1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks
1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks
*Note: The Production No. changes for each piece made.

Now let’s get this guy out and start off by putting the landing gear on so that I can set him down easily. Landing gear is pretty easy to install. It just pushes in place. Just like the covers. If you wanted to put the covers on, they just push in place too so you could set this up as either a flying or B, not flying.

1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks
1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks

Let’s pick him up and hold them up closer so you guys can see them.
 
Kind of hard to hold these planes without getting my fingers in the way, but you can see that Marine Corps decal, the flight wing squadron number, other information are all tampoed on this plane. Their tail insignia, the Fighting Shamrocks, the number of the aircraft is there. It’s got the commander’s name who flew this one. All of the correct graphics, the danger jet intake is here on the back.

1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks
1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks

Turning him around. You can see the single jet exhaust right there. These were a single engine, supersonic aircraft.

1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks
1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks

Underneath there’s its tail hook because these here were tail hook arrested landing carrier aircraft. The landing and bay are there so that you can actually show it folded up. It’s got the US insignia there. It’s got the lines all, very well denoted for the planes. And here you’ve got mounts for weaponry. Also under wing pylons can be mounted right there for weaponry.

1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks
1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks

The canopy does open carefully like that so that you can actually look inside the cockpit and it’s got a full, detailed cockpit. Can you believe that in 1:72nd scale, a full detailed cockpit with controls and everything. Amazing what they can put in these planes and how tiny the things can be these days.

1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks
1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks

Around to the front. You can see the wide mouth for the air intake for the jet engine.

1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks
1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks

Turning them around to the other side. And it’s very much the same as the previous side where you can see all of the fancy graphics, the warnings. It says Capt. Corbett under the canopy as Captain Corbett was the pilot of this plane.

Isn’t that cool.

Set him down here on the ground.

1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks
1:72nd Scale Century Wings Vought F-8E Crusader USMC VMF-333 Fighting Shamrocks

And that’s the 1:72 scale Vought, F-8E Crusader for the U.S. Marine Corps Fighting Shamrocks.


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Do any of you have any airplanes in your collection? I have found that the 1:72nd scale airplane models actually fit fairly well with my 1:64th scale diorama. I know the scales are different, but the aircraft are so large in real life that they don’t really look too small sitting next to my 1:64th scale vehicles. And besides it’s quite hard to find true 1:64th scale aircraft replicas anyway.

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General Motor, Decades Ahead of Their Time

1950s GM Firebird Concept Turbine Cars & Norev 64th Scale Firebird I Firebird II Firebird III Models

1938 Buick Y-Job
1938 Buick Y-Job

Boom, whats goin’ on everybody?

I am Logan, the 64th Gear Jammer Skeele, and this is Toy Talk.

The first “Dream car” appeared in 1938 when the Buick Y-Job was shown to the public.

1938 Buick Y-Job
1938 Buick Y-Job

Concept cars have always been with us but in the 1950s Harley Earl, a General Motors vehicle designer, invented the idea of the “concept car,” a car or truck of futuristic design. He wanted to obtain customer reaction to a new and radical exterior design and new interior innovations. As you know these exceptional cars and trucks are shown annually at special car and truck shows, like the Detroit Auto Show. Most, if not all of these vehicles were never to be mass-produced.

2003 Detroit Auto Show
2003 Detroit Auto Show

However, a lot of their interior innovations were, and they made their way into the new model cars and trucks that were massed produced in following years. General Motors popularize the idea of “Dream Cars” or known today as “Concept Cars and Trucks” through its traveling Motorama shows of the 1950s.

1955 GM Motorama
1955 GM Motorama

One of the most significant contributions the concept cars made came in 1951 when the General Motors LeSabre, a concept car designed Harley Earl, helped introduce a 12 volt electric system, before that six volt electric systems were the were standard in cars, trucks, and tractors.

1951 Buick LeSabre
1951 Buick LeSabre

The LeSabre also introduced the aluminum 215 cubic inch V8 to GM.

Harley Earl with GM Firebirds
Harley Earl with GM Firebirds

The story of the three famous GM Firebirds really began in the early 1930s. GM R and D did a lot of research on the feasibility of gas turbine engines to power cars and trucks.
 
In the 1950s GM began building an actual turbine engine. Emmett Conklin led the turbine engine development project. Harley Earl chief GM designer developed A series of three concept cars. Harley’s designs resulted in GM three Firebirds. The Firebirds were built and completed in the years of 1953, 1956 and 1959. A fourth Firebird was planned but never built. The Firebirds were first shown to the public at General Motors “Motorama” show.
 
The Firebird Turbine powered cars were never intended to reach production. Much like the turbine powered HT-340 International tractor never saw production. The Firebird series of three GM Turbine cars was a R and D engineering research project to see if turbines could efficiently power an automobile.

Jet Turbine Cutaway
Jet Turbine Cutaway

A gas turbine engine is a much simpler engine then a standard piston engine. The gas turbine engine or combustion turbine is a type of continuous internal combustion engine.
 
The main elements common to all gas turbine engines are:

  1. An upstream rotating gas compressor.
  2. A Combusting chamber
  3. A Downstream turbine on the shaft as a compressor.
  4. A turbo fan to convert power into mechanical energy or electrical energy.

For our purposes of discussion this general information is all we need to know about turbine engines. I only mention this because many people think a turbine engine is much more complicated.

GM R and D Developed three Firebirds each slightly more exotic than preceding.
 
Briefly, I’m going to give a short overview of each General Motors Firebird Concept Turbine car.

1953 XP-21 "GM Firebird I Turbine Concept Car"
1953 XP-21 “GM Firebird I Turbine Concept Car”

Firebird One looked very much like a jet fighter plane only it had four wheels and was confined to the ground. Firebird One could only seat the driver in his “Jet-Like Cockpit.”

