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Tilt Top Trailer

Tilt Top Trailer

A few manufacturers made tilt top trailers like this that were usually twenty tons capacity. Some were of the tag-a-long type meaning they were hooked on to the dump truck with a pintle hook rather than a fifth wheel like this.

The truck is a Mack B-81 (158” wb) from kit number 95145, the trailer is scratch built, the bulldozer is a Best 60 model from Rio Grande. The Best 60 is from the early 1920s and in this scene would not be a working machine, more likely being an antique being taken to a show.

Hauling a Bridge Beam

Hauling a Bridge Beam

Big steel beams like this are a part of the bridges we travel over and never see. They may have been fabricated locally or miles away and transported on depressed center flat cars or barges but their ultimate destination is the bridge site. Most often trucks are required to make the final move, even if it’s only a few miles.

View your Model from all Angles

View your Model from all Angles

ere’s an example of making sure that your models look good from all angles. The first look most visitors have of a model layout diorama is an overhead shot. In real life you’d probably see if from your normal height of eye, maybe five feet above the ground, a little more than half an inch. It’s also very possible you could view the model from a lower position.

35 Foot Van Trailer

35 Foot Van Trailer

This was a trailer used by the Maine Central for piggyback service in the late 1950s. With computers nowadays it’s easy to make a sign for a business that could be based on your layout or just passing through.

I print out the sign on gloss photo paper and then seal it with glosscoat. Then cut it out and paint a little gloss on the edges, sand smooth, and paint the white edges that were exposed when you cut it out. After it is glued onto the side of the trailer you will probably want to spray on some dullcoat.

Autocar Granite Crane

Autocar Granite Crane

Granite is heavy, 175 pounds per cubic foot. This C-90 Autocar represents a “home built” crane for doing general yard work for a quarry or a dealer. There’s big bumper on the front for pushing and a shield on the rear so the granite load can be pulled in toward it and kept from swinging too much as the truck slowly moves around the yard.
Scratch built from Sheepscot kit number 95105

Boatyard Crane

Boatyard Crane

I call this a “Boat Yard Crane”. This style of Autocar was first manufactured in 1937 and because it was a well built tough truck it lasted well beyond its first owner’s use and way later in life a boatyard purchased it. A crane was added to the rear for doing things like replacing engines and stepping masts. A large front bumper was added for pushing boat cradles around.
The U-90 is kit number 95107, everything else is scratch built.

Seasonal Trucks for your Layout

Seasonal Trucks for your Layout

What can you do with a snowplow in the summer? The Oshkosh has been a well recognized brand name in all wheel drive trucks for a long time, they’re used by the military, private contractors, and municipalities for snow plowing but in many cases they sit idle all summer and fall.

This model was built using the standard cab for kit number 95114 which comes with 10.00-20 tires as a 4x4. I built this one with 12.00-24 tires on disk wheels and mounted a reversible plow and a wing plow on each side.

Hauling a Euclid Bottom Dump

Hauling a Euclid Bottom Dump

How do you haul a Euclid bottom dump. Here’s some examples and as usual it makes a difference as to how far you’re traveling. For short distances like 50 miles it could be driven over the highway, assuming the engine and running rear were in good shape. Otherwise something would have to be figured out.
The Euclid is a Don Mills Model

How Do You Truck a Landing Craft

How Do You Truck a Landing Craft

How do you haul a landing craft. This is an accurate model of the famous “Higgins Boat” named after the fellow who developed the design and mass production of this craft in New Orleans for use during WWII. Official nomenclature is LCVP meaning landing craft, vehicle and personal and could transport 36 troops, a 6000 pound vehicle, or 8100 pounds of cargo.

Pneumatic Tires for AC Mack Trucks

Pneumatic Tires for AC Mack Trucks

The Mack model AC was produced from 1916 until 1932, a very long run. Jordan has made a great HO scale model of this truck with various bodies for some time and they are also very popular but they can be enhanced with the replacement of the hard rubber tires with pneumatic. When these trucks were first sold they worked around city streets on pavement (cobble stones).

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