I'm guessing this is probably more of an industrial plant fire engine, think big motorized fire extinguisher rather than city fire engine or brush truck. I've seen similar industrial fire engines built on Land Cruisers and Jeeps.
Pretty neat, will definitely have to add one of these to the wish list.
Apparently 4 door police cars as the standard is a relatively new thing. I have a book on the history of the California Highway Patrol and looking at the various photos in the book, they were still using at least some 2 door patrol cars as late as 1960. The warning equipment in the photo Bill posted would be typical for the time. Federal only introduced their Model 17 Beacon Ray in 1948, so it would be possible but rather unusual in 1949.
I wonder if the reference to bronze is actually the green color. There is a WW2 US aircraft interior color Bronze Green which was a dull medium to dark green. Ford built a lot of B-24 bombers in WW2, so could have had a stash of surplus Bronze Green paint laying around in the late 40s / early 50s.
AMT offered a 1992 flareside unless the 1/24 vs 1/25 thing bugs you. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Amt-Ertl-31945-1992-Ford-F-150-Flareside-Pickup-1-25-Scale-Plastic-Model-Kit-/252069220039?hash=item3ab07f0ec7
That very much does seem to be the case. I tried to buy some cabinet hinges at Home Depot awhile back. They had a very small selection in the store, but online they have a huge selection and will ship to store for free. Strangely they can't or won't order the same items for you while you are standing in the store, you have to go home and get on the computer.
Seems to be a store by store thing. I went in one Walmart while out of town, and they had moved all their the models (not many) to a clearance shelf. The same day at the Walmart near me the whole store has been rearranged, but while the small model section has been moved it still occupies the one 4 foot section it has always had, nothing on clearance. The Michaels by me reset their models, added a few new ones, moved a few to clearance but no change in size.
Not good for much but impulse buys, but 40-50% off makes those impulses harder to resist.
Model Ts are just neat. They seem like just a clunky old car but they were used for everything, snowmobiles, rail speeders, race cars, tractors. Glad to see Round 2 keeps digging these out of the vault, and hoping the Depot Hack will show up eventually. There are a lot of options available between the various AMT kits.
Probably not, the moment they call it a Superliner they have a licensing issue. Making it 100% accurate to the real thing but calling it a Super Bulldog would be more likely to thwart licensing issues. Mack's lawyers probably google bulldog on a regular basis, but would they actually recognize a Mack truck if it bit them? I think the answer to the inaccuracy issues are most likely cost and effort based.
The Detroit guys have a few big truck things Motor City has a Ford N600. Also some medium duty things like a Stepvan, and Chevy 3500HD. Some light duty vans, sedan deliveries and pickups too. http://www.motorcityresincasters.com/index2.htm
Missing Link has a 1970s Ford F700 http://www.missinglinkrc.com/ford_kits_2012.htm