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lee drennen posted:
Joe Hohmann posted:
lee drennen posted:
Joe Hohmann posted:

Bought this '59 Cadillac 1:43 at York today for only $30.. I remember, 15 years ago, a ambulance this detailed from Motor City would go for $250.. Later, one from American Excellence was close to $100.s-l1600

Thanks for posting Joe that was a steal 

Actually, that was the going price. They had at least 4 left. The booth was at the far left rear corner of the Orange Hall (NOT diecastdirect).

That’s still a bargain I think 

Joe Hohmann posted:

Bought this '59 Cadillac 1:43 at York today for only $30.. I remember, 15 years ago, a ambulance this detailed from Motor City would go for $250.. Later, one from American Excellence was close to $100.s-l1600

Hey Joe - I bought the same ambulance yesterday at York in the Orange Hall from the same dealer ( as you described his location ).  There were 2 left yesterday afternoon ( one left after my purchase )  and the price I paid was $25.  I guess it pays to shop late ... LOL!  Who knows perhaps the next person got the last one for $20... LOL!  At any rate you and I both got a good deal.  

The VFD in the town where I grew up had an ambulance just like this one.  I just had to get it!  AND because of this personal connection, I would have been willing to pay much more.   

TomlinsonRunRR posted:

Lee,

When I saw your first post, the blue dump truck caught my eye immediately.  It's got great lines. So, thanks for featuring it in a post of its own and for the comparison to a B37.

I wonder whether this model ever had a tailgate?  I see some "eyeholes" in the rear.  A scale rope or chain across the back might work in a pinch.

It's great to see so many of these Tootsie trucks posted here and the possibilities for upgrading them.

TRRR

Tom

yes it did have a tailgate most of them got lost. 

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lee drennen posted:

9869083F-BDB6-406B-9C1D-931CF1BB51C9E21194F3-AF06-4AA4-82C5-E2541D4ED13F95D0D20C-02FF-46D4-99CB-219903C19D78EB7F825A-95C1-4396-815F-23812A5294A92F6673C2-0555-468D-87A1-EF089030E955Ok as promised Here’s my big fleet of “Tootsie” trucks. I plan on putting the old revell tanker on the L190 now with the Atlantis one available you can use the tanker or scratch build some other types of trailers with it. The dozer is an old Lionel I bought at a Mom and Pop hobby shop in St. Louis for .50 cents it’s missing the air cleaner. 

The trucks look great but where oh where did you get the dozer?  I can''t find anything close to O/S scale that isn't VERY modern.....and I can use a bunch: dozers, graders, fork lifts, back hoes and skip loaders, etc., all no more modern than mid 60s.

And I'm not looking for a lot of detail and "real"scale isn't terribly important because I'm not a model railroader, I just play with toy trains

Marx O-27 and Plasticville rule.

Well, it's hard to top that SHINY Popemobile (wow!).  So here's something more ... er... pedestrian.

My local CVS got in a batch of the Shing Fat "Super School Bus" No. 9948D/4, previously featured here.  All except one had a rather warped rear door, so I'm glad I was able to shop in person versus the web.  Having a grey haired lady purchase this bus seemed to throw the cashier for a loop: he hoped I was purchasing it for some lucky little boy.  I just gave him a big smile.  

Here's the bus with a comparison to an MTH (1:50 Corgi) Greyhound.  That bus was my very first vehicle purchase for the carpet layout.  I think the scale comparison between the two vehicles is decent.

Side view. Per some web searches for prototypes, the manufacturer caught the details near the lower left of the door and the filler spout well (although this photo didn't).  The nine windows are a bit too few compared to 1:1, but I think the proportions work.  The doors could use "glass" and a rim of black paint to simulate the rubber gaskets.  There's room to add a town name. The shiny wheels should be painted but I rather like them:

Here are the well-behaved children of Lake Wobegone (or is it Stepford?) crossing the street while the U.S. Postal truck waits behind the stop sign.  The kids are one person and some bare feet shy of a Beatles album cover:

Here's Officer Ben, the school safety officer, practicing a safety drill with the kids:

Another rear view:  Don't you hate getting stuck behind a school bus with some kid making faces at you for miles on end :-)?  I hope to add one to my model.  You can see modification opportunities here. A little silver on the door handle, a school license plate, and a bus number.  I'd like to add "glass" to one of the windows but having the windows as is facilitates opening and closing the door.  The two yellow locking tabs may get converted to lights:

Front view:  A quick web search suggested International or perhaps Thomas as the possible prototype.  Not sure about the year range yet.  The silver headlights don't look so great but they are prototypical for some real buses.  Obvious customizations:  add windshield wipers and the all-important mirrors.  It would be cool to add left and right turn signal lights under the windshield corners -- there's room:

In the shot above, some real buses have the four depressions (cut-outs) shown on the black bumper, so they aren't meant to be lights.  Another possibility would be to paint the front fenders black.

