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Fanman Requested a Walkthrough

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Fanman asked when I was going to show what is in the show case so here are some of what's there plus some others that were done for other people.

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1928 Pierce Arrow 7 Ton Dump.  Real truck is in the photo behind the model.

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1929 Coleman All Wheel Drive.  The real one is in New Hampshire and is shown in the photo in the background.

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1932 Mack AP.  Trucks like this built Hoover (Boulder) Dam.  One of the real trucks is behind the model.

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1937 Seagrave JWF 100' aerial.

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1938 Ford COE with a Fitzhenry/Guptil pump in the foreground

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1953 Ford Victoria Hardtop.  My first car.

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1954 Maxim 750 Pumper.  The thing-a-ma-jig in the foreground is for opening the cab doors.

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1958 Dodge W500 Crash Truck

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1940's U. S. Navy FFN-3 on an International chassis.  Real truck is at Bangor International Airport in Maine, although it is olive drab color.

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Mack CF aerial using two Monogram cabs and two Monogram bodies.  Aerial came from a Hess promo.  1/32 scale.

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1962 Seagrave Anniversary Series pumper.  On display at River Edge, NJ Company 2 fire station.

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1992 Simon Duplex/Saulsbury Heavy Rescue in private hands in Coral Gables, FL.

 

 

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I know I'm impressed!!! The "WOW" factor is, definitely, there... All those models are just too nice!!!!

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Fantastic collection, Charles.  I used to live down the road from Coral Gables, FL.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the walkthrough. I’m glad you posted them. 

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I’m glad to see this collection! Your skills are amazing! You are truly an artist! I always enjoy watching and learning from your builds. These are beautiful!!

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Very impressive collection of custom builds. These show your obvious knowledge of the subject matter and finite attention to details. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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That was a most enjoyable tour. Impressive beyond words. They would be lovely to see in person. 

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Here are some others.  Some build a long time ago and some are more recent.  This one was built using the Matchbox rig as a pattern.  I used Scotch reflective tape on the larger one, made up decals on the ALPS printer and painted it with a bright yellow/green that was most difficult to polish out.

The brush truck is a 1/32 scale piece built using the old Renwall military wrecker kit.   The local FD still has the real one in service.

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The Loadstar dump has been posted before.   AITM has the master for the cab in resin.  Some day I'll build a plow to place beside it.

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This Ford cab is an old Pinecrest resin casting.  Actually only the nose is the cast part as I blended it with a kit cab.  The body is scratch built.  Truck was done using photos of the real one probably 25 years ago.

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Back in the 1970's mini pumpers with large diameter hose was a popular way of extending water mains and "hydrants" to rural areas.  They were fast attack and were quite the hit in some New England areas.  Now the LDH is carried on most full size pumpers.

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Here's another early model, 30 years old or better.  Having just gotten back into modeling this one was built with a kit cab, the body from the Cooter's wrecker kit and with the rest being scratch built.  Note the Mack rear view mirrors and the AMT decals!  I don't remember how the windshield got replaced with some sheet plastic.  Not a very good fit.  I remember the black Testors paint being so soft it was almost impossible to polish out.

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A more recent build of a WW II Class 1000 trailer pump.  Powered by a Dodge 6 cylinder engine the Hale pump was rated at 500 GPM.

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Another early attempt at making something out of something else.  This Maxim is 1/32 scale and uses the Monogram Mack CF snap kit as a basis.  Remnants of the Mack cab are still visible.  Again, probably 30 years old now.  Note the use of the Morton Grove decals.

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This rig won the Cavorley award at NNL East back in 2003.  Started from the Stutz Bearcat kit and was modified heavily to form an early 1917 American LaFrance that is still workable but in need of a facelift.  There are parts in a cardboard box in the hose bed along with the hood.518326883_1917ALF.JPG.8eaee3b110cdd447b357a5316e306c25.JPG

Nothing special here; just an exercise in painting the wood panel sides of this Ford woodie.  Massachusetts used cars like this in the late 1930's and 40's as part of a regional fire protection program for the District Wardens.

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Two Chevy trucks.  The one on the left I call my 5099 as I blended the nose of the 1999 kit Chevy with the nose of the 1950 Chevy. I use it to haul the 1917 ALF on a gooseneck trailer.  The one on the right is a model of my father's first surveyor's truck.  His was a 1949 version.  Duplicolor light green paint with a dark green belt under the windows.

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This last one is another Pierce engine that was done back in the 1990's.  It is still locally owned.  It was build using a Pinecrest nose created by Bill Eichhorn and two Ertl kit cabs.  The body is scratch built from photos and measurements taken of the actual truck.

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Anybody else got some collection photos they would like to share?  ?

 

 

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Thanks for the inventory, To all the other members, the saying about a picture being worth a thousand words is nothing to have had the pleasure of seeing most of these models in person: priceless as the mastercard ad says.

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I could have used this picture, a little younger:D

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You missed one of your trucks

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Ok.  Here are a few more.

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1/32 scale Volvo and two Monogram Mack bodies spliced together.  At least a 30 year old build.

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Mack AC pumper using one of the 1926 AC kits.  Scratch built body.  Was part of a series of 6 AC rigs built by 6 different builders and showcased in SAE several years ago as part of a fictional story of the life of the AC in the Village of Tremont.

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Just some fun with a Modelhaus cab and some Evergreen sheet along with a portion of a Mack AC tank.  Front mount Darley pump is scratch built.

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This rig was designed and patented by one of the District Foresters of the Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation in 1939.  Locally it was known as "the Sled" for obvious reasons.  The nose is a resin copy of the open cab 1938 Ford pumper from Signature and the cab itself was a Ron Cash casting.  The rest of the construction is scratch built.  It was in use at the same time as the Ford Woodie was in use as noted in the photo above. 

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Here's the  Detroit FD 1962 Seagrave that Greg Smith mentioned.  It is a Mike Eisbrenner resin casing modified with a brass hood.  Both the hood and doors are hinged to open.  The number 97 above the small pump panel indicates the year it was built.  The photoetch Seagrave script on the nose and rear fenders are old McKeans pieces.  

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Thank you Charles it’s quite a treat. Your work is impeccable. I feel like I’m back home seeing all those names from the Cape.

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I'm so glad you shared these with us.

I swore off firetrucks for a while but this really makes me want to build or finish another one!

You build some great models Charlie!

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Have followed some of these in the "Work in Progress" section....  Your fabrication skills just blow me away!!!!   To use the word FANTASTIC is not even a down-payment to your abilities....  Thanks for taking the time to share these with us

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