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kcmtoys
Posted: Monday, August 02, 2021 12:39:33 PM

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1st Gear Peterbilt 367 and Tonkin Rackley West Coast lowboy hauling a Komatsu 655 road grader. Teeth


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Gregg
Posted: Monday, August 02, 2021 2:07:34 PM
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Very nice looking setup.
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Looks good Ken !
Rivera2171
Posted: Monday, August 02, 2021 2:58:46 PM

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That is a nice looking tractor for a First Gear.
Quinella
Posted: Monday, August 02, 2021 5:47:01 PM

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Ken: I'm not familiar with these models. Is that Pete stock? Are those sirens on the bumpers of the Pete? Chuck should have made a West Coast Lowboy. Ken Kraft makes a great one in 1:50th. Nice work. CAW
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Posted: Monday, August 02, 2021 11:55:28 PM

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That’s an amazing set-up! Thanks so much for sharing.

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kcmtoys
Posted: Tuesday, August 03, 2021 1:09:40 AM

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Thank you everyone for the comments. I appreciate them! Cool

Q That Pete is a 1st Gear and started as a 4 axle tractor. I shortened it to a tandem. Yes, those are sirens on the fenders (Don Mills). The Kencraft trailer is a 16 wheel I believe, and looks nice. If you can find one, you will have to drop up to $1000.00 or more for one...
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Posted: Sunday, August 08, 2021 1:05:32 PM
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Nice job Ken.

I've been a bit leary of First Gear since I had such a problem with zinc pest issues with the Mack Granites.

Robert
Quinella
Posted: Sunday, August 08, 2021 1:29:33 PM

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kcmtoys wrote:
Thank you everyone for the comments. I appreciate them! Cool

Q That Pete is a 1st Gear and started as a 4 axle tractor. I shortened it to a tandem. Yes, those are sirens on the fenders (Don Mills). The Kencraft trailer is a 16 wheel I believe, and looks nice. If you can find one, you will have to drop up to $1000.00 or more for one...


Ken: I was lucky to buy two Ken Kraft 16 wheel lowboys for $600.00 total. I sent one to Rhode Island to that knucklehead who does work for me. CAW
CTD1101
Posted: Monday, September 06, 2021 3:16:46 AM

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Great build. The whole set up is awesome.
kcmtoys
Posted: Monday, September 06, 2021 1:32:15 PM

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CTD1101 wrote:
Great build. The whole set up is awesome.


Thank you.
kokosing Const Co
Posted: Tuesday, September 07, 2021 11:14:10 PM

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Quinella wrote:
kcmtoys wrote:
Thank you everyone for the comments. I appreciate them! Cool

Q That Pete is a 1st Gear and started as a 4 axle tractor. I shortened it to a tandem. Yes, those are sirens on the fenders (Don Mills). The Kencraft trailer is a 16 wheel I believe, and looks nice. If you can find one, you will have to drop up to $1000.00 or more for one...


Ken: I was lucky to buy two Ken Kraft 16 wheel lowboys for $600.00 total. I sent one to Rhode Island to that knucklehead who does work for me. CAW


Does anyone have any pics of the said lowboy?
Quinella
Posted: Tuesday, September 07, 2021 11:27:39 PM

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I'll get one posted by someone tomorrow. They are really neat. CAW
GuyM
Posted: Wednesday, September 08, 2021 3:47:19 AM
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A few pictures of the Ken Kraft lowboy:





Nice 1/50 model of a "Far-East" type lowboy. Pity that they are so difficult to find in Europe (and expensive).

Cheers.
Guy
George Hiram
Posted: Wednesday, September 08, 2021 11:51:59 AM
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WHY ARE KEN KRAFT TRAILERS SO EXPENSIVE WHEN THE TONKEN TRAILERS ARE ABOUT THE SAME ?
kcmtoys
Posted: Wednesday, September 08, 2021 12:54:20 PM

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George Hiram wrote:
WHY ARE KEN KRAFT TRAILERS SO EXPENSIVE WHEN THE TONKEN TRAILERS ARE ABOUT THE SAME ?


Good question. They are 500.00-1000.00 + on Ebay with a tractor.
Quinella
Posted: Wednesday, September 08, 2021 5:10:50 PM

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Thanks Guy. I don't see why they are so expensive. The quality is top notch, but they should run around $300.00 in my opinion. But they seem to be the only 1/50th scale West Coast style heavy hauler. The Japanese Ebay sellers who have these listed are out of their minds. I bought two at $300.00 ish each. That included a Hino tractor also. They are heavy pieces that are very well made. The four axles on the trailers move up and down like shock absorbers. The deck is 2 1/2" wide so you can put on a wider load. The detail is great too. George, Tonkin makes cheaper quality models than this one, and of course they are 1/53rd scale. No comparison between the two as far as quality. CAW
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Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2021 12:58:34 AM

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If you don't mind doing some custom work there is a 3D printed 16 wheel Murray available on Shapeways. Here is the one I put together with a few modifications to strengthen up the material so it holds a load better.



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GuyM
Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2021 4:15:15 AM
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I have no idea why Ken Kraft lowboys are so expensive.

The interest of the Tonkin Replicas unit is that you don't notice its 1/53 scale, when hooked-up to a 1/50 tractor, like "kcmtoys" did. The most difficult part is to get rid-off its camber bed, which is OK when empty but does not look good when loaded.
I have upgraded mine this way into a 16-tire Expando Rackley lowboy model, towed by a modified Norscot Peterbilt 379 EXHD tractor. They are carrying here a 37.7 tonnes Caterpillar dozer from Norscot origin:



I hope this helps.
Guy
George Hiram
Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2021 11:16:36 AM
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The Tonkin tractors are 1:53 ,Their trailers measure 1:50 scale same as Conrad.
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