Building the 1/144 Catering truck

Welcome to the build progress page for the 1/144 catering truck that you can find as a model kit in the online store.

The purpose of this build progress is to give some tips and processes in which I build the model, so that you can have more reference besides the ilustrations of the model’s instructions.

Let’s get started!

1- Assembling of the chassis:

The first thing to do on this model is to assembly the chassis, reason for this is that the chassis is where most of the parts will be attached to, so it is important to have this structure done first. Alternatively you can work alongside with the catering compartment which can be build before or after the chassis assembly.

In this first picture you can see how the different parts were joined to assembly the chassis as per instructions illustrations. This part is actually very easy because you can build it working on a flat surface, paying attention to where each cross bar goes, it can be build rather quick.

Once we have the main structure of the chassis build, we can also add other parts such as the wheel supports, fenders and differential, reason for this is that we are going to paint it all in the same color.

When we are done assembling the chassis we can proceed to start building the scissors that will lift the catering compartment.

Again, use a flat surface to glue all these parts together, it is good practice to follow the lines if you are using a cutting mat.

Notice that the two pair of crossbars will pivot on two fixed points; oneĀ  in the chassis and one in the catering compartment floor.

Once the scissor parts and the chassis are build, we can paint them together. I am using an airbrush to paint the chassis and I usually like to paint it dark grey or black because it is similar as the real 1/1 scale caterings.

The next process will be to start attaching the parts that go on the chassis, prior gluing them I always like to paint them first.


2- Joining the cabin and the chassis:

Once we finished assembling/painting the chassis, we can focus on the catering truck cabin. This step is actually self explanatory, as instructions indicate, you want to first paint the dashboard and the cabin interior before closing it with the dashboard, also before that, you will need to add the seats and the driver.

Note that the windshields are placed later and can be attached from the outside. You can see that at this stage, I also added the wheels. It is very helpful in order to level the truck properly.

Once you have both the cabin and chassis painted, it is time to join them together, glue them from the narrower part of the chassis onto the rear “ledge” of the back of the cabin.

In the following step I decided to add the photo etched side covers:

Next step is to attach the four jack legs.

Notice that I first added the white decal and then the color decal on these jack legs.

The decals are very thin but yet resistant, placing them is very easy and once done, their edges are invisible.

At this stage, I always like to leave the photo etched bridge done, since it will be painted white, you can paint it together with the catering compartment or the cabin on an early stage. By looking at the instructions and understanding which steps are done, it is very easy to reorganize the work that better suits your building style.

Note that although we paint the entire PE bridge, there are the two small flaps where the paint will need to be peeled off because these thin flaps will go inside the frame which is the attaching point of the bridge, this will allow for the bridge to move up and down. Also, these two flaps can be adjusted by bending them forward or backwards to adjust the bridge parallel to the horizontal.

3- Assembling the scissor mechanism:

Here comes what I think may be the tricker step of building this catering truck; joining the crossbars to make the lifting mechanism.

We start by introducing the small one into the big one, then with the 13mm long wire, we introduce it to start joining these crossbars. Make sure that the wire is visible from the other side after introducing it, so that will help to introduce the dampers.

First introduce one damper and move forward the wire a little bit more, then introduce the separator and then the other damper, push the wire until it crossed the whole set.

At this point it is very importantĀ to glue the photo etched parts number 10 on both, the entry hole of the wire, and the exit point, so the photo etched part will act as a block for the wire and it will remain there in the scissor mechanism.

If attaching the dampers is too difficult for you, you can always leave them out, but I added them to the kit to bring a little bit more detail.

You can see that at this point I added the decal marks for these crossbars, placing first the white decal and then the color decal. Once you get used to this system, it is very fast, the decals being 8 micron thin, allow for a nice dry and edges are not visible even if you have to add the decal color on top of the white one.

Add the photo etched details on the crossbars as shown in the instructions of the kit.

4- Joining the scissor on the chassis:

Having done the previous step, this one shouldn’t be a problem, first start joining the scissor system on the pivoting point of the chassis:

Insert the 8mm write and as we did before, inmediately glue the photo etched parts that will keep to wire in place.

Now lean the model and attach the scissor on the pivoting point of the catering compartment:

Again, add the photo etched parts on both ends to block the wire into place.


And that is it! All what is left to do is place the little details that are remainig such as the driving mirrors, the windshields, the rear license plate/tail lights support etc.

The purpose of this guide is to show in general how is the process of building the catering truck, the instructions that acompany the kit are very detailed and will guide you through the whole process.

As always, if you have any question about this particular model, feel free to contact me!

Best wishes,