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The First “Bulldog”

Another busy roadbuilding season is at an end and my “essential worker” status is on hold until spring, therefore it is back to the modelling studio for a few months. I present to you my very first paid “commission build”! My well liked fleet supervisor/ dispatcher is retiring and the drivers and other staff pitched in funds for me to build a classic presentation model. Most of our fleet are Mack Summits and Granites with a few Kenworths and Internationals, so what better kit than the “classic” Monogram Mack Dump truck to use as a base? Not much added detail was necessary as it really is a great old kit with lots of detail, minor fit issues aside. When approaching this build as a presentation piece one thing to consider is that some finer details that I would personally add were omitted and the details present are secured VERY firmly as the finished product may be handled by friends or family. The title of “The First Bulldog” was chosen because whereas the unit is actually a Mack” AC” it was gifted with it’s soubriquet when sent overseas to Britain for WW1 and remarks over it’s bulldog-like appearance were overheard by the powers that be.

Overall another fun build, somewhat off my beaten path , with a few challenges, mostly due to the complex masking and painting involved in the company colour scheme.
The last picture is my company rig with an 40 tonne rock crusher on the back in one of our local pits.
Good to be back…Cheers!

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15 responses to The First “Bulldog”

  1. Beautifully done! Looks great.

  2. Thanks Robert!
    The old monogram kits are sometimes not given fair credit…..

  3. Quality build indeed. I really enjoy building Monogram kits.

  4. Very nicely done!

  5. Wow, what a great result.

  6. This is an amazing result, Philip! Lots or quality works in there.
    It being a desktop model, you did wisely to omit the tiniest of protruding parts and secure the rest firmly.
    Congratulations!

  7. This is beautifully done. Have seen this kit used for other variations by a fellow named Bill Borgen. Might I suggest a custom acrylic or glass case to preserve your fine model from dust and those who cant resist touching.

  8. Welcome back @phillyhipower – what a great gift! Happy modeling.

  9. Thank you all for the kind comments!
    An acrylic cover did cross my mind but I cannot source one out at this time, for “various” reasons… I did try to construct one myself out of lexan but the results were….shall we say….less than satisfactory.

    • A couple of suggestions for dust proofing: if you belong to a model club maybe a fellow member be a source. How about a museum ? Do you have a Michaels arts and and crafts store in your city ? They have a variety of standalone showcases, and the one for a football might work. Cheers

  10. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Another proof of the MONOGRAM magic, this is a beautiful work Phillip.
    It’s look is classical and has an air of history.
    If you can, put it in a display case, for sure this will give it a museum look.

  11. Thanks for the kind comments!
    Yes the monogram kits from days past are absolutely some of my favourites which I would stock up on when at the model shows at the vendors. The prices were going up a little as availability started to dwindle , but with no shows on the calendar I must rely on my current supply I suppose.
    Great Idea on the display case, I have a Michaels about 45 min. from my house!
    Best regards!

  12. That is some outstanding work Philip, for an old kit it really holds up well. I’m not into building cars/trucks but I really like this one.

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