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!