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    I keep looking into On30, trying to decide if I would at least like to do some diorama modeling in O scale in preparation for having an On30 layout some day. The latest thing I looked into is vehicle models. Being primarily a model car builder I was very disappointed with what I have found so far. All I am seeing are cheap 1/43 diecasts with poor detail or very expensive 1/50 diecasts, (not on my budget!) I did see one 1/48 white metal Wheel Works kit on ebay. Am I looking in the wrong places? Is there really more for O scale in the way of realistic, well detailed model car and truck diecasts or kits out there I'm no seeing? I'm mostly interested in the 1930's era.

    David

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    David, welcome to the world of O gauge,,,I to have searched and searched for 1/48 cars trucks and equipment, very few and far between. I have done numerous internet searches as well. In HO there are all kinds from every era but in O it's sparse indeed. I wish someone would come out with a line because I would be buying lots of them.Rusty Rails has trucks and cars but they are all the same year model just different configurations......Jerry

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    • #3
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      David, welcome to the world of O gauge


      Well, don't welcome me yet, I haven't joined, and without decent vehicles at this scale at reasonable cost I don't beleive I will be joining.

      I looked at Rusty Rails and it looks like he has the old Wheel Works molds, but the prices are much more than I'm willing to pay.

      David

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      • #4
        I understand, 50 bucks a pop.I wish Woodland Scenics or someone would make O vehicles, they do the people. Course on the high side the rolling stock and engines in On30 are very reasonable and the track and most other stuff is the same as Ho. But I share your fustration at no vehicles...

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        • #5
          Bill Roy of McKinsey iron & steel has Nash quads.

          Keith Weismann has Wheel works vehicles.

          And Sierra West has Mac trucks.

          I understand $50 is a lot of money but remember these are big vehicles.

          Compared to HO they are 4 times the mass.

          Cheap injected plastic would work, so may be look at military models too.

          You could also scratch build early vehicles too, they used a lot of flat sheet metal.

          Heck Tom York has vehicles with parts made of wood!

          Oh, and Athern has some neat JD tractors for $7, that look great with some weathering and detail.

          -Mj

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          • #6
            Athearn will be releasing a line of 1931 Ford model A's in 1/50. I think they're supposed to come out this fall. Hopefully they'll be in your budget.
            Jeff

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            • #7
              Aren't there a whole lot of vehicles in 1/50 and 1/43 scales?

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              • #8
                Yes there are Bob, some real nice ones in 1/50 but they are very expensive..the 1/43 just look to big to me. If your trying to build a scene with a lot of vehicles it's a challenge in O to do it without breaking the bank. I prefer ready made as I do not care to model cars and such. The HO guys have it made in this respect, a whole bunch to choose from in every era.

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                • #9
                  I was recently on the Tamiya website, and noticed a new 1/48th release: a 1941(?) Ford 4 door staff car.

                  It looked basically stock and easily convertable to civilian use.

                  They also have fuel cans and drums that look useable.

                  CD

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                  • #10
                    Do you have a link Chuck? I looked over the Tamiya USA site and couldn't find it. I have been watching their new 1/48 military line for anything that could be of use. I wonder if the 6X6 could be used for anything? If it has a detailed engine I think that Chevy inline 6 was used from the mid-30's on, I'm not sure if the chassis and drive train had any pre-war civilian applications. Do you see anything else in that line of kits that could be used even if only for parts?

                    David

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                    • #11
                      Here it is. The truck would convert to a post war logger real nicely!

                      http://www.tamiya.com/english/produc...fcar/index.htm

                      I just noticed it is available only as a pre-finished model...Hmmm.

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                      • #12
                        David

                        O scale vehicles are tough on the budget. I'm still thinking of back dating and going with horses and wagons.

                        Peter [:-kitty]

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                        • #13
                          With some scratch/bashing using the old renwal kits, you can make 1920's era cars/trucks....many of which would have been around in the 30's.







                          Marc

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                          • #14
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                            The truck would convert to a post war logger real nicely!


                            Ya, I guess it would, unfortunately I want to model pre-war. I took a closer look at Tamiya's info about it and it has no separate engine, the chassis is of no use either, it's a clunky, low detail, diecast lump. The wheels and springs might be useful though. I have an Academy 1/72 scale 6X6 kit that has engine detail, go figure.

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                            I just noticed it is available only as a pre-finished model...Hmmm.


                            Oh, that's why I couldn't find it, I was looking for a kit.

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                            O scale vehicles are tough on the budget.


                            Ironically about the only O scale items not too tough on the budget are many of the locos! I'll have to do a lot of scratchbuilding to be able to afford this scale. The good news there is O scale so far for me appears as though it may be the perfect scratch builder's scale.

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                            I'm still thinking of back dating and going with horses and wagons


                            Unforunately I just can't get excited about horses and wagons.

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                            With some scratch/bashing using the old renwal kits, you can make 1920's era cars/trucks....many


                            Thanks for the tip. I didn't know Renwal did 1/48 kits. A quick search on ebay netted a couple cars that might be interesting, but no trucks. BTW, prior to this thread being resurrected by Chuck I decided to try scratch building a truck in O scale. I started a thread in the Scratch building section about the 1924 Napp-Darrow 5 ton truck I'm attempting to build.

                            Nice looking project there Marc. What exactly is it and which parts came from a Renwal kit?

                            David

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                            • #15
                              David,

                              I didn't realize that the truck project on the other thread was yours. Earlier when I saw it I was most intrigued, and was very interested in how it was going to proceed/develop.

                              The truck is just free-lance. I have a couple of different ones under construction. I basically just pulled ideas/reference/inspiration material from the "American Truck & Bus Spotters Guide 1920-1985", and the "Handbook of Automobiles 1915-1916"; then looked at what parts I had available, to ry and build a believable/plausible model.

                              The black parts are all from the Renwall kits....can't exactly remember which one off-hand. The motor is from a 1/48 Jeep kit from Bandai, radiator fan from an HO diesel loco detailing set, the radiator is Grandt Line, license plate and tail-light part modiied from a Renwal kit, the white parts are scratchbuilt with styrene from Evergreen Hill, the brass parts are a combination of brass rod and PE parts from 1/35 armor kits.

                              The wheels will be from one of the Renwall kits, the seat cushions will be a combination of modified 1/35 armor parts, and scratch. The hood will be a combination of modified HO diesel loco louvers, and metal sheet for the curved top. The front springs and axels are still being decided upon. The truck bed will either be all styrene, or a comination of styrene and Mt. Albert stripwood. If I do stakes, I will probably use Grandt Line "S" scale pockets.

                              I plan on building the truck without a bed or "box" attached....this way I can change those out as desired for a different truck/look, for use in different scenes/photos/doiramas if I so desire.

                              Marc

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