• Scale vehicles wish list

  • Discussion related to everything about model railroading, from layout design and planning, to reviews of related model tools and equipment. Discussion includes O, S, HO, N and Z, as well as narrow gauge topics. Also includes discussion of traditional "toy train" and "collector" topics such as Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, and others. Also includes discussion of outdoor garden railways and live steamers.
Discussion related to everything about model railroading, from layout design and planning, to reviews of related model tools and equipment. Discussion includes O, S, HO, N and Z, as well as narrow gauge topics. Also includes discussion of traditional "toy train" and "collector" topics such as Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, and others. Also includes discussion of outdoor garden railways and live steamers.

Moderators: 3rdrail, Otto Vondrak, stilson4283

  by Glen Warmann
 
There are a few vehicles that I would love to see made for modellers. I admit theres some great stuff coming out all the time. But some vehicles just seem to get overlooked!!! Here's my list of what I'd love to see made in H.O.!!!! Whats your list????

1. H.O. scale city and touring busses, Preferably by Boley!!!

2. Late 60's and early 70's Muscle cars!!!! AMX's, Chargers, Challengers, Camaro's, Superbird's, Superbee's, C'mon, Where are these????

3. Step vans, Like RPS, Bread vans, Fed-Ex. We got a UPS truck from Walthers, Now we need Step-vans.

4. Big tow trucks with sleepers!!! Nothing like a big semi tow truck!!!!

5. Older Kenworth cab-over. This can come in 3 versions, single sleeper, double sleeper, and double sleeper aerodyne!!!! They made all the other trucks, Why not an older (late 70's, early 80's) Kenworth cab-over???

Well, Thats all I can think of right now to satisfy me, WHAT IS ON YOUR LIST??????
  by Komachi
 
Vehicles...

I've said enough about wanting my '73 Cadillacs, Impalas/Caprice Classics and Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royales, so I'll spare you guys that here.

Still say we need some '86 Ford LTD Crown Victorias (Taxis, police cars, G-man vehicles, et all).

Copies of Carroll Shelby's cars, from the Cobra coupe to the GT 350/500, the GLHS and Dakota to the new Series I, I'd love to have 'em zippin' around the streets of my layout.

1962 Chevrolet Impala 4 door sedan. My dad had one for many years and I love the look of the '62.

1958 Plymouth Fury/Belvedere sport coupe. The car from "Christine." Classic lines, cool car. Love it, want it. 'Nuff said.

1974 Dodge Monaco. The "Bluesmobile" and backbone of many a police and fire agencies. Some '77 Gran Furies would be cool too.

Well, that's all I can think of for now. What else do you guys want?

  by BrianM
 
Some nice items listed above. I would also like to see some modern Fire Apparatus from KME/ALF/E-ONE/PIERCE/SEAGRAVE etc in Tower Ladders/ Tiller Ladders/ 3 axle Rear Mounts/ Squad Pumpers/ Heavy Rescue etc. These items are long over due.


Brian

  by Glen Warmann
 
One thing I forgot to add to my list is railroad maintenance trucks, like tie haulers, re-railing cranes, equipment trucks, etc. We could all use some rail maintenance trucks at our yards!!!

  by graftonterminalrr
 
Okay, so far, from the top:

1. HO Scale city and touring busses.

Busch has just released a long awaited GM "Fishbowl" bus, you know, the "classic" city bus that every city had at least one of. P:reviously the only way you could get one was by getting the amazingly hard to find Pirate Models cast-metal kit, and as we all know the Busch version will be no comparison at all in terms of fidelity to scale and quality. (Growing up in Halifax, NS, these busses were the backbone of the fleet and I can't wait to do one up in "Metro Transit" colors and put it on a flatcar.)

2. Late 60's and early 70's muscle cars.

Man, where have you been? Quite a few people (myself included) lament that it seems that that is all that is availible! Yes it is nice to have some of those classics but if you are a period modeler, what do you need filling up your streets and parking lots? Sedans! Lots of non descript sedans! Not everyone had a Corvette or Mustang you know. Um, anyays, you can get 67-68 Camaros from Life Like (I seem to recall), 65-66 Mustangs from Herpa, Corvettes practically from any manufacturer but Herpa and Busch are best, I don't think I've ever seen a Challenger or Super Bee but I know you can get a Charger from Mini Metals, which has a pretty extensive line of cast-metal finished products (on a side note, are these guys owned by Ertl? Pretty much everything in their line, with a few exceptions, are availible from Ertl in the 1/18th scale line).

