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After ticketing Lucas' 1962 VW (Faller),20210127_18442520210127_184300 Lovely Rita, meter maid, moves on to a 1960 Plymouth Valiant (Neo). Lucas ponders whether he should (as the Beatles song said) inquire discreetly when she is free to take some tea with him.

West Side Joe...enjoying the street scene!  The meter mollies get younger all the time  The Valliant looks great!  I noticed the "NEO" brand on one of the diecast websites today.  To my eye here, the quality in your picture looks great...any thoughts on the NEO brand?

Just bought a few Die-Cast from a brand might currently have the best value to quality ratio by far.  It's a Chinese company called "Caipo" that I found on Ali Express that has dozens of different models like these.

They're only $5 each shipped and seem to be scrupulously accurate in their scale labeling.

Did a review with lots of words and pictures here...

"CAIPO" The Best O-Scale Die Cast $5 will buy! (Also a Kinsmart Kennworth.) (chicagovalleyrailroad.blogspot.com)

... as well as scans of the collection brochures.

The selection does lean high-end and euro, but there's still alot of the sort of everyday drivers that I'm always looking for.

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@Capetrainman nice pics of Main Street! Especially like the hustle and busses at the station!

@Eilif is that your first time ordering from aliexpress? Have always come across things but have read mixed reviews. Regardless- nice buys for $5 each!!

For myself, got this guy in the mail today:

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promised some more pics awhile back, hopefully I’ll get them up tonight

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The other week I posted a picture of some trucks I got recently with a teaser of 58 Buick by Vitesse, here are some pics of the other vehicles I picked up at a flea market or via eBay:

All 1/43 from local antique market- Red ‘58 Buick by Vitesse. 1961 Ford Thunderbird & 1939 Rolls Royce Phantom III-both by Solido

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New in the pics below: The Buick and Thunderbird from above. Corgi Lionel City Mack CF Pumper(ebay), Brooklin Models 1958 Edsel Citation(pop’s collection)4C12A251-EF21-455D-982D-FDE7ABE5D14C

Another view of the above picture

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Also from the antique market- Solido GMC6109 supply truck( don’t worry I didn’t pay $30 for it) and Corgi Wilton Farms Mack B Series Van

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solido supply truck(decals added) with some of my new soldiers.

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Also new in the pic below- gheJaguar F Type R Dynamo by Burago(found some nice Burago cars at dollar general). While the bus isn’t new I finally added it to my layout after realizing I had multiple bus stops and no busses!

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added to my fire department.

Solido Fire chief car(pop’s collection) Corgi La France fire engine(dad’s collection)

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Finally, Burago Mustang GT(dollar general) & Corgi Land Rover 109” Wrecker(dad’s collection)image

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@Eilif is that your first time ordering from aliexpress? Have always come across things but have read mixed reviews. Regardless- nice buys for $5 each!!

For myself, got this guy in the mail today:

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That's a sweet truck.  I didn't know Corgi made railroad vehicles.

As for Ali, I've ordered tons of stuff from there.  Toys, LED's, guitar parts, small tools, stickers, small electronic accessories etc.  Really any small part, tool or model hardware bit that I can afford to wait on (Can take a month or more to arrive), I'll buy there if it's cheap.  Gotten a few wrong items but I was always told to keep it and given a refund.

They now have a very good secure payment system too, which is something they didn't have a few years ago.

@Eilif Thanks for the info regarding Ali and the compliment on the truck! Much appreciated, had always been unsure but your firsthand acccount makes me feel better about possibly ordering from there .

Re Corgi & RR vehicles, they made quite, under both the original Corgi Toys and Corgi Classics. Not only that, but the vehicles include both U.S. and UK RR names. Corgi Classics had the “Fallen Flags” line which I definitely suggest you look into if you’re interested in Corgi RR vehicles. And if you’re a Lionel fan check out the Corgi Lionel City vehicles. The truck below is from the Fallen Flags line which had vans, semis, busses, and other trucks

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@TomlinsonRunRR Thanks for the compliment regarding the truck! Was able to snag it for less than the going rate. I found it to be very interesting as well. I have a 1/64 AHL PRR semi that supposedly transported goods from the railsto homes. This PRR truck, from the Corgi Classics “Classic Road Transport” line, is named “White Canvas Back P.R.R.” And the description states that it “...would have been a common sight at many rail-heads.” Not sure if it’s of the AHL type ilk or possibly for RR commissaries as you alluded. Will have to look into it!

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Some new additionsIMG_0044IMG_0045IMG_0046The tractor and the Bronco are Walmart finds.  The tractor is painted up like Transformers Optimus Prime but doesn't actually transform and the Bronco was listed as 1:64, the other 5 vehicles in the series were about the same size but they were much bigger vehicles in the 1:1 world so they probably were 1:64 but since the Bronco was a much smaller vehicle I thin it is 1:43.  I have another Bronco stored away so I'll have something to compare to.  The Impala was found at Michael's in the rack with mostly larger scales, in the 1:35 range but the Impala looked about right.  A little label peeling showed 1:43 so my eye was correct.  It's got suitcases in the back seat.  And the food truck sell kabobs.  I think some interior detailing and maybe some drivers are needed.  The are all held together with screws so interior improvements shouldn't be to hard.

And then there's this trioIMG_0042They'll definitely require more work than the diecasts above.

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Ted, thanks for the positive comments...moving the cars and people around is fun for me. The building is "Morrison Door" from Woodland Scenics.  I'll get a picture of the rear loading platform and post it...nice detail and led lighting pre-installed.

