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    Default Tricking out the GHQ 50 ton lowboy

    SO as my quest for finding a crane for M.O.W. truck goes on It's time to do something eles (Yeah I need one more project) SO I'm going to trick out the GHQ 50 Ton Lowboy Trailer.

    We all know that GHQ makes a killer lowboy I have build 30-40 of them But it's time to TRICK one out .




    I'm not going to post all the boring stuff cleaning the flashing off or this or that we'er picking up at the main build but for the ramps







    On the front of the trailer are three stubs which I guess are meant for airlines well off they came,then I drilled four small holes were the stubs once sat.



    Once the holes were drilled I pulled out some Sunrise Enterprises airhoses,spraed them out and cut them off,now I have power and air lines for the trailers















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    K,note the area on the rear of the trailer I am pointing to,they are SCREAMING for details !! and what better detail then Gold medal models deck plateing,












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    The best way to cut the deck plateing is by using a very sharp 90mm blade I use them for trimming parts off of the thingy they come on you get a nice clean cut





    SO once your ready get a good flat straight edge and score, score, score.and in about 30 mins and two mistakes all the parts are cut out,Before gluing them down they will be filed and test fitted about 12 more times,note the piece on the end of the trailer is one piece this will need more filing to,the area on which they rest still needs some trimming to get the decking lower.






















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    Next stop the deck,nice to know people and have friends that have lasers sitting in there shops! buddie of mine gave me some of his "mistakes" and I'm going ot make them work.Yeah I did this the hard way but that's just me I guess


    Just a wee bit to long.






    K this is me being thick headed why I went this route beats me but I'm happy



    Just a little more trimming,here again I used a fresh 90mm blade gotta have a fresh sharp fresh blade.



    deck all cut to size only problem is its to thick so off to the sanding block




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    SO I wanted to have end ramps and I scored them really lighty but they snapped off,no problem the fit is tight enough you can't see the mistake,plus I saved the bit I cut off and will use them to fill in the gaps.






    end bits I'll use to fill in the gaps




    Now its off to the parts box to see what I can find to add more,also need to come up with a color,I guess once this is done and painted I'll have to build a tractor to pull it !!!










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    Great detailing, waiting for the rest. Thanks for a great tutorial.
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    Your very welcome,of course I can see where this is going

    1.Trailer

    2. The tractor to pull the trailer

    3. the load on the trailer for the tractor to pull !!

    I must be insane? oh wait I am the U.S. govt says so !!!! ROTFLMAO


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    Looking good so far! I am anxiously awaiting more ...
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    Nice job, it is looking good.

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    Thanks guys!! looking at paint colors now and just wondering ???

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    Looking very good! keep going nutz with the detailing. Love it!!
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    I'm to the point of looking forward to what might be created from that parts box each week, because so far, what gets built is pretty amazing!
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    SO installed tires and the deck plating and guess who forgot to paint the rear section of deck plating !!!! also getting all the odds and ends in one place to add to the truck



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    Installed the deck and gave it a light wash x2








    Now what do I put on it I was thinking.......



    or this




    or maybe this ?????





    and then I have to build a tractor to haul it !!




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    very nice idea and build i like the way it turned out

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    Wow Larry! That turned out fantastic! I'm glad you forgot to paint the deck plating. That would have been a mistake. There's too much fine detail there that would have disappeared under the paint. I choose the transformer load. It's a one of a kind and I love the insulators. I really looked at this close and there's one more detail you could add that you would surely notice. That's the air brake lines to the trailer along with the stand they wrap around when you're running solo. Do you have some decals for the doors? I've missed seeing your modeling buddy, hope all is well.

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    Nice work. That looks great. I agree with Michael about the deck plating. Keep it unpainted.
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    Wow! Once again, a very nice build! i'll add my vote to the "don't paint the deck plating" crowd. I think it looks good the way it is.

    And my vote would go for the three big coils of steel or whatever it is. I think the hold-down chains would really set this off.

    Either that or a piece of construction equipment, but not the cement truck. Maybe a crane or a excavator or something.
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    Looks great! You have given me some ideas as what to do to the one I have yet to build.

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    I vote for the transformer.



    The steel coils don't make sense. A lowboy is an extra charge hauler. Steel is hauled on standard flats where they can place one roll over the trailer tires and the other over the tractor's. A third coil would put it over many weight restrictions.




    I liked the way the wood deck looked with the over-spray on it. It looked like the painted deck had some wear on it. Also on the wear and tear department, that trailer looks factory fresh. Time to start beating on it. You could paint the diamond plate, but to bring out the detail scuff it up a bit so that the diamonds shine.




    The cement mixer might make sense if it was totaled. If you replaced the GHQ cab with a crushed Atlas one and screwed up the front axle to make it look like it could not move itself. That would make sense to me.

    The only trucks, I've seen on lowboys, are ones that you can't drive legally on the street. Most of the time it's water trucks with no lights, fenders, glass or even doors. Usually they have three or more visible faded paint schemes. A camper trailer office is on the trailer too.
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