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Old 02-11-2024, 01:59 PM
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1/87 Mack AC Bulldog

In my latest attempt, I decided to rescue the Mack Bulldog from the shelf of doom. That is, uncompleted projects.
The original kit is the 1/100 Mack Bulldog from Feriot Design Studio (FDS), found at Minimodel.sk.
I took this kit and enlarged it to 1/87. This provided the basis for the build. Wanting to do something off the wall,
I chose to make it a beer delivery truck. With this plan, I already had the Lachezar Dragostinov kit of the Bulldog,
in 1/43.

Using the stake bed, barrels, and wheels from Lachezar's kit, I rescaled those to 1/87 as well.
My first task was to get a wood texture I could use. Finding several, I used the b/w outlines provided in
Lachezar’s kit of the bed and barrels. Test print showed it would work well. Then I found the manufacturers logos,
and using Inkscape, made the barrel ends. The stake bed uses double sided prints to give an interior and
exterior wood grain, as they would be visible. Following that, parts were cut out to give the stake bed look.
Following this construction, these parts were set aside.

1/87 Mack AC Bulldog-stake-bed.jpg1/87 Mack AC Bulldog-barrels2.jpg

The wheels in the FDS kit, were attractive, but simple 2d pieces. I, needing to make them “better”,
used Lachezar’s wheels. Using my #2 blade, I cut out the open areas of the wheels. This modification
necessitated the need to redesign the wheel/tire combination. With that, after the wheel was cut out, I made
an “inner” wheel liner. This was then inserted behind the sidewall. The next step was to add the tread area
and let this dry. The final step was turning the wheel over and attaching the opposite sidewall.

1/87 Mack AC Bulldog-wheel1.jpg1/87 Mack AC Bulldog-wheel2.jpg1/87 Mack AC Bulldog-wheel3.jpg1/87 Mack AC Bulldog-wheel4.jpg1/87 Mack AC Bulldog-wheel-final1.jpg

With the wheel/tires assembled, work progressed to the main body of the truck. I am pretty sure I
screwed up the assembly, as something just doesn’t look right to me. But it’s done.
On the cab interior, I cut out the rear window, cut out the areas between the spokes of the steering wheel,
and added parts to give the seat and seat back some depth.
The final piece, a small punched disc was added for the radiator fill cap.

So, now a few pics for those who stayed through that whole thing!

1/87 Mack AC Bulldog-port-fwd.jpg1/87 Mack AC Bulldog-port-aft.jpg1/87 Mack AC Bulldog-stbd-aft.jpg1/87 Mack AC Bulldog-stbd-fwd.jpg1/87 Mack AC Bulldog-compare.jpg
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Old 02-11-2024, 02:34 PM
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Fantastic build, Ray. The redesigned wheels make a huge difference. What a great looking model.
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Old 02-11-2024, 04:14 PM
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Great job Ray,. I'm a fan of the FDS models.
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Old 02-11-2024, 10:09 PM
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Outstanding model, Ray!

Reminds me of the Jordan Highway Miniatures Mack Bulldog, which was in the same scale.

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Just wow ! Great litte model ! love it.
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Old 02-12-2024, 03:10 AM
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Possibly the 'something just doesn't look right to me' is the absence of head and tail lights compared to a modern truck. But it all looks pretty good from here. The barrels add plenty of interest and you have a good solution to making convincing wheels that aren't too complex.
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Great details, well done Ray.

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Don, Bob, Don, Rene`, Simon and Gary, Thank you all so much for your positive comments!

@Simon, yes, I may add some headlights, and maybe not. It's kinda of a done thing and I am moving on.
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I like it. It's like a finished shrunken version of what Kevin is/was building....

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Lovely piece of work, Ray.
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