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Trix Big Boy
It may not get any better than this...
... or more expensive.


#4014 in excursion trim, is probably the most accurate rendition in the entire hobby.

Locomotive & tender come attached, inside a long wooden presentation box, securely screwed to a wood platform for safe shipping.
Weighs over three pounds. It'll easily pull 60 freight cars. Separate crew figures for customer-install. Cab lighting. Superbly backlit number boards.
Street price is $900+.

[Edit]: expand photo #5, and check out the builder's plate on the smokebox.
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InterMountain & Atlas Master reefers
Top shelf quality and detail.

I have a slew of these.
IMO, (for RTR reefers) they're about the best.
And yes, the Armour has a roofwalk issue in the photo... been fixed.
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Wire grabs on Accurail

Shave off
Drill
Snip-to-length
CA in place

There are 7 installed, visible in this photo.
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Athearn RTR SD39
"Primed for Grime" series.

Southern Pacific SD39's spent most of their lives on the Tehachapi Loop.


The Athearn RTR diesels in this manufacturing run are superbly detailed, and rival any top shelf or top rated model...
Four-gang rubber MU hoses; Lift bars; Scale handrails; All separately applied grabs; Photo etched wipers; See-thru dynamic brake fan grilles; prototype functioning GyraLight.

However, "Primed for Grime" is actually a misleading label... they're not really grimy.
They're slightly faded, with weather-worn lettering, but definitely not grimy.

Regardless, they lend a new dimension to overall weathering, because worn and discolored lettering is a feature almost impossible to replicate.
When this model is weathered it will look all the more realistic.
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Discussion Starter #66
BTW, these diesels are quite at home, when MU'd with 40-dash-2's & 40T-dash-2's.
 

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Discussion Starter #68 (Edited)
In this thread, under "50/55-gallon steel drums", I list the top four as:
Tichy
All Scale Miniatures
JL Inovative Design
Herpa Promotex


These are the Herpa's:
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In addition, I found these on eBay...
They're unbranded, but are listed as "HO Scale German Fuel Drums".
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They come as you see them... completely weathered, for about $1 each.
 

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In this thread, under "Decals", I list Tichy as second best behind only MicroScale.

If you have a car you want completely decorated or lettered, Tichy probably has it covered.
Complete decals for all car types, and just about every railroad are available.
Undecorated cars, especially Accurails benefit the most.

$4 per car, or $20 for a set of six, with all different car numbers.
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Top-o-the-list in "Vehicles"...
CLASSIC METAL WORKS

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Dead trees from Woodland Scenics
Including bendable/paintable.

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I've watched a couple of folks build those very realistic dead trees... Impressive results but painfully acquired.
 

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Funaro "Battleship" gondola
105 ton, 6-axle behemoth.


Funaro/Camerlengo is an American company, located in Honesdale, PA.
I'd heard a lot about their kits, so I grabbed one on discount from our 'train pimp'.

Unpainted, unlettered resin kits. Even the trucks are unpainted resin.
Intricate detail, wire grabs, and a plethora of quality white resin parts, but...
The instructions are greatly disappointing. Hard to follow (for me anyway).
Wheels were not included with this kit, but I suspect it was an isolated oversight.

It is however, a beautiful model when finished, and the three axle trucks are a hoot.
It was a decent roller to begin with, but I gave it a TruckTune anyway. However, the center journals are not easily accessible.
With six wheelsets I expected some derailments... none so far. In fact, the car negotiates the back entrance "wigglies" to Shapiro's. Go figure.

Being resin kits, (like Westerfield) they require CA cement, and a coat of good primer.
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Rightway magnetic clamps
For solid squareness in structure assembly.

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that's an interesting idea. there's a puzzle/game for kids built in a similar fashion, less the stands that might work also now that i look see it...
 

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Model Railstuff
Superb quality castings
Pre-painted.


Bridge piers, chimneys, pallet loads, hopper & gondola loads, culverts, retaining walls, stone walls, earth track bumpers, banded lumber loads, etc... all in highly detailed pre-painted castings, and reasonably priced.
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Older AccuRail Kits. They need new running gear but the shells are nice. Price tags read $4.55 & $4.74

I have 2 or 3 of the "oxide red data only" hoppers that will make my Iron Ridge Mines train.

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Westerfield ATSF gondola
Amazing kits... and amazing results.
(but tedious and time-consuming).

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Accurail stock car
A premium grade look.


I now have four stock cars... an old Rail Line and a Roundhouse, which are both very nice, and now these two Accurails.
They're nice looking cars, and even before assembly the bodies have a premium look.
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