Mack Superliner

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Hi you all, I can't remember what the name of the other thread in here was that I had going (I looked back quite afew pages an couldn't find it).. so I'm starting a new one for this project.

Let me give alittle info about the model project here please, I'm helping a friend that is like a brother to me out by building this model for him. He is the one that had track down most of the parts for on it really, Alittle thanks goes out to Romel (a follow board member we all know) as well for the info on some things too. This project means alot to my brother you can say as his uncle loose to drive truck too before he past away over 6 years ago. My brother stop building models when his uncle past. He doesn't have the patantice to build models you can say.. so he came to me an asked me if I would build a semi truck model for him back in 2009. Something that he really wanted but he didn't have patantice to build a model though as he has a family an things going on. I asked him quite afew things about what he had in mind. I'm not going to say to much yet about the project to leave the cat out of the bag (LOL). But he wanted something that was special to him an remind him of his uncle that was like father to him. The project is alittle tricky I might say (LOL) even to me. He wanted the model to have working things an lights as well an asked me if I could do it.. I told him I could give it my best shot.

The sleeper when he got it was a issue right off. The sleeper he ordered was not really in the correct size so I had to chop it two times an get it into the correct size. The cab was a story in itself also (LOL). Talk about weak plastic. The frame of the chassis was also a slight issue that I took care of. I have built rig models before but nothing like this kit though on it's kit parts. The kit he got was an Italeri one.. he pick the kit out.. not me. He's a big Mack fan an loves the Mack's. But the model I'm working on building for him is a Australian model but being built as an U.S mack version though meaning instead of it being right hand drive like Australian is (I guess) , it's U.S. style on the Left side.

Anyways, here is afew photos of the progress so far.


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Now here is the dash an floor area
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Making of the pedals, that will really work. This here is the brake pedal.

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Making the Gas pedal.

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Started to stain the flooring.

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A fast mock up to see how things looks :lol: . An yes each one of the notches in the wood was haand done. :lol:

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Here I varnished the floor, it was still wet yet.

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Dried

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Here is the pedals, well one, the brake predal. Being finish off almost.

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Some mock ups

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The other pedal, clutch.

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Now the fun part, starting the wiring up to make things work.. like on a real vehicle.. :lol:

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Yes, the brake pedal do really function an make the light work when the pedal is press down.

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Another mock up.

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Here is the dash. The dash will have gauges an things when finish.

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An yes the ash tray does really open an close.

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Now here I took an chopped the vent out an turnt it around an inside out :lol:

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The seats will get some re-ranging

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Thats looking great, well done. I like what you did with the working brake lights.

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I am Floored..Working pedals. this is insane.

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Thanks you all for the comments, to be honest when my brother seen the stuff yesterday himself an seen the working brake pedal he also said I was insane too :lol: for that move.

Here is a making of the rear leafs in metal form an not plastic. I'm using the plastic as a shaper an jig :lol:

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Here is the headlight bezel an light glass future shined into place with the LED only held into place for a mock up to see how it will look.

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Last one for the night.

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Wow! You're making a meal out of this Mack! I like everything about it already. Thanks for showing the door hinges, that is going to help me on future builds. This project is going to get more and more interesting... It's ovious you have a plan for this, have you decided on colors for the cab and frame yet? Just curious! Outstanding work up to now... I have seen the start of this build before, you enlarged the sleeper cab to fit the 1:24 scale driver's cab, I think this will have real aluminum wheels from KFS also, am I mistaking?

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Wow! You're making a meal out of this Mack! I like everything about it already. Thanks for showing the door hinges, that is going to help me on future builds. This project is going to get more and more interesting... It's ovious you have a plan for this, have you decided on colors for the cab and frame yet? Just curious! Outstanding work up to now... I have seen the start of this build before, you enlarged the sleeper cab to fit the 1:24 scale driver's cab, I think this will have real aluminum wheels from KFS also, am I mistaking?

Your welcome for me showing the door hinges. But the door hinges are alittle hard to build to be honest. The ones you see here are like my 5th set I think I made for this very project. The reason being is the cab is not really straight up an down like most cabs are. This cab is at a slant meaning the top of the door where the top hinge is fasten at is level but the bottom door area goes out wards. There for the bottom door hinge isn't fasten to the wire rod at all it just slides on it to help the door give the clearance it needs to open an clear the cab as well at the front of the door area. If the bottom was glued like top was the door wouldn't open to well at all if maybe at all. Yes your correct, the project is going to get more and more interesting from here out. My brother came up with the paint scheme he wants this model to have, that will also be interesting for me to do too I might add LOL. The frame he wanted gloss black. He is how ever letting me call some of the shots also on the project too. You are also correct about the sleeper, yes I did enlarge the sleeper to fit the 1/24 scale drivers cab (sleeper was pose to be or been a 1/24 scale one from the get go when my brother bought the sleeper). Yes this model will feature the real aluminum wheels from KFS as well. But I might have to track down new bolts an nuts for in the rims though (the ones that came with the rims rusted while in the baggy). So I been looking at Scare Hardware for that stuff to replace the bolts an nuts maybe.

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Its really nice to see someone go the extra mile to make things actually work. I can't wait untill finished. Are you going to put a little key in it so when turned it drives away. Very nice work!!! :D

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Jim ALL I can say is WOW!!!!!!!!!! What is he going to do next? Looking forward to the next step.

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Thanks you all for the nice comments, I been working on the rear leafs. Making the new leaf mount an leaf as well. Got one mount almost done. I should have an update in the next few days for you all to see. I'm kinda moving around on the project here an there.

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