Norev 1953 XP-21 "GM Firebird I Turbine Concept Car"
Norev 1953 XP-21 “GM Firebird I Turbine Concept Car”

Norev made a 1:64th scale diecast version of Firebird I. Being 1:64th scale it is pretty tiny, but they did a great job replicating Firebird I It has a die-cast body and some plastic ancillary parts. It also rides on soft rubber tires. The cockpit canopy shows off the single seat. And at the back, you can see the jet turbine. They did a pretty nice job making Firebird One

1956 XP-43 "GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car"
1956 XP-43 “GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car”

Firebird Two looked more like a normal car only it possessed a somewhat more radical design. The air intakes protruded in the car front and looked like aviation weapons. This Firebird could seat four people in bucket seats.

Norev 1956 XP-43 "GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car"
Norev 1956 XP-43 “GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car”

Norev also made a 1:64th scale diecast version of Firebird II to go along with their Firebird I It shows off the, a bubble canopy with the four seats inside. Pretty nice design. It has soft rubber tires on free rolling wheels. You can also see the two intakes which do look like aviation weapons. Then on the back, you can see the dual turbine exhaust, great design and a great model of it.

1959 XP-73 "GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car"
1959 XP-73 “GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car”

Firebird Three was perhaps the largest of the three Firebird’s. Imagine a two-passenger car with two “cockpit bubble” covers keeping the passengers separate.

Norev 1959 XP-73 "GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car"
Norev 1959 XP-73 “GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car”

Norev made a 1:64th scale diecast car model of Firebird III to complete the set of Firebird vehicles. The tires are all are soft rubber, and they roll pretty nicely. And this one shows off that really neat design feature, the double bubble cockpit, also the great winglets and wings that they put on the design.

And that makes the set of three GM Firebird vehicles that no rev made as diecast cars for us collectors to have a complete set of Firebird 1:64th scale cars.

Now let’s take them one at a time.

1953 XP-21 "GM Firebird I Turbine Concept Car"
1953 XP-21 “GM Firebird I Turbine Concept Car”

Firebird I: The 1953 XP-21

1953 XP-21 "GM Firebird I Turbine Concept Car"
1953 XP-21 “GM Firebird I Turbine Concept Car”

It was the first gas turbine-powered car tested in the United States. A single seat aircraft type cockpit with jet-styled canopy, a jet-styled fuselage made entirely of fiberglass, short wings, and a vertical tail fin.

1953 XP-21 "GM Firebird I Turbine Concept Car"
1953 XP-21 “GM Firebird I Turbine Concept Car”

The body design was futuristic to say the least but entirely impractical. But it was for research not for sale. Its intended purpose was to test the components of the turbine engine and drive train. Plus, other features. Remember fiberglass just became available for use and was used to make the body of the international HT340 tractor. Today, fiberglass is a common material in cars, trucks, and tractors, but in 1953 it was a radical new innovation.

1953 XP-21 "GM Firebird I Turbine Concept Car"
1953 XP-21 “GM Firebird I Turbine Concept Car”

Harley J. Earl, GM Vice President of styling, designed Firebird one. His design was aircraft-inspired using a fiberglass-reinforced plastic body.

1953 XP-21 "GM Firebird I Turbine Concept Car"
1953 XP-21 “GM Firebird I Turbine Concept Car”

For power he used a “Whirlfire Turbo-Power engine” built under direction of Charles L. McCuen, general manager of GM Research Laboratories Division. The Whirlfire Turbo-Power engine was capable of 370 hp at a speed of 13,000 rpm. Firebird One used a power turbine acting on the rear wheels via a transmission.

1956 XP-43 "GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car"
1956 XP-43 “GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car”

Firebird II: The 1956 XP-43

1956 XP-43 "GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car"
1956 XP-43 “GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car”

The General Motors Firebird Two, a gas-turbine powered concept car, was shown at the 1956 GM Motorama. Seating four passengers the Firebird Two was a “dream or concept car” designed for a family four to use on the highway.”

1956 XP-43 "GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car"
1956 XP-43 “GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car”

Firebird Two had many new innovations including a regenerative gas turbine power plant, all-wheel independent suspension with automatic load-leveling, fiberglass body, power disc brakes, 12 volt alternator instead of a generator, a special magnetic ignition key, state of the art electric gear selection, and individually-controlled air conditioning.

1956 XP-43 "GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car"
1956 XP-43 “GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car”

Besides all this, Firebird Two was considered the world’s first self-guided car. A family of four could play board games while the car rolled down the highway. Wires embedded in the pavement sent signals to twin cones at the front of the car to control steering, braking, and speed. The idea really worked as long as the Firebird remained on the GM test track.

1956 XP-43 "GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car"
1956 XP-43 “GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car”

Firebird Two was the only Firebird to have two identical cars built. One had a titanium-skin and was not operational. The operational version had a fiberglass outer skin and a turbine-powered drivetrain similar to Firebird One.

1956 XP-43 "GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car"
1956 XP-43 “GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car”

Firebird Two was truly a “dream car” of Harley Earl.

1956 XP-43 "GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car"
1956 XP-43 “GM Firebird II Turbine Concept Car”

Think about the features in our cars today. Most of the ideas and innovations in our cars today originated with these “dream cars” (concept cars) of yesterday.

1959 XP-73 "GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car"
1959 XP-73 “GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car”

Firebird III: The 1959 XP-73

1959 XP-73 "GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car"
1959 XP-73 “GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car”

Firebird Three is the most radically designed of the three Firebirds. Featuring a double bubble cockpit.

1959 XP-73 "GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car"
1959 XP-73 “GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car”

Multiple winglets

1959 XP-73 "GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car"
1959 XP-73 “GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car”

Guided by an aircraft-inspired control system.

1959 XP-73 "GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car - Whirlfire Turbo-Power Model GT-305"
1959 XP-73 “GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car – Whirlfire Turbo-Power Model GT-305”

Besides a primary 225-horsepower Whirlfire GT-305 gas turbine engine, Firebird III possessed a two-cylinder 10-horsepower gasoline engine.

1959 XP-73 "GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car"
1959 XP-73 “GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car”

This engine provided the electrical power to run the accessories.

1959 XP-73 "GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car"
1959 XP-73 “GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car”

The Unicontrol is a console-mounted knob that allows both the driver and or passenger to control steering, accelerating, and braking, all with a twist of the wrist.

