Chicago Fire Department 1949 Mack® L Engine 68 scale model
Chicago's 1949 Mack L Engine 68...a masterpiece in miniature.
This 1:50 scale model of Chicago Fire Department's 1949 Mack L Coupe Cab Engine 68 is museum grade, and a worthy addition to high-end Chicago collections.
Engine 68 is hand-crafted and very limited.
Engine 68 features true-to-scale parts that are individually designed, cast or fabricated, painted, decorated and assembled over the course of 18 months. Production has been limited to an elite 50 units.
Chicago Fire Department 1949 Mack® L Coupe Cab Engine 68 scale model specs
- Scale: 1:50
- Production Quantity: 50
- Multi-materials including High Def Resin, stainless steel photo etch metal, wire, rubber and other composites.
- Mounted inside high quality, custom display case featuring etched stainless steel I.D. nameplate.
- Model Dimensions: 6"L x 2"W x 2.25"T
- Display Case Dimensions: 8"L x 4.5"W x 4"T
In 1949, Chicago Fire Department utilized Mack L coupe cab triple combination pumpers. These Engines had character and style that seems long gone in the world of fire apparatus. Producing replicas of these classic rigs that are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, is a painstaking process. Over 18 months of research and development has led to each of the hundreds of intricately detailed parts, which are designed, cast or fabricated, painted, decorated, and trimmed...then organized in small bins, ready for assembly. There is no substitute for the laborious tasks that each of the 35 skilled men and women perform. It is a sight to see as each team member patiently adheres each part to another, consistently analyzing the end result. As you scroll down the assembly pictures, take notice of the parts on each workstation and you will gain a greater appreciation for the process. And don't forget to add this classic pumper to your Chicago collection.
A Brief History
In 1891 a brand new two story frame firehouse was built with 1 bay at 1642 N. Kostner on the west side of Chicago tucked in between West Humboldt Park and Hermosa. This area was settled by Germans early on. Engine 68 was organized with a steam engine and hose wagon, and would receive a Ahrens Fox in 1922. In 1936 the wood frame building was torn down and a new single bay 2 story building was built on the same site. This station was built longer than others to allow for a Truck company. Engine 68 moved into the new building and would be there until 1970 when a new firehouse would be built on Grand Ave. In 1949 Engine 68 got a brand new Mack engine, replacing their 1922 Ahrens-Fox. The Mack would run front line at 68’s until 1970. (Courtesy of Joe O'Brien)
More About the Scale Model
This Chicago Fire Department 1949 Mack® L Coupe Cab Engine 68 scale model is a museum grade replica. Like all Fire Replicas models, every detail is modeled to perfection and with razor sharp precision. The replica features the specific department configuration and graphics, leaving no detail overlooked. The display case is custom manufactured with high quality acrylic and resin. The stainless steel etched plate features the department and truck name, and department seal. This replica is a treasure to be displayed and admired and is in no way a toy.
This is not a toy and not suitable for children under the age of 14. This highly detailed scale model contains small, intricate pieces that may present a choking hazard.
The Mack trademarks and bulldog hood ornament are registered rights of the AB Volvo Group and are used pursuant to a license.