When i heard the name Jericho the first thought that came to mind was Iron man. Not quite sure why but it did. Funny enough though the build ended up being red. But what is this Jehrico? well it is a crazy custom truck that was cooked up by Domonic Conway-Lee. I first saw this crazy idea on SPC model forum and I was blown away with the concept from the beginning. The idea sounded like it belonged in a movie and once I saw the render I knew it was going to be an epic build. Boy did it turn out just to be so. The final out come is one amazing looking truck that has a menacing character.
Here are some pictures of the renders done.
I kept a close eye on the build as it progressed and was continually impressed by what was unfolding. Everything that was planned for this build just worked extremely well to create and overall picture that is eye catching. I caught up with Dom to chat more about his beast:
R: Well let’s start from the top. Tell us a bit about yourself and what got you into modeling?
D: I have been modeling since I was a boy, left the hobby when I got a little older, at about the age of 12 I got into table top war gamming, which lead to doing it for a living, so i got paid to model & play games which at the time was pretty epic, but as we get older things change so I had to give it up. It’s only in the last few years that I got back into modeling & started with scale cars cause of my love for real cars which is how I got back into the hobby.
R: That’s quite interesting and a great job. So is there a specific type of car/theme that you follow?
D: I would say no specific cars, as for themes, it is all about the conversion, I rarely do stock or OOB builds.
R: A custom man, I like it. So what about previous builds? Any details you would like to share about them?
D: Well there is the R35 roadster & commission build, which was a 90% scratch build in 1/35 scale of a military vehicle.
R: So lets move onto the big one. The custom truck, where did it all start?
D: It started after watching a show on sky & seeing a custom big rig & thought I got to do it .
R: By the looks of it, its not just one of those builds that you can just go out and do, lots of planning had to be done I’m sure. Can you take us through some of the planning that had to be done before you started with this build?
D: Yeah sure, size was a factor in it, the stock truck was 35cm long, the plan was to add 10cm to its length, I didn’t want to have to work the leaf spring suspension to get the low rider look so I decided that it would be easier to use the fenders to make the truck look lower & chopping the sleeper cab down helps as well.
R: So was it difficult chopping a truck as its not really something you would do quite often?
D: To be honest it wasn’t really difficult just had to make sure that the join will be strong enough to support the weight once it was built. Luckily the look of covering the back of the frame was the answer.
R: Sometimes the simplest solutions reward the best results.
R:I must say that the build is truly a magnificent one. Where did the colour choice come from?
D: Iron Man
I was watching the movie & its the part where he is talking to the main frame & choosing the colors
R: Interesting inspiration. The colour however does look amazing and is finished well. Were there any difficulties with spraying the colour?
D: Yeah there were plenty of problems with the spraying. Mainly stemming from the shape of the fenders & the right angles making sure that the Kandy coat didn’t get to heavy on the raised surfaces
The Pinstripe was great fun to do, it is painted onto the hood and I used a 3-layer mask to get the intricate details on
R: Like I mentioned really great job done on the painting, as I know that a candy colour is not the easiest to spray. The pin stripping does add a special touch to the build.
All in all I can say that this is one amazing looking truck. Are there any plans in the future to do more?
D: Yeah there are a few trucks that I want to build all conversions in one way or another. This truck isn’t finished I want to do a trailer to go with it, that will come later on when I have the time to design the trailer in CAD
R: That is great to hear. I’m sure the readers will love to see updates as these progress.
Thank you for taking time out to chat to us about your work. Your builds are truly a work of art and we would love to see more of it soon.
D: Thank you for wanting to feature my work, I will keep you up to date with the next truck build.
Some of Dom’s older work.
Additional information about the build:
Make of model: Italeri Peterbilt 378 Long Haul
Paint: Zero Extra Fine Gold Ground Coat
Zero Kandy Red Clearcoat
Zero 1k Clearcoat
Build time: About 7 months.
Additional parts: Additional parts include a lot of scratch built plastic card & styrene shapes, & wire for detailing the engine along with Krazy modeller cable ties.
Pros and cons about the kit: Good points it is actually a really nice kit despite the bad press that Italeri get for some of their models, only bad point would be the sleeper fitting.
For more check out Dom’s blog: http://corruptsapphire.wordpress.com/
And please all content belong to Domonic unless stated otherwise.