1959 XP-73 "GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car"
1959 XP-73 “GM Firebird III Turbine Concept Car”

The three General Motors Firebirds remain the most famous of the many concept cars GM has created.


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Jay Leno's Garage Firebird I & Firebird II
Jay Leno’s Garage Firebird I & Firebird II

You can view Firebird One and Firebird Three if you want to travel to Jay Leno’s Garage. Jay owns Firebirds One and Three.

GM Heritage Center

Firebird two is located at the General Motors Heritage Center in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

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64th Scale Model of the Best Cabover of the 70’s

NEO SCALE MODELS 1:64th Scale 1979 Peterbilt Model 352 Cab Over Engine Semi-Tractor – Product Review

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I’m going to talk about another classic Cab Over Truck and a 1:64th scale model of it.
 
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Peterbilt COEs - Pete 350, Pete 352, Pete 362, Pete 372
Peterbilt COEs – Pete 350, Pete 352, Pete 362, Pete 372

Peterbilt and cab over trucks really went hand in hand for decades. They began making a cab over back in 1949 with the Model 350 and have come a long way to get to the Model 372, which was the last “Line-Haul” cab over truck designed by Peterbilt with production ending before its predecessor, the 362. The 372 went out in 1994 and the 362 ended production in 2005 eliminating “line-haul” cabover trucks from Peterbilt’s lineup.

Pete COEs Pete 220 & Pete 520
Pete COEs Pete 220 & Pete 520

A side Note, Pete still makes low cab forward COEs for vocational, the Model 520, and city delivery, Model 220, trucks today.

The Peterbilt Model 352 Cabover Brochure
The Peterbilt Model 352 Cabover Brochure

However, today I’m talking about the Model 352 which came on in 1959 and was the first Tilt-Cab COE by Peterbilt. It was also the first UniLite cab and with an update in 1969, it received the nickname “Pacemaker”.
 
The 352 was offered in bumper-to-back of cab sizes from 54” day cab model, up to 110” double bunk sleeper models. Engine, transmission, and axles were all up to the choice of the customer to meet individual needs.

The Peterbilt Model 352 Cabover Brochure
The Peterbilt Model 352 Cabover Brochure

Interiors were plush and a cut above the competition to give that class look and feel associated only with a Peterbilt.

The Model 352 truly was the choice for owner operators who wanted the best and fleets that wanted to shine and stay ahead of their competition with efficient, classy trucks.

Neo Scale Models

Now on with the product review.
 
This is the 1979 Peterbilt Model 352 cab over engine truck with 110” bumper to back of cab double bunk sleeper. It’s a 1:64th scale truck by Neo Scale Models. Neo also makes an 86” BBC single bunk sleeper. This is one of two toolings that Neo have that have been done by somebody else in recent times.

Diecast Promotions did a Pete 352 tooling in both BBC measurements. However, the DCP all diecast doesn’t actually have the fine features that this all resin cab on diecast frame version has. Also the first Neo came out actually before the DCP did.

Neo Scale Models Resin & Diecast 1:64th Scale 1979 Peterbilt Model 352 110" BBC Semi-Tractor
Neo Scale Models Resin & Diecast 1:64th Scale 1979 Peterbilt Model 352 110″ BBC Semi-Tractor

Now the Neo version comes in a plastic display case with a hardboard sleeve. Also it has a mirror piece in the back, so you can pretty much see the passenger side of the truck with the sleeve on, or you can just take it out of the sleeve and you can really look at it. It looks really nice if you leave it in the sleeve or taking it out, it gives you a good view of the truck.
 
The plastic lid will keep your model dust free. Which if any of you ever dusted models knows that that’s a nice, nice thing to do.
 
It’s mounted to the black plastic base with just two simple screws and to take it out you just remove two Phillips head screws. Now, a word of caution when you’re taking these off the base, make sure you hold it between the frame and the base plate. That way you don’t break any of the parts off of the cab, as they’re easy to break off.
 
Neo is using the resin cab on diecast frame so that we have lots of variety in our collections because you can make the toolings much, much cheaper than you can do in. All diecast is great if you’re going after the custom imprint market, which is the promotional products market, or you’re trying to sell the entire run to one company.  All diecast is not cost effective for low production life toolings.
 
The 352 cab over was one of the most popular trucks that Peterbilt had back in the seventies.

Neo Scale Models Resin & Diecast 1:64th Scale 1979 Peterbilt Model 352 110" BBC Semi-Tractor
Neo Scale Models Resin & Diecast 1:64th Scale 1979 Peterbilt Model 352 110″ BBC Semi-Tractor

Now picking this guy up you can see the Peterbilt logo right there below the door. You can see lots of rivet detail in the cab body. It has the grab bar/step thing that Peterbilt uses. In model form that step actually has proven to be kind of problematic as it has a tendency to break.
 
It has the door latch there that’s actually a photo etched part. This model has mirrors on the doors. The wind wing is outlined with a photo etched part. And then you have the regular driver’s door window, and all the windows are vacuform style windows, which makes a really super clear window for you.
 
You can see the air tanks and battery box under the cab. It’s got dual round fuel tanks hanging off the frame. They’re painted silver to make them look like aluminum. It rides on 10 hole Budd wheels on the front and the rear. It has dual exhaust, with a very, very nice pattern on the heat shields around the mufflers. And then it’s got the 45 degree mitered exhaust tips. The quarter fenders are painted aluminum rather than chrome plating.
 
These parts, Neo painted them aluminum colored, which makes them actually look more prototypical than the chrome flash parts. However, we do kind of like our chrome plated parts, cause they do give a little sparkle to our models. So, these may be more realistic, but we probably would rather have the chrome plated parts instead.
 
You can see a green, which matches the green and the striping on the center caps on the wheels. Not really sure what color you would call this truck. It’s got yellow and dark green striping, and it looks like a really light green to maybe a greenish tan colored cab. It rides on a black frame. And while I’m not really sure what color it is, I actually really liked this color job.
It is nice.

