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mmagliaro

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Source for 1950s concrete mixer trucks?
« on: January 26, 2014, 01:46:55 AM »
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Quick on the heels of asking about delivery methods out of redi-mix plants,
does anybody make a model of the *smaller* type concrete mixed trucks that were used in
the 1950s?
I have some Magnuson models metal kit ones, and I know of blister pack ones made by Bachmann,
but they are all too big.  I'm looking for something like this:

http://forums.aths.org/InstantForum2010/Uploads/Images/a4aaf3fd-c0cd-449a-9677-5c39.jpg

Is there such a thing in N Scale?

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Re: Source for 1950s concrete mixer trucks?
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014, 01:54:30 AM »
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It looks a little like the old "toy" one made by Bachmann, which some suspect might be usable in Z scale.  If nothing else, the mixer portion off that, mounted on a new chassis, might be a good starting point.
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Re: Source for 1950s concrete mixer trucks?
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2014, 03:15:58 AM »
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GHQ has cement mixer 284-53015 (in Stock at Walthers) which is too modern but it should be easy to modify it to take the cab from one of their Transition Era trucks or to mount the mixer on a modified Transition Era truck chassis.

1939 Peterbuilt 284-56003, 1941 Peterbuilt 284-56006, 1940 International 284-56019, 1950 International 284-56017, All in stock except the '50 International which is due in February.  The Peterbuilts are closest in appearance to the truck in your photo.

Wheel Works makes a 1930's cement mixer, but it is a much smaller vehicle and a cruder model than the GHQ.   Fifer Hobby Supply has it.      They also have the GHQ cement mixer and the Peterbuilts.
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Re: Source for 1950s concrete mixer trucks?
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2014, 05:14:07 AM »
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Thanks for the tip.  That GHQ Ford 9000 is a bit too modern, but you are right, it is pretty close to
the right size.

Actually, the best bet might have been under my nose all the time.  Athearn makes some
Mack model "B" cement trucks, two of which I have.  Those came out in the early 50s.  The Athearn
ones look just a tad longer than the one in my photo, but I do believe they are the correct era.

I have found a few other Railwire threads discussing those cement trucks.

The Magnuson ones I have are model "U" which is way way too new for the 1950s.

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Re: Source for 1950s concrete mixer trucks?
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2014, 05:44:41 AM »
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The Athearn Mack B is what I use.
Modeling the NYC of the early 1950s

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Re: Source for 1950s concrete mixer trucks?
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2014, 06:08:59 PM »
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I've been using the Athearn B model Mack mixer as well. Even though they are now out of production, you can still find them at most hobby shops.






If you can still find them, you might want to get a few Mack B model dump trucks to go along with your mixers.




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Re: Source for 1950s concrete mixer trucks?
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2014, 08:19:33 PM »
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Here is a run down of cement mixers in N:
Athearn Mack B, high water tank, drive shaft driven.
Athearn Mack R, low water tank, belt driven.
Backmann unknown type, high water tank, belt driven.
GHQ Ford 9000, low water tank, belt driven.
Lineside Mack DM800, High water tank, possibly belt driven.
Magnuson Models Mack DM600, no water tank, unknown drive style.
Wheel Works Ford. No water tank, unknown drive style.

Looking at the photo. The Athearn Mack B has the closest size and style you are looking for. You could replace the cab with a GHQ Peterbilt or IH part. The GHQ cement truck would work in a pinch, but you would need to relocate the water tank and backdate some details and cab. The Magnuson model is very crude and the "centipede" wheel style was only popular in the late 60's to early 80's before tractor-trailer mixers started showing up.

The Wheel Works model is also very crude as it basically is a model of a horizontal barrel laying on the truck frame.
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