Promoting Excellence in HO Scale Vehicle Modeling

We are very pleased to announce several new features added to our very popular Photo Gallery Search Index! We've added a new drop selection menu for searching specific vehicle fleets or companies. We currently have over 350 companies and fleets identified from our more than 11,500 photo gallery subjects! If you find we're missing one of your favorites please do not hesitate to email us and let us know what you'd like us to add.

We've also added a link to a specific modeler's work from within most search results. In our example photo the underlined modeler names represent links to that modeler's complete body of work within our Photo Gallery Search Index! Click on the example graphic here for a link the ABF Freight Lines search results to sample these new features. We hope you find these new features helpful and please don't hesitate to suggest new ideas and features to add to our web site! [posted 06/26/2017]

Our feature photo for Photo Gallery 720 is this spectacular lineup of vintage Mack FK trucks from William Ratcliffe, all built from his Ralph Ratcliffe Models resin kits used as display models. We also have another world class collection of model photos from around the world. Check out all the details of William's models and all the other great models we have on display in our Photo Gallery 720! [posted 06/24/2017]

Walthers has announced a new run of their Stoughton 53' van trailers is some very attractive and desirable paint schemes. Walthers has also announced a brand new 40' Trailmobile van trailer suitable for intermodal/piggyback use in 1970-1980s. This model features all new tooling and fills a serious void in modeling trailers of the period. Previously, First Gear announced an all new 1/87 scale model of the new day cab version of the Volvo VNR300 to coincide with the recent introduction of the prototype. Also, Walthers is introducing eight new construction, farming, and industrial plastic vehicle kits in their SceneMaster line. The kits are molded in multiple colors and feature movable parts. We began our June New Products announcements with Athearn's announcement of the re release of their 40' Fruehauf X-post trailers in six different paint schemes and the Ford F-100 panel trucks in six different paint schemes, all scheduled for delivery in May 2018. Check out all the available details in our June New Products.


Who We Are, What We Do

The 1/87 Vehicle Club was established to promote the construction, use, and manufacture of prototypically accurate scale vehicle and equipment models specifically in 1/87 (HO) scale. 1/87 scale is most commonly referred to as "HO" scale because this is the scale of HO gauge model trains, by far the most popular scale for railroad modeling.

Our club assists in the exhibition, promotion, manufacturing, and production research of vehicles of all kinds in 1/87 (HO) scale. This web site and associated events are the place to meet and communicate with other people who are passionate about your hobby.

   Upcoming Events

The latest issue of Model Freightways was mailed to subscribers on May 20, 2017. The June 2017 issue (#60) features a 'Tow Truck Fleet', a 'Remembrance of Fred Gruin' by a friend, a beginning series of an 'Indiana Layout' with lots of trucks, close ups of 'Transamerica Distribution Services Reefers', a tall tale about 'Katchburge Bros. Produce' and more. In the works for future issues are GMC Cracker Box and Cannonball truck tractors and Western Star power, 32' and 35' foot trailers on the rail, Monon RR early TOFC, and decorating truck models 'Dekotora' style. Visit the new Model Freightways web site for subscription info and additional information on the current issue. [posted 05/22/2017]

Our highlight photo for Photo Gallery 719 is this very impressive 2015 Ford Mustang from German modeler Markus Meier. Markus built his model from a resin kit produced by Jens Müller. We also have another great collection of world class model photos. Check out all the details of Markus' model and all the other great models we have on display in our Photo Gallery 719! [posted 06/17/2017]

Our feature photo for Photo Gallery 718 is this spectacular '55 Chevy "pro street" hot rod from first-time contributor John Tyson. John heavily modified a Malibu International die-cast model and transformed it into this impressive result. We also have another great collection of model photos from modelers around the world. Check out all the details of John's model and all the other great models we have on display in our Photo Gallery 718! [posted 06/11/2017]

Our highlight photo for Photo Gallery 717 is this exquisite Ford Model T panel delivery truck built by Chester Fesmire. Chester built this model from a Jordan Highway Miniatures plastic kit. We also have another great collection of model photos from modelers around the world. Check out all the details of Chester's model and all the other great models we have on display in our Photo Gallery 717! [posted 06/07/2017]

We continue to update the Classic Mint Collectibles web site as we uncover more photos, some never before published. This is another of the projects we've recently completed, an archival web site for Classic Mint Collectibles. In case you're a recent "convert" to 1/87 scale or have only recently discovered our web site, Classic Mint Collectibles produced some of the most exquisite museum quality brass models of HO scale Peterbilt trucks, Komatsu and John Deere mining and construction equipment, and Talbert lowboy and Heil pneumatic bulk trailers from 2003 through 2009. Having been involved in the research and development of these models we feel uniquely qualified to keep the brand at the forefront of any discussion regarding high quality models in 1/87 scale. We'll be adding to the site and doing all we can to keep the content fresh so please check it out. We hope you enjoy the site! [posted 08/02/2013]

We invite you to check out the N Scale Vehicle Association's latest web site updates. Trainworx continues to announce a wide range of modern and vintage truck tractors and trailers in addition to the five new N scale tractor-trailer models based on movies and TV shows shown previously. Based on the photos these are going to be outstanding models and adds sorely needed North American prototype variety to N scale layouts and collections! Check it out!

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