Neo Scale Models Resin & Diecast 1:64th Scale 1979 Peterbilt Model 352 110" BBC Semi-Tractor
Neo Scale Models Resin & Diecast 1:64th Scale 1979 Peterbilt Model 352 110″ BBC Semi-Tractor

Turning him around to the front. You can see that beautiful Peterbilt logo right above the grille. And the grille has a photo edge rim around it to make it look like it’s got the aluminum trim ring. It’s got the dual round headlights and those are individual jewel style lights inside the headlight pods.
 
You can see in the bumper; it has what looks like driving lights. The bumper is a real nice with the taper on each end. And there’s a license plate on the bumper.
 
More photo etched parts are the windshield wipers on the windshield. The individual wipers look really sharp on this model, however, they’re easy to flick off. So be careful with them. The two grab bars, so you can pull yourself up to wash the windows, are little pieces of wire.
 
Inside the cab. It has a really nice interior color scheme. It has a gray steering wheel, gray dashboard, and the rest of the interior is red. The door panels, seats, and whatever would be in the bunk area are all red. Even though it’s probably hard to see back in there.
 
Turning around to the passenger side, we can see the air cleaner is underneath the cab. It’s got a green air intake that goes up over the top of the cab. It’s got the extra little window so that the driver could see better. And it has a little mirror on that window. The Peterbilt logo is there and then there’s that grab bar step thing. It’s also got another fuel tank mounted on the frame.

Neo Scale Models Resin & Diecast 1:64th Scale 1979 Peterbilt Model 352 110" BBC Semi-Tractor
Neo Scale Models Resin & Diecast 1:64th Scale 1979 Peterbilt Model 352 110″ BBC Semi-Tractor

Turning around to the back. We can see a little bit of engine detail on the back to make it look like there’s an engine under the cab. It has individual jewel style, brake lights. And there is also a license plate on the back of the frame. This truck doesn’t have mud flaps. Which we probably would have had mud flaps on this truck in real life, but Neo didn’t put them on this truck.
 
It has authentic tread pattern tires from the seventies, and it’s got a fifth wheel that pivots a little bit, just like it should. And the kingpin is set up for a DCP or First Gear vintage trailer with the straight kingpins.

Neo Scale Models Resin & Diecast 1:64th Scale 1979 Peterbilt Model 352 110" BBC Semi-Tractor
Neo Scale Models Resin & Diecast 1:64th Scale 1979 Peterbilt Model 352 110″ BBC Semi-Tractor

Turning them underneath. We have modest under engine detail, transmission detail, drive shafts, and a very nice suspension on the rear with differentials on the axles. You can see the air intake system that’s there with the air cleaner and the air tanks for the air brake system.
 
Turning him up onto the top. It has the individual bullet style roof clearance lights that are painted silver with the little amber tips to make them look like they have their lenses on them. It’s got dual air horns and it happens to have a roof mounted air conditioner on it, which was pretty common on these trucks back then.


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1:64th Scale Pete 352 with Wilson 40' Livestock Trailer
1:64th Scale Pete 352 with Wilson 40′ Livestock Trailer

So you can see what this guy looks like with a trailer hooked up to it. I happened to have one of the Wilson 40 foot livestock trailers from the seventies that Top Shelf Replicas made. And we’ll get it hooked up so you can get a good idea what this would look like sitting on your layout with a trailer. A very common site, back in the day was cab overs pulling livestock trailers. This would set off your layout so that it looks different from anybody else’s because not many people will have these trucks. That’s the beauty of the limited nature of the resin cab on the diecast frame. We can have lots of vintage trucks on our layouts.

The 1979 Peterbilt 352 Pacemaker, 110 inch double sleeper with the Top Shelf. Replica’s vintage livestock trailer, both in 1:64th scale, a set to really set off your layout.

*Note: Trailer Not Included and No Longer Available.

Toy Talk Approved

How many of you guys would love to have true class in your collection? This Peterbilt 352 would certainly fit that bill and take your collection up another level.

Neo did an outstanding job on this tooling. They’ve released two different versions of the long bunk, and they’ve released two versions of the short bunk so far.  All 4 versions are standouts in a collection, but the first two versions are no longer available.  Only this cab and the Blue & White 86″ short bunk version are still available.

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Owner Operator Freightliner???

1:64th Scale Diecast Promotions Freightliner Cascadia Wabash Duraplate Trailer Product Review 60-0675

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How many of you are Fleet Truck style fans?  I know Pete 379s are so popular in the models, but really how many are actually on the road compared to the Freightliner Cascadia.  Sure it may not be the owner/operator dream which most models are of a dream instead of reality, but being everyone getting 379s in their collection, these owner/operator Cascadia’s are bound to go up in the years to come, which I want your collections value to grow.  Please whitelist this email address because I send new emails every week on the best diecast and resin models out there.

2020 Freightliner Cascadia Brochure Cover
2020 Freightliner Cascadia Brochure Cover

The Cascadia is the flagship model in the Freightliner product line.  It’s main design characteristic is fuel efficiency when it was introduced in 2008 with an update in 2013 and a major redesign for the 2018 model year.

The cab and sleeper general design was carried forward from the first-generation Cascadia, however the grille and headlight updates gave the front a much more aggressive look.  The interior though received a complete overhaul with new dashboard, better seats with a driver-centric approach to controls and gauges.

The sleeper contains a larger bunk, redesigned storage cabinets and dimmable led ceiling lights.  Also, the driver’s loft option adds a collapsible table and 2 collapsible seats which stow underneath the bunk.

The standard engine in the Cascadia is the Detroit DT12 with automated manual transmission.  Freightliner acquired Detroit Diesel to manufacture their diesels and the only way to get a Detroit Diesel today is to buy a Freightliner.

2020 Freightliner Cascadia Brochure Cover
2020 Freightliner Cascadia Brochure Cover

The second-generation Cascadia is available as a Day Cab, Mid-Roof, and Raised Roof Condo to meet customer needs.

