Well, as my following photos show, I just had to have a Swiffer (in a snow storm, no less) and the only place that had them was my local Market Basket supermarket. So, in spite of Mooner's sage advice, I came home with a 1:50 delivery truck just like his.
This New England company survived a well-publicized ownership battle between first cousins, both named Arthur. I went to elementary school with them both. The employees went on strike to support the Artie who got forced out and he ultimately prevailed. Legend has it that Harvard Business School teaches this story as an example of how to manage and not how to manage. So, you see, I had to have this truck. It looks really great in my kitchen while the floor layout is packed away.
This shot shows some of the minor customizations I made: I painted the vents, the grab handles, the hood latches, added a bit of soot to the exhaust stack, and -- my favorite part -- I added orange reflectors to the side mirrors.
Photos on the web confirmed that this Mack is based on the MHD (medium heavy duty) Granite. Note the hooks in the front and the grille guard. Possible years seem to be 2013-18. The fenders should have a bit of grey.
For chuckles I wound some 22-gauge wire around a pen refill to simulate air lines. It was the thinnest red wire I had handy. This was just a proof-of-concept; at some point I will get scale blue, red, and green wire and do it right. Notice also the movable landing gear:
Another plus is the opening rear doors. Here's Chef Chuck Wagon and a boy named Sous Chef looking over a shipment of produce. The primer grey color indicates that it was delivered during the employee strike. Chef is not happy:
In this closeup shot (under a sun lamp and with full flash), you can see that the paint I used didn't take well to the model's matte finish paint. As a result for the latch on this side, I tried a Sharpie marker. Do any of you have suggestions for correcting this paint problem in the future? I've never had paint run/clump/separate on a model before. Notice the half-open window. This model has lots of nice details like that:
From web searches, this tractor looks very prototypical except that the exhaust stack is curved and I couldn't find any examples of a grille with vertical sections. Notice the Massachusetts license plate with 2018 and the year the company was founded:
All in all, I'm really happy with this model. The only thing that's a bit rough is how the air horn was painted -- the silver slopped over the edges:
I would like to add a bulldog radiator cap but wonder whether the 1:48 scale will look a bit big on a 1:50 model. Don Mills has a 1:55 scale, too. Would it be better to go with a smaller one? Your input is welcome.
Tomlinson Run Railroad