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40 Years Later

Back in the early 1970's, AMT partnered with Owner/Operator Magazine and AutoModeler Magazine for a nationwide model truck contest that ended in February 1974. I entered the contest as a 12 year old with a Peterbilt 352 COE. I did win in the contest.. 48th out of 50 in the "Junior" class. I won a 1 year subscription to Owner/Operator - and I think an AutoWorld catalog.

My entry featured brush painted Testors medium red, white and silver for aluminum or chrome. White drive wheels, brush painted tank straps and interior, mal-fitting tires and wheels and a nice smear of Testors silver on the grille. I'm sure I was cleaning up an attempt to black out the grille using Testors gloss black. If you look at the original model you can see my brush painted red stripe on the air conditioner.

I've decided to replicate the build - with a few improvements. The paint scheme on the new version is what I originally wanted but couldn't mask it properly (left to right on the front never matched) and went with the stripe that matched the masking tape width. I remember having to steal the masking tape from my dad's tool box. Back in the day, I wasn't allowed Xacto knifes and had to use kitchen knives to cut tape and parts from the sprues. It's a wonder I never cut a finger off.

I painted the new version in September of '06 as a then-winter project and never got around to building it. Luckily, my notes in the box included what shade of red I used for the cab - so I can match it on the chassis and fuel tanks.

Started 7/13/12 - Finished 7/22/12

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Built when I was 12 for the AMT Owner/Operator Magazine contest
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Built when I was 12 for the AMT Owne…
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Peterbilt 352 - all the parts on the bench and ready to build
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Peterbilt 352 - all the parts on the…
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352 Pirkle right 72212
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Main colors on the cab.
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Main colors on the cab.
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352 40 frame 71312
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352 40 years frameside71312
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Interior ready for junk
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Interior ready for junk
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Close up view of the door logo.
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Close up view of the door logo.
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Major parts painted and ready for assembly.
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Major parts painted and ready for as…
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352 40 tanks 72012
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352 40 tanks 72012
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352 40 glass in 72012
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352 40 wheels on 72012
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352 40 partsalloverbench72012
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352 40yrds cab test fit 72112
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352 40yrs tilt test 72112
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352 40 cabset 72112
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352 40 yr almostdone right 72112
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352 40 yr almost done 72112
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352 40 yr finishedinside 72212
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Pirkle Peterbilt 352
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352 Pirkle Front 72212
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352 Pirkle Visor 72212
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352 Pirkle on road 72212
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Cab tilted
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Cab tilted
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352 Pirkle looking in 72212
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352 Pacemakers Three 72212
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352 Pirkle cab right 72212
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352 Pirkle PandPair cleaner 72212
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352 Pirkle compare top 72212
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352 Pirkle tilted right 72212
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Cab number
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Owner/Operator magazine from September 1974. The winners of Table Top Truckerama were in this issue. The contest was promoted through 1973 and entries must have been in by February 1974.
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1974 Table Top Truckerama contest winners page two
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1974 Table Top Truckerama contest wi…
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AMT, AutoModeler Magazine and Owner/Operator Magazine Table Top Truckerama winners. 1974.
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AMT, AutoModeler Magazine and Owner/…
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