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Hi vehicle followers—Rockville CT had a seriously busy day today with retiring fire apparatus, deliveries of soda and,  

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Yes, the firehouse is a custom kit-bash from two P-ville firehouses and Heljan brewery wall sections.  It has a full interior, including two brass fire poles and was built to honor a life-long friend ( and retired chief) on my railroad.

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Stopped in Market Basket grocery store (100 year old New England chain) while visiting kids in Concord, NH and found this tractor-trailer combo. Box says Diecast Metal 1:50 scale.  Seems right as it is comparable to the K-Line Heavy Haulers I have.

Darn hobby, even when I'm just out to pick up a gallon of milk, there's always the possibility of finding something for the train layout. By the way, gallon of milk $2.69, toy truck $24.99. Darn hobby.

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To complement KMAR500's post last week, here is my 1979 Pontiac Firebird TransAm.  It's a few years older than his.  The model is a 1/43 Lucky Diecast (Yat Ming?), Road Signature Collection.  It was a toss-up between purchasing the black or the gold paint, so I went for the gold.   This model represents a car I used to see around my old home town common in the late 70s, often pulling out of the parking lot of a 19th century hotel with a floor of rooms dubbed "alimony hall" and a bar called the "Hunt Club".   I always wondered whether the owner lived on that floor but could somehow still afford a flashy new car.

The Tomlinson Run layout has been picked up off the living room floor, so I thought it would be fun to visually pair my cars with rail cars.  This challenged the focusing mechanism on my cheap camera, so when the weather improved, I took a few outdoor shots for you.

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Going for the Gold and Silver

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Mooner posted:

Stopped in Market Basket grocery store (100 year old New England chain) while visiting kids in Concord, NH and found this tractor-trailer combo. Box says Diecast Metal 1:50 scale.  Seems right as it is comparable to the K-Line Heavy Haulers I have.

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Mooner, that Market Basket truck is very tempting.  I'm about two miles away from a MB and am trying to resist the temptation to drop in to see whether they carry them.  The detailing looks nice and they've done a great job with the graphics -- especially on the cab door.  Limited space is always a problem but I'm still kicking myself for not buying an O scale model of my town's Ford cruiser.  The limited edition model was sold by a smaller, competing family-owned supermarket chain.  They purchased the 1:1 cruiser for the town in exchange for an advertising spot on the rear quarter panels :-).  The model commemorated that unusual fact.

TRRR

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TomlinsonRunRR posted:
Mooner posted:

Stopped in Market Basket grocery store (100 year old New England chain) while visiting kids in Concord, NH and found this tractor-trailer combo. Box says Diecast Metal 1:50 scale.  Seems right as it is comparable to the K-Line Heavy Haulers I have.

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Mooner, that Market Basket truck is very tempting.  I'm about two miles away from a MB and am trying to resist the temptation to drop in to see whether they carry them.  The detailing looks nice and they've done a great job with the graphics -- especially on the cab door.  Limited space is always a problem but I'm still kicking myself for not buying an O scale model of my town's Ford cruiser.  The limited edition model was sold by a smaller, competing family-owned supermarket chain.  They purchased the 1:1 cruiser for the town in exchange for an advertising spot on the rear quarter panels :-).  The model commemorated that unusual fact.

TRRR

Shop someplace else until the buying fancy passes. If you see it, you'll buy it. As far as room for it on a layout, just have an accident up ahead someplace on your road and squeeze it in under backed up traffic!

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.

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lee drennen posted:

E7E47EB7-E292-45CE-982E-9178C3834C408DE38DE5-F74D-4075-BAA7-BA90412E0FA7Painted and added a few figures to the layout and move and added some vehicles. Keep posting your vehicles I would like to see them as well as the others.

Lee,  had to chuckle when I saw these two pics. Had a safety manager who would say to drivers if they climbed out of the truck, as you positioned the driver in the photo, that they were required to climb into the cab facing the same way they exited. For those at a loss what I'm referring to; it's a no no jumping down. Don't need no broke drivers. I enjoy your post.

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