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mack baker build

Postby FF824 on Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:41 am

Hello everyone my name is Andrew I am a new member here and just want to say I enjoy looking all the work you all have done! I am currently looking for help as I have been all over the internet looking for some sort of kit or plans for a 89 mack baker aerial scope. The reason for this is my fire depart recently retired our 89 mack baker aerial scope (FDNY city surplus truck) after almost 25 years of service. This truck I came to love over my years in the department and to remember it I wanted to build a model of it if anyone can help me out or lead me in some direction that would be much appreciated I will try and post some pictures below of the old girl if I can figure it out :? ! Thank you everyone an be safe out there! ... 0JInvc.jpg ... wM1mbf.jpg ... kSuDM0.jpg

Re: mack baker build

Postby mdlbldrmatt135 on Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:12 am

You have 2 options....

Kitbashing the 1/32 scale Monogram kit

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Re: mack baker build

Postby jimb on Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:55 am

The easiest way to post pics on the Forum is to post the IMG link code from a photo hosting site like Photobucket. Good luck with your project.

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Re: mack baker build

Postby explorer2770 on Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:20 am

Drawings can be found in multiple places:
You can also find the original articles for the build at Modeltruck's 25th Scale fotki page.

You can follow FDNYDad's 1/32 scale Mack Aerialscope build since it is very similar to your truck:

Single rear-wheel build shows a good start for the rear body using the article above:

AITM offers a 1/25 scale Mack CF cab ( and I think Cargostar Dave was working on this cab at one point...but I forgot if he finished that in his thread. Plus, the MPC Mack DM600 is being released this year, so you'd have access to a fairly decent chassis.

If you go with the 1/32 build, try to find a pre-2011 Revell Mack Fire pumper since the 2012 kits have the deck gun molded to the cab roof, along with a few other issues. You can still get the 1/32 Mack R tanker for cheap at a few places, which you'd need for the rear axles.
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Re: mack baker build

Postby hooknladderno1 on Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:10 pm

First off, welcome! You are choosing quite an ambitious project. You may be able to convert one of the Corgi or Code 3 diecasts. As others have so kindly provided sources for larger scale plastic/resin components. The series of articles mentioned in Modeltruckin' 1/25's album are from member Tim Bongard's series of articles written in the early 1990's. Great articles with lots of information. Here is a link to his albums. Start with the first 1990 issue. ... 1990-1994/ I believe somewhere in my archives, I enlarged the plans from Tim's articles and cut and pasted (ols school) to create a tandem axle aerialscope in 1/25. At the time, I didn't have the awesome line drawings that Greg posted. Good luck with your project! Look forward to watching it's progress! As always, if you need any help, we are here for you!


Re: mack baker build

Postby EdselDan on Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:25 pm

I tried posting here earlier, but my Connectin is Crap, and on this CRAPtop Worse!!
It is SO Slow!!!
I searched through all my postings to find the threaqd of mine with My build of an Aerialscaope,
but, though I Did find it, the pictures are now broken/dead links.
Here is the Photobucket album: ... t=3&page=1
Sadly, though the pic's are a few (15+) years old, I am no further along in the build
I actually had to tear apart one section of the boom due to shrinking!!
It would now allow the next section to slide in anymore
I also went 'Old-School on reducing and altering the plans to a Tandem.
I used the Copier at a Local Radio station I was frequent visitor and Part-time helper at
I have 2 in progress, this 1/32 and an HO 1/87 scale.
I ran off sets of the plans in 1/32, 1/43-1/50 (Corgi) and 1/87

It is too bad the Front page was never replaced after we moved hosts, the Old 'Enthusiast"
magazine article with plans was there.
(I think links to copies have been posted?)
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