Chicago Fire Department 1949 Mack® L Engine 83 scale model
Take home a piece of Chicago history...1949 Mack L Engine 83.
This 1:50 scale model of Chicago Fire Department's 1949 Mack L Coupe Cab Engine 83 is a museum grade masterpiece, and a worthy addition to high-end Chicago collections.
Engine 83 is hand-crafted and very limited.
Engine 83 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 83 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 1897 a brand new two story frame firehouse was built with 1 bay at 1219 Gunnison St. on the Northside of Chicago in the Uptown area. Engine 83 was organized with a steam engine and hose wagon. As part of the new construction in the 20’s to replace the wood frame stations, this building was torn down and a new 2 story brick building replaced it. The new brick building was built for motorized rigs. Squad 4 and Engine 83 moved into the new building and would be there until 1969. In 1949 Engine 83 got a brand new Mack engine, replacing their 1921 Ahrens-Fox. The 21 Ahrens-Fox and 49 Mack were the only motorized Engine used by 83 at this Fire House. If you were lucky enough to get the Fire Replicas 1954 Autocar Squad 4 you will not want to pass up on it’s stablemate Engine 83. Today Engine 83 shares a station with Truck 22 on Wilson Ave. (Courtesy of Joe O'Brien)
More About the Scale Model
This Chicago Fire Department 1949 Mack® L Coupe Cab Engine 83 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.