3. Step vans.

Ok, I'll admit there is a dearth of these. Yes, the UPS truck is good, but wee need a "standard" design delivery van (like one I could use to replicate the infamous Chip Wagons that are everywhere, and a Canada Post van would be cool too).

4. Big tow trucks with Sleeper cabs.

I do recall seeing a big tow truck released by Herpa but not with a sleeper cab. It seems to me that all one would need to do would be to take any Herpa truck with a sleeper cab and extend the frame a touch, and add the tow body. Admittedly, it would be nice if those were released separately, but until they are that's what we can do. One or two of these around a wrecked transport truck in a ditch would be a neat little showpiece, as well as a (cheap) dig at the competition :D .

5. Older Kenworth cab-over.

Yes, this one has not been released. It would be nice to have as well.

My preferred list of vehicles pretty much replicates what everyone else wants, stuff like:

1. Ford LTDs/Crown Victorias of the 80's (good copcars, taxis, G-Man cars I believe Komachi said)
2. Chrysler K-cars. I've had 8 of them and would buy another. But more to the point, in the 80s and 90s these were EVERYwhere.
3. Big 70's station wagons. I've never seen these done by anyone, outside the super-crude Bachmann models.
4. Yes, Chevy Impala 4 doors. I had a 1970. Big, comfortable, and I owned the road in it. They were again the standard non descript sedan that it seemed everyone drove (police, taxi, etc.)
5. Japanese imports from the 70s and 80s. You never see these outside of the Datsun/Nissan Z-cars. Things like Toyota Corollas, Coronas, and Tercels. Nissan Sentras, Stanzas and Datsun B510s. Old Mazda and Datsun trucks. That kind of thing.

Some things that are availible now (satisfying some of us, lol) are the Mini metals 1978 (but with a bit of fudging, correct up to 1989) Chevy Impala, availible in police, taxi and "civilian" versions, and their 1967 Ford Galaxie (availible the same way). As well, mid 1970's Plymouth Furies and Dodge Monacos are availible from Herpa and/or Busch. Admittedly these are a post 75 model, but it would be nice to see an ex-Mt. Pleasant Police 1974 black-and-white Monaco with two dark-suited, sunglasses-wearing blues-playing outlaws in the front seats.... :D

  by Sir Ray
 
Warmann:
Do you thinkn these proposed Boley Truck bodies be adaptable to your railroad maintenance needs? I think with some kitbashing...

http://1-87vehicles.org/New%20Products/03_sep.php

Add my vote to more sedans for most any period - for me, 1990s and early 21st century ones (there are several full-size luxury sedans out there, such as the Caprice and the Crown Vics, but no average looking ones like [late-era] Impalas, Stratus, [American-style] Escorts, etc.) - you can stock up on so many Taurus'es. Of course you can find a few European ones (Mondeo, Opel Vectra) which look good, but as for Japanese sedans - why the shortage?
BTW, those modelling American areas of the mid-1960s have it made - early/mid 60s sedans like Falcons and Comets and Darts, and Plymouth Wagons and El Caminos and much more, decent enough plastic models from Eko at reasonable prices (they need painting and some detailing, but they are a great start)

Interestingly enough, the German manufacturers who usually favor odd and unique vehicles have NOT pounced on things like the PT Cruiser, New Thunderbird (which is being discontinued), Vipers, Prowlers, etc.

So anyway, I still ponder if an outfit could create and release resin kits (hollow-core, interior, and with Windshield and Window insets) of say 4 or 5 different models per year, retiring some and releasing new ones the next year - these would be the common models (such as sedans) which are currently lacking in plastic.
  by march hare
 
Give me some boring, run of the mill cars as cheaply as possible so I can populate my streets with large numbers of perfectly ordinary cars, not street rods or cop cars.

Some suggestions:

Mid 60s mid 70s large GMs: Biscaynes, station wagons, the stuff you saw people driving to the store.

early 60s Plymouth Valiant. Popular, durable,lasted for years, so they're appropriate for long time periods. Perfect collecge student car for the 1970s.

A Rambler station wagon

A late 60-early 70s Ford LTD station wagon.

Early 70s Japanese cars--a Datsun or Toyota maybe.

