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Welcome to Sheepscot Scale Products

Thanks for visiting the Sheepscot web site.

I have recently changed the way I’m distributing Sheepscot kits and accessories so please contact me for any of your HO scale model truck needs. Because a bigger part of my business is custom building trucks I don’t have the time to make up a supply of kits to keep on the shelves. Another reason is that the investment of inventory does not make sense for the small niche market I’m in.

This works to the advantage of those who order kits because they can get exactly what they want for options like tires, bodies, fuel tanks, fifth wheels, and lights. I can send a package with all you need to complete the trucks you want.


You can order from Sheepscot by emailing, writing to us at 2 Country Charm Rd., Cumberland, ME 04021, or calling between the hours of 8:00AM to 9:30PM Eastern time 207-829-5134. We accept credit cards (Mastercard of Visa), Money Orders, and personal checks.
We usually ship using the US Mail, prices are between $5.00 to $7.00 for most orders, much less if it’s just for small parts. Shipping is free on orders totaling more than $100.00

I welcome your calls if there’s anything I can do to help you along with your HO scale vehicle or crane building.

~George Barrett

Mounting a Winch on a Lowbed Tractor
Fire Department Rescue Body 95086
Mack LJSWX Kit No. 95139 Instruction Photos 3
Mack LJSWX Kit No. 95139 Instruction Photos 2
Mack LJSWX Kit No. 95139 Instruction Photos
Mounting a Winch on a Lowbed Tractor
Rock Dump Body Construction Images
Unloading a M4 High Speed Tractor

Here’s a Roco WWII era M4 high-speed tractor weighing about 15 tons. They were primarily used to pull large guns and had little use in civilian service but could be purchased for very little, especially to small governmental agencies

This scene shows it being delivered from a surplus sales outlet halfway across the country by rail to a local community rescue and public service agency. The tractor has been painted gray and red rather than the normal OD which helps give some color to your scene. The local trucking company borrowed a trailer from the nearby contractor to unload and deliver the machine to the town garage.
The truck is the popular Autocar DC-95T tractor with a 160” wheelbase pulling a Rogers removable gooseneck drop side trailer. When building the kit #95046 the third axle was not installed making it into a 35 ton trailer very popular in the 1950s.

Notice the blocking needed to get the tractor over the rear tires and down onto the deck. Also notice the planking on the drop sides because the tracks are too close together to straddle the center beam of the trailer. The drop side design was to carry carry a crane/shovel as low as possible but in this cane there is no height problem.

Moving a 48 ton Tank for the Army

Roco has made some nice HO scale almost ready to run military vehicles over the years. Many of these fall into the 1940 to 1960 era but the problem is figuring out how to display them on your layout. A bunch of olive drab painted vehicles will most likely seem out of place. I’m going to be putting more examples of military equipment on the site, just do a search on site for “military”.

Every good scene or photo sequence needs a story so let me tell you about what’s happening here. National Guard and Army Reserve units all over the country spend time training and in this case the 48 ton tank had an engine problem and had to be trucked back to the armory. The government contracted with a civilian to get out of the Maine woods and back to Augusta for repair in a hurry.

The first picture shows my favorite Autocar tractor getting it out of the woods but had a mechanical problem of its own and had to have Bull, Root, and Tayre’s beautiful new 1960 Autocar lowbed tractor hook on and take it to the paved highway.

At this point it had to be transferred to a seven axle rig to meet state highway axle weight restrictions and the requirement with regards to weight per inch of tire width.

Moosehead Lumber purchased a 90 ton Rogers cable operated removable gooseneck trailer in 1949 for moving their heavy logging equipment. The reason that the front of the trailer sets a little higher than the rear is because the new Autocar tractor with larger tires and higher fifth wheel purchased in 1955 raised the front, but this suited its mission very well allowing a little more road clearance on the rough woods roads.

Trucks and Railroads Working Together
Stiff Leg Derrick

To see more information please see the PDFs that can be downloaded and accurately printed. You can find these by doing a search for derrick on this web site

Transporting a Trolley Car

Both images show a typical Autocar tractor, 164” wheelbase and a custom built headache rack for holding chains and binders. The rack was made with 0.060” upright styrene channel beams with horizontal 0.040” styrene rods. Check to see if I’ve uploaded other pictures of this truck that shows the headache rack by doing a search (on this web site) for 101520 which is the serial number I’ve assigned this model.

The first photo shows a 50 ton drop center trailer with 11.00-20 tires so the load must be blocked toward the front.
This trailer best represents a reworked Rogers with a gooseneck that is too high for a truck fifth wheel because it was designed to be used with a “jeep” dolly. That is the reason for the 7” lift under the gooseneck.

The second photo shows a level deck trailer with 11.00-15 tires. In this case the top of the load is just a little over the 13’-6” minimum bridge clearance. the first picture shows aa load a little more than a foot higher.