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Ok, Jeff said I had to post this build. It's a MPC 1/25 Mack DM800. I'm converting it into a very heavy off road logging truck. 

  As some my know this kit is a REAL challenge. There are tons of fit issues. The cab, the front axle, the hood parts, etc.

 So here we go again another truck build.

71Srp92t2SL._AC_UF894,1000_QL80_FMwebp_.jpgThis is the kit I'm using.

20210324_123500.jpgthis is the engine in the kit ENDT 865 V8.

49209132981_c840a07c72_b.jpgThis is the paint scheme I'm shooting for.

20200719_113718.thumb.jpg.fb3a04ceacd862895a8b5dac2e7451c1.jpgInspiration for front wheels.

20200719_113706.thumb.jpg.62ab2564c780e5fa98aef291f2d40fa8.jpgInspiration for rear wheels.

20240502_112238.jpgThe tires that I'm using the tire on left is the front, middle is from the kit, right is the rear. These are 4' in diameter! Scale.

20240502_112342.jpgAnother veiw of the tires. Front is a 13:00 R 24.5 RoadX the rear is a Firestone 13:00 R 24.5 side armour.

lj16_180x.jpgThis is the headache rack I'm using. It's from Paul at ST Supply.

20240502_112932.jpgThis is the hitch for the truck for the AMT Peerless logging trailer. That's it for now be back with more soon.

Ron G 

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Right on Ron. I love your vision and where this is heading. Heavy off road haulers is an open canvas. There are so many variations to what is and what could be. This has all the ear marks of a fabulous result. I will look forward to your engineering on the repairs required for this kit. Your skills will shine here.  Can’t wait for the next update. I will be taking notes for future repairs I may have to endure. Keep on truckin , buddy!

Jeff

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Hey all 

  Here are some more pictures of my DM800 build.

20240501_155906.jpgThe bolts on the differentials looked weak, so I replaced them with Meng bolts.

20240501_160403.jpgAfter a coat of flat black.

20240502_121554.jpgThese are the wheels that I'm using for this build. They are 6 spoke Mack Daytons from Paul at ST Supply.

20240502_133959.jpgHere they are with the tires mounted. The rear ones didn't fit there tires, tires had larger hole then the wheels, so i rapped them with black electrical tape to get them to fit.

20240502_134043.jpgAnother veiw of the W/T's.

20240502_154001.jpgThis veiw shows what they look like on the axle.

20240502_154757.jpgThis view shows the rear suspension and the brake chambers. The chrome parts are the slack adjusters from the kit and the brake cans are from Kootenay in Canada.

20240502_131428.jpgThis is a mock-up of the W. B. she's pretty short because those switch backs up in the mountains are pretty tight. Be back soon with more updates.

Ron G 

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Hey all 

 Here are some more pictures for you to look at.

20240503_133840.jpgThis is the kit engine. I cut off the transmission and replaced it with one from Jamie at Mo'luminum.

20240503_133848.jpgAnother veiw of the engine and trans.

20240503_171947.jpgThis is the frame for it.

20240503_172033.jpgBottom veiw of the rear suspension. I added drain plugs to the rear ends.

20240503_173044.jpgThis is a mock-up of the truck.

20240504_133746.jpgThis is the front wheel centers just after I painted them.

20240504_141251.jpgThis is the wheels and tires all ready to mount.

20240504_141837.jpgThis is the rear wheels and tires with the kit chrome center caps.

20240505_140748.jpgThis view shows the mock-up after i moved the front axle forward 6" it is now 13' 6" W.B.

20240504_164831.jpganother veiw of the truck, I'm not going to use the rear fenders.

20240505_165441.jpgThis shows kinda what it will look like. The log I made from 2" square 12" peice of balsa wood carved and covered with brown creape paper. I'm going to make longer logs for this about 18" or 36' scale.

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Ron , this is quickly becoming an epic build. Those steel armor tires are what this kit calls for to be sure. Personally I always thought the F/A was too far back and made the tuck look unbalanced. The fact that you moved it forward made a HUGE difference to my eyes and is now looking much more like a real set back. Excellent call and an outstanding up date. I also love the fact that you de-chromed a lot of this kit. That takes the toy like look away and makes it look far more like the real deal.Your log looks amazing! I LOVE this. 
Jeff

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Hey all 

  A little more done on this build.

