I drove both of the trucks that the models are based on, loved them both. I tried to capture my memories from the late '70's. When I drove the originals, both carted reeled paper from the Maryvale mill at Morwell in the Latrobe Valley to Melbourne. If you look closely you maybe able to see the "plywood" sheets under the tarps. At the rear of the trailer there are 6 "bearers" tied and hitched. I think there are some close up photos of those details that I can post if you are interested.
Thanks for taking the time look and comment.
Cheers - Frank
I used to fix the lifts and cranes at Maryvale Mill what a place the stink and the rust the must have used some pretty harsh chemicals in the process of paper making the stuff would rust stainless steel
Keep on bunging up photo's I am not a model builder but I do enjoy looking at what other people can achieve
Your better to die trying than live on your knees begging
Got to agree Paul, the smell at Maryvale is something you won't forget. It may have improved a bit nowadays but it still makes it obvious that it's still there and still working!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Will post those detail photos I mentioned shortly.
Cheers - Frank
Paul, the trailer started out as an AMT 40ft kit. It was modified to make it look more like an aussie type trailer. The coaming rails have been widened and raised. The tie rail is scratch built as are the front and rear gates, the tyre rack and the rear section of the trailer. The tri-axle unit uses an old Jaymar tri unit with a scratch built frame and axles with brake boosters from the spares box.
Auslowe Model Accessories have available several different after-market trailer kits in 1/24 th & 1/25 th scales which look very good. I haven't built one as yet but recently purchased a 1/25th scale 48ft drop deck for a project.