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'Easy-build' structures
Walthers & Atlas.

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.
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Athearn GP60
Not fond of Speed Lettering, but it was cheap on clearance sale.
These ditch lights are clocked perfectly. Brightness & fadeout are extremely prototypical.
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3D printed monster kit
Unpainted parts.


Purchased from eBay... unbranded.
Pics #3 & #4 are backyard shots.
#5 compares it to a 1-ton dump truck.
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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.
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Tangent Pullman Standard PS-2 4427 covered hopper…..train collection NIB…..$20.00 CDN…..

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Athearn crib-end gon
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Got 3 of these --
Very long...
Recommended 24" radius is pushing it.
26" is really the practical minimum for these cars.
28" before they start to look right.
 

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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.
 

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Not many Kato's in my stable
But they run really well.

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Scale stripwood
FastTracks (Mt.Albert).

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.
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Aurora HO slot cars
Ebay and yard sale buys.


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.
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Modified IHC Mack CF fire truck
Boley wheels and deck gun.

Two week project
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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.
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