2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53' Duraplate Dry Van in Package
2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53′ Duraplate Dry Van in Package

Now to talk about this beautiful 64th scale truck in Black with Red Accent. It’s a 2019 Freightliner Cascadia with matching Wabash DuraPlate Trailer. It is an owner operator because it does not have any name on the door. It is in a striking black paint job. It’s all gloss black with a gloss red accents all over the truck and trailer, totally matching.

It’s a sharp looking truck.

It is DCP by First Gear item number is 60-0675, in 1:64th scale, and it’s officially licensed by Freightliner and Wabash trailers.

DCP by First Gear Logo

Now let’s go on and open him up. You can see the beautiful sky mural that they use in their packaging to make it look like it’s a really nice package sitting on the shelf and that is the standard for DCP.

The two-piece blister that’s that holds the truck snugly for shipping is taped together.

Now that you can see in the package up here, it’s got the extra set of door mirrors and it’s got two sets of the hood mirrors, the front minder mirrors. They don’t install those hood mirrors in the factory because they would get broken in the package, but they do give you the extra set of door mirrors as well, just in case they get broken.

Wabash 53' Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)
Wabash 53′ Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)

Now let’s start off here with the trailer. Isn’t that sharp. The Wabash Duraplate trailer is in glossy black. It has red side skirts underneath the trailer, and it’s got a gloss red roof on top. The rear wheels are the 10 hole painted wheels.

It has plastic solid black mud flaps. It’s got the standard screw down type landing gear so that you could set the trailer off by itself. It also has correct marker lights all over the trailer. And it’s got a date and manufacturer name cast into the bottom of the trailer.  It also has made in China cast into the base of the trailer.

Other underneath detail; you can see the interior of the skirts and you can see underneath the rear tandem axles. It’s got fixed tandems. They don’t slide, but they’ve got the air brake canisters on each axle. Actually they have a nice representation of the rest of the suspension detail.

2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53' Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)
2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53′ Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)

This trailer has the Wabash style rear bumper on this trailer. It’s also got your Wabash Duraplate tampo prints and DOT striping on the back of the trailer. The upper clarence lights are not actually painted red because the whole roof is already red, but the brake lights are there and painted red.

Both back doors do open to reveal a detailed interior of the trailer. It has the white walls with the metal plates down the side, which are good skid plates for your pallets, which is a Duraplate signature. That way these trailers don’t get torn up by just sliding the pallet along the wall. It’s also got a nice floor detail inside. There is the front wall and then the roof is painted red on the inside and you can see the rib detail there.

Turning around to the passenger side. It’s got the same details that were on the driver’s side, including the Wabash graphic.

And then we’ll go on here to the front. The front of the trailer shows the rivet detail, just like on the sides. It’s got the place where the airlines would hook up. Thought it’s just kind of a blob that’s molded in, and this paints a little bit thick over top of it. So, it’s not as defined as on some of the other trailers. And it’s got the big Wabash tampo right there on the top.

2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53' Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)
2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53′ Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)

Now let’s go on and talk about the tractor set the trailer off to the side.

Isn’t that paint job sharp. The 2019 Freightliner Cascadia, which was redesigned in 2018. It gets that new, very aggressive looking hood and the much more aggressive looking styled headlights on the front. We’ve also got your driving lights. Those are just a little tempo onto the bumper. The bumpers painted gloss red, the same gloss red as on the trailer. The lower facia piece, the little lower air dam, is painted black, just like the real one would be because it’s a black fiberglass piece.

2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53' Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)
2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53′ Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)

The hood does open on this guy. It’s got individual windshield wipers. They’re abs parts on this truck. It’s got the visor up above the windshield and on the visor, it’s got the roof clearance lights that are supposed to be up on top. This one panel piece of the sleeper roofer is painted bright glossy red to make it really showy.

2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53' Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)
2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53′ Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)

Over here on the passenger side, you can see it’s got the black painted wheels and it’s got the black aero covers on the rear wheels. This also has the aero kit between the wheels. The steps on this one are molded in black plastic. It’s got the door & place for hood mirrors and then it’s got that other little mirror so you can see down what’s right beside you. Those little minder mirrors are great.

Interior detail is pretty nice on these guys. It’s got a real nice dashboard, seat, steering wheel, and door panels. Sleeper detail, not so much, but you really can’t see it through those two tiny windows anyway.

The body of the cab and the chassis is all diecast. Most of the little extra parts are abs plastic. The windshield is also clear hard plastic.

Then you’ve got under the opening hood detail. You’ve got your engine detail, which being a Freightliner should be a Detroit Diesel. Newer aerodynamic conventionals have got that engine tucked way up under the firewall into the cab a little bit. So, it gets hard to see the engine, but it’s all under there.

Driver’s side has the same details. You can see the tampo for the door, handle, the mirrors and the same black steps, red skirts, and it’s got the same aero kit around the rear wheels.


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2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53' Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)
2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53′ Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)

Turning them around to the back. It’s got the single backup light. And it’s got the two brake lights. Also, it’s got mud flaps that are molded in abs plastic. They’re actually part of the aero kit. Mounted to the frame is die-cast fifth wheel that pivots just like it should. You got a chrome deck plate and the ladder in there is also chrome piece. Quarter fenders are painted black, and then you’ve got the chrome bracket that hangs your airlines up.

There’s very minimal chrome on this truck. They went with a far less flashy complete paint scheme to make this truck really stand out.

Also, when you turn it underneath, this truck has the underbody exhaust and the fancy SRC type really complicated exhaust system and mufflers. Plus the underbody exhaust, you get your battery boxes, your air tanks and your fuel tanks all in chrome. Again, very little Chrome actually on this truck.

You’ve also got your front suspension and then your rear suspension with differentials and your drive shafts are all on there. The steering is positional. It’s not truly steering because it just clicks in the different places.

Now let’s hook this guy up, so you can see it on the road.  And then close up the back doors.

2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53' Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)
2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53′ Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)
2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53' Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)
2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53′ Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)

Now that truck would look super sharp, sitting in a truck stop or running down the highways. Owner operators, typically it seems like we love the classic design, but I don’t know what it is but something about these new aerodynamic trucks, they just don’t quite have the pizazz. Though it seems however, some of these paint jobs and the huge fuel efficiency advantage, I think that truly makes up for it. And I think this truck would look good sitting next to any 379 on a layout.

