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B.R.B.O Mack DM600 Dump

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OK, I decided on this, with the dump body from a gluebomb Autocar I picked up from Ebay.  The body will get stripped and rebuilt.

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Interesting idea.  Are you planning on stretching the frame?  IIRC, the Mack has a shortish wheelbase.

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This should be nice.  For some reason I've always preferred the Montone dump body on the Autocar to the Heil dump body on the Paystar.

Doesn't the DM600 kit have the long frame on the box, too?

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I haven't unpacked it yet, so I don't know what's in the box or what mods it will need to fit the dump body....  I've never built one of these.  Apart from a stalled Freightliner, I haven't touched a truck kit since 1986.   I gather from other threads that it has an oddball rear bogie with a wide axle spread (I'll probably change that), and the cab/hood were modified from the first issue, so that needs correcting.

 

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Got some prep done.  I've broken down the dump body and have it soaking in oven cleaner.  

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Used up all the over cleaner on that, so stripped the chrome parts with bleach.  If I want any bling later, I'll use Molotow chrome.

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Maybe this one will motivate me to finish my U model. Looking forward to seeing more! Welcome to the Build Off!

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I have a few dump trucks in the stash. Looking forward to following yours. 

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Enjoy the DM600!! Typical MPC fitment and vagueness but a good kit!

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21 minutes ago, Rusty92 said:

Enjoy the DM600!! Typical MPC fitment and vagueness but a good kit!

I'm discovering that, but I've tackled the AMT Freightliner, so compared with that, this is falling together.

15 minutes ago, stitchdup said:

Neat choice of truck, should be a tuff dumper

Thanks, that's the plan.   I'm considering some bigger wheels & tyres, but I'm not really into the AITM ones and I'm not sure what else is available.

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Frame is mostly done.  I added the front suspension today, but forgot to take a photo.   I've also assembled the rear bogie and modified it to a scale 54" axle spread.  I did take a photo of that, but the sunlight washed it out.

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This is the next job - cut the cab straight down and add a filler piece to the hood.

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Surgery on the cab.   I've begun to fill the gap.

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Dump body parts out of the stripper.   It looks worse now the paint's off it, but most of the glue damage should be hidden when it's reassembled.  If it ends up looking a bit knocked about, probably no bad thing anyway for a dump truck.  I'm going to try making a ram from K&S tubing and I might replace the "wood" pieces with basswood.

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Good work thus far 

What's reason for deleting the cowl vent ? Its gonna be a great looking dump truck. 

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Thanks.   I'm not doing anything to the cowl vent, I'm just correcting the hood/cab mating edges on the driver's side.   It should be a straight edge, as it apparently was in the original issue of this kit.  Later issues have the same cab as the DM800, with a step to fit the steel hood.  To be accurate, it needs a piece cutting off the cab to create a straight edge, and a corresponding filler piece added to the hood.  Even with the steel hood, there should still be a straight panel line there.

 

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Looks great so far!! Great work on the hood! I just did that myself on my U model. I still don't understand why they didn't just add the filler panel to the kit with the steel hood parts instead of permanently changing the cab mold.

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Thanks.  A bit more done, lengthened the frame about 5/8" (still needs clean up, don't judge).   I'll probably bob the rear of the frame so it doesn't overhang so much,

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Mock up.

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Edited by dodgefever

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Cool remember the frame ends just before the end of the dump bed floor.

Drove my share of rock wagons. 

Before settling on cold box & Skate Boards.

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Nice work, looks great

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Thanks for the comments.  Yes, the frame will be bobbed, just deciding what to do with the rear crossmember.  I might make up a deep rear crossmember with a trailer hitch, as I've seen on some 1:1s.

 

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Looking really good 

Idea of trailer hitch sounds cool

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