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Fatjack's - Diesel Smoke & Dreams

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TRUCK PHOTOs on CD

 

 

  TRUCK PHOTO BOOKS   TRAIN PHOTO BOOKS  

MODELING BOOKS

  FICTION BOOKS written by David A. Bontrager
TRAINS

TRUCKS

PHOTO BOOKS and MORE

PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL BOOKS ARE IN STOCK AT ALL TIMES

WHEN A BOOK IS NOT IN STOCK AT THE TIME OF ORDERING, IT MAY TAKE UP TO AN ADDITIONAL 7-10 DAYS FOR YOUR OUT OF STOCK BOOK TO SHIP.

Inspired by his mother who took photos of his Dad's trucks in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Dave began photographing trucks in the late 1950s using a Brownie Hawkeye Camera. He continues that passion today.

 

Dave is now retired and living with his wife Anna in Elnora, Indiana

Train Photo Books

During the years that Dave lived in Colorado he was a prolific train photographer. He loved the Burlington Northern and Rio Grande, but also photographed the Union Pacific and Santa Fe.

Train Modeling Books

Along with building scale models of trucks, Dave was also a prolific 1:87 scale railroad modeler. His specialty was building accurate models of locomotives. His detail work was immaculate and he wrote many magazine articles on the art of accurately detailing locomotives and intermodal equipment. He is also well known for his freelance "Colorado & Western Railroad Co."

Truck Modeling Books

During the 1990s and into 2000 Dave modeled trucks in 1:87 scale plastic. To get the trucks the way he wanted them, he scratchbuilt and hand-fabricated many of the components. After moving to Indiana he began collecting diecast trucks and became a dealer of diecast trucks, beginning with 1:53 scale Tonkin Replicas trucks. It didn’t take long until he was custom building these trucks into works of art. Since there are no commercial detail parts available in 1:53 scale, he had to hand-fabricate everything, from plastic to stainless steel components. It was during this time that he developed his now famous frame stretching method for diecast trucks, which he also uses for 1:64 and 1:34 scale trucks. Next he moved to 1:64 scale diecast trucks by DCP. DCP makes trucks more suitable to Dave’s liking, plus the quality is higher, and there are a lot of commercial detail parts available. Despite this, Dave still hand-fabricates a lot of the components for building his custom trucks. He also likes to work on First Gear 1:34 scale diecast trucks, especially the Bullnose Kenworth, which is one of Dave’s favorite trucks. The only large scale truck he works with in plastic is the mid-1950s Revell conventional Kenworth and Fruehauf trailer, always making modifications as he never builds one stock out of the box. Despite poor health Dave still custom builds model trucks today, although now on a limited basis.