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I was wondering if anyone can help identify the cars in the photo in the link below and if they would be available in 1/43 scale??  I am building this unique train a doodlebug that pulled 2 flat cars. I was going to try to replicate all the vehicles in this photo as reasonably close as possible. But in particular I wanted to do the first car as close to possible (BC Electric car)? Photo on the NMRA website. Click on the Auto Cars and click on X to view a large view.  Just finished repainting a MTH Doodlebug to match and next will try to build some flat cars that match and add the cars to match the on line photos. In real life the train ran a short shuttle to a small community down the lake a ways that did not have road access at the time. There was a Hydro electric plant here and the first car is for the BC Electric company that ran the Hydro project.

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OK, I’ll go out on a limb … I couldn't quite tell, but it looks like the yellow car has a large chrome ring centered on the front grill.  Without researching body lines, it immediately made me think “Studebaker” (and then “Tucker”).

Agreed, the other models should be easy to find — especially the white VW, as this thread recently showed .

Gotta love those doodlebugs; have fun with this project!

Tomlinson Run Railroad

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1930 Model A, made by Brooklyn. Nomally it's a $100+ model, scored off ePay and arrived today, for $40 including postage. I will be lightly weathering it and adding a 1943 TN plate.

I'd been wanting a Model A for some time, glad to finally have one, and I even like the color!

Before and after, just finished this:

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I added a "B card" gas rationing sticker to the windshield, removed the side windows, and then added a Tennessee 1943 plate to the back end.

Okay, so it's more than lightly weathered, but I like how it turned out.

I also like how it looks parked:

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Scott, that's a sharp'50 Ford coupe in maroon color...what brand diecast is it?  

Paul, my 1950 Maroon Ford Coupe is a First Response Replicas, and I think I paid $9 for it. I'm not sure First Response are still around. However, I believe American Heritage has the same model, too. I couldn't find any reasonably priced 1950 models, but there are more 1949 (same body) available by Vintage Vehicles and ETRL on eBay.

Sometimes it looks maroon, in lower light it looks dark brown. LoL

Thanks for the responses in my quest to match up the vehicles on the flat cars in the photo on this NMRA website; the Auto Cars image; (the images in my post are of my painted doodlebug and a quick mock up of what flat cars with cars  might look like)  http://www.7divpnr.ca/node/368

I took the photos to my train club today and some knowledgeable folks identified  the vehicles as follows; 1957 Ford Meteor Rideau 500 2 door, 1957 Cadillac 4 door, 1954 or so Willies Pickup -( look at that load in the back will be fun to model), 1957 Buick 4 door, The station wagon I can not figure out note it has a split windshield and looks like a 2 door something like a ford or Studebaker from the 1950's ?? The last car looks like a Chevy or Pontiac 1950 4 door. Any suggestions on finding similar 1/43 models to these vehicles would be welcome. Will try to get close to this photo for vehicles.

As for the flat cars as they will be 1/48 scale carrying 1/43 models I will have to build them a bit longer then they look for the scale difference.

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I'm certain these are models of a 1:1 scale car you have. I think everyone has either bought, wanted or wished for a model of a car they own or owned in the past.

I'd love a good soft-top late 80s Suzuki Samurai in 1/43 scale even though I could never use it on my layout due to the era differences. As I have a real 1944 Willys MB, I have several models on my 40s-themed layout.

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Suzuki Samurai?  Did you ever "fripit ova"?

Nah, the issue with that was, they didn't roll any more than a Jeep would, but they marketed them as a 'sports vehicle' to younger people who didn't realize it had a high center of gravity. A guy I later met who worked at a dealer which sold them said that most rollovers were from 20-something college girls who got one because it looked cool and treated it like a lower-slung car.

Anyone familiar with vehicles of that type (which I very much was) would never come close to rolling one.

I am working on building the 2 flat cars to match the photo, long enough to be able to hold 3 - 1/43 vehicles on each, yet look like the flat cars in the 1958 photo here;  http://www.7divpnr.ca/node/368

I went hunting around my layout and display shelves and found a suitable collection of vehicles to reasonably match the vehicles in the original 1958 photo.   In place of the Cream colored BC Electric badged 1957 Ford Meteor I am substituting a 1949 Ford Coupe by Ertl I added BC Electric decals. (The BC Electric diesel engines were done in a similar yellow saves me a repaint to the BCE bus / car cream color) In place of the 1957 Cadillac 4 door I found a similar shape of a 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air by Neo . For the Willies dark green pickup 1950's; I found some on e-bay over seas but rather pricy + the shipping costs, The Neo model available looks very similar in the dark green with spare tire and side stacks; will keep looking for this if any cheaper ones show up, but for now from my collection I am substituting with a 1946 Dodge Power Wagon by Matchbox looks rough and tough like the Willies. For the 1957 Buick 4 door I have a 1957 Buick Roadmaster convertible by Neo. I  could not identify the station wagon 5th vehicle in the photo but looks to be a 1940/50's 2 door station wagon, I am using a 1949 Ford Woody wagon 2 door by Road Champs; it looks like the car in the photo, a similar shape. The last car on the flat car is 1950 or 51 Chevrolet or Pontiac, this I was best able to match with a similar color 1950 Chevrolet 4 door by Solido.  Here are the cars on Weaver flat cars.

