pre 1920 autos

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by nachoman, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    who makes HO scale automobiles, circa pre-1920? Model T's and such. Preferably cheaper ones that I can detail and paint myself. The ones I am finding seem to be too expensive.

    kevin
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Which ones are you finding?

    I think that Jordan Miniatures makes some early Model T's, etc.

    Andrew
  3. nachoman

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    the jordan ones are all I am finding. But those seem to run 8-12$ per unit. That seems to be more than I want to shell out for a vehicle kit.

    kevin
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Well, the Jordan ones aren't really that bad. Take a look at http://www.micronart.com/HO_LIST.html where brass kits for vehicles in 19XX to 1930 will cost you $22 - $65. They used to list "RTR" models too, although now you have to call for a price. They were in the hundreds of $$$...!

    Try the 1:87 Vehicle Club manufacturer listing for other ideas: http://www.1-87vehicles.org/directory/directory.php

    EDIT - Woodland Scenics also makes white metal kits that are about the same price as the Jordan ones. They are more fiddly to put together though, as the castings often need a lot of filing/clean up. However, they offer a few things that Jordan doesn't.


    Andrew
  5. stuart_canada

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    would those days not be the horse and buggy days???
    it is hard to justify the type of money they want for any models they produce these days for something that will never move on the layout.
  6. shaygetz

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    Jordan kits are the least expensive and are highly detailed for the money.
  7. Russ Bellinis

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    If you want vehicles from before 1920, I think Jordan Models are the only ones built other than horse and buggy models. I think most other manufacturers are making models from 1920's on.
  8. yellowlynn

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    Maybe

    Are you looking for real good, high quality cast stuff? I have some of the old open-air looking, but they are plastic. If you're interested, I'll post a few pics.

    Lynn
  9. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Lynn,

    I am interested in seeing your pictures...! I model "between the wars", which would also call for some pre-1920s vehicles.

    Thanks :)

    Andrew
  10. yellowlynn

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    pickt-shures

    Here they are.

    Lynn

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  11. yellowlynn

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    Here's another

    These are later models

    Lynn

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  12. Timbob

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    jordan best bang for buck

    I model Candian prairies 1915 and I have to agree that Jordan is generally the best buy and biggest selection. You can still put in a number of horse drwan vehicles as milk was still delivered that way in many citys well into the 1950's.

    Model Railroad Craftsman had an article a number of years ago on biulding/bashing 1920-30's vehicles and if you check the web for magazine articles

    start here

    http://index.mrmag.com and use keyword search for "automobile" and work from there.

    I just did a quick search and found these articles which may have relevant info - the scale may not match but you can use the techniques for whatever scale you are using.

    [SIZE=+1]Easy-to-make trucks[/SIZE]
    N Scale, July/August 2003 page 60
    a cattle truck and a refrigerated truck
    ( "CARROLL, CHRIS", "CARROLL, GEORGE", KITBASH, TRUCK, VEHICLE, CONSTRUCTION, N, NSCA

    [SIZE=+1]Vehicles[/SIZE]
    N Scale, November/December 2002 page 32
    photos of models; suggestions on building them
    ( [​IMG] PHOTO, TRUCK, "TYHURST, DALLAS", VEHICLE, N, NSCA )

    [SIZE=+1]A Scratchbuilt Coal Truck[/SIZE]
    Finescale Railroader, June/July 1999 page 52
    ( "BAKHTAR, PETER", COAL, [​IMG] SCRATCHBUILD, TRUCK, VEHICLE, CONSTRUCTION, FSR )

    [SIZE=+1]Kitbashing "changed era" trucks[/SIZE]
    Railroad Model Craftsman, September 1998 page 92
    ( "FOLTZ, BOB", KITBASH, MAGNUSON, TRUCK, VEHICLE, CONSTRUCTION, RMC )

    [SIZE=+1][/SIZE][SIZE=+1]The Modelmaker's Notebook: A 1917 Klieber 3 1/2 ton truck[/SIZE]
    Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette, May/June 1992 page 61
    ( "ARMITAGE, AL", [​IMG] DRAWING, KLIEBER, MODELMAKERS, NOTEBOOK, TRUCK, VEHICLE, [​IMG] PROTOTYPE, NGSL )

    [SIZE=+1]The Modelmaker's Notebook: A 1922 International Model 61 3-ton truck[/SIZE]
    Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette, September/October 1992 page 61
    ( "ARMITAGE, AL", [​IMG] DRAWING, INTERNATIONAL, MODELMAKERS, NOTEBOOK, TRUCK, VEHICLE,
    [​IMG] PROTOTYPE, NGSL )

    [SIZE=+1]The Modelmaker's Notebook: A 1911 Packard 2-ton truck[/SIZE]
    Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette, March/April 1991 page 46
    ( "ARMITAGE, AL", [​IMG] DRAWING, MODELMAKERS, NOTEBOOK, PACKARD, TRUCK, VEHICLE, [​IMG] PROTOTYPE, NGSL )

    [SIZE=+1]1920's Highway Trucks: They fix the date of any scene[/SIZE]
    Mainline Modeler, April 1988 page 26
    ( "LAMBERT, DAVID", TRUCK, VEHICLE, MM )

    [SIZE=+1]Variety of trucks - kitbash realistic looking trucks[/SIZE]
    Railroad Model Craftsman, June 1982 page 60
    ( "GOINS, DAN", KITBASH, TRUCK, VEHICLE, CONSTRUCTION, RMC )


    Good luck

    Tim
  13. nachoman

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    wow guys! thanks for all the info!

    looks like the jordan cars are probably in my future.

    kevin
  14. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Lynn,

    Are those the IHC autos from a while ago? They sold them at something like 5 for $20 (???).

    Andrew
  15. yellowlynn

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    Andrew, I don't know. I have just collected them from garage sales over the years.
    A lot of them just have 'MADE IN CHINA' on the bottom.

    Lynn
  16. CCT70

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    The problem with those IHC jobs, though they are VERY nice, they are also 1/64 scale and not HO.

    I'm afraid Jordan is probably your best bet, but I have a lot of Jordan stuff and can attest to its quality and ease of construction.