Promoting Excellence in HO Scale Vehicle Modeling

Our highlight photo for Photo Gallery 731 is this beautiful B-train set of Tremcar pneumatic bulk trailers from Jim Groeneweg. Jim's B-train is hooked to Jim's equally exquisite International ProStar truck tractor. Once agaain we have another world class collection of model photos from modelers around the globe! Check out Jim's fine models and all the companion models on display in our Photo Gallery 731! [posted 09/16/2017]

Ralph Ratcliffe Models announces two new resin fire truck kits, a Mack CF pumper and a Mack R600 pumper. Both kits feature a new pumper body and photo-etched pump panel and details. Earlier in the month, Athearn announced a new production runs of their 53' CIMC domestic container and 53' container chassis models. Lonestar Models has also released two new Wilson Pacesetter 43' grain trailer kits with markings for ADM (choice of two logo styles) and CO-OP. Check out all the available details in our September 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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The latest issue of Model Freightways was mailed to subscribers on August 10, 2017. The September 2017 issue (#61) features some very creative models involving a Classic Mint Collectibles Peterbilt 379 truck tractor, resin cast vintage SOHIO tank trailer, a GMC 'Cracker Box' upgrade, more on Brad Hassler's Indiana layout with lots of trucks, and a great perspective on the history of the Monon RR TOFC operation with many pictures that runs three pages. Further, Model Freightways has a new commercial printer and future issues are planned to be in ALL COLOR. Visit the new Model Freightways web site for subscription info and additional information on the current issue. [posted 08/20/2017]

Our Photo Gallery 730 is a very special tribute to Jim Brown, one of our most prolific emergency and first responder model builders. We were notified very recently by his friend James Coan that Jim is very ill and suggested we pay Jim a tribute. We decided to do it with a special gallery devoted to only Jim's models that we haven't featured before. The highlight photo shown here is a very special Dodge Charger police car from the Detroit Police Department with a very colorful paint schemed. Check out all of Jim's fine models on display in our Photo Gallery 730! [posted 09/10/2017]

Our highlight photo for Photo Gallery 729 is this absolutely gorgeous vintage Mack FK dump truck built by William Ratcliffe. William began with his own Ralph Ratcliffe Models resin kits for the Mack FK and dump body to build his great model. We once again have another world class collection of model photos for you to enjoy. Check out all the details of William's model and all the other great models we have on display in our Photo Gallery 729! [posted 09/01/2017]

Our feature photo for Photo Gallery 728 is this very nicely detailed Mack DM600 "steel nose" tow truck built by Brian Donato. Brian began with a Ralph Ratcliffe Models resin cab and accessories to build his great model. We want to welcome first-time contributor Jack Giles debuting in this gallery. We also have another great collection of model photos from modelers from around the world. Check out all the details of Brian's model and all the other great models we have on display in our Photo Gallery 728! [posted 08/19/2017]

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. 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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