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1972 Mack CF Tower Ladder
This is a classic 1972 Mack CF688 Tower Ladder with a 75 ft Baker Aerialscope. It has a 350 HP diesel engine. A total of 375 Mack Baker Aerialscopes were built of which 173 went to FDNY.
About this creation
Most Aerialscopes were 75 foot models, like this one. A total of 35 of the 95 foot model were built starting in 1985. Of these 17 went to FDNY.
Many older Mack CF tower ladders have been refurbished and are entering their third decade of front line service. Some have been remounted on new Seagrave or Spartan Chassis.

Baker Equipment and Engineering Company of Richmond, Virginia, manufactured the Aerialscope tower ladder unit. Baker was acquired by Seagrave in 1999 and then production was moved to Clintonville, Wisconsin.

Mack Trucks was active in the fire apparatus industry from 1901 to 1990. Founded in Brooklyn, New York, in 1901, in 1905 the five Mack brothers moved their operations to Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The Mack CF cab was built between 1967 and 1984 as a complete unit and then until 1990 as a chassis only. A total of 3849 units of the CF were built. These included pumpers, aerials, tillers and towers. The CF was spacious, reliable and powerful. Power steering and air brakes always were standard. After 1973 all units were diesel powered. BFD552@Gmail.com.





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  August 26, 2012
Good job.
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White Knight
  October 31, 2011
The American fire engine.....a chromium plated marvel !!...>well done.....
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  July 7, 2011
You inspired me to bulid one of these for my department. I sat here last night trying to figure out how to do the body since I have the cab down to a science. I then brought your model up and went from there. It is still in the design stage at the moment. I should be able to start building it today but with two kids it is going to be a challenge lol.
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  June 18, 2011
Oh, and you used actual LEGO doors too, I can't beleave I missed those, lol! In that case make the cab lift to see the engine, if you have that already then there is NOTHING else you can add.
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  June 18, 2011
Quoting Scott Bertaut Wow, really nice firetruck. I like how you even added the stabilizers for the ladder. The only thing it needs now is opening doors! Great job!
Thanks for your comment. All the doors do open. I just usually don't photograph the trucks with their doors open.
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  June 18, 2011
Wow, really nice firetruck. I like how you even added the stabilizers for the ladder. The only thing it needs now is opening doors! Great job!
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  April 2, 2011
Thank you to the members of County 60 Control for selecting this truck as the Best Tower of 2010.
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  March 25, 2011
Quoting Gavin Pryputniewicz this looks like Clayville NY's Truck 5. it is in oneida county. go to cnyfiretrucks.com
That is the look I was going for and thank you for sharing that website with me. I have added that to my favorites.
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  March 24, 2011
this looks like Clayville NY's Truck 5. it is in oneida county. go to cnyfiretrucks.com
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  September 19, 2010
Great truck, We´re checking your other creations,the details you put in such an small scale its what keeps amazing us. Check our Fire Truck!
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  August 19, 2010
Quoting Emmett M. Lego Fire Museum, did you ever think of starting your own department here or on a website of it's own?
The museum is a "department" of sorts. It just has apparatus that spans about a century rather than the usual 10 to 20 years. On Brickshelf I have apparatus numbered sequentially for a department with a mutual aid department too. http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?m=Engine552
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  August 19, 2010
Lego Fire Museum, did you ever think of starting your own department here or on a website of it's own?
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  August 19, 2010
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 a little too big for a minifig city, but as a model,very nice and detailed, it screams realism! i wish i knew as much as you do about fire trucks design! i have the parts,but no knowlege about the intricate system behind the looks of the equipment,i actually learn a lot about it here! i cant wait until you make a typical station! and i d like an construction advisor on my commercial buildings! could you please visit and comment on improvements to be done to respect the fire code? i d appreciate that! as i aim for education in my city,i can t count on my knowlege in this department, so your experience could help me out! btw i greatly appreciated your previous comment and was encouraged to improve upon that creation faster than originally planned,thanks a lot! good work!
Thanks for the comment. I am not sure what you mean by you can't wait until I "make a typical station." I have a fleet of modern apparatus on Brickshelf if that is what you mean. You can find these at http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?m=Engine552. I prefer to build the antiques now because there are so many different and unique trucks to build. They all tell a story of the development of fire apparatus. So I can combine my love of history, fire apparatus and building in one nice neat package. Also, I do have a fire station in my kids' town, but I am not sure how to incorporate it into the "Lego Fire Museum". I guess that it is typical. It is red brick with four bays and a tower. It may someday make it onto MOC Pages.
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  August 19, 2010
a little too big for a minifig city, but as a model,very nice and detailed, it screams realism! i wish i knew as much as you do about fire trucks design! i have the parts,but no knowlege about the intricate system behind the looks of the equipment,i actually learn a lot about it here! i cant wait until you make a typical station! and i d like an construction advisor on my commercial buildings! could you please visit and comment on improvements to be done to respect the fire code? i d appreciate that! as i aim for education in my city,i can t count on my knowlege in this department, so your experience could help me out! btw i greatly appreciated your previous comment and was encouraged to improve upon that creation faster than originally planned,thanks a lot! good work!
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  August 2, 2010
Awesome work as always Lego Fire Museum!!! By the way, I saw your Brickshelf page and, I know this somewhat defeats the purpose of the Lego Fire Museum, but you should also put some of your modern rigs on MOC Pages, or at least create a department website to put them on. That would be awesome!!! Those are some pretty interesting and cool rigs!!! By the way, I didn't know Mack made tillers for FDNY throughout and after the 70's. I know that FDNY purchased around 10 Mack MB tractors for tillers in '69 that were eventually converted into support rigs(i.e. I know one was converted into a high-ex foam unit in '77 and one into a wrecker.). Also, you should try building one of the five 1969 Mack R crew-cab 1000gpm. pumpers like Engine 209 had. That would look pretty interesting. Keep up the fabulous work!!!
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  August 1, 2010
LFM, this is the bomb right here! One of the best of your old timers if I say so. An absolute fine piece of history. Nice detail with the building.
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  August 1, 2010
Amzing work! Nice to know some history as well!
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  August 1, 2010
Ladder, vintage, Mack, studless, amazing! what more could we ask for? This is a great truck. Regards, Eric.
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  July 31, 2010
fantastic detail, and a rig that i like a lot, these are my favorite classic trucks, and this is such a good model.
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  July 31, 2010
Quoting Zak Overmyer Another fantastic job! I have always loved these things, and they are very reliable! I'm not surprised that FDNY still has alot of the CFs as reserve rigs. Ever thought of building a Maxim or a snorkel? I'd love to see one (or both) of them from you!
I have done a Maxim S model conventional cab pumper as you know, but I don't think I am going to do a model F cab-forward unit. They look too much like Pirsch and I much rather do a Pirsch. I rode a 78 Pirsch for years and I like them a lot. I can't see me building a snorkel anytime soon. I don't really like them. They are too long and bulky. The Aerialscope is such a superior piece of machinery. I have thought about an ALF Aerochief with an 85' snorkel, but I think that you will see more early to mid-20th Century stuff entering the Museum's collection in the near future.
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  July 31, 2010
This is a excellent build! Whitehall VFC had two of them. a 1990 and a 1972. -Lee
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  July 31, 2010
Another fantastic job! I have always loved these things, and they are very reliable! I'm not surprised that FDNY still has alot of the CFs as reserve rigs. Ever thought of building a Maxim or a snorkel? I'd love to see one (or both) of them from you!
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  July 31, 2010
Another great build, I have recently been into building Aerialscopes on LDD. Might build one as a front line soon.
 
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