I have pictures taken for the next couple blog entries, so I should be able to update every couple weeks for a while.
On the last 50 degree day, I painted several models, so the next installment will be back to freight cars and maybe even some motive power.
I again used a Boley mixer and rear section along with the cab steps. The cab is from a Miasto diecast metal military truck. I feel it worked out well. I used the Boley tires and wheels as the Miasto wheels and tires were not acceptable. The decal lettering is different for each Central Concrete location, as they list the city and the phone number for that location. By doing some quick internet research, I was able to find out what exchanges were used in 1949, and in some cases, even what part of town used which exchange.
You may have been wondering why Central Concrete needed a lowboy trailer. Well number 6 here, would be the answer. This is a Trident German half-track prototype cab and tracks with a Mini-Lindy mixer. Although I have not been able to find a picture, I have heard of units similar to this that were built right after the war from army surplus units. Made from a German half-track and in Arkansas, well a little hard to believe. I did enjoy building it and I think it looks cool.
Next up, the Central Concrete Fleet. I am in the process of kitbashing 9 different cement mixers. Three for each major city along the Kansas City, Fort Smith and Gulf HO model railroad. FWIW, niether Kansas City or Fort Smith are to be modeled, but I will have some cement mixers lettered for the Fort Smith Center Concrete location. The other two locations will be Joplin and Springdale.