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Found this 1937 Ford tractor trailer in an antique mall ...its 1/43 so a little small but for the cost (11$) it fills a space and looks OK.  I am not sure I like the cartoon on the trailer, may over paint that eventually with something more consistent with the time period.  Right now its backing up to my Marx freight station, picking up a load of candy for those Easter baskets !

 

Ford Tractor Trailer -1937

 

Happy Weekend All - try and keep healthy

Don McErlean

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TomlinsonRunRR posted:

FCMR Car 21 the green theme of your photo reminds me of some recent St. Patrick's Day posts :-).  Great looking bus and I like your Lego buildings.  Are they your own design?  It appears they capture the scale well ...  (and I love the subway entrance).

Tomlinson Run Railroad

Thanks TomlinsonRunRR! The green theme was unintentional as I took this photo a couple of years back. Yes, the Lego buildings are my own design. In addition to my long-standing O-Scale hobby, I have a large Lego city/train layout that I display at public shows. The scale of my Lego skyscrapers works well with O-Scale too.

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Well, it's taken a while but here is my friendly response to tnkMarx's 3/18/2020 "German Engineering" post.  I call it:

MORE GERMAN ENGINEERING ...

Hey, wait a minute!  That guy's not really German!

Fraternal twins separated at birth? (Super Beetles)

The red Beetle and yellow Rabbit came from a die cast company I've only used once.  No boxes and they are unmarked except for being made in PRC.  The black Super Beetle is a Cararama (although marked differently underneath) and came with a caravan (forum sponsor Diecast Direct):

1995 Jetta by Green Light (Diecast Direct)

The "interloper" is a  Disney Store Cars 2 Mater in spy disguise model from Diecast Direct.  Don't ask me what possessed me with regard to that purchase!  All are 1/43, or so they say ...

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FCMR Car 21 posted:

Thanks TomlinsonRunRR! The green theme was unintentional as I took this photo a couple of years back. Yes, the Lego buildings are my own design. In addition to my long-standing O-Scale hobbie, I have a large Lego city/train layout that I display at public shows. The scale of my Lego skyscrapers works well with O-Scale too.

Wow!  Those skyscrapers are excellent.  I've tried Lego with my carpet layout but failed terribly (as some old Team Track Tuesday posts attest to).  Yours works really well.  It looks like a typical city street scene!  Nicely done!  The fountain is a great touch, too.

TRRR

Folks, I got this 1995 Jetta because I've had about 4 Jettas in 1:1, including one in black.  I put off this 1/43 purchase for quite a while because I wish model makers would stop adding spoilers and other fancy touches to the boring sedans that I drive.  I just want a boring old model that looks like my cars did for my layout.  ANYWAY, when I got this model I was thrown by what looks like a soccer goal net in the back seat.

My assumption is that it's leftover sprue but the screw on the underside is pretty tight and I've been unable to open the car up to investigate.  Surely it's not a roll bar as that makes no sense but, as I said, mfgrs like to soup up boring sedans.

See the soccer goal in the back seat?

Nicely detailed interior otherwise.  That is NOT dust on the side!  (At least I sure hope it isn't :

Thoughts?

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TomlinsonRunRR posted:

the screw on the underside is pretty tight and I've been unable to open the car up to investigate.  Surely it's not a roll bar as that makes no sense but...........

Thoughts?

Tomlinson Run Railroad

You may recall (much much earlier in this thread) I have a used car lot of every car I have ever owned. In the proper colors.  Painting requires taking the body off, which in turn requires dealing with difficult screws and/or rivets. I got pretty good at drilling them out, and then simply gluing the body back to the mounting posts.  Once you get that shell off you can both remove the spoiler and build one half of your O scale soccer pitch

Capetrainman posted:

Did you ever get the feeling that you worked on the layout most of the day without seemingly much accomplishment?  The greatest accomplishment today was moving a few Ford's and Merc's around for the Ford fans here

City 68City 67City 66

 

 

 Paul, keep those batteries charged up'.. by moving them around is a good thing'...  I think all of us do the same thing.... Sometimes I plan on doing maintenance and just wind up spending hours re-adjusting and moving my little people around and of course their cars and trucks.  The trains never get moved on those days....

John, yes I do remember your earlier post -- with great envy, too!

That's a good suggestion about drilling out the screws and removing the spoiler -- except I couldn't even manage that task on the large rivets on railcar trucks.  (The guy at my hardware store finally succeeded :-). So, I'd have to buy a backup car model before trying such a small and delicate project.  Of course, that would have the advantage of supplying me with a second soccer goal :-).

Doug, interesting observation about the VW Jetta Cup racing issue, and a new one to me.  Sure enough, the roll bar is in the back seat and looks somewhat similiar.  The front end is different, of course, but the rest including the spoiler is close.  The available Greenlight model colors fit right in with prototype racing photos I found.  

Wikipedia (the source of all knowledge), says the Cup model was produced from 2008 to 2011, which is too late.  Perhaps Greenlight built the 1995 around the chassis and interior from a racer?  Or maybe it's just a fantasy Jetta.

Thanks, guys!

Tomlinson Run Railroad

UPDATE:  And, yes, the Cup editions were TDIs (diesel).  The model isn't.

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colorado hirailer posted:

What was that company that made all the S scale trucks from the 1930's and up?  They made a lot of attractive models l drooled over but could not use and still lament the lack of in 1/48- 1/43.   I only found them regularly in that shop over the Strasburg hobby shop in years past.

