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R model Mack w scratchbuilt Leach packer


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Officially calling this done, my scratchbuilt Leach garbage packer..and the R model  Mack I only stretched the frame to accommodate the packer.

I fabricated the 25 yd packer body using a bunch of photos,  parts manual and scaled drawing my buddy Ryan shared. The body was built w evergreen materials, and nearly a bottle of Tamiya glue.

The colors are krylon light gray. JD green, and regal red. I weathered everything w oils and powdered pastels for a used truck.The company name draws from local history, the 13th US president Millard Fillmore was born in Locke NY, and supposedly had the 1st bathtub in the White House. 

The garbage is handmade bags w yard waste, and slushie cups I made from clear straws and colored powder. The lids are googly eyes, and some plastic rod for straws.

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Thanks for looking 

Jeff

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47 minutes ago, Chariots of Fire said:

Very well done, Jeff!  Love the trash touch!  Even a little wet on the bottom!  You know your detailing!

Thanks Charles I kept thinking it needed more of a  sloppy trash , but never found a combo that worked..settled on the slushie cups 

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This is so awesome. This kind of scratch building is way out of my league. I can almost smell the garbage. The outside photos make it look so real. You may have built a garbage truck but your talent is  quite the opposite of garbage. Very well done Jeff.

thanks for sharing.

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Fine, fine, fine. Love the trash, too.  :D

I've noticed over the years that paint on industrial and municipal equipment loses its factory-new gloss after a couple of years in service, and your finish and slight weathering is a perfect representation of a well-maintained truck that's not very old.

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On 11/8/2022 at 1:58 PM, happy grumpy said:

This is so awesome. This kind of scratch building is way out of my league. I can almost smell the garbage. The outside photos make it look so real. You may have built a garbage truck but your talent is  quite the opposite of garbage. Very well done Jeff.

thanks for sharing.

Thanks Mario ! this was a build I wanted to try for yrs and finally had inspiration to tackle it. Having a bunch of photos and scaled drawing of the tailgate helped 

23 hours ago, DRIPTROIT 71 said:

Looks Amazing! Very realistic! The grille really adds to the realism! Excellent weathering as always, but you outdid yourself with the trash!! Excellent work!!

Thanks Brian!  My last Mack didn't get the grill treatment, and it always bugged me. Tossing in the trash really made the build fun and offered a chance to try a couple new skills

 

14 hours ago, Dutzie said:

Great looking build, Jeff.  I like the subtle weathering. 

Thanks Brian ! It's always tough intentionally ruining a decent paint job, but keeping it mild helps 

16 minutes ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

Fine, fine, fine. Love the trash, too.  :D

I've noticed over the years that paint on industrial and municipal equipment loses its factory-new gloss after a couple of years in service, and your finish and slight weathering is a perfect representation of a well-maintained truck that's not very old.

Thanks Bill ! Subtle but noticeable was effect I was after. Really funny when I posted this on a fb group, and a member commented that the colors were similar to their companies fleet..turns out it was my reference photo in real time. Guy chatted about the trucks history 

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23 hours ago, Mopar - D said:

Jeff you did some awesome trashy work on this one! What’s next on your bench?

Thanks trashing a build was fun ! 

The bench is currently being used as a drydock. I'm working on a 1/350 ship I've always wanted to try. Here's a peek20221108_165934.thumb.jpg.2a4c137706f805916435703a11c254e3.jpg

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After this ship heads to sea trials, a very special build is planned. My late father in law drove school buses for a living, and im doing a replica of his bus using an IH 3800 dog nose hood from plaskit 

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