Licensing requirements would probably kill this idea, but I would love to see models of the real turkeys, too:

A Chevette
A Vega
A Pinto (glowing post-crash version could be extra)
An AMC Gremlin (don't laugh, I have a 1:64 version)

  by Nico
 
Sir Ray wrote: Add my vote to more sedans for most any period - for me, 1990s and early 21st century ones (there are several full-size luxury sedans out there, such as the Caprice and the Crown Vics, but no average looking ones like [late-era] Impalas, Stratus, [American-style] Escorts, etc.) - you can stock up on so many Taurus'es. Of course you can find a few European ones (Mondeo, Opel Vectra) which look good, but as for Japanese sedans - why the shortage?

Hi all


If someone is interested in modern Japanese cars there are some Mitsubishi’s manufactured by Rietze.

https://ssl.kundenserver.de/s34462966.s ... shopscript

Don’t know what happened though, because they had more of…well let’s say ordinary cars before.

Other chances are stores, specialized on car models. I’ll provide links for two German ones if anyone is interested.

Modellautos Martin Eggersman (also with English text)
www.eggersmann-modellautos.de


Alpha Modellauto
www.alpha-modellversand.de
  by Myke Romeo Angel
 
Just give me my

Greyhound Bus

Trailways Bus

Peter Pan Trailways Bus




Of course a Ho Scale Parking Garage...

Of course we will need a bus repair facility where the buses will need to

be fixed. :D


Also i could use an Amtrak, NJT & Metro North police car...
  by Komachi
 
Graftonterminalrr,

"... it would be nice to see an ex-Mt. Pleasant Police 1974 black-and-white Monaco with two dark-suited, sunglasses-wearing blues-playing outlaws in the front seats...."


Nice to see another Blues Brothers fan. But ya realize we're gonna need a whole mess of '77 Gran Monaco(e)s in Ilinois State Police and Chicago PD regailia to pull off the whole effect.

BTW, Elwood's cruiser was from the Mt. PROSPECT PD ("I picked it up at the Mt. Prospect police auction last spring... they were practically GIVING THEM AWAY!"), but in any case, the black and white colors could also be adapted for California Highway Partol and other "standard" black and white squads.


Jake: "Car's got a lot of pickup."
ElWood: "It has a cop motor of a 440 cubic inch plant. It's got cop suspension, cop steering, cop tires, cop shocks... It's a model made before catalytic converters, so it'll run good on regular gas. What'ya say? Is it the new Bluesmobile or what?"
Jake: "Fix the cigarette lighter."

  by Glen Warmann
 
Oh, and one last thing for me. A Starsky & Hutch 1974 Ford Gran Torino. Yep, Painted in red with the white stripe!!!!!!!! The car was the only reason I watched the show!!!!

  by Otto Vondrak
 
Myke Romeo Angel- they already make some of the things you are asking for...
Amtrak police cruiser: http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-1255

Parking Garage:
http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/770-3802

A "bus repair facility" sounds like a bus garage to me. That could be built from any modern steel building kit, or an old trolley car barn.

-otto-
Last edited by Otto Vondrak on Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:29 pm, edited 1 time in total.

  by graftonterminalrr
 
Komachi: Yes, I realized that after I posted it, it should have been Mount Prospect. Mt. Pleasant is a small village around here that for some reason popped into my head. Arghhh!

Jake: "Illinois Nazis. I HATE Illinois Nazis."

On a side note someone mentioned the EKO line of vehicles. Yes, I agree... for a buck or 2 you can have a model of a car you can't get anywhere else that after some painting and detailing look great. A shame however that the American prototype stuff is all late 50s to mid 60s. Those 58 Plymouth wagons make a great crew wagon though.

I seem to recall a company that used to release some interesting stuff... a buddy of mine had some examples on his layout. Things like 60-61 Valiant sedan and wagon, 61 Dodge Dart hardtop and wagon, 63 Chrysler and I believe a 60 Plymouth. What company was this and where can i get some of those cars?

For the post 1990 crowd Busch has a nice Dodge Caravan/Plymouth Voyager availible in cargo, passenger and railroad crew vehicle variations. It's a 92-95 model but correct for summer 91-up. Beautifully done, as well.

And of course there is the Roco 78 Dodge pickup, and the Trident 81-up Chevy trucks and Blazers, and 79-85 Chevy vans. These are ubiquitous and the Trident military Chevy pickup with fabricated cargo area makes a great MOW vehicle.