Outdoor shot:

More well behaved children:

The pull-back action on this bus is really great on my hardwood floor -- perhaps due to the length and weight of the vehicle?

I'm debating whether to paint the seats green (per my brief school bus memories) or leave them black.

Tomlinson Run Railroad

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Forty Rod posted:
lee drennen posted:

9869083F-BDB6-406B-9C1D-931CF1BB51C9E21194F3-AF06-4AA4-82C5-E2541D4ED13F95D0D20C-02FF-46D4-99CB-219903C19D78EB7F825A-95C1-4396-815F-23812A5294A92F6673C2-0555-468D-87A1-EF089030E955Ok as promised Here’s my big fleet of “Tootsie” trucks. I plan on putting the old revell tanker on the L190 now with the Atlantis one available you can use the tanker or scratch build some other types of trailers with it. The dozer is an old Lionel I bought at a Mom and Pop hobby shop in St. Louis for .50 cents it’s missing the air cleaner. 

The trucks look great but where oh where did you get the dozer?  I can''t find anything close to O/S scale that isn't VERY modern.....and I can use a bunch: dozers, graders, fork lifts, back hoes and skip loaders, etc., all no more modern than mid 60s.

And I'm not looking for a lot of detail and "real"scale isn't terribly important because I'm not a model railroader, I just play with toy trains

Marx O-27 and Plasticville rule.

Tom

the dozer is a old Lionel. I’m thinking about making a just traditional laying out with old 27 box cars in these trucks in the old traditional three rail track. I’m finding out the older I get the less I care about accuracy and details. 

GTR posted:

Added 2 more cars , $3.00 each at the dollar store , still looking for old trucks , can't find them anywhere .

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GTR thanks for posting. Try Menards I was there today they hard some of there new 50s fords and others  in a Big Bin for $2.99 or order on line. Diecast Direct also has yangming Trucks for around $7.99 

TomlinsonRunRR posted:

Well, it's hard to top that SHINY Popemobile (wow!).  So here's something more ... er... pedestrian.

My local CVS got in batch of the Shing Fat "Super School Bus" No. 9948D/4, previously featured here.  All except one had a rather warped rear door, so I'm glad I was able to shop in person versus the web.  Having a grey haired lady purchase this bus seemed to throw the cashier for a loop: he hoped I was purchasing it for some lucky little boy.  I just gave him a big smile.  

Here's the bus with a comparison to an MTH (1:50 Corgi) Greyhound.  That bus was my very first vehicle purchase for the carpet layout.  I think the scale comparison between the two vehicles is decent.

Side view. Per some web searches for prototypes, the manufacturer caught the details near the lower left of the door and the filler spout well (although this photo didn't).  The nine windows are a bit too few compared to 1:1, but I think the proportions work.  The doors could use "glass" and a rim of black paint to simulate the rubber gaskets.  There's room to add a town name. The shiny wheels should be painted but I rather like them:

Here are the well-behaved children of Lake Wobegone (or is it Stepford?) crossing the street while the U.S. Postal truck waits behind the stop sign.  The kids are one person and some bare feet shy of a Beatles album cover:

Here's Officer Ben, the school safety officer, practicing a safety drill with the kids:

Another rear view:  Don't you hate getting stuck behind a school bus with some kid making faces at you for miles on end :-)?  I hope to add one to my model.  You can see modification opportunities here. A little silver on the door handle, a school license plate, and a bus number.  I'd like to add "glass" to one of the windows but having the windows as is facilitates opening and closing the door.  The two yellow locking tabs may get converted to lights:

Front view:  A quick web search suggested International or perhaps Thomas as the possible prototype.  Not sure about the year range yet.  The silver headlights don't look so great but they are prototypical for some real buses.  Obvious customizations:  add windshield wipers and the all-important mirrors.  It would be cool to add left and right turn signal lights under the windshield corners -- there's room:

In the shot above, some real buses have the four depressions (cut-outs) shown on the black bumper, so they aren't meant to be lights.  Another possibility would be to paint the front fenders black.

Outdoor shot:

More well behaved children:

The pull-back action on this bus is really great on my hardwood floor -- perhaps due to the length and weight of the vehicle?

