As a shelter-in-place project, I'm assembling a train for my older brother (looooong story).  I'm personalizing it a bit by including a University of Oklahoma boxcar (our alma mater), a reefer car of his favorite beer, etc. One other thing I want to try to include is an automobile car with die-cast versions of the two Ford Mustangs he drove in his younger days (appears I may not get the exact year models, but I can get close).

With all that said, what size are the cars originally offered on the Lionel 6424 automobile flat car? Or should I worry more about finding die cast models to fit the superstructure to the flat car (what are the dimensions of one half of that)? Should I look at 1/43 or 1/48 scale or something else? Finally, would there be an auto flat car that's better suited for what I'm trying to do?

Want to figure out what size cars I'll need before I buy the flat car. The goal is to get two cars that will fit snugly on the flat and not roll around as the train operates (without twist ties or elastic bands to keep them secured).

Thanks for any help and opinions! Stay safe gang!

redrockbill

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If you aren’t tied to Lionel, go to the MTH website and on the product search use keyword Mustang. They have done several flatcars with Mustangs.

Ross posted:

If you aren’t tied to Lionel, go to the MTH website and on the product search use keyword Mustang. They have done several flatcars with Mustangs.

I have seen those, but they all have two of the same year/model. My goal is to match (as close as I can come) the two models my brother drove. In his case, it was a 66 Fastback and a 67 'Stang. Realize I may have to settle for a different year model for each, but hoping to get close.

I pulled out a 6424 flatcar and several Mustangs, The yellow hardtop is 1/39 Maisto, the fastback a 1/43 Burago, and the convertible is 1/43 New Ray.7C1A2055-CE7B-4A41-86EE-67ABA2D1E4315B5F1E86-26FB-4654-BB95-ADDE21B5393E

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Thank you Ross, that's exactly what I needed to see. Is it just the angle or is the 1/39 Maisto just a nudge big for the structure of the 6424? If so, thinking I can get by with 1/43 and, if that's the case, I think Ertl makes/has made something that will fit pretty well for both the models I'm looking for.

 

Thank you again!

 

redrockbill

1:43 is O sale in Europe and smaller 1:48 is O scale in the States. In going smaller than 1:50, you grow closer to matching semi-scale Lionel or slightly smaller scale Marx (1:50s for both, both O gauge) (I think that car is 1:50s no?)

But if he runs "only" full O the 1:48 will look best even if the train car is slightly small (imo).  All new?... which engine?

If you have time, you might have them custom airbrushed. Or hold out on that car until the next round of gifts 😜

 

RedRockBill, the 1/39 actually fits fine, I just didn’t get it centered on the flat before I took the picture.

Adriatic posted:

 

If you have time, you might have them custom airbrushed. Or hold out on that car until the next round of gifts 😜

 

I love my brother, but not that much 

I'm doing the Mustangs on the cheap. He had a 66 Fastback (red/orange?) and a metallic green 67. Not sure I'll be able to get the right model years or colors, but close enough will suffice…

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