login   |    register
Armor/AFV: Allied - WWII
Armor and ground forces of the Allied forces during World War II.
Hosted by Darren Baker
Mack NO6 - 7 1/2 ton artillery tractor
Plasticbattle
#003
Visit this Community
Donegal, Ireland
Member Since: May 14, 2002
entire network: 9,762 Posts
KitMaker Network: 1,351 Posts
Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 08:26 AM UTC
Top build Michael. Some smart techniques, but goes to show the importance of references and the willingness to start over when you find a fault. The result is a winner.
165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 02:12 AM UTC
Thanks Frank. There were more false starts and "tear it down and start overs" than I care to mention on this Mack.
165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 03:13 AM UTC
Seen at the Indianapolis hobby show back in 2007; a very well done 1/72 scale Mack NO:





Again the small scales are just not for me. I want a level of detail you can really sink your teeth into.
165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 02:53 AM UTC
GUN CREW:




The gun crew for my Mack is a combination of figures from the Tamiya Dragon wagon and also from the old Tamiya Halftrack - almost all modified to some degreee. The old Tamiya set gives you a very nice variety of figures and poses including one guy in a Jeep cap instead of the usual helmet. The old set also includes a radio operator and I added a nice resin BC-1000 field radio.

165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 01:03 PM UTC
An old hobby competition adage says; "He who has the best references wins!"

I can highly recommend the many Tech Manuals available from Easy 1 Productions. Great reference material at usually a much lower price than the paper Tech Manuals AND in a much smaller package!


(Mike Koenig Photo)
p.s. This is an unsolicited endorsement: I have no business involvement in Easy 1 Productions.
165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 04:36 AM UTC
M1/M2 Limber kit from Scale-Link/Masters Productions/U-Models. (I am showing this here for comparison only.)





Masters Productions - available thru Scale-Link - has done an outstanding job on this kit!)
165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 03:59 AM UTC
Some beautiful shots, found on the web of an M4 HST with M59 and M5 Limber. - Fantastic!


OK, post war tires on the gun anf the limber.

(Sorry to say but the Photographer and Vehicle Owner were not Credited.)
165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 11:52 AM UTC
More photo reference on the M5 Limber.




165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 03:43 AM UTC
Check this out on the G503!

http://g503.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=208160

Mack NO in the Navy ??
by Jeff L Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:52 am

I came across this fascinating photo the other day. Taken in February of 1945 on Guadalcanal it shows a modifed Mack NO in use by US Navy Seabees. Notice the rear body has been removed, a 5th wheel fitted, the front winch has been moved to behind the cab, rear fenders have been added, and a piece has been welded on top of the cowl to accomodate a MB or GPW windshield frame. These type of mods were not surprising on a Seabee truck as they were well known for this. But how do you explain this big US Army truck being on an island in the Pacific ? The war was still raging both in the Pacific and in Europe, and to the best of my knowledge there were no Army troops in the Pacific, just Navy and Marines. The NO's were only procured for the Army although some may have gone to our allies in Europe. Has anyone seen this type of thing before during the War ? If this was post War it would make a little more sense.



165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013 - 06:36 AM UTC
Original pre-production Mack NQ semi-tractor (not adopted by the military - appearently they didn't ask the Seebees.)

165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013 - 06:37 AM UTC
From a Mack publication:




Really tempting to build an NQ with that great looking old fashioned "C" cab. However I just don't know if I have another Mack left in me!
TexasRover
Visit this Community
Texas, United States
Member Since: November 13, 2013
entire network: 2 Posts
KitMaker Network: 0 Posts
Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 05:52 AM UTC
Hello Michael,

The Mack being present in the Pacific is normal. By my (rough) count there were at least 19 Army infantry and one cavalry divisions that served in the Pacific during the war. I think there were only 6 or 7 Marine divisions, although I think they were a bit larger than an Army division.

HTH,
Bryan Barnes
165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 01:41 AM UTC
There are a lot of misconceptions about just who fought AND DIED in the Pacific Theatre. The Coast Guard is the most forgotten branch! To this day the USCG has never been allowed the combat service ribbon for their involvement in WWII. However I have a CG buddy (now passed away) who served on a transport and lost his best friend in a Kamikaze attack on their ship.
165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 02:15 AM UTC
Very nice Mack NO restoration on the G503 site at this link:

http://g503.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=177863

165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 03:06 AM UTC
Latest progress on M23 ammo trailer to accompany Mack NO:





View the Build Log at:

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=134949&page=1
165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 - 03:02 PM UTC


More detail photos of the trails clamp also known as the "girdle" that attaches the trails of the 155mm and 8 inch guns to the M5 limber.
165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 11:15 AM UTC
Mack NO6 on Display at Overloon War Museum, the Netherlands, (Photographer Unknown)


165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 11:17 AM UTC
Another beauty shot of the Mack NO prototype: Note Classic Mack "C" cab and top mounted winch with twin windlass drums.

165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 11:19 AM UTC
Here is a reposting of a much better version of a wartime photo of the Mack that was shown earlier:
corsair924
Visit this Community
New Hampshire, United States
Member Since: August 11, 2008
entire network: 391 Posts
KitMaker Network: 71 Posts
Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 12:00 PM UTC
Love your model

Really love how the Mack towing the Tom shows no sag in the suspension.

When are we going to see a decent kit of this subject?!?
Tiger_213
Visit this Community
California, United States
Member Since: August 10, 2012
entire network: 1,510 Posts
KitMaker Network: 40 Posts
Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 12:39 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Love your model

Really love how the Mack towing the Tom shows no sag in the suspension.

When are we going to see a decent kit of this subject?!?



Probably when another start-up platic company hits the scene. Or HobbyBoss and or Mirror Models gets to it, they seem most likely.

Michael, fantastic work. Looking forward to seeing your finished build.
165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 01:35 PM UTC
Chris check out page 1, photo 1 of this thread for a picture of the finished model, Thank you for your comments.
Tiger_213
Visit this Community
California, United States
Member Since: August 10, 2012
entire network: 1,510 Posts
KitMaker Network: 40 Posts
Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 02:02 PM UTC
Ah I didn't realize that was yours, Michael. I usually just skim larger articles. I am enjoying all your reserch photos and build all the same.
165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2014 - 06:09 AM UTC
Cannot help but think the Mack NO will be coming in the not too distant future given all the Diamond T's and Corbit 666's being offered.
165thspc
#0
Visit this Community
Kentucky, United States
Member Since: April 13, 2011
entire network: 8,236 Posts
KitMaker Network: 127 Posts
Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 - 07:29 AM UTC

Now I like the looks of this one. I truly do!

Well now that I have my Mack everything else is available in plastic. I might have to build this lash up in the not too distant future!

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

While I was definitely inspired by the above photo, in the end I went a slightly different way. I modified the HobbyBoss White/Corbit 666 into a semi-tractor. Picked up a resin 20 ton flatbed trailer from Scale-Link and used the Cat D7 from Mirror Models to form the load.


This lashup took "Best Armor" at the 2016 Louisville IPMS competition.