I'm debating whether to paint the seats green (per my brief school bus memories) or leave them black.

Tomlinson Run Railroad

Thanks for a great review loved it 

Forty Rod posted:
lee drennen posted:

9869083F-BDB6-406B-9C1D-931CF1BB51C9E21194F3-AF06-4AA4-82C5-E2541D4ED13F95D0D20C-02FF-46D4-99CB-219903C19D78EB7F825A-95C1-4396-815F-23812A5294A92F6673C2-0555-468D-87A1-EF089030E955Ok as promised Here’s my big fleet of “Tootsie” trucks. I plan on putting the old revell tanker on the L190 now with the Atlantis one available you can use the tanker or scratch build some other types of trailers with it. The dozer is an old Lionel I bought at a Mom and Pop hobby shop in St. Louis for .50 cents it’s missing the air cleaner. 

The trucks look great but where oh where did you get the dozer?  I can''t find anything close to O/S scale that isn't VERY modern.....and I can use a bunch: dozers, graders, fork lifts, back hoes and skip loaders, etc., all no more modern than mid 60s.

And I'm not looking for a lot of detail and "real"scale isn't terribly important because I'm not a model railroader, I just play with toy trains

Marx O-27 and Plasticville rule.

Those Tootsie toy cars and trucks can be made to look pretty good. With a little work, imagination and a few new details these inexpensive toys can be made into very usable models, perfect for the layout, like these...

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TomlinsonRunRR posted:

Well, it's hard to top that SHINY Popemobile (wow!).  So here's something more ... er... pedestrian.

My local CVS got in batch of the Shing Fat "Super School Bus" No. 9948D/4, previously featured here.  All except one had a rather warped rear door, so I'm glad I was able to shop in person versus the web.  Having a grey haired lady purchase this bus seemed to throw the cashier for a loop: he hoped I was purchasing it for some lucky little boy.  I just gave him a big smile.  

Here's the bus with a comparison to an MTH (1:50 Corgi) Greyhound.  That bus was my very first vehicle purchase for the carpet layout.  I think the scale comparison between the two vehicles is decent.

Side view. Per some web searches for prototypes, the manufacturer caught the details near the lower left of the door and the filler spout well (although this photo didn't).  The nine windows are a bit too few compared to 1:1, but I think the proportions work.  The doors could use "glass" and a rim of black paint to simulate the rubber gaskets.  There's room to add a town name. The shiny wheels should be painted but I rather like them:

Here are the well-behaved children of Lake Wobegone (or is it Stepford?) crossing the street while the U.S. Postal truck waits behind the stop sign.  The kids are one person and some bare feet shy of a Beatles album cover:

Here's Officer Ben, the school safety officer, practicing a safety drill with the kids:

Another rear view:  Don't you hate getting stuck behind a school bus with some kid making faces at you for miles on end :-)?  I hope to add one to my model.  You can see modification opportunities here. A little silver on the door handle, a school license plate, and a bus number.  I'd like to add "glass" to one of the windows but having the windows as is facilitates opening and closing the door.  The two yellow locking tabs may get converted to lights:

Front view:  A quick web search suggested International or perhaps Thomas as the possible prototype.  Not sure about the year range yet.  The silver headlights don't look so great but they are prototypical for some real buses.  Obvious customizations:  add windshield wipers and the all-important mirrors.  It would be cool to add left and right turn signal lights under the windshield corners -- there's room:

In the shot above, some real buses have the four depressions (cut-outs) shown on the black bumper, so they aren't meant to be lights.  Another possibility would be to paint the front fenders black.

Outdoor shot:

More well behaved children:

The pull-back action on this bus is really great on my hardwood floor -- perhaps due to the length and weight of the vehicle?

I'm debating whether to paint the seats green (per my brief school bus memories) or leave them black.

Tomlinson Run Railroad

My 2 year old grandson liked my bus , he kept grabbing at it , so we got one for him , the first night he slept with it in his crib , lol .  

Sorry I do not have the capability of forwarding pictures; but just thought folks may be interested in a couple of nice inexpensive vehicles just picked up at Walmart. $3.97 each! A nice Maisto '53 chevrolet 3100 red pickup with black fenders; and a VW vista roof van, blue and white; they also have a nice ford convertible, burgundy in color. They seem to be closer in size to 1:50 than 1/43, which is also nice. They were on an upper shelf in an assortment box; they had 3 of the assortment boxes at my walmart; the models I described are the ones I found of most interest in the marketed assortment boxes.They don't stand out when scanning the displays, have to search them out on shelf.

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