Schmitz Reefer Trailer

(Revell 7544 , 1:24)

The Schmitz Reefer Trailer is based on the well known Curtainsider Kit of Italeri. The chassis remained unchanged whereas the body is a completely new design. The dimensions meet the current European legislations. Italeri offers the same kit as no. 3813. The only difference are the supplied decals.

The kit is easy to build. Even the big decals are rather easy to apply on the even surface.

The model was modified as follows:

  • 20 hole rims with rims guards
  • Modified mud flap design

The photo above shows the parts of the partly assembled sections. In the lower left corner you can see the resin rims. The rims guards were lateron exchanged with a different type. In the middle you can see the modified mud guards. The second photo shows the strengthening parts. These ensure that on the one hand the body remains straight and on the other hand stabilizes the construction. The parts are of 2mm plastic sheet. On several areas some putty is applied to fill the gaps.

 

The gaps on the underside of the chassis are covered with plastic sheet. A L-angle is mounted to the front and the rear axle. These two axles are not glued to the suspension. This ensures that lateron all wheels will touch the ground. The modified mud guards also require new holding devices. These are made of plastic strips and bolt heads supplied by KFS. Several test fits were necessary to find the correct position. The mud guards are based on parts taken from the Friedenfels kit. These are modified and several test fits were necessary to ensure a proper fit. The gap on the side of the pallet box is covered with a 0.5mm plastic sheet. 

The photos above show how several small paint jobs lead to a much better looking model. After the disc brakes are mounted the wheels can be mounted as well. Finally the mud guards are glued. Therefore it is necessary to put the chassis on the underside of the body. Then the mud guards are adjusted and glued to the mountings on the chassis. After the glue has dried the chassis can be taken off the body. The result is shown in the picture. The paint on the upper side of the chassis rail is removed to ensure a good surface when the chassis and the body is glued together. 

 

The landing legs are not glued. This allows to show the trailer in an uncoupled or coupled position. The shown small auxiliary construction can be inserted to the landing leg when shown in the uncoupled position. This prevents the trailer from tipping over the front when shown in the uncoupled position. 

The painting of the doors is quite complex. First the two doors are glued together. The frame, which represents the rubber seal, is covered with Bare Metal Foil as masking film and cut to size. The rubber seal is painted in flat black. The rubber seal can be seen when the Bare Metal Foil is removed. The rods and grabs are covered with Bare Metal Foil. This is a quite time consuming task and requires some patience. The same proceeding as with the doors is applied to the fridge unit.