(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.