Promoting Excellence in HO Scale Vehicle Modeling

Publisher Bob Sundstrom has announced that Model Freightways (#65) September 2018 issue is in the mail and features extra pages and full color. In this edition are some great truck model photos of some of the "fallen flags" of the trucking industry, namely, Eastern Freightways, Eazor Express, Carolina Freight Carriers, Consolidated Freightways, and ABF, who is still kicking. Tips and techniques, reader's gallery and more. Click on the cover photo shown here for more information and subscription info. [posted 09/16/2018]

We wrap up our photo coverage of the inaugural 2018 Midwest Meet held in conjunction with the 2018 St. Louis RPM Meet in Collinsville, Illinois July 20-21, 2018 with our Photo Gallery 773. Our feature photo for this Photo Gallery is an extraordinary group of cranes on barges by Doug Fraser that will be part of a diorama he's building. We want to welcome first-time contributor Dave Boss who exhibited at the show. Check out the details in our Photo Gallery 773! [posted 09/09/2018]

Athearn has announced new production runs of their 53' Utility refrigerated trailers and Ford C cab stake bed truck models in a variety of paint schemes. 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.

   Upcoming Events
  • Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show - W. Springfield, MA
    January 26-27, 2019
  • 1/87 Vehicle Club East Coast Meet - W. Springfield, MA
    January 26-27, 2019

We are very pleased to announce that after a nearly four absence, RalphRatcliffeModels.com is back! William (Ralph) Ratcliffe has announced that his greatly expanded product line is once again easily accessible to all via his new website. Your best source for 1/87 scale cast resin vehicle kits, components, and parts. His brand new website is super easy to navigate, with pictures of all available items, features a great new section where you can custom order a complete chassis assembly package for your project, and a wide variety of parts, cabs, bodies, and complete truck kits in 1/87 scale. We encourage you to check out all the great new products on the new Ralph Ratcliffe Models web site! [posted 09/03/2018]

Photo Gallery 772 continues our photo coverage of the inaugural 2018 Midwest Meet held in conjunction with the 2018 St. Louis RPM Meet in Collinsville, Illinois July 20-21, 2018. Our highlight photo for this Photo Gallery is this spectacular '60s Yellow Freight GMC Crackerbox truck tractor and 40' trailer by Brad Hassler. Brad built his Crackerbox model using a resin kit from Sylvan Scale Models. We want to welcome first-time contributors Brad Slone and Gary Roe who exhibited at the show. We hope you enjoy our Photo Gallery 772! [posted 08/25/2018]

Photo Gallery 771 begins our photo coverage of the inaugural 2018 Midwest Meet held in conjunction with the 2018 St. Louis RPM Meet in Collinsville, Illinois July 20-21, 2018. Our feature photo for this Photo Gallery is a terrific late '60s Chevrolet C-90 tow truck built by Mike Budde. Mike used a resin cab mounted on an Athearn kitbashed chassis to build this impressive model. We want to welcome first-time contributor Kevin Neiheisel who exhibited at the show. We hope you enjoy our Photo Gallery 771! [posted 08/20/2018]

Our feature photo for Photo Gallery 770 is a spectacular 1957 Dodge COE recovery truck built by Jim Groeneweg. Jim used an 87RPM resin cab mounted an a kitbashed chassis to build this gorgeous model. In addition, we have another spectacular collection of world class photos of 1/87 models. We hope you enjoy our Photo Gallery 770! [posted 08/12/2018]

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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