The cool Mack Anthem truck was my second true LEGO build in my life. Due to the generosity of a brother-in-law, I had the honor, privilege and enjoyment of building the NASA Apollo Saturn V rocket. What a great build and, of course, I was now hooked on LEGO! He bought me the rocket, so I returned the generosity by buying him the Porsche. What a guy! Being hooked, I needed to find my next project and, in consultation with my brother-in-law, selected the Mack Anthem.
I am not a marathon LEGO builder...maybe taking one package of parts at a time or working on it in spurts. My brother-in-law doesn't understand this. I did take my time and did make mistakes when I rushed things a bit. And compared to the Saturn V, the build was more challenging for me. In the end, it is a beautiful piece of work and really impressive.
I have only one negative comment about the truck. With chrome and shades of gray available, I don't understand why the iconic Mack bulldog hood ornament comes in gold/baby poop yellow. Given the crispness of the lines and decals and the overall color scheme of the Mack, I find the yellow bulldog standing out like a sore thumb. Therefore, while visiting my brother-in-law (my PLP or Primary LEGO Physician, aka LEGO Doctor), he was kind enough to paint it silver. Now it looks like it belongs! Even if the bulldog couldn't be provided in chrome, it, at least, should have been in a shade of gray.
Back to my LEGO doctor. One of the rear wheel assemblies fell off and for the life of me I couldn't figure out how to re-attach it. So, knowing I was heading to Raleigh to visit my brother-in-law, I took the truck with me to obtain his guidance. The doctor not only repaired it, but also showed me where I had gone wrong in building the assembly initially. Good, understanding LEGO doctors are hard to find!
During the "appointment," I also expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that the truck tended to tip when the container was fully extended towards the ground. I groused that LEGO had really messed up by not making the stabilizers actually functional. This is a comment other Mack truck builders have made. But, again, the good doctor came through, by showing me that, indeed, the legs (or arms) quietly click into place, thereby ensuring that the truck does not tip and the rear wheel assembly does not fall off. My "co-pay," it turns out, was the just released James Bond Aston Martin DB5. Worth every penny! Thanks, Doc.