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Mack model AC Railway express truck circa 1921

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Project by MrRon posted 08-13-2017 07:08 PM 1157 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a model of a Mack truck that was used extensively by the Railway Express Agency up till it’s demise in the 60’s. The first 3 pictures are of the model and the last picture is of a restored model AC Mack. These trucks were used in the 1st world war and little had changed about them during their rein. They were a chain drive and solid rubber wheels. The radiator was placed behind the engine just in front of the driver. The little black object in the first picture was the filler cap and temperature gauge. There were many variations; some had open cabs, closed cabs, windshield, no windshield. I can remember growing up in New York City and seeing and hearing the chain drive Macks as they rolled over cobblestone streets in the industrial area of the city. My model is about 95% complete. I still have to make and apply the lettering and the chain drive. The model was built to 1/8 scale (1-1/2” to the foot)The body is wood and the chassis and running gear is aluminum. The wheels were made from pieces of PVC pipe around a wood core. The front wheels turn , are sprung on leaf springs and has ball joint rod ends. I drew the plans using AutocadĀ©. I obtained dimensions by measuring and scaling photographs of the truck. I was going to motorize the model, but decided enough is enough. This will be the last model I build of a truck, as I am more into train models.





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 08-14-2017 12:04 AM

Fantastic job!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 08-14-2017 12:53 AM

a very nice job on this old Mack loving the step toolbox …GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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htl

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#3 posted 08-14-2017 04:17 AM

Way different and mighty cool to boot!!!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#4 posted 08-14-2017 04:48 AM

I made one of those for my model railroad many years ago, but it was only HO gauge size.
I got the idea from a Model Railroader Magazine.
Yours looks fantastic, it’s bigger, has much more detail, and is very well done!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 08-14-2017 01:21 PM

This model truck is so outstanding and beautifully done. This project displays a lot of nice details and wonderful craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 08-14-2017 05:00 PM

Nice to see the truck and the model. very fine work. Interesting you remember these trucks, that must have been along time ago.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 08-14-2017 05:59 PM

Great build! The size & detail. Do post when you do the finish work, [ decals & chain drive ].

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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#8 posted 08-14-2017 06:31 PM



Nice to see the truck and the model. very fine work. Interesting you remember these trucks, that must have been along time ago.

- bushmaster


I’m 82, going on 83 in two more months. I was about 7? when I became aware of the Macks. I also remember it was while riding on a bus along either 1st or 2nd avenue in NYC that I noticed them and their sound made an indelible impression on a young curious mind. I even remember the buses that were used back then. They were unusual compared to the present day’s style. As I recall, they were low and wide. You entered on the right and went through a turn style after depositing your fare which at the time was 5Ā¢. The driver sat off to the left with the engine to his right. I think the color of the bus was a pea green. I would like to make a model of that bus, if I can find a picture of one on the net; it was a truly unique looking bus, sharing it’s uniqueness with the Macks.

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#9 posted 08-16-2017 08:39 PM



Great build! The size & detail. Do post when you do the finish work, [ decals & chain drive ].

- bruce317


I may have to forgo the chain drive as the cost will be around $50.

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bruce317

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#10 posted 08-16-2017 09:02 PM


I may have to forgo the chain drive as the cost will be around $50.

- MrRon

I can understand that. I do a little bit, then wait for more funds.

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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