2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53' Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)
2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53′ Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)
2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53' Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)
2019 Freightliner Cascadia w/Wabash 53′ Duraplate Dry Van Trailer (Black/Red)

Isn’t that truck beautiful?
 
Have seen custom owner/operator Freightliner Cascadias before, just email me pics if you have them.

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I know 379s are the classic look, but these Cascadias are really sharp and with their fuel efficiency over the classic conventionals, I’d put one of these in my collection instead of another 379 that everyone else has.

Having items that only a few people have make your collection stand out, it’s the rare piece everyone notices so if you collection is filled with the same trucks are everyone else, who is gonna take note? 

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Mack Granite Anthem UPS & LR Product Review 1:64th Scale Greenlight Collectibles S-D Trucks Series 7

This is S-D Trucks Series 7 by Greenlight. It’s another set of three severe duty diecast Mack Trucks.

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S-D Trucks Series 7, Yep I got these guys out of order.  I already dropped my video on Series 8, so I’m back tracking here, but I just found my set back in the warehouse and gotta drop a new video for you.

Here is a link to go see my video on S-D Trucks Series 8: https://youtu.be/QLMIBZr8ENE

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Mack Trucks

SD Trucks series 7 is another All Mack Trucks set, just like Series 6 was. However, this one has the brand new Cement Mixer tooling instead of the dump truck.
 
Cement trucks are super hard to find in 64th scale, but they are so common on the highways. Cement trucks combine cement, aggregate and water to form concrete.  Simple right?  Well it takes plenty of power to mix those components in the drum.

T.L. Smith Mixers
T.L. Smith Mixers

One of the first concrete mixers was developed in 1900 by T.L. Smith and it exhibited the same basic construction with a tiltable conical drum with blades.
 
Basically, design hasn’t changed in 120 years.  The only real change has been in how the mixers are powered and the size of the drums.
 
Kind of cool to think that we are still using similar technology today.

Operation of a Concrete Mixer Truck
Operation of a Concrete Mixer Truck

Ready Mix trucks, like the one in this set that we have been missing on our layouts for years, work similar to the small on-site mixer with a different design to the internal mixing blades.  The interior of the drum is fitted with a spiral blade that mixes the aggregate and cement together known as charging by pushing the mixture deeper into the drum when rotated one direction.  When the drum is rotated the other direction, it forces the concrete out of the drum in a process known as discharging.  Hence the name “Rear Discharge Mixer” Just like the one in the set.

Greenlight Collectibles

This is S-D Trucks Series 7 by Greenlight. It’s another set of three severe duty diecast trucks. It includes the second releases of the garbage truck and their Mack Anthem highway haul 64th scale trucks. However, it does include one, all new tooling, a cement mixer truck or concrete truck. Well, it’s not a hundred percent new tooling. They already had the cab. They released the Mack Granite cab with a dump bed before on a tri-axle version. But now they’ve come up with a new tandem-axle chassis and they made it into a cement mixer, which is a piece that we have really been missing in our collections.

Matchbox GMC & Ertl IH PayStar Cement Trucks
Matchbox GMC & Ertl IH PayStar Cement Trucks

There was a GMC made by Matchbox back in the seventies that was close to 1:64th scale. And there was an International PayStar that Ertl made back in the seventies and maybe into the early eighties. And that’s really it for cement trucks in 1:64th scale. So now that new Greenlight Mack Granite cement mixer is a very nice addition to our collections.

Now let’s go on and get started with S-D Trucks Series 7 release A, which is the Mack Anthem highway long haul truck. They painted this one up for UPS, making the first branded release on the Mack Anthem. Greenlight also came out with this same exact cab with a trailer for ups. And I’ve already done a review on that. If you missed it, click here https://youtu.be/X0WlkedOAqk and go back and watch it. Or buy the Mack Anthem with Feeder Trailer here.

2019 Mack Anthem Truck Cab for UPS
2019 Mack Anthem Truck Cab for UPS

Now, this cab features really dark gray painted wheels, just like UPS runs. It has the traditional UPS Brown paint scheme with a UPS logo on the door. The cab includes a nicely detailed interior with a driver and passenger seat, a steering wheel, a dashboard, and even a bunk inside the sleeper. You can hardly see it through that back window, but it’s there. It has mirrors on both sides that are painted black with the little turn indicator on them. It has some silver on them to make them look like they have mirrors pieces in them. The steps to climb up into the cab, the deck plate, the quarter fenders, the exhaust stack and the fuel tanks are all chrome-plated as is the bulldog that goes on the hood. Mack just doesn’t make trucks without Mack Bulldog hood ornaments.
 
When you turn it to the front, you’ll see the grille is chrome plated and it has the Mack right there in the middle of the grille and then black all around it. Also, down low, you’ll see a Mack Bulldog license plate hanging on the front. It has the driving lights on there that look like their individual jewel pieces, as well as the headlights.
 
Up above the windshield the truck has a visor with roof clearance lights that are required. And up on top of the sleeper, it has that UPS logo tampo printed.
 
It’s a diecast cab sitting on a plastic chassis and it has black mud flaps that have Mack branded, mud flaps. Not really sure whether UPS would be running those because UPS doesn’t like to advertise the company that makes their trucks, but I’m sure that’s a Mack branded licensing thing for Greenlight to do. Also being a sleeper cab, it’s not really typical of the UPS fleet, but I bet somewhere in their fleet they have some cause they do run some team tractors.

2019 Mack Granite Cement Mixer Truck
2019 Mack Granite Cement Mixer Truck

Now let’s get to the new tooling in this set, which is a 2019 Mack Granite cement mixer truck. Isn’t that nice. It’s a tandem axle version. Been kind of nicer if they’d done a tri-axle Mack Granite cement mixer but I’m not going to complain. We’ll take what we can get.
 