20240507_150157.jpgDrive shaft painted black and the slip yoke painted with Green Stuff World chrome paint.

20240507_155516.jpgEngine painted Mack gold.

20240507_155525.jpgDetail painting of exhaust, starter and filters.

20240507_160723.jpgThis view shows the engine mounted in the painted chassis.

20240507_163442.jpgThis is a mock-up of the truck. The headache rack is from PAUL at ST Supply. Log bunk is from the AMT Peerless logging trailer kit.

20240507_163911.jpgView from the other side. Just need to paint the rest of this and she will be done. That's it for now be back soon with more.

Ron G 

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You sure are doing a GREAT job of 'massaging' the fit issues with this kit, I have heard some stories that it is almost 'unbuildable', but this is quickly becoming a show stopper ! I still say that fact that you moved the F/A forward has set the balance of this to look much more realistic, she is really looking the part of a heavy off road logger...... I'm totally impressed and am waiting on the edge of my chair for the next installment..... excellent job so far !

Jeff

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Hey all

 I made some progress on this build. I have the cab, fenders, air cleaner and grill painted orange.

20240508_145334.jpgI added some rubber flares to the fender edges, real rubber. There flexible so look like the real thing.

20240508_145714.jpgFlares on the other side.

20240508_152722.jpgI also added some diamond plate to the fenders.

20240508_171150.jpgHere it is in a fresh coat of Tamiya gloss orange.

20240508_171308.jpgAnother veiw of the rig. I'll have to mask off the areas that won't be painted black. Then I'll spray on the Tamiya semi-gloss black.

20240508_171413.jpgThe grill will be black with this orange insert. The letters will be painted with green stuff world chrome paint.

20240508_173047.jpgThis is a mock-up of the truck. Still have alot to do on this build. Plumbing, detailing and weathering, also need to make the 18" or 36' foot long scale logs. I make them from balsa wood and when I've carved them to the shape I want I cover them with brown creape paper. Well that's it for now be back with more updates soon.

Ron G 

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Hey all 

 I thought I would show how I do my logs.

20240425_182134.jpgThis is what I started with. 2" x 2" square by 12" long balsa wood peices.

20240430_133643.jpgI carved off the corners in order to get it round. I then glued the corners back on were I wanted them.

20240430_133648.jpgAnother veiw of the log.

20240430_133750.jpgOnce the corners were glued back on I carved them to shape the bottom of the log.

20240430_133905.jpgBottom of the log. 

20240430_134853.jpgThis is it covered with brown creape paper.

20240430_144726.jpgThis veiw shows my log against the AMT Peerless logging trailers plastic log.

20240430_144819.jpgVeiw shows the creape paper bark effect.

20240430_144825.jpgAnother veiw of the log.

20240430_144839.jpgAnother veiw of the log.

20240501_122846.jpgTo make the growth rings I took a stainless steel brush and placed it on the end and twisted it till it formed the rings. 

20240501_122856.jpgView of the other end of the log. Well that's how it's done, pretty simple and easy to do. And it gives a great look.

Thanks Ron G 

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Brilliant ideas and execution. That looks spectacular. As I mentioned this is turning into a show stopper. Time for me to take all my trucks, pile them in the drive way and back over them with my Tahoe. This is really good stuff and I really like the trees. I eagerly await the next instalment.  
 

Jeff

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Hey all 

 I have the interior all painted. Also I painted the cab lights, turn signals and marker lights with Tamiya clear amber & red.

20240510_170156.jpgInterior tub with the seats. The seats are actually darker but it doesn't show.

20240510_170152.jpgDashboard and clutch pedal. I still need to paint all the gauges and knobs.

20240510_170149.jpgSteering wheel and column.

20240510_170143.jpgTwin stick shifters, hand brake, brake & throttle pedal, Steering shaft and luberfiner.

20240510_170206.jpgcab lights, turn signals and marker lights.

20240510_170159.jpgThis view shows the red side of the turn signals.

20240510_170138.jpgThese are the intake pipes. 

20240510_142406.jpgVeiw through the drivers side window.

20240510_142315.jpgVeiw through the rear window.

20240510_142127.jpgVeiw through the front windows.

20240510_141842.jpginterior tub showing the twin sticks.

20240510_140809.jpgAnother view of the interior tub. Well that's it for now be back soon with more updates.

Ron G 

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