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”.
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.
One of my favorite trucks and also one of my favorite models. I built it as a tractor to haul a three axle log trailer. Someone bought the trailer but I’m glad they left me the tractor.
The manufacturer’s model number is a DC-103-64-OH 188. The DC is for the cab style introduced in 1950, the 103 is an indication of the capacity and if the last digit is odd the axle is set back, if even it is set forward, same hood length.
Sometimes it’s interesting to see whatr’s on the back of a truck. Is it dirty from all the road dust or is it providing valuable advertising space to the people in the car that’s following the slow truck.
For the modeler it can sometimes create activity like men working inside a truck or cargo being unloaded, And then there is the identification required for ownership or safety concerns.