colorado hirailer posted:

Yup...a circa 1940 Dodge schoolbus would work, too.  I rode to school on a circa 1940 Chevy bus driven by my uncle.  I need two, one for a schoolbus, and one to bash into a railbus.

As far as I can tell, nobody makes a pre-war US-made school-type bus in O scale. If they did, they could almost name their price.

NHVRYGray posted:

Does anyone know where I can get a 1/48 - 1/50 GMC Crackerbox, day cab preferred.  GMC Cannonball sleeper cab, GMC 630, or whatever the tractor is in the attached pictures.

Parts sources besides Don Mills.  Loads I got, even the locomotive.  Trailers I can get by with.  Tractors are killing me.moss 1957mossmove

 

Revel 1/48 Chevy 1 1/2 ton cab on a scratch built chassis ?

Richie C. posted:

I have some space on my layout to add some larger trucks, tractors, trailers, etc., but I'm concerned about size and scale. Thinking about starting with something simple, like the attached tractor trailer from DD in 1/43 scale (which looks like a good price), but I'm concerned that it might look too large for O gauge and the buildings and structures on my layout.

Thoughts about scale and size ?

https://www.diecastdirect.com/...oductCode=NR16303-RD

Thanks in advance.

 

Richie,

I find if you keep all the same scale vehicles on the layout (1:43) for instance, they look just right.  If you mix 1:50, 1:48, and 1:43, the difference is very noticeable.   I keep the same sizes in groupes, and they blend well. Trucks though in 1:48 verses 1:43, and especially 1:50 are significantly different.  I find most 1: 43 Tractor Trucks are closer to 1:40 and are very large and look out of place alongside their cousins'...  

 Quarter Gauger 48'

   

Td 

 

Wanted to share my latest find to everyone.  

SHAPEWAYS

3D printing has been talked about on numerous topics.  I was thinking about my sought after GMC 630, Cannonball and others and I thought about printing and I remembered Shapeways.

Their search isn't too friendly but I found cabs and complete trucks for a GMC Crackerbox, GMC Astro early and late, Dodge L1000, Mack Superliner, Ford L9000, various Pete's and KW's and more parts than you could imagine.  LOTS to spend money on, most fairly reasonable.

Big designer names to look for Model Mechanic, MadAboutCars, Dennys 3d classic trucks and implements.

If anyone does come across a GMC 630 or Cannonball please post, as I said their search isn't too friendly.

Now I have even more places to spend money on than my train sources.

Latest project in works - McLean IH Transtar with a Ragtop trailer.  Will post when finished.

This is addictive - I need to to get back building the layout!!!!

There are also a lot of train detail parts there as well.

Gray

 

 

 

Thanks Lee, I missed until this AM.  I tried to find Herb Dekes (or Deeks) on the net, but was not successful.  If you have a contact or a web site I'd appreciate the help.

Per my previous post looks like Shapeways has some items worth exploring.  3D printing is the new casting??

Quarter Gauger 48 posted:
Richie C. posted:

I have some space on my layout to add some larger trucks, tractors, trailers, etc., but I'm concerned about size and scale. Thinking about starting with something simple, like the attached tractor trailer from DD in 1/43 scale (which looks like a good price), but I'm concerned that it might look too large for O gauge and the buildings and structures on my layout.

Thoughts about scale and size ?

https://www.diecastdirect.com/...oductCode=NR16303-RD

Thanks in advance.

 

Richie,

I find if you keep all the same scale vehicles on the layout (1:43) for instance, they look just right.  If you mix 1:50, 1:48, and 1:43, the difference is very noticeable.   I keep the same sizes in groupes, and they blend well. Trucks though in 1:48 verses 1:43, and especially 1:50 are significantly different.  I find most 1: 43 Tractor Trucks are closer to 1:40 and are very large and look out of place alongside their cousins'...  

All the cars and pick-up trucks currently on my layout are 1:43 scale (sample pic attached) and they work pretty well with the existing buildings and structures, but I want to dip my foot into larger tractors and trailers and needed to get a sense of what scale would integrate well with what I've already got, especially because I'd be buying on-line and don't want to end up with something too large or small that doesn't work well.

Thanks

 

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Quarter Gauger 48 posted:
Richie C. posted:

I have some space on my layout to add some larger trucks, tractors, trailers, etc., but I'm concerned about size and scale. Thinking about starting with something simple, like the attached tractor trailer from DD in 1/43 scale (which looks like a good price), but I'm concerned that it might look too large for O gauge and the buildings and structures on my layout.

Thoughts about scale and size ?

https://www.diecastdirect.com/...oductCode=NR16303-RD

Thanks in advance.

 

Richie,

I find if you keep all the same scale vehicles on the layout (1:43) for instance, they look just right.  If you mix 1:50, 1:48, and 1:43, the difference is very noticeable.   I keep the same sizes in groupes, and they blend well. Trucks though in 1:48 verses 1:43, and especially 1:50 are significantly different.  I find most 1: 43 Tractor Trucks are closer to 1:40 and are very large and look out of place alongside their cousins'...  

All the cars and pick-up trucks currently on my layout are 1:43 scale (sample pic attached) and they work pretty well with the existing buildings and structures, but I want to dip my foot into larger tractors and trailers and needed to get a sense of what scale would integrate well with what I've already got, especially because I'd be buying on-line and don't want to end up with something too large or small that doesn't work well.

Thanks

 

Richie, is that Greyhound bus 1:43 or maybe actually 1:50?

Ron

PRRronbh posted:

Richie, found the image I was looking for.

In this image the autos are 1:43 but the trucks (except panel) and graders are 1:50 scale.

IMG_0245

Hope this is of some help.

