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@DaveP posted:

Picked up an Atlas O 1/48 Ford F-100 pick-up truck. Not bad, scales out nicely. I’m showing it compared to a Sword models Ford Super Duty that is scaled at 1/50 and a Lionel PS-1 boxcar


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Dave, that's a nice looking F-100 pick-up!  Atlas has a few nice 1/48 vehicles to choose from.  It seems their selection is somewhat limited, but the quality  and detail are above average...

Joe, you're right...it's a Franklin Mint 1/43.  They were offering a collection called "Classic Cars of the '50's" several years ago.  I believe they're no longer in business...thanks for the comment...

They were located 4 miles from me, and have been out of business for at least 20 years. This classic car series was farmed-out to 3 suppliers. 2 did good to excellent work, the other, shoddy. The one that is most in demand today is the '59 Ford retractable hardtop. It actually "works". I have 2...one displayed with the top up, the other displayed on my layout with the top halfway, with a group of people looking on. On FM cars, the doors and hoods open. This is a plus on layouts for "action" scenes. But to 1:48 car model collectors, that is a minus because of the wide "shut lines". All of these models only came in one color/color combo. Some are quite common, others, like the '56 Oldsmobile convertible, hard to find. These, like most FM offerings, were offered each few months via mail order for about $60. each. Today most sell on eBay for $20,-$30. (except for the mentioned Ford, which has gone for around $100.).

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Comparing the Die Cast Masters [DM] 40' Skeletal Trailer to the K-line Skeletal trailer.

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Being K-line is 1:48 scale and the DM is 1:50 scale the K-line/ Atlas O containers do not exactly fit. Thecontainers overhang by an 1/16 "

The DM trailer detail is a little better than the K-lines however there is a big price difference between the two trailers alone.

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@Joe Hohmann posted:

They were located 4 miles from me, and have been out of business for at least 20 years. This classic car series was farmed-out to 3 suppliers. 2 did good to excellent work, the other, shoddy. The one that is most in demand today is the '59 Ford retractable hardtop. It actually "works". I have 2...one displayed with the top up, the other displayed on my layout with the top halfway, with a group of people looking on. On FM cars, the doors and hoods open. This is a plus on layouts for "action" scenes. But to 1:48 car model collectors, that is a minus because of the wide "shut lines". All of these models only came in one color/color combo. Some are quite common, others, like the '56 Oldsmobile convertible, hard to find. These, like most FM offerings, were offered each few months via mail order for about $60. each. Today most sell on eBay for $20,-$30. (except for the mentioned Ford, which has gone for around $100.).

Joe, I often thought the quality varied between cars.  I have a small collection of 1:24 "Vettes" from Franklin.  Most are very nice quality, a couple not so good.  Somehow I missed the '59 Ford retractable roof...that's a beauty!  At the $100 price, I may have to go without one

 Yes Ed, that was a Mercury.  Apparently though it appears it has been stolen:  So, it has been replaced with a Hornet'... Please all viewers note:  No comments relating to memories of the actual automobile:  Just comments on the model are acceptable according to Forum Regulations: 😉

 

 

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Oh, you just pumped the gas pedal too many times and flooded the carburetor. Keep the hand brake set, hold the accelerator to the floor and crank the engine again a few times, without taking your foot off.  It should start, once it clears its throat!

Of course other things could happen too, like this adventuresome rig seen on Shore Road at Edgewater, along the Baltimore & New York Ry. 

S. Islander 

 

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Wow Quarter Gauger that Hornet is super detailed, including the side draft carbs on the engine.  I have been away from this thread for awhile, keeping my head down and staying home, but here are some pictures of a "garage sale" find from recent days...not much detail but I love the classic style and color.  It is a Tootsietoy Flatbed, cab styling date it from about the 1950's.  My internet history told me that ..."by late 1960's all Tootsietoys were made in Asia".  This one clearly has..."Made in USA" stamped into the casting so its a somewhat earlier version.  The truck is painted "Tootsietoy Green" which was a special shade associated with the company.  The only details are some lights, bumper,  and grill painted in silver and some cab top lights painted in red.  No add on details at all, and I know that the stakes for the trailer are missing.  Its a little small for scale but it makes a great background piece and its fun to have on the layout.

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Glad to post here again, missed doing this for awhile.

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Great to see this thread up and running again!  Thanks Ted for the resurrection!  Really great posts everyone!   Here are some various pics taken over the last few months.  

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Great to see this thread up and running again!  Thanks Ted for the resurrection!  Really great posts everyone!   Here are some various pics taken over the last few months.  

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 Thanks so much Patrick'... I love your first pic.. So I had to resize it and make two out of one for you.  Hope you don't mind'... me messing around with your work'... Let me know what you think'...😀

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I found two Pontiac Firebirds on Ebay a few years ago the same years as the ones Sylvia and I had (95 & 98).  I found some GM paint in the right colors (wine and bright green metallic) to make these models look just like our cars looked!

Sylvia's old Firebird parked at dinerPat's old 1998 Firebird parked at church

Our Dalmatian Mick (RIP) joined the Air Force and guarded the gate to Liberty AFB from the back of a Security Police pick-up truck!

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I found two Pontiac Firebirds on Ebay a few years ago the same years as the ones Sylvia and I had (95 & 98).  I found some GM paint in the right colors (wine and bright green metallic) to make these models look just like our cars looked!

Sylvia's old Firebird parked at dinerPat's old 1998 Firebird parked at church

Our Dalmatian Mick (RIP) joined the Air Force and guarded the gate to Liberty AFB from the back of a Security Police pick-up truck!

Base Gatehouse

 

 

I'm still looking for a 1970 1/2 Firebird Formula 400 in S scale for my layout.  I bought one of the first ones in Utah (Aegean blue) and promptly drove it to our new home in Illinois.  It drew crowds at every stop.

Wow', a little push is all we needed', and the thread is back to life'...

 

Here are two of my all time favorites'. The 1949 Ford, 2dr Coupe, in jet Black.

The 1951 Ford F1 Pickup. Picked these up from Diecast Direct a few months back'..  Legend has it that the 51 Ford PU was a smoother ride then the Caddy of the day'...😃

 

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Here's a Corvette I bought at Cracker Barrel Restaurant's gift shop.... $5.00.  It always pays to browse. The trash truck behind the Corvette was purchased at a convenience store.  I weathered the truck to give it a "trashy" appearance.    

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Here's the welcoming committee standing proudly by their chariot of trash collection. 

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