MDC 3n1 Kits

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  1. camelot

    camelot Member

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    MDC brought out a line of kitbashing series called 3n1 quite a few years back , i am pretty sure they are not available except secondhand .

    Managed to get some of Ebay , i would like to see some others if anyone would be interested in posting some pictures of them.

    This one is from the Fire Train Kit N° 1507
    It is a chemical Tank car , made from a tank car and reefer bodys on a reefer underframe..

    If some kind soul has a list of the 3 n 1 kits made that would be appreciated.

    Enjoy

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  2. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

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    Nice looking tank car that, I wouldn't mind one of those. Cannot help with what other 3 in 1's there are, sorry. Anyway, I have re-done your photo for you, hope you don't mind.


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  3. camelot

    camelot Member

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    Nah , you the 2nd person to redo a picture of mine , so i kinda getting used to it.I might have to look into putting the flash back on when i take these.

    Thanks

    Ian
  4. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Ian,
    Nice looking tank car!! I really didn't pay much attention to the instructions, because I was using the parts for narrow gauge equipment.
    I found this list in one of the 3in1 kits:
    1500 log car set
    1501 wood chip set
    1502 26'flat car set (3cars)
    1503 34' mw car set (3 cars)
    1504 yard office & 2 box cars
    1505 shanty, 1 pass'r car, 1 reefer
    1506 office: 1 flat, 1 tank car
    1507 fire train
    1509 office & 3 log cars
    1510 battle mountain (dummy) climax
    1511 station caboose & boxcar
    1512 office & two car set
    1513 victoria st scene
    1514 battle mountain /street scene
    1515 rotary snow plow-dummy
    1516 spreader, crab, and flanger
    1517 dozer, flanger,plow
    1518 battle mountain "galloping goose"

    the climax, and the goose are HOn3
    in the battle mountain series there was also a dummy HOn3 outside frame 0-8-0t, 2-8-0t
    Pete
  5. kettlestack

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    Hi Camelot,
    Here are pics of the 3-in-one series (except the caboose which is a single item).

    I bought these about 10 yrs ago and don't know if they are still marketed.

    Errol

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  6. kettlestack

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    And of course such cars are pulled by what MDC call a Climax (when I get it to work properly) :D . Shamus has a much better modified version of this loco, check out his posts.

    Errol

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  7. K.V.Div

    K.V.Div Member

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    MDC brought out a line of kitbashing series called 3n1 quite a few years back , i am pretty sure they are not available except secondhand.

    As far as I know, MDC is still producing most of the 3-in-1 kits, and I have had no problem getting them recently.
    Try your LHS (if one is nearby) and see if they can get them for you.
    Happy modeling and Cheers!

    Terry
  8. jetrock

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    I have a few of the 3 in 1 structure kits: Victoria Station, the cable-car powerhouse/office kit, and one other structure kit, along with a few assorted parts for those kits. Handy scratchin' & bashin' utilities.
  9. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Welcome to The Gauge:wave:

    I'm sorry for your loss. I do my best to help folks find the value of their loved ones items. The 3in1s are a kitbasher only kit that require some modeling skill, additional parts and pieces and imagination to put together. As to final value I could not say, they vary with each kit, but they do fetch a good price on Ebay.

    This is their 1515 rotary plow that I did several years ago. I saw the unassembled kit itself recently sell on Ebay for around $25.

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  10. jetrock

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    eBay is probably the best bet: the ones I have seen for retail sale sell for $10-20 per box.
  11. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

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    iF you took 3 kits and mixed them all up, could you get nine cars then?
  12. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Yes, that's possible. The basic idea of the 3-in-1 kits was to provide material for three items, or combine parts to make one, or two items. Sort of a "kitbash" in one box. I used their "firefighting train" kit to make one narrow gauge boxcar, and two narrow gauge tank cars.
    Pete