Promoting Excellence in HO Scale Vehicle Modeling

2017 East Coast Meet Registration Now Open!

We are very happy to announce that we have once again been invited to participate in the 2017 Amherst Model Railroad Society's annual show in W. Springfield, Massachusetts. We gather once a year to participate in the largest model railroad show on the east coast and enjoy the companionship of fellow 1/87 scale vehicle modelers. Shown here is some of Jesse Weigand's modeling who will once again be attending with his outstanding Route87 modules.

We have now posted the registration page for the 2017 East Coast Meet and we encourage you to sign up as soon as you are able to confirm your plans to attend. We anticipate having a very heavily populated display area this year and strongly encourage you to sign up early. We have additional constraints this year so be sure and sign up for our convention e-mail list so you're up to date on the latest information about the show. We look forward to seeing you there! [posted 10/24/2016]

Our feature model for Photo Gallery 694 is a spectacular rendition of Ralph Ratcliffe Models' newest resin model kit, the Mack FK, built by Chester Fesmire. We want to welcome first-time contributor Ewald Pröbsting making his debut appearance in this gallery! Please check out all the companion models to Chester's and Ewald's in this gallery. Check them all in our Photo Gallery 694! [posted 10/23/2016]

Lonestar Models announces three new 43' Wilson Pacesetter grain trailer kits in new paint schemes and, for the first time, introduces factory pad printed trailer sides for the North American Ethanol and Purina Mills (with blue stripe) kits. Earlier, William Ratcliffe of Ralph Ratcliffe Models announced the immediate availability of a new resin kit for a 1/87 (HO) scale model of a Mack FK. We began our October New Products section with announcements of new production runs of 45' corrugated side containers and complementary 45' container chassis from Athearn. Check out all the 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

Ralph Ratcliffe Models is having an 'End of Summer' sale, offering all of the items in his catalog at 10% off.
William (Ralph) Ratcliffe says, "I had to close my web store a few years ago due to real life time constraints, but my complete product line has always been, and still is available directly from me. I haven't been able to run a sale though but now it's time. Just in time for the arrival of Fall and the indoor season, it's a good time to start some new projects or get back to work on some unfinished ones. I have over 130 products available from complete truck kits, cab kits, wheels, frames, and lots of detailing parts to just about everything you need to create a great 1/87 scale project."
Contact William at [email protected] and he'll send you a complete list of all of his products with ordering information, either via e-mail, or hard copy form via U.S. Mail. You can also find Ralph Ratcliffe Models on Facebook and message him there. [posted 09/14/2016]

Our feature model for Photo Gallery 693 is another exquisitely finished Kershaw railroad maintenance of way truck crane from Marcel Devlieger. We want to to welcome first-time contributor Bruce Gamble debuting in this gallery. Check out Marcel's and Bruce's models as well as the companion models in this gallery. Check them all in our Photo Gallery 693! [posted 10/16/2016]

Our highlight model for Photo Gallery 692 is a small diorama from H.W. Goebbels featuring a Classic Construction Models Caterpillar 789D mining dump truck. We have a very varied and interesting collection of models in this Gallery. Check them all in our Photo Gallery 692! [posted 10/09/2016]

Our feature model for Photo Gallery 691 is a beautifully weathered intermodal ("piggyback") trailer model built and painted by Gary Walton. The subtleness and finesse of weathering makes this a truly remarkably finished model. Check out Gary's beautiful model and all the companion models in our Photo Gallery 691! [posted 10/02/2016]

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 truck tractors and trailer in addition to the five new N scale tractor-trailer models based on movies and TV shows shown previously. Based on the photos these are going to be outstanding models and adds sorely needed North American prototype variety to N scale layouts and collections! Check it out!

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