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1926 Mack Bulldog

1926 Mack Bulldog
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1926 Mack Bulldog
1926 Mack Bulldog Tank Truck
Monogram No. 85-7539
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Red, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $30.95
Pros: Unique subject; good instructions
Cons: Generic markings

When Monogram released this kit almost 35 years ago, it was a nice kit of a unique subject. It still is.

Revell has reissued the tank truck version – Monogram released it as a dump truck, log hauler, and stake truck, as well as the tanker – with Monogram labels as part of the SSP range.

Despite the kit’s age, the parts were free from flash; but mold seams, some of which were heavy, had to be removed.

I was concerned about aligning the chassis, because there was a lot of play between the long frames and four cross- members. I used slow-setting liquid cement, and kept checking the parts’ positions. Laying the chassis upside down on a flat surface helped.

The leaf springs are molded in halves, and leave an unpleasant gap that requires patience to remove without destroying detail. I had problems attaching the rear axle, because it wanted to push the springs apart.

The soft-rubber tires have good tread detail and slip neatly over the wheels, but have a mold seam on one edge that is difficult to remove cleanly.

The fit of the engine is positive, but pay attention when you attach the front engine support. The instructions tell you to slip it over a pin at the front of the engine, without glue. If you add cement too early, the mount won’t fit the chassis correctly.

I painted the body parts Tamiya spray can British Racing Green (looked 1920s-ish to me!) before assembling the cab.

The fenders fit well but make sure they attach correctly front and back.

The biggest problem during the build was adding the brake lever in Step 5. The lever is supposed to go through a hole in the floor and attach to the side of the gearshift case, and meet the end of the brake rod. The attachment point on the shift case is a tad indeterminate, and it broke loose several times before the truck was done.

The cab was a tight fit over the seat and fenders; I resorted to holding it in position hard, then flooding the join with super glue, followed by accelerator.

In Step 7, the instructions show the fly-wheel cover attaching backwards, although the parts are correctly referred to as front and back.

The rest of the front went smoothly, but I’m not sure if I got the windscreen in the right place; there are no locators on the hood or inside the roof.

I assembled the tank before its frame, to help align the parts. There’s a large seam between the tank halves definitely needs some filler.

The well-printed decals went on smoothly over the glossy paint, but I was disappointed with the options: markings from two fictitious companies. I would have been happier with old- school oil company logos.

Monogram’s Mack holds up well and is a welcome return. There are a few fit issues typical of 35-year-old molds, but careful dry-fitting and sanding will take care of most of them.

If you’ve built a few models, this should be a piece of cake. Experienced builders will make this the centerpiece of a diorama.


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