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kerst
Posted: Saturday, September 05, 2020 9:57:21 AM

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A little side project. I needed a heavy duty truck in scale 1/24 to move various trailers. I had this MB truck, but it was in scale 1/20.



So I decided to convert it into a heavy duty Mack DM 800. Years ago I bought a cab with hood for a DM 600 and with a bit of work this became the cab for the DM 800. I made a new frame and front axle and managed to fit all the RC equipment in. The drive train was fine. It has a 2-speed gearbox and the tandem axles work OK. there is still a bit of finishing work to be done obviously.









Kerst


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rlmc
Posted: Saturday, September 05, 2020 11:02:50 AM
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WOW! That is going to make a very interesting model. Look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Robert
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Posted: Saturday, September 05, 2020 12:56:25 PM

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Love it.Applause Looked good as a Merc,will be real nice when finished.Will it be yellow,to match the trailer,in the pic?
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Posted: Saturday, September 05, 2020 2:17:01 PM

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HOLY MACKEREL! That is outstanding. Can you actually change the front tire and rim? Applause Applause Applause
kerst
Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2020 9:43:17 AM

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kcmtoys wrote:
HOLY MACKEREL! That is outstanding. Can you actually change the front tire and rim? Applause Applause Applause


Yes, it works like the real one.

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kerst
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:51:10 PM

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I decided to add a low loader NYC 90's style, like Malbros and Confortti had to haul big crawlers like 4100W around town. I am using parts of disused projects to build it. I just finished the axles with solid suspension and I am working my way forward.



I just glued the beams and it is sitting in the windowsill using the some solar energy to speed up the curing of the glue:



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rlmc
Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:55:59 PM
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Looking good Kerst.

Robert
JoeE
Posted: Saturday, September 26, 2020 8:35:39 PM

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Very cool! Looking forward to progress photos and updates.



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kerst
Posted: Sunday, October 04, 2020 10:41:26 PM

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This weekend I made some good progress with the Rogers trailer. I have some picture of 3 different Roger low loaders, which are all slightly different in detail. My version will be a combination of these.
It is all still pretty rough and unfinished, but it gives a preview of the finished low loader.












Kerst

P.S. Thank you, Robert Lynn McKenzie, for your help!


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kerst
Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 11:12:39 PM

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I made some progress. Apart from some detailing and painting it is ready. I added a winch behind the cab and there is a motor in the gooseneck to raise the trailer. I use a switch to change form drive motor to the other motor.

This is the first test run. The 4100W is quite heavy, even without counterweights and the truck feels it. The frame of the low loader is plenty strong and even flexes a bit. The truck goes forward pretty well, but steering doesn't respond very well. There is too much weight on the tandem axles. Maybe I should add a dolly. Would be fun, but more difficult to reverse!
I made a start with load securing, but the elastics don't really do it. It actually needs a chain.









And 2 short videos:

https://youtu.be/oNGMZ76sZao
https://youtu.be/RFt46H56-ms

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Jamiescotland
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2020 4:37:23 AM

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What a super looking truck, and carrying the crane, well that's just amazing. What sort of colours will you do the truck and trailer in?
RobS
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2020 10:47:53 AM
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Incredible, both the truck and the crane!

Rob
Ironstef70
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2020 11:08:48 AM

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I like the introduction: " A little side project " Teeth Teeth . Just like a few months project... But yes, I know about those too. Too many ideas, too little time!

Great looking truck. I like the Mack, looks like an Autocar. Just like the latter, I have seen many in my younger age in the 80s. And their odd side shifted cabs made them unique.

That was back in the days where these machines looked like they could last forever, then the average Joe could fix them. Now, we've gone in the Tesla era where you need a computer telling you what is going on in your engine, then you will soon need to have online "security" updates for your car (or maybe they already do??), or otherwise it just won't start... Not talking

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JoeE
Posted: Friday, November 13, 2020 8:19:44 AM

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Lol, i got news for you kerst. The real DM800 converted into tractors didn't turn very well either!
One of the first loads i moved way back when i was 21 was a Cat 235 on a 60 ton Trail King with a DM800 tractor. I went to make a hard left and the front end just plowed straight. I must of backed up and slowly pulled forward and turned a half dozen times Lol.

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SDBOB
Posted: Friday, November 13, 2020 12:31:57 PM
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Very nice work. Like the truck,trailer and crane. Thanks for shsring.
Ironstef70
Posted: Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:45:02 AM

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SDBOB wrote:
Very nice work. Like the truck,trailer and crane. Thanks for shsring.


Kerst, speaking of the Manitowoc (which I assume was another custom project of yours), can you please post more pictures of it (or a past link).
She looks awesome for the few angles we can see.

Stephane

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kerst
Posted: Saturday, November 14, 2020 5:23:09 PM

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I built the 4100W way before the Internet existed, so there is not a thread.

but here are some pictures:







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RobS
Posted: Saturday, November 14, 2020 7:19:45 PM
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Wow, that crane is something! Definitely deserves a place on the internet!!!

Rob
kerst
Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:24:30 PM

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Thanks for all the kind words!
I did some work on securing the 4100W.









I am still debating what color the truck should have.

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Ironstef70
Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2020 5:54:52 PM

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Wow, cool that you are posting the wooden blocks: just another way to be able to enjoy the 4100 in different more angles. Wink

She is beautiful, even if you are saying she is that old. That shows you already had great skills back in the 80s.

Stef

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