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@wbg pete your work on the Starbucks trucks is awesome! Amazing. You’d have me fooled believing those were original Corgis!

While I am continuously am working on my layout and trying to find a way to make things fit while also considering an expansion, I like to set up Scenes in the unused space(such as with  the Joal construction trucks). Further, I know that I want my freight trains to show that there’s transportation of goods from the factory to the transfer depot and then to the business that will be selling the goods(obviously via truck). That said, I can’t help but feel there’s a crossover between diecast 1/43-1/50 scale diecast vehicles(I.e. tractor trailers and other trucks)and intermodal.  unfortunately, if you know what has been produced regarding intermodal trailers/containers, you know that the early 90s Lionel containers were much closer to 1/64 scale. So, I post these pictures for reference for anyone who may be looking for the right type of trailer, container, etc...(anything that goes with intermodal transport).

Below are some new finds ive incorporated

my little intermodal scene. The Marx Crane is picking up a container from a corgi major toys Mack tractor trailer. To the left of the ramp are the 1/64 scale tractor trailers, so focus on the right side. The black Kenworth tractor(tootsietoys) is larger and closer to scale than the Lionel. It’s pulling a plastic buddy L trailer that’s even larger.

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If anyone is wondering about the scale of the Corgi trailer, much to my dismay in terms of the flatbed possibly being scale:

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It works perfectly with the 1/64 scale

this matchbox superkings Scammel tractor trailer with containers is also not to scale. That said, if anyone knows a seller of scale  trailers like these, help would be appreciated!

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found in storage- my majorette autocarrier(1/60 scale but capable of carrying smaller 1/50 scale vehicles)

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In the spirit of the thread and to not stray from topic:

this truck, mfg unknown, is pretty neat and one of my favorites. If anyone knows what the prototype would be called I’d appreciate it(my knowledge of prototypes is lacking) I know it can’t be too far off from 1/50, especially when compared to the 1/64 tractors behind it

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K-line scale intermodal with 2 40’  scale containers. Unfortunately, the markings on this gunderson well car would lead one to believe these 10” scale containers are 48’.

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That said, I’m working with what I have until I can accumulate more prototypical O-scale vehicles, but I won’t deny I do enjoy the plethora of offerings of 1/64 scale maxi stacks etc...  at least for my temporary scenes on my layout. The front part of my layout is rather strictly 1/43 to 1/50, the back part is a little more loose. But I do greatly prefer the scale items- especially when I’ve tried hard to make the rest of my vehicles scale- these tractor trailers just won’t jive with that.

Also- my military base.

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Vehicles: in front from left to right:  Corgi 1:50 British Army Bedford High Canvas, Vitese 1:43 United Nations Hummer, Solido 1:50 Citroen. In the back are a Kinsmart 1:46 Chevy Tahoe(CIA) And a 1/43 k-line kruisers U.S. Army Jeep. Prisoner exchange in progress(we caught some bad guys!)

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I greatly appreciate the compliment @Quarter Gauger 48 thank you, it means a lot. Also, I should’ve been more specific regarding that auto carrier statement-  so double thanks for checking me on that. Let me clarify:

My “smaller 1:50 scale”  comment was poorly phrased and also nonspecific for which I am sorry.  I should’ve said the autocarrier(a smaller scale model based on larger prototype) is capable of carrying these little cars (models of a very Slightly larger scale based on a smaller prototype). Then I should’ve provided the details: the 3 cars I’ve found that went with  the autocarrier were designated by Majorette as  Échelle 1:53, 1:54 And 1:56. Thus, they are NOT 1:50- they fall between 1:50 and 1:60. Again, My apologies, I should’ve been more specific. Here’s a picture for reference(the cars are kind of packed away otherwise I’d take my own pic)

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I’d hate to misinform and cause someone to purchase something expecting it to work out only to find that it definitely doesn’t. I hope the above explanation clears things up

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@StevefromPA posted:

I greatly appreciate the compliment @Quarter Gauger 48 thank you, it means a lot. Also, I should’ve been more specific regarding that auto carrier statement-  so double thanks for checking me on that. Let me clarify:

My “smaller 1:50 scale”  comment was poorly phrased and also nonspecific for which I am sorry.  I should’ve said the autocarrier(a smaller scale model based on larger prototype) is capable of carrying these little cars (models of a very Slightly larger scale based on a smaller prototype). Then I should’ve provided the details: the 3 cars I’ve found that went with  the autocarrier were designated by Majorette as  Échelle 1:53, 1:54 And 1:56. Thus, they are NOT 1:50- they fall between 1:50 and 1:60. Again, My apologies, I should’ve been more specific. Here’s a picture for reference(the cars are kind of packed away otherwise I’d take my own pic)

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I’d hate to misinform and cause someone to purchase something expecting it to work out only to find that it definitely doesn’t. I hope the above explanation clears things up

Steve, no worries, and nothing to apologize for.  The scale system is kind of backwoods, and confusing.  Many think think, and it makes sense that the larger number would be a bigger, larger vehicle.  But it is not'... So, nothing for you to worry about.   And I hope you take my comment for what it is worth.  I was not criticising, just a statement'....🎅🏻🌲😁👍📏📐✨

We lived in Cortland from 1976-1995.

I now live in South Carolina.



My late wife's first car was a Metroploitan convertible just like that one, so I'll be looking to get one to put on my layout. (Which you can see on You Tube. Just type in David Adinolfi).

