Promoting Excellence in HO Scale Vehicle Modeling

Our Photo Gallery 735 highlight photo is this very impressive International S2200 septic tanker truck from Russian modeler Sergey Zawislak. Sergey heavily modified a Herpa/Promotex International S1800 cab and hood to build his impressive model. We also once again have a world class collection of model photos from modelers around the globe! Check out the details of Sergey's model and all the companion models on display in our Photo Gallery 735! [posted 10/20/2017]

We've updated our How-To article on installing and detailing the newly released River Point Station Ford F-450 models with service bodies, utility bodies with bucket lifts, and hi-rail versions of the bucket trucks. The newly released array of accessories can be used to significantly upgrade existing models, add details, or used as kitbashing material to create entirely new models. The latest addition to the How-To article is instructions on extending the bucket boom for realistic positioning for placement on Route87 dioramas or model railroad layouts. Ron Elsdoerfer of River Point Station has graciously offered his tips on installing the accessory and upgrade components so we've included them in our How-To section. We thank Ron for his contribution to our web site and, more broadly, to the enjoyment of our hobby with great models! Read more in our How-To article.[posted 10/09/2017]

River Point Station has confirmed their latest release of service and utility body models based on their very popular 2008 Ford F-450 regular cab and chassis is now shipping to dealers. Available in service body only, service body with bucket lift, and hi-rail version service body with bucket lift. Previously, Kulak Custom Kits announces a series of North American livestock trailer kits of laser cut styrene. Available are the five variations shown here (top to bottom); spread axle, three axle, four axle, two axle, and Nebraska Spread axle. Also, Athearn has announced a new production run of their Kenworth W900 truck tractor in multi-color owner-operator paint schemes. Check out all the available details in our October 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

We recently posted to our event calendar below announcing the 2018 East Coast Meet will be held January 27-28, 2018 in W. Springfield, Massachusetts. This event offers a great opportunity to display your vehicle models and meet and enjoy the company of fellow 1/87 scale vehicle modelers who share your passion!

We have now opened participant registration for the 2018 East Coast Meet to be held in W. Springfield, Massachusetts on January 27-28, 2018. 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.

We currently have the following group meals planned:

RESERVED SEATING EVENTS

Friday Evening, Jan 26, 2018 - 7:00pm, limited to 25 people
Outback Steakhouse
1537 Riverdale St, West Springfield, MA 01089

Saturday Evening, Jan 27, 2018 - 6:00pm, limited to 30 people
Red Rose Pizzeria
1060 Main St, Springfield, MA 01103

Meet-Up Only Events (Non-Reservation)

Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 - 7:30am (show opens @ 9:00am)
White Hut
280 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA 01089

Sunday, Jan28, 2018 - 8:00am (show opens @ 10:00am)
I-HOP
280 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA 01089

If you have any questions regarding the show you may contact us using our general email address, [email protected]. [posted 10/01/2017]

Link to Registration Form

Our feature photo for Photo Gallery 734 is this gorgeous GMC Astro truck tractor model from Jim Groeneweg. This is a rebuild project of a model Jim originally completed in the mid-'80s and was rebuilt to accommodate a Detroit Diesel 8V92T in the engine bay and tilting cab to show it off. The results are spectacular! We once again have another world class collection of model photos from modelers around the globe! Check out the details of Jim's beautiful model and all the companion models on display in our Photo Gallery 734! [posted 10/07/2017]

Our highlight photo for Photo Gallery 733 is this outstanding model from Andrew Pearson. Andrew built this Conrail Volvo-White-GMC WG64 railroad maintenance of way boom truck using a resin cab. We want to welcome first-time contributor John Volpe debuting in the gallery! We once again have another world class collection of model photos from modelers around the globe! Check out the details of Andrew's fantastic model and all the companion models on display in our Photo Gallery 733! [posted 09/30/2017]

Our feature photo for Photo Gallery 732 is this amazing pair of Hulcher Enterprises Caterpillar railroad wreck sideboom crawler/dozers. Dan's models are heavily modified and detailed Overland Models brass crawlers. We once again have another world class collection of model photos from modelers around the globe! Check out Dan's great models and all the companion models on display in our Photo Gallery 732! [posted 09/24/2017]

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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