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Heres my intended build for the 2019 build off the venerable Mack R model 

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Only thing I plan on changing is the grill to the newer style , and just received the gorgeous decals specifically printed for this build from Diecast and Decals . Once finished its tasked w hauling the dry bulk tanker I'm currently working on..20190126_172706.thumb.jpg.ed2fccf71220335d490a0ef3b2827a36.jpg

See ya on 1 February 2019 ! 

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I bet you change the whole kit, hahaha....

look forward to this build 

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Haha Haha I do have a trend of changing parts mid build..ok I'll leave the kit engine in this one no Detroit lol

Noticed this box art has spokes , where the one I received from tbill in a trade has really nice Alcoa wheels..hmm kitbash 

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Should be a nice build, Jeff.  Did your kit come with the square tanks or just the round ones?

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Jimb- I just looked ...and it has BOTH ! Neither are chromed looks more like a vocational truck this reissue . I'll use the updated rounds for this build since the company I'm building it as had late 80 early 90 Mack's. The etch grill came from Detail Master and looks fantastic. 

 

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The engine should probably be an Eco-Dyne , which doesn't look significantly different . Looks like instead of gold it's more gray, please correct me if that's wrong

I may drop a set of Gary Wallaces SOS Drive tires on this..my kit rubber doesn't look very good. 

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The company that I worked for for a short time had grey engines in all of their R models, probably because they painted them all the same during rebuild. Looking forward to more! Welcome to the Build Off!

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Thanks Brian ! 

I'm starting the build today..just a few errands to tackle ! Quick visit to eye dr for new glasses , been noticing a change sucks getting old 

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First update for the kickoff..the frame going together. I cleaned off the ejector pins inside the frame rails for better fit..guess it helped .20190203_171303.thumb.jpg.e1dfd0642cbbc6ede2f140ed4b5ac4ae.jpg

Of course with these amt kits..fits together and good instructions are subjective..still haven't figured out the fit of the trunnion support rod.

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Instructions show the bar fitting down in the fish mouth grooves..not happening.  Any tips ?

Jeff

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I have one of these in the stash as well. I also am learning about the AMT fit and instructions thing. 

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Spoke w a buddy said that rod is correct,  advised building the susp first then attaching the sub assembly...back to interpreting the pictures 

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16 hours ago, gotnitro? said:

 

Of course with these amt kits..fits together and good instructions are subjective...

 

100% agree. I love building trucks, but these AMT kits are frustrating. There's a lot of test fitting and mockups happening before anything gets glued, that's for sure.

 

 

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Cool build, brings back memories of Matlack Macks pulling all sorts of tanks on the Pa. turnpike back in the 70's. Did you scratch the entire bulk tanker or did you start with the tank body from DTMC? 

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5 hours ago, drinkone2 said:

Cool build, brings back memories of Matlack Macks pulling all sorts of tanks on the Pa. turnpike back in the 70's. Did you scratch the entire bulk tanker or did you start with the tank body from DTMC? 

The tank is 3d printed and purchased from keystone aluminum model miniatures aka doug Wagner. The frame is 100 percent scratch

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That tanker is awesome. I agree on the AMT semi kits. The White Freightliner is a headache at best. You will do fine!

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I sorted out the frame issue , and moved on to the engine while everything dried . I'm searching for pics of the injection lines and plumbing for the Maxidyne engine to add some needed detail

Jeff

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17 hours ago, gotnitro? said:

The tank is 3d printed and purchased from keystone aluminum model miniatures aka doug Wagner. The frame is 100 percent scratch

That tank is awesome, I've been wanting to scratch one for years. I saw a similar 3D printed one on the DTMC website but it would be nice to pick one up stateside. I saw Keystone is on facebook but so far I'm not. Do you know if he has a website or an email to contact him?

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I don't know if this will help any as its from the DM600, not the R, but this is how the rear trunion looks on it.

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Mock up time ! Using the round fuel tank option, installed the proper hangers and rear cab support. 

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Next up I gotta scratch the air blower / vacuum canisters used to power the pneumatic trailer .I'm testing a few spare air cleaners from parts kits

 

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My new toy arrived and I couldn't wait to assemble it Artograph 1530 paint booth...yeah it looks clean now but its gonna be properly broken in soon

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I broke in the booth today with some paint ! Tamiya Mica Red ..absolutely love this color . Just the right amount of metallic .The lighting makes it look orange..sorry 

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Now the frame gets a coat of sg black..best investment purchasing this booth..its snowing outside and I can spray anytime now ! 

Thanks Tom for the advice

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I got ya coveredB) in a few years, it’ll look like this,

 

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