It has the mixer barrel, which does rotate, and it’s painted white. The cab and other parts are yellow with a black frame. Up on the fenders. You can see where they painted them black, and then you can also see the chrome wheels. The water tank is chrome plated. The fuel tanks are chrome plated. As is the little air intake, the visor, the mirrors, the air horns, and the single exhaust stack on the passenger side. The ladder to climb up to look in the barrel is painted in silver.
 
Turning around towards the front, you’ll see it has the chrome plated Mack Granite grille, the chrome bumper, and individual jewel style headlights. The windshield wipers are molded into the front window. And up on the hood, it has the bulldog ornament, which is standard on all Mack trucks.
 
Around at the back. You’re going to find the Mack branded mud flaps, the unloading chute, which does not pivot around nor does the extra chute section fold out. That would have been a nice detail, but unfortunately they just simply didn’t do it, but it’s okay for the price point of this truck. We still got us a nice cement mixer.
 
Turning them up to the top, you can see the loading chute there wherever you would load it in. The mixer barrel is not hollow, but it does rotate.
 
They did a really nice job making an inexpensive piece that has been missing in our collections.

2019 Mack LR Refuse Truck
2019 Mack LR Refuse Truck

Up last in this release is the second release of their Mack LR refuse truck or garbage truck or trash truck. This time they painted it blue. It features an all blue paint scheme, which would have been common for Republic Services or Allied Waste or even close enough for BFI. It would be easy to customize it into any of those 3 companies.
 
This one runs on chrome wheels instead of the silver painted wheels. It has a chrome plated fuel tank. Another chrome feature on this one is the Mack Bulldog on the front. So, this one has a little more flash than the first release they came out with.
 
Just like the first version, the loading arms fold down and fold out so they could pick up a dumpster, but it does not come with a dumpster.
 
It has fancy detail behind the cab of the emission system. And it also has black paint and mirrors on both sides.
 
Interior detail includes seats, dashboard and steering wheel. These low cabs are great trucks for this type of use.
 
Up to the top, you can see the lid does not open to put empty the dumpster. However, it does have the detail of the piece that would open it. The back also doesn’t open. So, it doesn’t matter that you couldn’t put the garbage in as you couldn’t get the garbage back out anyway.
 
Turning this guy around to the front, we see the Mack written right there in the grille. The rest of the grille is black. The headlights and turn signals are actually just painted white. It has a black bumper and the chrome Bulldog hood ornament.  The windshield wipers are molded into the glass and tampoed black above the windshield. Above the windshield, you’ll see it as the roof clearance lights that are required.
 
Turning him around to the back. we see the back detail includes brake lights, turn signals, other warning lights that would flash. It has a rear bumper that has DOT striping on it. And it has Mack branded mud flaps, which makes a really nice piece.
 
It is a diecast cab. The body is all plastic on this one, but they did that to make it a much more affordable model for our collections.
 
This piece would really stand out in any collection because it’s just so hard to find a garbage truck to put on our layouts.

S-D Trucks Series 7 in Package
S-D Trucks Series 7 in Package

Well there you have it folks that is Greenlight’s S-D Trucks Series 7, a 2019 Mack Anthem highway truck for UPS, a 2019 Mack Granite cement mixer, the all new tooling that we need for our collection, and the 2019 Mack LR refuse truck to go out and pick up all the dumpsters at the businesses on our layouts. Now it doesn’t come with a dumpster, but Shapeways can supply us a dumpster in 1:64th scale.


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Even being an older release, this set really would enhance your diorama immensely with vehicles that are very hard to come by and set off your layout.
 
I’m glad that Greenlight has dropped us a pretty nice ready mix concrete truck in our scale. I know that one of these has found its way onto my layout. And I’m sure one would add quite a bit to your layout.
 
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Fuel Cells The Future of Farming???

Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor SpecCast Resin Model the History & Future of Green Energy Tech

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I want to ask you, what did the Allis-Chalmers Company have in common with the Fuel Cell, NASA, the Military, and the SPACE program? Imagine, a tractor and heavy equipment company involved in outer space!

In 1901 Edward P. Allis Company, Fraser & Chalmers, Gates Iron Works, and the industrial line of the Dickson Manufacturing Company made up the first Allis-Chalmers Company.

This proved to be too clumsy an arrangement so by 1912 it was reorganized as the Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company.

Allis-Chalmers Logo

The combined companies produced manufacturing machinery. They produced equipment for agricultural, construction, power generation and transmission, along with a variety of equipment for other industries.

Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company was Americas first large-scale manufacturing company. For the next 70 years Allis-Chalmers continued manufacturing products for industry.

Allis-Chalmers Energy & AGCO Logos

However, by the 1980s and 1990s, a series of divestitures transformed the firm and eventually dissolved it. Its successors today are Allis-Chalmers Energy and AGCO.

Today I want to focus on the Allis-Chalmers research and development that led to development of the first fuel cell powered tractor.

What is a Fuel Cell? We all know what a storage battery is, it stores electricity to be used at a future date.

Proton Exchange Fuel Cell Diagram
Proton Exchange Fuel Cell Diagram

Fuel cells, they do the opposite, they produce electrical power directly through a chemical reaction.
 
With that general definition of a fuel cell in mind we must look back into history fuel cell technology.

Timeline of Fuel Cell Development
Timeline of Fuel Cell Development

As far back as 1801 a man named Sir Humphry Davy demonstrated the principle of what later became known as the Fuel Cell.
 
1839 William Groves invented the ‘gas battery’ or the “first fuel cell”.
 
1889 Charles Langer and Ludwig Mond further developed Grove’s inventions and named it the fuel cell.
 
1950’s General electric invents the first proton exchange membrane Fuel Cell.
 
1957 with the advent of Sputnik, interest in fuel cells exploded in America driven by the Space Race.
1958 Allis-Chalmers developed a fuel cell that produced enough power to light two 15-watt light bulbs.
 
1959 Francis Bacon demonstrated a 5KVA Alkaline fuel cell.
 
This brings us to October 1959. The month that Allis-Chalmers, demonstrated the first vehicle powered by a fuel cell. A farm tractor.
 
Allis-Chalmers researchers continued to pursue development of the fuel cell and began an aggressive program for the Apollo fuel cell development contract.
 