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@p51 posted:

Nah, the issue with that was, they didn't roll any more than a Jeep would, but they marketed them as a 'sports vehicle' to younger people who didn't realize it had a high center of gravity. A guy I later met who worked at a dealer which sold them said that most rollovers were from 20-something college girls who got one because it looked cool and treated it like a lower-slung car.

Anyone familiar with vehicles of that type (which I very much was) would never come close to rolling one.

Lee I was just kidding, I figured anyone that had ever driven any jeep CJ and older would realize the Samurai had a high COG.  Marketing is where the problem was.  Just like the old 3 wheeled ATVs.  People watched the commercials of professional riders doin incredible things and bought them and let little Johnny have at it until he rolled it over on himself and broke some bones.  Bye bye 3 wheelers.

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Lee I was just kidding, I figured anyone that had ever driven any jeep CJ and older would realize the Samurai had a high COG.  Marketing is where the problem was.  Just like the old 3 wheeled ATVs.  People watched the commercials of professional riders doin incredible things and bought them and let little Johnny have at it until he rolled it over on himself and broke some bones.  Bye bye 3 wheelers.

Joe, I had no way to know you were kidding as so many people back then asked if I'd rolled the thing (as if you couldn't just look and tell it'd never rolled) and still does on those rare occasions when it comes up.

I must admit, of all the vehicles I've owned throughout my life, that is the one I miss the most. You couldn't go very fast in one, but it was a blast to drive, especially in the climate I lived in at the time, in North Florida.

I agree fully about the marketing for Suzuki; Samurais were marketed the same way sports cars were, and young people bought them and drove them outside the envelope of what would be safe for something like that. I grew up in a college town, so several rolled there, from mostly young people who'd been given them after high school or for college by parents who didn't think about it head of time (or more likely, never drove anything like that themselves).

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The  local racing team assembles early this morning for the two hour drive north to the WG race track upstate.  The mechanic, the driver, and the cheerleading squad are along for the trip and expecting a day and night of fun and excitement!  The Ford F100 easily pulls the '63 Stingray, a favorite for the race on the 4th...

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Now that's what I call a racing Team'... Great shot Paul'.. Very nice photo work!!...👍🌟😃

OK, I’ll go out on a limb … I couldn't quite tell, but it looks like the yellow car has a large chrome ring centered on the front grill.  Without researching body lines, it immediately made me think “Studebaker” (and then “Tucker”).

Agreed, the other models should be easy to find — especially the white VW, as this thread recently showed .

Gotta love those doodlebugs; have fun with this project!

Tomlinson Run Railroad

'49 or '50 Ford.

The  local racing team assembles early this morning for the two hour drive north to the WG race track upstate.  The mechanic, the driver, and the cheerleading squad are along for the trip and expecting a day and night of fun and excitement!  The Ford F100 easily pulls the '63 Stingray, a favorite for the race on the 4th...

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That's one hot car and an even hotter team!

The  local racing team assembles early this morning for the two hour drive north to the WG race track upstate.  The mechanic, the driver, and the cheerleading squad are along for the trip and expecting a day and night of fun and excitement!  The Ford F100 easily pulls the '63 Stingray, a favorite for the race on the 4th...

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Great shot Paul! It just shows I need to get a stingray for my layout! If I get that I don't think the ladies will mind if it's a Ford or a Dodge!

the '63 "Stingray" (lower left hand corner) showed up at one of the Friday night rallies last summer at the corner of Summer and North Main...

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Great photo Paul, Rummer has it that there is going to be a get together tomorrow on the corner of Railroad Ave. and 7th St., I will do my best to get some photos as I plan on being in the area!

Well guys I was right the folks all showed up at the corner of Railroad Ave. and 7th Street. They took over the parking lots for the hobby store and Red Owl store!

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Heck there was so many people showing up that they even took over part of the train station parking. The Police were a little worried that some might get pout of had so they had the local Medic units standing by! Which turned out ok as they added more light to see the cars better!

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The nice thing is nobody got out of line, and everyone enjoyed themselves! The must have known someone was watching them from a distance!

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