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Old 05-15-2019, 12:07 PM   #1
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Who makes freight car kits now?

Let me start by saying I have been out of the hobby for the last 20 years. Back then there were several freight car kit manufacturers making inexpensive but good kits. Atherarn blue box kits probably the most dominant. But these are now gone. Who is making them now? Seems all I can find are ready to run cars with prices to match.

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Old 05-15-2019, 12:14 PM   #2
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Accurail makes excellent kits....molded on details, easy to assemble, very nice actually. Tichy still makes nice kits, very detailed.

You can still find the Blue box kits, along with MDC, Proto 2000, Atlas, and others at train shows and swap meets.....
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Old 05-15-2019, 03:41 PM   #3
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:20 PM   #4
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don't know ... we don't have train shows or swap meets here in this area, all my old Athearn kits went into the dumpster little by little ...
and the only ones i buy now on ebay are the old Keystone metal logging car kits ..
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:32 PM   #5
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What Hobo said.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:07 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replys. At the moment I am looking for some early 1900's tank cars. Accurail does not have any. All I can find are the Tichy tank cars but they seem kind of pricey for a kit at 16.50 each. Having a hard time swallowing the prices of plastic car and structure kits compared to what I paid for them 20 years ago. Most have doubled or nearly tripled in price.

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Old 05-15-2019, 05:20 PM   #7
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Right now, the Tichy CDLX 10K tanker is at HobbyLinc for under $4.
http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/tic/tic...RoC3T4QAvD_BwE

Not sure if it's an abbreviated kit (without truckframes and decals).
They also have 10-packs at a discount.

All that being said, although Tichy kits render very nice models, they do require a higher level of skill than Accurail kits, plus decal application.
Jus' sayin'.

BTW, Accurail kits can be found on some LHS shelves for $7 or $8. But as you've discovered, they don't offer tankers.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:35 PM   #8
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I think that's just the decals. It's under >Scenery>Decals>.
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Might be...
It came up with just a Google search for "tichy tankcar".
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Plastic is made from oil. Oil is higher than it was 20 years ago, too.
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