They lost out to Pratt & Whitney which had secured the patent rights to the Bacon cell9.
 
That did not stop Allis. Allis-Chalmers continued to develop fuel cells and vehicles for NASA and the Military.
 
1960 NASA used the first fuel cells in space missions.
 
1960 Allis-Chalmers builds the first fuel-cell-powered forklift.
 
2009 New Holland presents its first fuel cell powered tractor to the world bringing the technology of the experimental Allis-Chalmers tractor of 1959 back into the forefront of research.
 
2018 Toyota puts Allis-Chalmers technology to market with their version of a fuel cell powered forklift.
 
Where will the future of fuel cell technology take us?
 
Now that we’ve talked about the history of the fuel cell, let’s talk more about Allis-Chalmers successful role in fuel cell development.

Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Powering Light Bulbs
Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Powering Light Bulbs

Allis-Chalmers continuing search, to develop new sources of electrical power, led to the generation of electricity using chemical reactions. By 1951 Fuel cells became of interest to the researchers at Allis-Chalmers.
 
By 1958 Allis-Chalmers researchers had a successful working fuel cell capable of lighting two 15-watt light bulbs.
 
Their ideas were sound. Now they had a working fuel cell and by March 1959 the researchers were looking to test it in something bigger.

The Team of Researchers at Allis-Chalmers & Their 5kVA Fuel Cell
The Team of Researchers at Allis-Chalmers & Their 5kVA Fuel Cell

Their cell was composed of 1,008 individual fuel cells. The cells were joined up in 112 units of 9 cells each. The 9 cells were arranged in four banks that produced enough power to run a standard Allis-Chalmers 20 horsepower DC electric motor.

Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor
Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor

Next came a question. How to demonstrate the fuel Cell? Harry Karl Ihrig, Vice President of Research at Allis-Chalmers, had the answer, put the fuel cell in a farm tractor.

Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor
Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor

A tractor would be an excellent test vehicle. It could prove the tractive force of the electric motor for agricultural applications, and the sustainability of the fuel cell to provide the electrical energy needed to run a 20-horsepower electric motor.

Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor
Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor

In October 1959 near West Allis, Wisconsin, the fuel cell powered tractor successfully plowed a field of alfalfa with a two-bottom plow.

Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor Pulling 2-Bottom Plow
Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor Pulling 2-Bottom Plow

The tractor weighed 5,270 pounds and had a drawbar pull of 3,000 lbs.

Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor Pulling 2-Bottom Plow
Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor Pulling 2-Bottom Plow

The basic operation of a fuel cell tractor is very simple, but the machine is very complex and complicated. Here is the diagram of the major componets needed to build the Allis-Chalmers fuel cell tractor.

Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor Diagram
Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor Diagram

SpecCast made a resin model 1:16th scale tractor model of this revolutionary experimental tractor by Allis-Chalmers for the 2004 Orange Spectacular Show in Hutchinson Minnesota.

1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast
1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast

This is the Allis-Chalmers fuel cell tractor in 1:16th scale that SpecCast made for the orange spectacular show. They made this model in all resin. That way they could make such a limited run and never use the tooling.
 
Again, the fuel cell tractor is a very complicated chemical reaction, but the workings of the actual tractor are very simple.
 
Let’s start off, down here underneath the tractor. We have the gas supply tanks. There’s two here. There’s two more here and there’s another tank on the back.

1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast
1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast

Also, I forgot to show it to you. We have the electric motor. This was a 20-horsepower DC electric motor that Allis-Chalmers made giving this tractor 20 horsepower.

Then we come up here on top and we get to the electrical controls. And this right here is the controls that gave it power. If you turned it one way it went forward. If you turn it the other way it went backward. Electric motors are great. They don’t need transmissions. You just turn them on and they go. And you reverse the polarity and it goes backwards. Very simple systems.

1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast
1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast

Also up here on the dashboard, we have the gas control valves, the electrical meters and the gas meters. Being the experimental there’s actually more gauges for the researchers than they had intended for a production model.

1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast
1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast

Also, you can see the motor up here. The driver would straddle it when he was sitting in the seat. SpecCast also made a very nice seat and steering wheel for this tractor.

1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast
1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast

And then we turn it around to the real heart of the machine, the fuel cells. These individual pieces here are the actual fuel cells, seen right above these tubes.

On top of the fuel cells, there are electrical connectors.

Back to the fuel cells, we have the fuel cells here. And then we have the gas inlet and outlet tubes here, which connect from the fuel cells to the intake and the exhaust manifolds for the gases.
 
And then finally, to get that electricity to the electric motor, we have the bus bars. There’s one down low and one up high.

Then turning this SpecCast resin model to the front. For an experimental tractor, Allis-Chalmers went and made actually some pretty nice decoration and styling for this tractor. They even included headlights.

1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast
1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast

When SpecCast made this, they put the engine hood side panel on this side so that you could see what the tractor would look like with its panels all closed up. Also, we have the steering linkage, which connects all the way up to the front axle.

1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast
1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast

But because this is such a unique tractor and the uniqueness is under the hood, they left the panel off on the other side of the tractor to show off the fuel cells.

1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast
1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast

Allis-Chalmers used a drawbar to pull a 2-bottom plow during their initial test of this tractor, so SpecCast also put a drawbar on their replica, however they put a straight clevis permanently attached to the drawbar for a rope or chain.

1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast
1:16th Scale Resin Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor by SpecCast

And there it is guys, the Allis-Chalmers fuel cell tractor that was made by SpecCast for the orange spectacular show in all resin. It’s a beautiful 1:16th scale model.

Using a fuel cell to produce power was not a new idea in the 1950s. Over a century earlier, Sir William Grove originated the idea of a fuel cell that would run on hydrogen and oxygen and produce electricity. Through continued research and development fuel cells continue to become more efficient and cost effective.

Plug Power GenDrive Fuel Cell Forklifts & Pallet Jacks
Plug Power GenDrive Fuel Cell Forklifts & Pallet Jacks

Today’s fuel cells have found limited commercial use in powering e