Two very similar kits.
Walthers' Company House twin-pack, and the Atlas Classic American Home are fairly simple plastic builds... one evening's work, plus paint & weather.
Small footprints for tight spaces.
MSRP's... Walthers, $45, Atlas $35.
Both are LHS priced at $22 to $30.
Undecorated Athearn Blue Box
Work in progress.
(spare time project).
$35 from the 'Bargain Bin'.
ESU LokSound and some aftermarket details have been added, e.g., S3M horn, air hoses, & some wire grabs.
First photo -- Stynylrez-primed, and painted SP Lark Dark Gray.
Other photos show mask-off painted Scarlet nose and rear.
Still need to add scarlet 'wing' decals, lettering, handrails, windows, numberboards, Kadees, LED's, and some more wire grabs.
i don't know what they are but they are O-72 or greater which is how i think of them as that's what i used to do. I hand laid them (flex track) without measuring anything because that seemed fun. Yeah back when i had all my O-track out I learned and got rid of all the curves below o-72. i had, well I guess I still have some O-96 or thereabouts. It does look better if you have the room -- so I just followed suite with HO. but my overall layouts are kinda sucky i admit.
I have my eye on one of the new amtrak models from Kato coming out in the spring -- mainly because it has this nifty per truck mounted motor set up. just like the tech novelty of it. although it's not really a new new idea. they just seem to have done such a good job with it.
For bashing, scratching, and bridge building.
I try to buy scale stripwood by FastTracks. Northeastern and Midwest are good, but IMO I get better quality control with Mt.Albert stuff.
The problem is, I can rarely find it locally.
MSRP is $3.65 to $5.45 a bundle + shipping.
It's not discounted much, but LHS prices (when you can find it) are usually $3 to $4.50.
I've actually had these for quite a while...
I've got about two dozen of them in a Tupperware bin from years ago. Most are circa 1930's, '40's, & '50's cars.
Once the 'belly-bulk' mechanisms are removed, they make great street-rod denizens (wide tires & 'slicks').
They're starting to command higher 'collectable' prices these days... some are upwards of $50 on eBay.
Modified IHC Mack CF fire truck
Boley wheels and deck gun.
Two week project.
A little beyond my era, but what the heck... it was fun.
Added diamond plate on rear deck and behind cab; Added cab grabs; Hosing is cocktail party straws & solder strips.
Primed with Stynylrez, and painted with Tamiya Pure Red and Gloss Chrome Silver.