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Mack R with Fruehauf Van Trailer (picture heavy)

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I decided to end the year with another truck build, and two and a half months later, it's done. I started off with the Mack R685 reissue from AMT and their Fruehauf van trailer. Knowing that my company use to run Mack's for the longest time, it seemed like a good way to go. I'm not sure if we ever had trucks with this wheelbase, or if we had bead side trailers, but I'm no rivet counter haha. The truck itself was painted with Valspar paints which for some reason appear a bit off in the pictures. The orange was almost a dead on match for our colors. No crazy modifications were made, just simple things like engine detail, some weathering, and some scratch built airlines/gladhands. The decals were made on MS Word using Testors decal paper, which was honestly the most aggravating part of the build. All in all, it's a great kit with the exception of AMT's poor instructions and long frame rails that are prone to warping. Mine took a little finesse to get everything straight, and I still ended up having to deal with a few issues during final assembly. Still a nice kit I'd do again, though.

The trailer was I nice, straight forward build that I decided to complicate by adding some homemade decals and a detailed interior. The sides were warped pretty badly, but the basswood I used for paneling actually helped that situation a bit. Three feet of tape and two big C-clamps helped even more lol. The e-tracks were made using cut down wire ties. The only hiccup I encountered with this one was the barn doors needed a bit of sanding on the hinges to make them operate correctly. After a little reflective Line-O-Tape and a get of gladhands to match the tractor, I loaded it up with some freight I made for my last trailer and called it a day. Well, that about sums it up. Thanks for looking!

 

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This is my kind of build! The detail is excellent!! The weathering looks great!!! The inside of the trailer is incredible!!! Great work!!

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While I'm not a model trucker, I was back in the 80's. That rig you built Tyler is absolutely great with loads of detail. I'm lovin' it.

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Good Morning , and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I just went through your photo's of the R-MODEL MACK TWIN-SCREW, and trailer and am TRULY just blown away with               the INCREDIBLE attention to detail . There are SO many things, especially on a T/T model that " weather" along with the builders "observation's" of where,how much,what color, ETC... You my friend have captured the WHO,WHAT,WHY,and WHERE of right down to the  LAST RIVET! The wiring harness passing through the firewall,the plumbing on both units,the shrink wrapped pallet wrapped in black leaning over ever so slightly to the left. I REALLY have to give you KUDO'S for all of it ,and would like to ask you that if you have the time, if you would mind e-mailing me,as there are a few more questions that I have for you,and don't wish to overstay my welcome... Anyhow, FABULOUS JOB,and I look forward to hearing from you. BEST REGARDS,PETE

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Looks great, third pic up from the bottom looks like the left outer on the front dual set has popped off the rim?

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I just love the look that you have created with this old R model !....super job on both truck and trailer...great interior details on the trailer !

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Great looking Mack - with just the right amount of oil, dirt and grime - certainly not a show, but a "GO" truck - a real workhorse - fabulous!!!

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Great job. I am working on the same Mack. I hope it comes out as nice as yours.  Could you post a photo of the airlines and how they go between the tanks and the rear wheels? That would be a big help to me. 

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Fantastic, love the inside of the trailer and how the plywood sides are mismatched, very realistic. The cargo is awesome with the plastic wrap and the pallets. Very nice job on this one.

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Excellent work! Growing up just outside of Philadelphia in the 70's I saw a lot of these Pyle trucks, and you captured a moment in time with this one. Awesome detailing overall but I'm blown away by the inside trailer and load details!

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