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  1. Been working on this little project as a side-line over the last few weeks. Home life is crazy busy, work is manic and 99% of my other unfinished projects are waiting for warmer weather so I can start painting properly, but this is something that I can just sit and hack quietly at during lunchbreaks and on the odd spare evening. It's a 1:16 toy-grade low loader made by Bruder. For those not familiar, they're a very popular conversion for 1:14 low loaders because they're cheap, well detailed and easily extended. My local trucking clubs have got a few custom trailers based on the Bruder chassis. First thing is to extend the chassis so it's long enough to load a race truck onto, and still have space left for a pit garage. I didn't want to go overboard in length because our club layouts can be quite tight but wanted enough to look proper. Overall length is about the same as my 40' container trailer. I didn't bother to photo every stage and I won't bother to document it either - if you want some good advice on extending a Bruder, this is the tutorial I used: http://www.acbruderspares.co.uk/how-to-extend-a-low-loader-part-1-1.html So far I've fitted a Bruder-to-Tamiya kingpin set from eBay, and extended the chassis... and started filling in the floor with plasticard. Another sheet is needed to level it off, then I'll have to work out how I'm going to finish it to look good. Today I ordered an OB-1 wireless trailer light system and a set of motorised support legs, so in theory I can hitch and unhitch without having to walk across the layout to unplug wires. Fitting the motorised legs to the Bruder chassis might be interesting - I've never fitted a set before and don't really know how they work. I was going to go with an SS-tronix wireless system which has an option to remotely control the support legs without using the bulky Tamiya setup, but unfortunately SS-tronix aren't currently taking new orders. I don't think the OB-1 has the facility to control the support legs. I'm heading home in a few minutes to get another bit of plasticard on the deck, that should level it off nicely. I guess then I'll start thinking about a frame for the pit garage.