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Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:40 AM

Wow.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 04:50 PM

Just a couple of pics since the truck was painted. Better shots to come!
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Posted 12 August 2012 - 08:07 PM

That looks fantastic!

I'm wondering where you got those front tires. I know you mentioned that the rears are resin, and the front wheels are from a Mack R model, but if the source for the front tires was named, I missed it. :D

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:04 AM

That looks fantastic!

I'm wondering where you got those front tires. I know you mentioned that the rears are resin, and the front wheels are from a Mack R model, but if the source for the front tires was named, I missed it. :D

Front tires are resin castings also. When I did the 1928 Pierce Arrow I made a master of the diamond tread tires for the rears. They seemed appropriate for the fronts on the AP since their tires were a similar diamond pattern. Tom Coolidge of Denver, CO cast them for me.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 08:06 AM

Oh man. I gotta watch this one. I love antique rigs. 'Specially Mac's Boss,

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 08:07 AM

You wouldn't kit the cab for me would ya and other parts?

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:49 AM

You wouldn't kit the cab for me would ya and other parts?

I could tell you how I did the cab and all and give you some basic drawings. That's about it. (What sort of parts?) Here is a pic of the whole thing in paint. Plenty of detailing yet to go.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 10:13 AM

It´s fantastic already. I like the truck very much.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 11:13 AM

Awesome building skills!

There should be an MCM article done on this one.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 12:30 PM

very cool truck build!

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:05 PM

Front tires are resin castings also. When I did the 1928 Pierce Arrow I made a master of the diamond tread tires for the rears. They seemed appropriate for the fronts on the AP since their tires were a similar diamond pattern. Tom Coolidge of Denver, CO cast them for me.

Thanks for the info, Charlie! They look great on the Mack.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 03:47 PM

Just an update on progress so far. It's not quite finished but it's close. The driver's crow's nest has been added and the Winslow air cleaner is now on the right side. The seat and dash are now glued in place. Still to add are some mud guards and fender braces and a brace for the crow's nest underneath.
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Once the construction is finished it will be slightly weathered with pastels to show the reddish rock dust of the Boulder Dam area.

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 03:07 AM

Museum quality!

Beautiful work.

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 12:57 PM

Wonderful work! anything Mack always gets my attention,i have often contemplated this project myself,but do not posess the scratchbuilding talent of most on this forum! you have captured the look of the "real" truck just about perfectly! thanks for posting the in progress photos,as it has given me some ideas!..............................Mark

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 12:54 PM

Just an update now that the chassis and cab have been weathered. Still got the body to go but you get the idea.
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:26 AM

Fan-freakin-tastic.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:38 AM

looking great!

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:52 PM

Well my half is done. Now when Jeff Harper gets his done we will have two for display. His will have two cement aggitators on the back (small cement mixers) that were used on the Boulder Dam project. Here's what the dump looks like with some dirt and grime on the body.
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This has been a fun project and it's going to be even better when the mixer version is part of it. We plan on setting both up on a small base of that red rock that lines the canyon walls.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:59 PM

Wicked awesome!

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 04:20 PM

You make it look easy!