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Posted By: Clifford Read
Posted On: Wednesday January 1, 2020 at 4:34 PM
 
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(PICS) 1954 Autocar DC100T tractor with our added semi trailer


This beautifully proportioned and exceptionally well detailed '54 Autocar with integral sleeper was recently released by Fire Replicas in 1/50 scale.
Although the model is gorgeously presented by Fire Replicas as a tractor only in an acrylic display case, my brother and I immediately collaborated on the addition of an appropriate early '50s semi trailer by modifying a Matchbox diecast single axle trailer from a couple of decades ago. We added a tandem axle rear bogey and a detailed '50s style landing gear arrangement, along with completely refinishing the trailer in a similar color scheme as the tractor. This setup of a 28' to 30' tandem axle (set forward slightly) trailer with a single rear axle tractor was the standard east coast arrangement for eastern style 'big-rigs' in the mid '50s. The fairly short trailers facilitated the tight manoeuvring into the mostly urban depots, etc. located in the north-eastern states.







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(PICS) 1954 Autocar DC100T tractor with our added semi trailer by Clifford Read #27068
Good work! I like the idea of cannibalizing older used stuff into a modern rendition. by David Holcombe #27068.1
Great job of matching the trailer to the tractor! I don't by Ken Smith #27068.1.1
That is one beautiful rig. (EOM) by Bob Jackman #27068.2
Fire Replicas by Raymond Paszkiewicz #27068.3
Exceptionally well done! (EOM) by Lou Petrucci #27068.4
Excellent - thanks for posting. (EOM) by Harvey Goranson #27068.5
Hi. Where did you find the acrylic case? by Jay Golan #27068.6
This one is approximately 14" X 3.5" X 3.5" inside dimentions...... by Clifford Read #27068.6.1




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