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Autocar Kit Built as a DC20364 s/n 102183

Autocar Kit Built as a DC20364  s/n 102183

Tires rear are 14.00-20 with planetary drive, front are 12.00-24 on six spoke wheels, wheelbase is 195” The fifth wheel is Sheepscot’s 95901 with styrene brackets to allow it to rock front to back.
Fuel tanks are made of 0.3125” (5/16”) Evergreen styrene tubes for a better finish and the ability to glue steps on them. Air tanks on the left side are styrene rod 0.125” diameter and the battery box on the right is 0.188” x 0.3215” rectangular tube.
Direction signals on the front fenders are made of 0.060” styrene rod.

23’ Long Stake Body

23’ Long Stake Body

Here is a 1953 International RDFC converted into a 23’ stake body after it had seen better days pulling long haul freight trailers. It has a 208” wheelbase and is very useful for moving long loads without having to employ a trailer.
The load in this case is a yard and a half dipper stick and bucket from the Sheepscot Koehring 605 shovel kit. The body was scratch built from various Sheepscot parts and styrene. The stakes are 4x4 scale lumber that can be installed and removed from the body.
Sheepscot s/n 102187, Kit No. 95124.

Extendable Trailer Hauls Long Loads

Extendable Trailer Hauls Long Loads

International RDFC 405 "highbinder" 141” wheelbase tractor pulling a scratchbuilt Rogers 35’ extendable trailer.
The top photo shows it with a 72’ bridge girder, the middle is an 80’ cargo mast used on a Liberty Ship, and the bottom is the Sheepscot 60’ brass conveyor kit #75002.

B-81 Mack Tractor with Crane

B-81 Mack Tractor with Crane

Here is a Mack B-81 I built for the marine contractor on my layout It has a crane mounted behind the cab for loading piling and other heavy timber onto its trailer or another truck. Behind this is a fifth wheel with enough clearance for full turn of a square nose flat trailer with a 24” set back king pin.

Extended Lowbed Trailer

Extended Lowbed Trailer

Mack LM tractor with 12.00-24 tires on a 207” wheelbase. Kit number 95140. There is a custom built tandem winch set up and head ache assembly and platform behind the cab.
The lowbed trailer represents wht a contractor might do to adapt an older trailer with plenty of capacity to comply with new weight laws (bridge formula) that required a longer axle spread. In order that the trailer can be used with lighter loadings or transported without a load the front kick-up extension can be folded back and the rear axles can be folded forward or removed.

Moving a Boiler

Moving a Boiler

Mack LM tractor with 12.00-24 tires on a 207” wheelbase. Kit number 95140. There is a custom built tandem winch set up and head ache assembly and platform behind the cab.
The lowbed trailer represents wht a contractor might do to adapt an older trailer with plenty of capacity to comply with new weight laws (bridge formula) that required a longer axle spread. In order that the trailer can be used with lighter loadings or transported without a load the front kick-up extension can be folded back and the rear axles can be folded forward or removed.

Moving a Locomotive

Moving a Locomotive

This rig is modeled after a move that Gerosa back in 1956 transporting a Long Island Railroad engine to to a museum. It was a short move that they could get away with back then but not today.
The custom built trailer is a Rogers, probably 90 ton, 16 11.00-20 tires. The tractor is the Autocar from kit # 95130 but it has 1400-20 tires on back with planetary drive normally used for the crane carriers. There are 12.00-24 tires on front. 200” wheelbase, s/n 101985.

Four Man Moving Van

Four Man Moving Van

Here's a custom piece I bult for a collector who has many of my models

Unloading a M4 High Speed Tractor

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

Moving a 48 ton Tank for the Army

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”.

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