I'm a D&H man. That rail line ran through Saratoga Springs,NY when I was a kid with a freight spur 1 block from my house. So I have a D&H freight, passenger and "Yankee commuter train" with D&H locomotives and cars on my layouts.

Was looking through boxes in the basement last night- things I’ve received that I never fully went through in a thorough manner. Was very happy with what I found now that Ive learned more about different companies, prototypes, scale, etc...

FFrom the Solidor “Age d’or Solido “1/43 scale collection.

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Top left moving clockwise: Chrysler Windsor Taxi... 1931Cadillac v16  ambulancewith fire brigade and Manhattan markings...Mercedes 300SL Fire dept car... then my FAVORITE- Bottom left- the Tucker ! What an amazing story behind that car. It’s the only one I’ll put on my layout, for now at least. Also in the box were a number of Rio(Italy),  Brooklin Models(UK) and Vitese(Italy). All 1/43. Might how some isn’t the weeks to come

3 of these are new(aka found last night), 2 I’ve knowlingly had-the Solido 1/45 Tabalt And 1/45 Chrysler Windsor which are the light blue and dark copper cars in the middles”.

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These are(left to right- 1957 Chevrolet by Jada Toys 1/32 scale, 1970s Rolls Royce Corniche by Corgi in 1:36 , the aforementioned 1/45 scale tabalt and Windsor, and last but not least the 1955 Chevy Bel Air by Solido in 1/43. The Bel Air is comparable in size to the corniche in both the model and the prototype.

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The biggest head scratcher is calling the 1957 Chevy 1/32? Look at it, doesn’t look like A 1950s Chevy in 1/32 to me. measuring them out at a quarter inch to the foot, they’re within 1 to 2 inches of what they should be. I’m not that big into old cars(that is I like modern vehicles more), but these I must say I like!

Also in the box were a number of Rio(Italy), Brooklin Models(UK) and Vitese(Italy). All 1/43. Might how some isn’t the weeks to come.

finally, as I made some headway on my layout last night and did some movement with soldiers and military vehicles, I went to open the cigar box containing my favorite diecast figures. And remembered that I have this, which was a birthday present to my grandfather from a relative. Please note- this car and any political markings shown do not represent my views. Further, I find the associated views abhorrent and am in favor of  stamping out such beliefs and getting rid of that flag-as has been done before. All that said, the model. This is a Rio 1:43 scale 1937 Nazi Mercedes Benz Cabriolet. The figures(idiot leader and driver) were present at some point but have been lost. While it’s been remade this is an earlier version

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Finally- and I thought the heavy hauler was big- and Atlas 45’ Pines Trailer, o scale, Norfolk & western

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@Quarter Gauger 48 And @lee drennen thank you, I really appreciate your kind words. I won’t lie, however, I am very very very lucky and fortunate that my grandfather and father both collected quality toy vehices(dad was all die cast, pop was die cast, tin and his favorites were Auburn rubber) and because of that, when my dad was growing up he would always buy my grandfather a die cast car or truck- some type of vehicle. I’m not sure the Solidos I posted were gifts, but I know that the rolls, 57 Chevy, 55 Bel Air, And 41 Chrysler windsor were. Now, I have the privilege of taking care of them.

And just as dad bought pop vehicles for his birthday and Christmas, I do the same. Oddly, I started doing so before even  knowing that he did the same for his father. The first one I bought him was a Corgi Classics New Haven bus. Most recently was this Buddy L Greyhound Americruiser:

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But his is in the box, unopened. On top of one of the sets of shelves for my trAins is my dad and I’s joint collection of larger, mainly tin litho, vehicles. Marx, Hubley and different Japanese mfgs. Are featured:

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Side view so hopefully you can see a but more. I had to take the giant Marx tank off. Left to right: Japanese tin lithos TV news truck, snow crop goods truck, greyhound americruiser bus, Hubley pressed steel school bus, JapanEse ABC freight semi trailer with tractor(trailer missing rear wheels), tin litho Fire truckDC9CB932-8DF4-474D-8484-A350D234B255

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@David Ad posted:

Great models Steve from PA. The absolute favorites on my layout are the '47 Cadillac Series 75 limo, and the Tucker CONVERTIBLE (yes they actually made a convertible from the left over parts after the business closed).

@David Ad thanks David! That limo, especially being a Cadillac, so iconic of postwar America- really neat!

And love your Tucker convertible!! Wow, did not know that. Darn shame what happened with that company. I remember in AP Macro/micro Economics in High School(Macro 1st half of the year, micro the second half- not enough time for an AP class!) after the AP test, we watched the movie about Tucker. He really had big auto rattled. Poor guy.

at least his cars can live on on our layouts. THanks for sharing and thanks again for your compliment

😁This is some of the tedious work required for two tone paint jobs on restoring a Dinky, or Corgi 1/43 car.  This of course is after removing all the original paint, sanding, and fine steel wooling , and undercoating.

These two are ready yet again for the paint shop'.... A makeshift interior added using Vintage Walthers metal passenger car seats... STill working on a steering wheel

Thanks to forum member,  JDFonz, for getting me involved in this aspect of restoration on vintage scale vehicles of yesterday'.... When these babies are road ready, they'll look great on the layout'...😲👀

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A quick post-Christmas holiday scene!

1956 Ford F-100 gets a tune-up at the local service station as a local steams by.

Hmmm... upon second look: the 19th century woodsided cars, 1914 atlantic, 1956 Ford, and 21st century Home Depot don't make for the most prototypical scene... hopefully I'm the only once who notices .

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