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1950's Tow Truck Toys N Joys #1: Mack B61 Toys N Joys. Part 1 Frame and Front Axle

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Blog entry by bj383ss posted 08-04-2017 01:57 AM 888 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been wanting to build a scale model of a Mack B61 for a long time. Although this model is not called it is obvious that is were they drew inspiration from. I still want to build my own from scratch but I thought building the cab for this one would give me some good insight.

Frame parts and glue up.


Rear axle spacer I glued this up from 2 scraps.

One awesome thing about these full size plans is you can just measure right off of them and start marking your parts.

Gluing the axle in place.

So here is a little mess up I fixed. The axle block came out just a hair too narrow. So off to the hardwood model cutoffs drawer.

Found this piece.

To fill in this gap. I don’t really like showing my mistakes but they happen and the fun is finding a way to fix them so that nobody notices.


Front axle.

I took the front axle over to the router table to round over the edges but the hole in my table was too big and the axle tilted and I ended up have to hand sand it all down. Almost mucked it up.

Quick Mockup

These spacers are for the rear bogies so they can articulate a little bit.

You may notice my holes are a different size. The plans call for 5/16” axles but in my opinion that is way out of scale so I went with 1/4” instead.

Thanks for stopping in.

Bret

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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 08-04-2017 02:55 AM

... I don t really like showing my mistakes but they happen and the fun is finding a way to fix them so that nobody notices…


Front axle.

- bj383ss


Great progress so far bj.

Sort of agree about fessing up to mistakes, but, then again such admission will make other modeller more wary. Nevertheless, fixes for mistakes I think is invaluable as we can always learn and use similar techniques in our individual snafus.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 08-04-2017 06:29 AM

This contribution makes me smile :) I’m glad with all that great deatailed pictures on that fine background. And about a failure; Is it a failure when you don’t see it?

Nice drawer two with all that great stuff.

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#3 posted 08-04-2017 05:06 PM

Don’t think of it as a mistake, but rather as a personal feature.

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#4 posted 08-05-2017 11:51 AM

That 3D router machine should come in handy for this project.

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bj383ss

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#5 posted 08-06-2017 12:39 PM

Thanks LBD.

Dutchy glad I could make you smile.

Ron if that is the case all of my projects have personal features.

Randy I honestly haven’t even though of using for this project. Hmm…

Bret

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#6 posted 08-06-2017 10:52 PM

I nearly missed this blog.. got my chair now and ready to watch & learn…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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