Promoting Excellence in HO Scale Vehicle Modeling

Our feature photo for Photo Gallery 758 is this extraordinary scratchbuilt Terex/O&K RH-200 mining shovel from Jens Göhrs. We have another great collection of models from around the world in this gallery. We also want to welcome another first-time contributor Thomas Fitzgerald, debuting in this gallery. We hope you enjoy our Photo Gallery 758! [posted 03/18/2018]

We are very pleased to announce the 1/87 Vehicle Club 2018 Midwest Meet will be held in Collinsville, Illinois (St. Louis, Missouri metro area) July 20-21, 2018. We will be collaborating with the Railroad Prototype Modelers (RPM) group who organizes this show. While primarily a show for serious railroad modelers, there has historically been a strong contingent of very high quality 1/87 vehicle models on display such as Mike Budde's outstanding auto rack loads shown here. We have elected to capitalize on this presence and hold our first meet in Collinsville this July and hope to make this an annual event. We have secured commitments from several 1/87 vehicle model manufacturers and vendors to appear at this show. Already confirmed are Lonestar Models, Custom Finishing Models, Zycon Models, and Masterbilt Models; tentatively, River Point Station will also have a presence. For this initial appearance we have been allocated an extremely limited model display area. Regrettably, the club's participation in this event must be restricted on an invitation only basis. However, we will set up a registration page to submit your interest in attending the show. After we have collected registrations and can gauge interest we will send invitations with display space allocations to interested participants with details. For now, check out the 2018 St. Louis Railroad Prototype Modeler's Meet web site for information on the meet. [posted 03/01/2018]

Our initial posting for March New Products is an announcement from Lonestar Models of two new 43' Wilson Pacesetter grain trailer kits with factory painted white side and end panels with all new decals for Cargill (two versions) and Nutrena. Check out all the available details in our March 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.

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Besides all the great 1/87 scale vehicle models and Route87modules on display at our annual gathering in W/ Springfield, Massachusetts, the show affords the opportunity for modelers and collectors to speak directly with manufacturers of scale vehicle models about current products, announced new products not yet delivered, and projects in the pipeline for future delivery. This year, River Point Station had a bunch of new products on display. Also, Lonestar Models had two new Wilson grain trailer kits with all new graphics on display, Sylvan Scale Models had their usual vast array of resin kits for sale [updated 2/11/2018], Custom Finishing Models had kits and built up models of their maintenance of way equipment ford sale, Don Mills Models was there with his line of reins kits, and William Ratcliffe of Ralph Ratcliffe Models had a large inventory of his excellent resin kits and accessories for sale. Check out our 2018 East Coast Meet New Products Report. [posted 02/10/2018]

Our highlight photo for Photo Gallery 757 is this absolutely beautiful Mack Superliner truck tractor and tri-axle dump trailer built by Brad Hassler. Brad used resin kits from Ralph Ratcliffe Models to build his models. Joining Brad's models is another collection of world class models in this gallery. We also want to welcome new first-time contributor Cameron Knutson debuting in this gallery. We hope you enjoy our Photo Gallery 757! [posted 03/11/2018]

Our feature photo for Photo Gallery 756 is from Russian modeler Sergey Zawislak's collection of septic service trucks. Sergey combined a Herpa Mack CH cab and chassis with a kitbashed tank body with lots of 3D printed detail parts. Joining Sergey's models is another world class collection of models in this gallery. We also want to welcome three new first-time contributors debuting in this gallery; Bob Ellis, Jens Göhrs, and Michael Horton. We hope you enjoy our Photo Gallery 756! [posted 03/04/2018]

Our highlight photo for Photo Gallery 755 is a very sharp looking custom Peterbilt 389 truck tractor and kitbashed dump trailer built by Mark Gautschi. Mark extensively modified a Trucks N' Stuff die-cast truck tractor to build his impressive Pete! Joining Mark's models is another great collection of world class models in this gallery. We welcome first-time contributor Robert Brown debuting in this gallery. We hope you enjoy our Photo Gallery 755! [posted 02/23/2018]

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. The latest additions are classic Kenworth W900 truck tractors mated to a pneumatic dry bulk trailer or Timpte grain trailer in the striking Tri-State Commodities paint scheme! These are outstanding models and adds sorely needed North American prototype variety to N scale layouts and collections! Check them out!

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