Ron

That does make it clearer - thanks, Ron - love the REA stake truck and highway patrol car.

pokey493 posted:
PRRronbh posted:

Richie, found the image I was looking for.

In this image the autos are 1:43 but the trucks (except panel) and graders are 1:50 scale.

IMG_0245

Hope this is of some help.

Ron

I like the model A Fords, May I ask who made them?

Pokey

Pokey, they are both by Athearn.

Ron

PRRronbh posted:
pokey493 posted:
PRRronbh posted:

Richie, found the image I was looking for.

In this image the autos are 1:43 but the trucks (except panel) and graders are 1:50 scale.

IMG_0245

Hope this is of some help.

Ron

I like the model A Fords, May I ask who made them?

Pokey

Pokey, they are both by Athearn.

Ron

Thank you, they will definitely be on my list of vehicles to buy.

Pokey

Guys thanks for posting I think this is the most  activity this thread has seen for a long time and I appreciate you supporting it 

Brian.  Thanks for the pic that’s some cool looking Photoshop 

Bob.  Once again you out done yourself just when I pick out my favorite one you come up with another one I think this one is my all-time favorite thank you very much for posting it 

Gray. Can’t wait to see that corn binder ragtop when you get it done.  Be careful when buying from shape ways sometimes they hire programmers who doesn’t know a thing about the dimensions or the looks of a subject I’ve seen some of their work and is very disappointing so be careful plus you have to deal with the lines in the product trying to sand these lines out of the product can result to diminishing the fine detail that once there  unless you get the high dollar ultra plastic one good luck 

Well I ordered a Crackerbox, will be awhile before it gets in plus the build.

We'll see how things work out, you never know until you try,  Never even thought about bashing truck models until about a year ago.

Everyone will see the results no matter how they come out.  Hopefully OK

Gray

 

 

Hey Lee,

When a modeler of your skill set says it’s good, it has to be good.   Thank you for your encouraging comments.   However, just when you think you have seen your “all time favorite” this one appears.  This one started out as a completely different unit, (that’s a story all by itself).  A set of Ohio State Highway Patrol decals and a few LED’s later and presto this is what you get.  This unit has 16 individual LED’s of various sizes which produce the lighting effect seen here.  Also, there are 2 separate circuit boards located under the hood and trunk which independently control the blue and red LED’s.  BTW, this one is MY favorite and will have a prominent place on the layout.  Thanks again!

 

 

 

Chief Bob (Retired)

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you are right but I just can’t see throwing good money at bad. I was afraid you were going to buy from this designer he also designed this one in 1/32 that someone castes in resin let’s hope yours will be different but I have my doubts. Here’s some reference pics of the 1/32 one it is way off 

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Bob you are unbelievable when it comes to these you achieve something I could never do. I envy your work and always have I honored you post your work here on my thread. Keep those Emergency vehicles coming. 

Lee,

By the same token you accomplish things that I cannot do.   That's what makes this a GREAT Hobby.   We are all driven by the accomplishments of people we admire to try to do just a little bit better for ourselves!   Thank you again my friend!

Chief Bob (Retired)

WAROK: Nice views of vehicles you have, especially the big trucks, and the campers in the last photo. The silver one on the left looks like the EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle from the movie "Stripes"

Rusty

And as the sunset faded, I spoke to the faintest first starlight.
And I said next time, Next time, We'll get it right!

Lee Drennen, these two pics are for you.  Yesterday at the North Carolina Transportation Museum (NCTM) in Spencer, NC (old Southern Shop's) they hosted a three prong event.  "national Train Day", a toy train show and the "Antique Truck Historical Society" show.  Saw this as I was walking to the Backshop.

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Wish I had the time (actually ENERGY) to walk through the hundreds of older trucks , mostly tractor/trailers that were on display.

Ron

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Lee Drennen, these two pics are for you.  Yesterday at the North Carolina Transportation Museum (NCTM) in Spencer, NC (old Southern Shop's) they hosted a three prong event.  "national Train Day", a toy train show and the "Antique Truck Historical Society" show.  Saw this as I was walking to the Backshop.

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IMG_7157

Wish I had the time (actually ENERGY) to walk through the hundreds of older trucks , mostly tractor/trailers that were on display.

Ron

Thanks Ron for taking the time to post that for me. I used to love taking my old Autocar to those truck shows but like you it’s getting harder to walk around all that and work on my truck. Glad you have fun 

As for pre-war school buses, a bus plant in the south, that l think is now closed, was selling O scale models of its first mid-20's Model T Ford school bus.  I sold a case of them in train shows some years ago, but it is too primitive for my purposes. Do not know if they are still available, but doubt it.

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

PUFFRBELLY posted:

Howdy Everyone,

Here is a North Carolina State Trooper Dodge Charger I just shipped to LEO.RET who is one of our forum members that I have custom built police vehicles for previously. Hope you guys like it.

 

 

Chief Bob (Retired)  

Another beauty'... Bob'... Love it'  

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Td 

 

My latest rework and what it came from, prototype and model.

McLean Tucking out of Winston Salem NC.  IH Transtar, typical LTL carrier no frills.  

Tractor is an Ertl Transtar, repainted and decaled, frame shortened, windshield wipers relocated to bottom of windshield and de-fancied from the owner operator version it came as (shown) to an LTL carrier, Don Mills spoke wheels replacing the chrome Budds.  It's not exact, but gets the point across.   

Trailer is a Weaver repainted and decaled with a actual canvas ragtop, tie strips and the tie ropes sewn on.

I was concerned about the tractor and thought the trailer would be no problem, boy I got that backwards.

Don't blink too long, that fancy IH Transtar pictured in the opposite lane is due to become another NC LTL carrier, Johnson Motor Lines.

 

Gray Lackey

 

 

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