Was it Dehanes? They was a weird scale 1/53-1/55 

TomlinsonRunRR posted:
FCMR Car 21 posted:

Wow!  Those skyscrapers are excellent.  I've tried Lego with my carpet layout but failed terribly (as some old Team Track Tuesday posts attest to).  Yours works really well.  It looks like a typical city street scene!  Nicely done!  The fountain is a great touch, too.

TRRR

Thank you! I used to add Lego elements to my floor layouts as a kid in the late 1970's, but it was Alan Arnold's use of various toy building sets in his massive O-Scale city layout that got me thinking about  combining my Lego skyscraper city elements with my O-scale. It seems to me that when using Lego with more detailed model train scenery, simple "Brutalist" type buildings work best.

-Duncan 

 

Don McErlean posted:

Found this 1937 Ford tractor trailer in an antique mall ...its 1/43 so a little small but for the cost (11$) it fills a space and looks OK.  I am not sure I like the cartoon on the trailer, may over paint that eventually with something more consistent with the time period.  Right now its backing up to my Marx freight station, picking up a load of candy for those Easter baskets !

 

Ford Tractor Trailer -1937

 

Happy Weekend All - try and keep healthy

Don McErlean

Very nice find. That type of truck is a Diamond T cab and usually goes for a lot more money than the $11 you paid for it. I think the reason it looks a bit small is that it is 1/50 scale which is almost true (1/48) O scale. 

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Don McErlean posted:

Found this 1937 Ford tractor trailer in an antique mall ...its 1/43 so a little small but for the cost (11$) it fills a space and looks OK.  I am not sure I like the cartoon on the trailer, may over paint that eventually with something more consistent with the time period.  Right now its backing up to my Marx freight station, picking up a load of candy for those Easter baskets !

 

Ford Tractor Trailer -1937

 

Happy Weekend All - try and keep healthy

Don McErlean

Very nice find. That type of truck is a Diamond T cab and usually goes for a lot more money than the $11 you paid for it. I think the reason it looks a bit small is that it is 1/50 scale which is almost true (1/48) O scale. 

That’s a ford cab not a Diamond T 

lee drennen posted:
Jerrman posted:
Don McErlean posted:

Found this 1937 Ford tractor trailer in an antique mall ...its 1/43 so a little small but for the cost (11$) it fills a space and looks OK.  I am not sure I like the cartoon on the trailer, may over paint that eventually with something more consistent with the time period.  Right now its backing up to my Marx freight station, picking up a load of candy for those Easter baskets !

 

Ford Tractor Trailer -1937

 

Happy Weekend All - try and keep healthy

Don McErlean

Very nice find. That type of truck is a Diamond T cab and usually goes for a lot more money than the $11 you paid for it. I think the reason it looks a bit small is that it is 1/50 scale which is almost true (1/48) O scale. 

That’s a ford cab not a Diamond T 

Sorry, my error. Still a nice cab, though. 

I have a couple of those Ertl 1937 Ford truck tractors ( what happened to Ertl?), and wonder what it was like trying to move a loaded trailer around with a measly 100hp engine?  (Since writing that l have read about 12 speed Brown-Lipe transmissions.)  With mechanical brakes on Ford cars in 1937, stopping one might have been harder than starting.  A six cylinder Chevie may have been worse starting, but l would like to see some pre-1941 Chevie cabs, AND Macks, Whites, Sterlings, Fageols, and a very long list of other pre-war truck makes.

Lee Drenen and jerrman thanks for the comments on my "new" Ford truck.  Colorado hirailer you mentioned you had a few of these trucks, I wonder did you do anything to the artwork on the trailer, to me it looks a little out of place for its time (too cartoon and bright) given that was the depression etc. 

Regards everyone

Don McErlean

 

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Don McErlean posted:


Lee Drenen and jerrman thanks for the comments on my "new" Ford truck.  Colorado hirailer you mentioned you had a few of these trucks, I wonder did you do anything to the artwork on the trailer, to me it looks a little out of place for its time (too cartoon and bright) given that was the depression etc. 

Regards everyone

Don McErlean

 



For those graphics on the side, (you may not want to do this if you want to preserve the original in some way) when I’ve wanted to change the look, I either sand it back a little, then some India ink/alcohol application or chalks or in some cases to give it the aged look or just printed out another graphic on paper on which the back is sanded down to be very thin and glueing it on the sides. Makes it easy to pick to color I want and the time frame.

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Jerrman posted:
lee drennen posted:

Jerrman that’s ok do you have any Vehicles you can post or have you already we would love to see them 

I’m not a collector at all but, just use them to fill space, roads and scenes. None valuable or unusual but, here’s a few pix I found in my files. 

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 HMMM, none valuable, or unusual'... Well, that is why that first shot of the Drive-In,  is an excellent and authentic, entertaining scene.  I don't recall seeing any luxury cars at the drive in when I was a kid...... Very nice modeling!!!....

 

BTW> Those Edsel's are going for around $100K... at auctions/shows'...

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Otto, gives last minute driving instructions to his son, Alan, who recently got his drivers license, and is driving Otto's 1 Ton Chevy.  Otto is a plumber, and this is his favorite pick up'..

 

DSC_0866 Let's hope Alan follows instructions'..

Otto, recently had new front tires installed...

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Otto, loves his new Mercury, and hesitates getting dirty by driving it'..

 

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Otto, thinks he'll take her for a spin tomorrow if there's no rain in the forecast'..

 

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