Next up for the RS-18 kitbash project was the 608. This model has a different long hood configuration than the 630.
I pretty much used the stock Proto 1000 RS-18 long hood, except for the removal of the large cooling air louvers near the rear of the hood (which just pop off the model). I added 2 new square style air intakes on each side of the hood. The parts were photo etched and produced by Jeff Briggs as part of a project to produce parts for a RS-18 CAT conversion kit. The hand rail stanchions for the 608 came from this kit.
A couple hood doors were re[placed with Cannon parts, one air intake louver was removed and the hole filled with putty, and the Kaslo short hood and cab front kit were added.
For some reason, the pilot ends on the 608 differ from other BCR units. Because of this, I was able to keep the stock Proto pilots. The bars that run along the rear radiator grills are built from strip styrene.
Model now primed:
Finished model on the old layout:
This model has some running issues. There is too much side play in the truck gears. I have some washers to shim the gears, however I haven’t had a chance to tear the trucks down to install them. Maybe once I have a workbench set up…..