Fruehauf Flatbed Trailer 1:25 Scale AMT Model Kit #617 Review

2016 March 30
by Doug

Right On Replicas, LLC Step-by-Step Review 20160330*
Fruehauf Flatbed Trailer 1:25 Scale AMT Model Kit #617 Review

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A semi-trailer is a trailer without a front axle. A large proportion of its weight is supported either by a tractor (Semi) or by a detachable front axle assembly known as a dolly. A semi-trailer is normally equipped with legs, called “landing gear”, which can be lowered to support it when it is uncoupled. Semi-trailers vary considerably in design, ranging from open-topped haulers to refrigerated enclosures known as Reefers. Semi-trailers are more popular for transport than full trailers, which have both front and rear axles. Ease of backing is cited as one of the semi’s chief advantages.


For the Modeler: This review covers the Re-Release (Re-Pop) of the AMT Fruehauf Flatbed Trailer by Round2. This is Kit #AMT617 in the current catalog and was released in 2009. AMT has released this kit countless times and it has been a popular kit over the 1 years. It was originally seen first in the 70’s during the boom of Big Rig models but has been a mainstay ever since. It is still as popular today as it was then. This is a 1:25 scale kit with a Skill Level 2 rating for Moderate Builders. It contains over 110 parts molded in White styrene with Vinyl tires. You get a vinyl hose and chain for the load and lines also. There is a highly accurate undercarriage featuring cross-members with angle-braced landing gear and a tandem axle configuration. The decals are quite detailed with rig decals and bonus items you will use on other builds. Overall built dimensions are: Length: 18-1/2”, Width: 4”, Height: 2-1/2”. Plan on some extra shelf space when paired with the tractor of your choice as you will top TWO FEET in length!


Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; removing the copyright script; removing flash and sprue tabs; frame assembly; realistic detailing for the trailer lights; frame assembly sequence; functional  considerations; tire/wheel finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; detailing the landing gear; making realistic tires; tie-down chain assembly and detailing; optional landing gear choices are discussed; making optional license plates; chassis detailing and installation; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete front and rear suspension assembly notes; making a realistic wood finish for the trailer bed; hydraulic hose installation; decal handling, preparation and application; using aftermarket ODT stripes for realism, are all fully examined in this 14 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.


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