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Best diesel detail parts
1.) Detail Associates
2.) BLMA
3.) Cannon
4.) Plano
5.) Hi-Tech
6.) Bowser (plastic).
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55 gal drums
From FOS.


Molded in brown styrene.
Easy to make them look like this.
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Sound
I'm overtly biased about sound, which is why I omitted it from the list.
But I will take ESU LokSound over any other, any day of the week.
Not sorry.
 

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EXACTRAIL
Deck bridges
RTR, and hyper-detailed.


I'm a big fan of deck-plate & girder type bridges.
These from ExactRail are the finest I've seen... hands down.
Early and late styles, with wood or wire railings. See-thru detail galore.
Ready-To-Run... just take 'em out of the box, add rails, and set 'em in place.
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FOS castings, parts, & details
Quality stuff.


This one is pewter (reasonably priced).
Some are resin or styrene.
This is the front piece for a background flat.
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PRIMERS
From my review of primers (thread) a while back:
Badger Stynylrez:
PRO'S: Acrylic urethane. Sprays like a dream. Dries very smooth. Available in 18 colors; 2 to 32oz bottles. Adheres well to all surfaces. Good finish-coat retention. Superb coverage. Excellent primer.
CON'S: Minimum 20psi. Needs to be thinned for 0.5mm nozzles or less. Not readily found on LHS shelves. Mostly available at online outlets.
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BLMA Signal bridges
2 & 3-track.


RTR plastic & resin
4 & 6-head LED's
Etched metal ladders
Excellent detail
Both era (angle iron) and 'modern' (pipe) designs, although the era types are getting harder to find.
Next to Alkem brass kits, these are about the best.
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I like your list. There were a couple brands I saw at a hobby store near me that weren't on the list, wondering how they are. Kato is one for locomotives, I thought they were only N scale but apparently they make some HO locomotives. The other is Fox Valley, which makes some freight cars.
 

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Merely oversights...
They're both very good when you can find them.
I haven't seen them on LHS shelves in a while.
 

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Accurail trucks
The most popular item in Accurail's parts inventory is their trucks.
They're the best choice, hands down, for replacement, enhancement, quality, and performance.
Give 'em a TruckTune, install metal wheels, and enjoy a top-shelf roller that'll glide like a curling stone.
Roll quality will match or exceed that of any premium car on the market.

They're available in bulk, in Bettendorf, Andrews, and Roller bearing types, in black, gray, silver, and oxide red (I've found them in white awhile back, which is no longer listed).
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Kadee couplers
Performance, reliability, durability, compatibility, availability.
Kadee couplers (and Wathers ProtoMax) are the best... hands down. No arguments.
All you need to install them is the right-sized Phillips screwdriver.
#5's & 148's slap right into any Accurail car, and a wide variety of others, plus all North American model HO locomotives that I know of.
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Best bushes
Reynauld'sMBR


Best, hands down.
European... expensive and hard to find, but cheaper at shows.
These resemble common Boxwood or Privet. I loaded Worlee, Redemption, Pines Nest, and Woods End with them.
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Any experience with American Limited Models freight cars? Was wondering where they would rate on your list.
Haven't seen many (if any) around.
They make nice tankers and diaphragms.
 

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Brekina Mercedes
Flanked by Iconic Replicas and CMW Greyhounds.
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American Limited tankers
Top shelf quality.


American Limited is more known for their diaphragms.
These tank cars are accurate for 1960's to '90's.
Very highly detailed... but expensive.
MSRP is $65.
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