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I can't believe I missed the GB's start last weekend! I do keep a GB schedule in my calendar but... I was a week off, apparently. Ah well, I didn't have a whole lot of time anyway. I will try to make a start in the coming Easter weekend. 

 

I will be joining in with a classic 1926 Mack Bulldog. 

 

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The kit is an Atlantis reboxing of the 1976 Monogram kit. 

 

And yes, there are indeed logs. 

 

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Let's see what we can make of those... 

 

Also, truck parts. 

 

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Cab and bed parts moulded in red, how nice... that will take another bucket of primer. 

 

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And finally, rubber tyres, a couple of clear parts, a length of chain and a small decal sheet.

 

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I like this truck a lot, it's something different. 

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35 minutes ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Mack definitely made their name in this era, some of the earliest heavy haul trucks. . 

This wonderful building. To me very to like to Mack!👍

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Each time this thread is updated and jumps to the top, I get this earworm:

 

 

...So I might was well inflict the rest of you :D

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13 hours ago, Bobby No Mac said:

Each time this thread is updated and jumps to the top, I get this earworm:

 

 

...So I might was well inflict the rest of you :D

😱 oh shades of my 10 years of bouncing, flashback city on that one. 

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23 hours ago, Bobby No Mac said:

Each time this thread is updated and jumps to the top, I get this earworm:

 

 

...So I might was well inflict the rest of you :D

Maybe you should change your name to Bobby No Mack :whistle:

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It's been a while since I glued any plastic. I've only managed to complete 1 kit so far this year, and that was one I started years earlier. I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things with this build, a GB is always nice because it has a deadline, and I kind of need that sometimes. 

 

So far, I'm liking the way this kit goes together. For a 1976 kit, it's very nice, everything fits. I've started on the chassis and it's easy to get square and such. 

 

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The rear axle is chain driven. 

 

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Some nice detail there, including a bit of sag on the chain and bolt heads in places where you'd expect them. 

 

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Old fashioned lamp on the back. 

 

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It's time to start working on the engine. 

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45 minutes ago, raider of the lost part said:

Looking good so far Jeroen!

 

The chain drive cries for some oil and gunk later on.

 

Florian

It sure does!

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OK, back on this again. I've been picking away at the Mack for the past couple of weeks, really just 10 minutes here, half an hour there. I didn't take any pictures during that time. I started working on the cab yesterday evening, and this morning before work I already had something worth showing. 

 

First though, the chassis, I completed the engine and glued everything I could in place. 

 

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Fit, still very good, a little bit vague in points but I found 1974 stamped on one of the components so what do you expect. I'm from 1971, getting a bit vague myself so the kit is forgiven. I really think, taking its age into account, this is a great little kit.

 

The cab goes together quite well too. The back wall is not glued in yet, I think it'll help with painting the inside. Not sure yet, I may just glue it in, there's plenty of open spaces to stick an airbrush into. 

 

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That colour is terrible though. I'm not for coloured mouldings at all!

 

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The nice part is, that this whole contraption easily fits on the chassis without any hassle. 

 

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I'll start on the bed next so we'll have all the major components ready.

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Mack’s were/are my favorite to this day. Just love the dang Bulldog ornaments. But I think out of all the cabs/bodies these are #2 right after the sideway cabs. 

1st favorite is the Commandcab series. Just something about the shifted cab look. 

 

https://www.bigiron.com/Lots/1984MackDM492STACabChassis

 

3rd favorite body style. 
 

https://www.hemmings.com/stories/article/all-bulldog-all-historic-1963-mack-b-813x

 

Dennis

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10 minutes ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Mack’s were/are my favorite to this day. Just love the dang Bulldog ornaments. But I think out of all the cabs/bodies these are #2 right after the sideway cabs. 

1st favorite is the Commandcab series. Just something about the shifted cab look. 

 

https://www.bigiron.com/Lots/1984MackDM492STACabChassis

 

3rd favorite body style. 
 

https://www.hemmings.com/stories/article/all-bulldog-all-historic-1963-mack-b-813x

 

Dennis

Yep, they're awesome. I have a DM 600 in the stash, it's a beauty. 

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I finished the chassis. Shifter and brake levers are attached, the cab floor can slide in place over those.

 

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Brake linkages. 

 

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I did glue in the cab's back wall, and glued together the bed's subframe and deck. 

 

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 Only a few parts left. 

 

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So then, logs. There are 3 logs provided with the kit. I wasn't particularly fond of them. Huge seams. 

 

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And the ends are disappointing. 

 

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That's a very smooth cut indeed. 

 

So, when we went for a hike this morning, I started looking for a fallen branch that was about the right size. Eventually I found something and took a piece with me. I brought a saw 🙂 

 

Just now, I cut three "logs" from the piece. Looks way better. 

 

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I think they're a little bigger than the kit logs, so I don't know if the provided chain is long enough but I'll figure something out if it's not. 

 

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The rings are not centered, but still better than the flat surface of the kit's logs. 

 

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2 hours ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

The real logs look better, they're are solutions on line to preserve them so they don't rot. 

Thanks, I'll look into that. 

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43 minutes ago, JeroenS said:

Thanks, I'll look into that. 


Here are two thread's by Badder, I know he was also working on preserving actual tree's/plant's for diorama’s. I think Glycerine is key but not sure how, ratios, and other important bits. In the links this kind of stuff would be in the last 6-8-10 pages of discussion. I hope it helps, just take your time reading through both threads. They're quite interesting and very good info on how to do stuff for diorama’s. 
 

 

 

 


I hope these help ? 
 

Dennis

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For a while now, it's been difficult to get Mr Surfacer's 1500 black primer, but last week I found some and ordered 5 pots. They arrived today and I immediately put it to good use. We're now finally rid of that ghastly red. 

 

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Now, in order to get a brighter red I will re-prime this lot in grey. Red over black takes ages to cover and you end up with a much darker red too. But the black is my favourite for covering that red plastic in a hurry. 

 

The chassis is already in grey primer, since it will be painted black. Easier to see where you've painted and which spots you missed with the black chassis paint, I'll probably use semi gloss black for it.

 

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