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AMT Lowboy?

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Does anybody know that make the AMT Lowboy is based on and is it an accurate kit?

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It's supposed to be a Loadcraft.

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yes Loadcraft, 35 ton, outside frame. In real life if you were to load a Cat D8H on it, it would break the trailer.

The kit is accurate & true to the late 60's - early 70's design.

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Does anybody remember if they released it as a bogie trailer ? In the 1971 catalog they show it as T-508 a low boy trailer and the picture is a hand drawn bogie job .

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Does anybody remember if they released it as a bogie trailer ? In the 1971 catalog they show it as T-508 a low boy trailer and the picture is a hand drawn bogie job .

By bogie, you mean a tandem axle instead of a tri axle. If so, then NO.

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yes Loadcraft, 35 ton, outside frame. In real life if you were to load a Cat D8H on it, it would break the trailer.

The kit is accurate & true to the late 60's - early 70's design.

Thanks Richard very Interesting. So it would be able to take a truck ?. Just removing my D8 as we speak :P Do you know if they had a Loadcraft decal on the 1/1

Dave

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The Loadcraft logo was on the gooseneck. There was one in the original issue of the kit, but the reissues don't have the decal. Check with Jerry over at Model Truckin', I think he has them.

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Wow cool thanks James I will check them out . Im guessing but was it down to copyrights that they didnt get decals in reissues :(

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Something like that. I think Loadcraft went out of business & the ownership of the name is in limbo. So, yes, copyrights.

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Thanks Richard very Interesting. So it would be able to take a truck ?. Just removing my D8 as we speak :P Do you know if they had a Loadcraft decal on the 1/1

Dave

Dave,

yes on a truck, 35 ton US = 70,000 pounds capacity. The problem is the outside frame, the load would have to be spread evenly both across & length wise on the deck. It is rather easy to cut it up & make a fixed neck drop deck, with moving the beams to the center. so that the run with the same width as the rails over the tri axle suspension.

Then make new deck side extensions & it would be able to haul the D8

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We are talking about this trailer correct?

Dozer1.jpg

D8H is listed at 47,000 lbs, so there is a fair margin between that and max capacity of 35 tons.

I don't know that much about trailers but it looks very similar to the ones like this that I see dozers getting lugged around on.

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Load King 353 CS.pdfGents,

I also heard the AMT was supposed to be a Loadcraft. I have searched dozens of archives and have collected every line drawing I have ever seen and I have never seen a drawing or photo of this trailer list as Loadcraft. Loadcraft is as far as I know still in business in Brady,Texas so yes there would be copyright issues.

I have found a drawing of a 35 ton trailer form Load King that is almost identical to the AMT trailer. Notice that the drawing does say narrow neck.

The Caterpillar D8H has a listed operating weight of 70,503 lbs technically over limit for a 35 ton capacity trailer.

Could it be that someone at AMT lost his notes and got the two companies confused?

Edited by Bgrgbldr

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Thanks guys thats some very helpfull info . It looks like I better start cutting ^_^ so I can put my D8H back on

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