Modern-Era Vehicles

SpectreOne3 Jul 7, 2012

  1. SpectreOne3

    SpectreOne3 TrainBoard Member

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    For those modeling the modern-era (I'd say 80s to present) have you had much luck with finding vehicles for your layouts? I know Atlas has some F-150s, Taurus, etc... and Kato has some Toyota-ish types.

    I know there are some castings but to be honest I am a bit intimidated by the thought of detailing something that small.
     
  2. Jeff B

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    There are Mini Coopers,Audis, Smart For 2, Mercedes,from Herpa and Wiking I think. Also check out EBay for a Japanese store that sells Japanese cars in 1/150 scale that are very nice. I wish we could get Classic Metal Works to do some modern cars.
    Jeff
     
  3. Philip H

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    Will Models (also an Ebay store) has some great late model one piece castings, and they are not intimidating. They just need paint . . .
     
  4. Bendtracker1

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    Philp,
    I'll second that about willmodels.
    I just bought a few recently as my curiosity got the best of me.
    These castings rock! Of the four kits I picked up, not one bubble or blemish!

    Minor cutting, sanding and fitting and then paint!

    Allen...
     
  5. Eagle2

    Eagle2 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    You could also search "Lineside Models." This is a resin line of vehicles, originally produced as "Road Apples." As resin castings, you'd have to make your own call on the detail, but I have quite a few and like the variety available and am personally satisfied with the quality.
     
  6. cfritschle

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    This list was posted on the Atlas Forum nearly three years ago:

    Plastic injection molded N scale models of automobiles, vans, SUVs and light trucks in which a prototype with the same body style as the model sold as a new model in the U.S. and/or Canada one or more years from 1985 to the present.

    Atlas Ford Taurus (1996 – 1999; slight styling changes for 1998-99)
    Atlas Ford F-150 (mid 1996 – 2003; also available as a Heritage Edition model in 2004)
    Atlas Ford Explorer (1993 – 1995; similar to 1991-1992)
    Busch Mercedes ML Class (1997 – 2001; similar to 2002-2005)
    Busch Smart Fortwo (1998 – 2007 for “gray market” in U.S.)
    Busch Mercedes C Class (2001 – 2007; slight styling changes for 2005-07)
    Busch Audi A4 sedan (2002 – 2005)
    Busch Audi A4 station wagon (2002 – 2005)
    Busch Volkswagen Quantum station wagon (1981 – 1988)
    Fleischmann BMW 7 Series (1979 – 1986)
    Fleischmann Mercedes 190 (1984 – 1983)
    Fleischmann Porsche 928/928S (1977 – 1986)
    Herpa BMW 3 Series E46 (mid 1998 – 2001)
    Herpa Mercedes CLK (1998 – 2002)
    Herpa Volkswagen Passat (mid 1998 – 2005)
    Herpa Porsche 911 (1999 – 2004)
    Herpa Volkswagen Golf IV (1999 – 2005)
    Herpa MINI Cooper S (2002 – 2007)
    Herpa Mercedes B Class (2006 – present in Canada)
    Herpa (old IMU) Ferrari F40 (1990 – 1992)
    Kato Lexus RX 300 (1998 – 2002)
    Kato Lexus IS 300 (mid 2000 – 2005)
    Kato Toyota Previa (1991 – 1997)
    Rietze Audi A4 (1996 – 2001)
    Rietze Audi A6 station wagon (1998 – 2004)
    Wiking Mercedes SL Class (1990 – 2001)
    Wiking Volkswagen T4 Eurovan (1992 – 2003)
    Wiking Mercedes E Class (1996 – 2002)
    Wiking Porsche Boxter (1997 – 2005)
    Wiking Volkswagen New Beetle (mid 1998 – 2005; similar to 2006-present)
    Wiking Audi A6 sedan (1998 – 2004)
    Wiking Volkswagen Passat (mid 1998 – 2005)
    Wiking Mercedes G Class (2002 – present; 1979-2001 for “gray market”)
    Wiking BMW 3 Series (1985 – 1987)
    Wiking Ferrari 348ts (1989 – 1994)
    Wiking Mercedes 260/300 (1986 – 1995)
    Wiking Merkur XR4Ti (1985 – 1987)
    Wiking Volkswagen Golf III (1993 – 1998)

    Cast Metal

    GHQ Chevrolet Suburban (1981 – 1987)
    GHQ Chevrolet C Series pickup (1981 – 1987)
    GHQ Chevrolet G Series van (1985 – 1996)
    GHQ Dodge Caravan (1988 – 1990)
    GHQ Ford Taurus (1989 – 1991)
    GHQ Ford F-150 (1992 – 1996)
    GHQ Ford F-350 (1992 – 1998)
    GHQ Porsche 928/928S (1977 – 1986)
    GHQ Porsche 911 (1984 – 1993)
    GHQ Porsche 944 Turbo (1986 – 1989)

    These Wiking models were released after the original post on the Atlas Forum in 2009.

    Wiking Volkswagen Tiguan (Mid 2008 – present)
    Wiking Volkswagen Passat (2006 – present)
    Wiking Volkswagen T5 (similar to second generation 6 cylinder T4 1996 – 2003)

    You can find photos of many of these models in my Rail Images gallery.

    http://www.trainboard.com/railimages/showgallery.php/ppuser/6278/username/cfritschle

    Carter

     
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  7. SpectreOne3

    SpectreOne3 TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks for all the info everyone!
     
  8. TrainCat2

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    I was talking to Promotex (The Herpa distributer in Canada) on Thursday and he had told me that the N-Scale molds were leased and the lease ran out a year ago. What is in stock at Promotex is the last of the N-Scale cars. No one seams to know where the molds were leased from and how to get them back. So, when stock runs out, they are gone.
     
  9. cfritschle

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    Bob,

    I wonder if that applies to all the models on the list, or only the ones released around the 1999 - 2000 or earlier time frame.

    I ask this because last year Herpa released the Opel Manta B and the NSU Sport Prinz. Three new models from Herpa, the Opel Kadett B, Fiat Panda and McCormick D 326 farm tractor are being released now! Another farm tractor, the Deutz D40 L was released in 2010.

    The more recent releases have been very similar in quality to the MINI Cooper, which was released in 2004 or 2005, and the Mercedes B Class, which was released in 2006. However, the tooling for the earlier models is not up to today's standards.

    Herpa also acquired the Roco Minitank line, which I thought included the tooling.

    Carter
     
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    Can't say Carter. Axel @ Promotex told me that they lost the lease on the molds and the remaining stock was it. Since I had bee calling about HO-Scale Peterbilts for a new project, I did not get any further into the details.
     
  11. daniel_leavitt2000

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    I am thinking he was refering to IMU tooling that was released under Promotex. Those were on lease.
     
  12. cfritschle

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    Daniel,

    That makes the most sense, although I could see with all of the problems in China, the automobiles released in the 1999-2000 time frame could go out of production as well.

    Carter
     

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