Storm is headed our way too...I just hit the grocery store to be safe. Being near the coast, we always seem to be on the no snow / little snow / big snow line, so we never know what to expect for accumulation from these Nor'easters!  In past storms, the weather forecasters may predict 2-4, and the storm turns further east and we get hammered...stay tuned!  If Monday's storm is of any sizable accumulation, I'll get some time to work on the layout

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Ted, thanks for the positive comments...moving the cars and people around is fun for me. The building is "Morrison Door" from Woodland Scenics.  I'll get a picture of the rear loading platform and post it...nice detail and led lighting pre-installed.

Storm is headed our way too...I just hit the grocery store to be safe. Being near the coast, we always seem to be on the no snow / little snow / big snow line, so we never know what to expect for accumulation from these Nor'easters!  In past storms, the weather forecasters may predict 2-4, and the storm turns further east and we get hammered...stay tuned!  If Monday's storm is of any sizable accumulation, I'll get some time to work on the layout

You're welcome Paul'... Where are you located?  We get the same deal here, SW CT, on the Hudson Valley, NY line'.. I can do with out it. But the Skiers love it'...

@Capetrainman Before I compliment tour scene, who’s the Mfg. of your figures? The two by the stairs look familiar but the people by the cars in the parking lot and person by the logging truck are figures I don’t think I’ve ever seen- and I love figures, probably my favorite thing on my layout.

I second The comment regarding the Morrison Door building- man is that nice! I was going to ask if it was Woodland Scenics but just looked it up, very versatile and finely detailed building! Love the two trucks by the loading bay- great contrast between the earth tone logging truck and bright, 50s nostalgia colored van!

Also, it would appear the you @Quarter Gauger 48 And I are in the same boat(or should I say under the same snow?). Southeast PA and my Father told me before they’re calling for 15”-18” now!

Steve, thanks for your comments.  I can't recall where those figures are from...had them for years.  Woodland scenics did a nice job with "Morrison Door."  The detail is sharp, and the led lighting tops off the appearance, with a led on the rear loading door and inside the building.  On the South Main Street portion of my layout, I used Woodland Scenics buildings.  I'm getting lazy these days with wiring under the table and choose WS because of the LED lighting system.  It gets a little pricey, but looks good and the lighting system is easily expandable to non WS buildings if needed

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Some new additionsIMG_0044IMG_0045IMG_0046The tractor and the Bronco are Walmart finds.  The tractor is painted up like Transformers Optimus Prime but doesn't actually transform and the Bronco was listed as 1:64, the other 5 vehicles in the series were about the same size but they were much bigger vehicles in the 1:1 world so they probably were 1:64 but since the Bronco was a much smaller vehicle I thin it is 1:43.  I have another Bronco stored away so I'll have something to compare to.  The Impala was found at Michael's in the rack with mostly larger scales, in the 1:35 range but the Impala looked about right.  A little label peeling showed 1:43 so my eye was correct.  It's got suitcases in the back seat.  And the food truck sell kabobs.  I think some interior detailing and maybe some drivers are needed.  The are all held together with screws so interior improvements shouldn't be to hard.

And then there's this trioIMG_0042They'll definitely require more work than the diecasts above.

Coach Joe...that's a nice assortment of vehicles you're displaying right above...!

Here is my 95% finished Freuhauf trailer. Still needs mud flaps, some detail painting, and weathering. I’ll also add ACI labels since this is a RR piggyback trailer.

The base/chassis is left over from a Revell missile carrier kit. I added a scratch built styrene box to include  all the door and light details (in process pics earlier in this thread). The markings are my own artwork printed on photo paper to simulate signage and badges added to the ribbed siding.

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Great cars everyone, its been a couple days so  I am just getting up to speed!

StevefromPA, great collection, but I have to say I really love that Fire ladder truck!

Rick, Outstanding job on the Freuhauf trailer!

Here are a couple I dug out from under the layout that I wanted to put on my new street section from the city to the industrial area.

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Loving these semis and heavy trucks.  Unfortunately they end up looking too big on my O27 modern Christmas layout.  To that end I picked this guy up at Goodwill.

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Cab looks about scale but length is nicely undersized. It's the "Driven Micro" line from Target. Bed doesn't tilt but ramps slide out. Hood and doors open.

Has motor sounds and headlight when front wheels are pressed but I bet I can wire the lights separately to a jack so they are always on but the motor only sounds when pressed. Could use some paint also.

So there are some questions and work to be done but for 3 bucks I figure why not give it a try?

Lastly,there seem to be RC versions of these same "Driven Micro Series" that are rather intriguing...

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@Rick Bacon posted:

Here is my 95% finished Freuhauf trailer. Still needs mud flaps, some detail painting, and weathering. I’ll also add ACI labels since this is a RR piggyback trailer.

The base/chassis is left over from a Revell missile carrier kit. I added a scratch built styrene box to include  all the door and light details (in process pics earlier in this thread). The markings are my own artwork printed on photo paper to simulate signage and badges added to the ribbed siding.

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Rick you trailer looks better than the original you did a great job very crisp and clean build.

@StevefromPA posted:

@Capetrainman Before I compliment tour scene, who’s the Mfg. of your figures? The two by the stairs look familiar but the people by the cars in the parking lot and person by the logging truck are figures I don’t think I’ve ever seen- and I love figures, probably my favorite thing on my layout.

I second The comment regarding the Morrison Door building- man is that nice! I was going to ask if it was Woodland Scenics but just looked it up, very versatile and finely detailed building! Love the two trucks by the loading bay- great contrast between the earth tone logging truck and bright, 50s nostalgia colored van!

Also, it would appear the you @Quarter Gauger 48 And I are in the same boat(or should I say under the same snow?). Southeast PA and my Father told me before they’re calling for 15”-18” now!

Steve, here are additional pics of Morrison Door highlighting the LED lighting at the rear loading door, the rail siding, and the office interior...note the pallet of doors on the rail dock ready for loading into the box car for shipping back east...



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