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TrainsRMe posted:

Tomlinson Run Railroad, thanks so much for your post.  I mostly like to make my vehicles as near stock as possible.

>>  Yes, that should be the model maker's job but they do sometimes take, er, license.  =grin=

>> I find the more I enjoy the model cars that I got for my layout, the better care I take of my full-size.  I bought polish to fix a rubbed spot in the finish on a model and now am touching up the 1:1.  Seems backwards, I know! 

A K-G hardtop with luggage rack?  It sounds like you once had one like that - or maybe you like to travel.  I always thought they were a cool car.

>> Neither.  I happened to see a gorgeous green one drive by back in the early 1980s.  As a long time VW owner, it really caught my eye.  Alas, I only have a single car garage.  :-)

>> Hopefully later this week I can photograph and post my 1:43 V-dubs.   Your split-window is nice.  Thanks for the inspiration.

TRRR

Pete, those Starbucks trucks are Awesome. I have to get me some of those. 

Here are two ubiquitous 34 Fords. The green one was turned into a tractor with a scratch built trailer, using a Lionel frame as the base. The other was a box van with the box removed and turned into a backwoods hauler.

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Now a couple of Dollar General Chevys. I just finished the blue one. It starting as a really nice blue model. I just flattened and faded the blue with a little rust patina added and dirt of course. I replaced the stock bed, the one with the goofy package that hides the trucks friction pull back mechanism. The other I completely repainted/weathered, but replaced the stock bed with a wood one.

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Now a Road Champs Ford, originally part of the "Texaco" series. I completely repainted it a rust color with a lot of mud and rust... 

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Mark Diff posted:

Pete, those Starbucks trucks are Awesome. I have to get me some of those. 

Here are two ubiquitous 34 Fords. The green one was turned into a tractor with a scratch built trailer, using a Lionel frame as the base. The other was a box van with the box removed and turned into a backwoods hauler.

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Now a couple of Dollar General Chevys. I just finished the blue one. It starting as a really nice blue model. I just flattened and faded the blue with a little rust patina added and dirt of course. I replaced the stock bed, the one with the goofy package that hides the trucks friction pull back mechanism. The other I completely repainted/weathered, but replaced the stock bed with a wood one.

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Now a Road Champs Ford, originally part of the "Texaco" series. I completely repainted it a rust color with a lot of mud and rust... 

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Mark those are some nice looking rigs and pickups I like those flat bed trailers

Thanks Lee, and thanks also for starting this thread.  It's fun seeing what people have collected and how they have modified.  Here's another shot - dreamy Fifties cruisers.

I believe the only one I modified is the beige Buick - painted the upholstery and maybe the folded top.  The car is just a cheap flea market product, but I always liked it.

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TrainsRMe posted:

Thanks Lee, and thanks also for starting this thread.  It's fun seeing what people have collected and how they have modified.  Here's another shot - dreamy Fifties cruisers.

I believe the only one I modified is the beige Buick - painted the upholstery and maybe the folded top.  The car is just a cheap flea market product, but I always liked it.

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Your welcome I like the thread also and a BIG Thanks to all that has posted here 

I like those cars the Buick look great maybe soon I can get some of my cars posted 

TrainsRMe posted:

I might be worth a look at Diecast Direct for your newer vehicles.

Here are some more oldies.  No modifications done outside of installing the figures in the Jaguars and paint work on the tractor.

I second the suggestion of Diecast Direct for some examples of newer vehicles.  And, then of course, there is the hit or miss source that many of us use -- CVS or a similar drug store.  They often have modern 1:43 cars and trucks at a reasonable price.

TRRR

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NH passenger train waits at the station.   Junkyard behind the station abuts an elementary school.  Closeup in the junkyard.IMG_6586

OK, TrainsRMe, what's the story here?  I'm curious:  We have a nicely dressed lady in a blue dress sitting in an old junker and guy coming along to presumably offer her a cup of coffee.  Then, there's what looks like a nearly pristine Kublewagen in the background.  ... what an interesting junk yard :-)

Does it have a story to go with it?

TRRR

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TRRR:   .  The nicely-dressed lady in blue is actually a nativity scene shepherd figure.  I thought, after painting her/him, that it looked enough like a pair of coveralls to be suitable for the distance at which it was viewed on the layout.  Digital photos tell tales, though.  Speaking of tales, I like IMG_4857yours, but:

The guy in green was actually made as a service station attendant.  Let's say he is bringing water and oil for the yard wrecker.  As for the lady in blue, she/he is actually working on the stubborn winch on the ancient wrecker, which has just positioned the blue car.  Good catch on the Kubelwagen.  It was rescued by the yard foreman when it came in.  He plans to use it as the replacement wrecker when the antique one finally seizes up.

This was inspired by a small-town junkyard I used to frequent.  It had lots of 30s-50s autos, and the yard wrecker was a '53 Chevy sedan.  However, the yard's owner had sold the radiator out of it. This meant, of course, that he could run the car for only a few minutes at a time.  It looked pretty funny with the top radiator hose just sticking up in the air. 

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Question:  Is anyone familiar the name of this diecast source, based on my scant clues??  I believe that the cars came from eastern Europe, and most were priced around $12, if I remember right.  They had mostly foreign makes, with a lot of obscure models.  (They were the source for the more unusual ones I have posted here).

I had their name in my PC's "Favorites", but lost the favorites during one of Microsoft's upgrades.  I'd be very grateful if someone could come up with this.

 

lee drennen posted:
machinist posted:

A few Corgi 1/50 Mack rehab's

 

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Nick

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corgi “B”  Mack’s are one of my favorite thanks for posting 

Thanks,  Lee.   They're some of my favorites also.   I have a few more waiting in the wings for a business change.   I've been able to find some at local train shows and the Bay for between $8-$16.   The two yellow Heinz Mack's were originally  the Breyer blue & yellow(the company that makes the plastic horses & other animals).   The Menzie was originally a Wilton farms,   and the red & white Heinz was originally a Budweiser(sorry beer lovers).   For those interested,  I've had good success removing the lettering from Corgi die cast vehicles without ruining the base color/colors underneath.    I use Q-tips dipped into Cutex advanced revival nail polish remover(it contains acetone) and work carefully and quickly.   Rub the soaked Q-tip on the lettering until you see it start to dissolve and then quickly wipe that area with a clean dry cloth(I use an old t-shirt).   Don't let the nail polish remover sit on the surface too long or it will start to soften the base color paint.   I usually wait a day to make sure the nail polish remover has completely evaporated/dried before relettering.   I use a combination of decals,  dry transfers,  and vinyl stickers for relettering.    This method has also worked on other die cast items,  but I wouldn't recommend this method on plastic.   I tried it on a couple of junker/broken boxcars and the acetone attacked the plastic pretty quick.   It's always fun to experiment.

Nick

Mark Diff posted:

Machinist posted...That Menzie milk truck really brings back some bitter sweet memories for me. You see our family ran the "other" dairy in town and Menzie was the competition. 

Your trucks look great BTW.

Thanks Mark.   Well,  now you've got me.   Which dairy did your family operate?   By the time I was discharged from the USAF in mid 1971,  Menzie along with several other local dairies were out of business.

Nick

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