Promoting Excellence in HO Scale Vehicle Modeling

We are absolutely heartbroken to learn of our great friend and fellow modeler's passing on January 6, 2019. Chester was a prolific and talented modeler who we first encountered in 2003. Since then we've featured Chester's work 338 times in our Photo Galleries! Chester's avocation was as a very talented carpenter and custom cabinet maker and he put the same effort and quality into everything he pursued which shows in his modeling. In his later years his modeling reflected his interest and talent in model photography with our web site being the primary benefactor. Besides being a great modeler, Chester was a great human being and great friend; he will be sorely missed! We have more in our Memoriam section.[posted 01/09/2019]

Our Photo Gallery 780 feature photo shown here is another spectacular model from William Ratcliffe. This '60s era Mack B-57 8x8 all wheel drive truck uses parts and components available exclusively from Ralph Ratcliffe Models that will be one of the vendors featured at the upcoming 2019 East Coast Meet in Springfield Massachusetts, January 26-27, 2019. We hope you enjoy all the great modeling on display and check out all the details in our Photo Gallery 780! [posted 01/04/2019]


Athearn has announced new production runs of their 53' Utility refrigerated trailer models in eight paint schemes and 40' ocean containers in six paint schemes. In each case completely new paint schemes have been introduced. River Point Station has confirmed the arrival of their 2008 Ford F-250 Super Cab pickups and F-350 Super Cab and single rear wheel service body trucks in the United States and are still held up undergoing Customs inspection in New York. Shipping to dealers is still expected to commence in early January. These models feature some all new paint schemes among the 14 different models offered. Check out all the available details in our January New Products.

Advance registration for the 2019 East Coast Meet to be held in W. Springfield, Massachusetts on January 26-27, 2018 is now closed. You may still be able to join us and display your models at the show but it will only be on a space available basis. Our annual show is held in conjunction with the Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exhibition Center in W. Springfield. Participation in the show is free but you must register online so we can coordinate display constraints and provide display space for all participants. If you will be a first-time participant we will go to great lengths to get you prepared and informed on the "routine" of the show and all the ancillary events (group meals and social gatherings of the group) that make this show so enjoyable for all who attend the show. We communicate with all registrants with periodic emailings with travel, hotel, and group meal information and updates as the show date nears. If you are interested in participating in the show and are not already on our email list we encourage to contact us requesting to be added to the email distribution. Check the Announcement Page for further details![posted 11/19/2018]


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.

Our Photo Gallery 779 highlight photo shown here is one of the most amazing kitbash transformations we've ever seen! Teen modeler Tom Hart built this very impressive International CO-4070 Transtar tunnel push-tow truck from a Sylvan Scale Models resin Emeryville kit! Tom added an extensive array of details that just have to be seen to be believed! We also want to welcome first-time contributor Nolan Sutter debuting in this Gallery! We hope you enjoy all the great modeling on display and check out all the details in our Photo Gallery 779! [posted 12/18/2018]

Our Photo Gallery 778 feature photo shown here is a Mack Terrapro front load refuse truck with a McNeilus packer body built by Jim Groeneweg from the First Gear model. We want to welcome first-time contributor Brendan Wilson debuting in this Gallery! We hope you enjoy all the great modeling on display and check out all the details in our Photo Gallery 778! [posted 12/05/2018]

Our Photo Gallery 777 highlight photo shown here is a military HUMVEE that has been disassembled with all removal body panels and attachments removed built by Michael Stegmann. This gallery features yet more photos from the recent Fulda Meet in Germany, held October 20, 2018. As we bring our photo coverage of the Fulda Meet to a close, we want to once again thank Thomas Leuchtmann for sending us these photos and model details and wish to express our sincere appreciation!! We hope you enjoy all the great modeling on display and check out all the details in our Photo Gallery 777! [posted 11/24/2018]

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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