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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroRedLn View Post
    I consider model vehicles a sub-hobby, and great modeling skills on vehicles can only make the layout look even better. Now I wish there were some modern transit buses in N scale (that aren't right hand-drive vehicles...).
    Have you checked out what is made in Europe? They drive on the correct side of the road. Unlike those island nations. The first Big Bends the CTA bought were built by MAN in Germany.

    There use to be a company called Pirate Models that made metal NA buses. They are rather rare though.

    You might try looking at paper models. The boxy design of many of the new ones fit the medium. By cutting out the windows and glueing acetate to the whole side the card stock body becomes pretty tough. The paper bodies are easy to adapt to the TomyTec and Faller chassis. I know there one guy out there with a large catalog of them. They were FREE too!

    Also so take a look at Shapeways.
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    Just wondering what have you done lately? Show us your custom vehicles or vignettes!

    I do do mean you @daniel_leavitt2000
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    Here is a way to sorta Americanize a currently available TomyTec Hino Fire engine. The trucks come in a set of two. The two trucks represent two different eras. http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10472904

    Now while Hino trucks have been sold in the U.S. for quite a while, they often come as cabs on chassis. Most often these mid duty trucks are used for light delivery with a box in back. Landscapers love them too. The pumper unit is not imported. But other than the coiled suction hose, the unit does look, that up out of place.

    They are 1/150 scale, so on 1/160 layouts, the truck are more of a heavy duty size. They are about the size of the GHQ ALF1000 Engine (pumper).

    I have older releases that were sold in the Surprise Collector packages.

    The blue unit was a bonus truck that only appeared in random case lots. I reminds me of the NYCPD rescue units. The pair being sold today, are both classic red.

    Now, this is just a proof of concept, so it is very rough. I just wanted to see how it looked. A finished truck will look a bit slicker. All I did was pull the cab and interior off the chassis of the older engine. An Atlas Ford LNT9000 semi tractor donated it's cab with a little tug. I placed the Atlas on the TomyTec chassis.

    Some trimming of the frame and the Ford interior will help it to sit better. Transferring the fuel tanks will fill the empty space under the doors and aid entry. A dummy light bar can be made from the clear colored handle of toothbrush. If you want a working Gumball Machine on the roof a TopHat LED does a great job.

    A small strip of Chrome Bare-Metal foil forms a base. The foil is great for chroming the grill and your kitbashed bumper. The LED can be purchased as a on/off blinker (strobe) or external electronics can simulate a rotating beacon. Painting the rectangular section black, keeps light from shining in the cab. You can safely round the tip.

    By using an Atlas cab molded in red the need for paint is almost eliminated. This is a quickie mod that could be accomplished in less than an hour, including detail paint. Thought of you @Metrolink, when the concept hit me.

    An interesting side note, TomyTec molds the cabs in clear plastic. This eliminates the need for separate windows. The "sheet metal" is all paint. The roof lights use a red clear tint.
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    Nice looking trucks. once my Mod period is over I'll post a few pics of mine.

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    ​Thanks!

    Only a few more posts and you'll be there. I look forward to the images.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoNW View Post
    ​Thanks!

    Only a few more posts and you'll be there. I look forward to the images.
    Well here we go part 1

    First one is my 1995 Ford Mustang gt convertible.
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    1960 VW beetle made to look like "The Blue Beetle" from the Dresden Files book series.
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    Aston Martin DB9s as seen in Casino Royale
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    Bulldog Mack with a can on back and a Jaguar hallin' ass.
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    Old ConCor White7400 modified with Trainworx parts
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    Part 2
    Peterbilt 350 on a longer frame
    Pete350 long frame.jpg
    Kenworth with a heavy container
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    Grabber Green KW T600
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    Modified Mike Sabia w900 into heavy haul truck.
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    Shapeways Cascadia with trainworx wheels
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    CR England t600
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    Ford CLT9000 with Trail king bottom dump
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    007 KW hauling 007 DB9s
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    Kenworth C500 with 85ton lowboy
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    ConCor Freghtliner COE modified with Trainworx Parts.
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    Thats all for now, I need to re shoot some of my trucks on the Photo Module I made.

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    What, no turn signals on the fenders of the VW?? Maybe it just has the flippers on the door posts - a German model. Just kidding, nice work!
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    Nice work!

    That long chassis on the Bekins tractor looks like it has lost the cargo box, that I've seen on super long haul movers.

    A couple of visible ribs on the roof of that Mustang will sell the convertible top better. A little sag between them will seal the deal.
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    I looked at my trucks after I saw your post and then made this mod to one of the A & P trucks. Thanks for the idea, I had been pondering over the doubles and how to use them on the same layout.
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    n scale or real size, trains are fascinating.

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    Now to model self-driving cars & trucks. There is a 10K HO layout in Germany with self-driving cars & trucks along with charging stations. Do not know when something like this would appear in N scale.

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    I think I only have one good custom truck to show at this point, though I want to do more (with lights!)

    This is a little CMW utility truck:



    Dismantled, painted, and then added lights:








    For the back: I used a potentiometer for the crane motor with a boom arm glued on, then the deck is just sheet siding plus some railings.










    Only has headlights, no tail lights.

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    Oh man, I forgot all about this one. I feel like a bad parent:





    Just a semi cab with a scratch deck on the back with some shapeways propane tanks and a few other doo-dads thrown in.

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    Ender,

    Great examples of classic use of the "Don't throw anything away box" when scratchbuilding.

    Doubles can be difficult to place on a layout, modifying one is often the best solution.

    nice work.
    n scale or real size, trains are fascinating.

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    Got some more vehicles done

    Rainier Beer Truck
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    made a matching trailer for my 007 edition Kenworth
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    A Pilot travel center tanker
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    GMC 9500 logger
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    Gave my Bull Hauler a turbo wing and some chompers
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    Made decals for my Rubber Duck Truck
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    A purple GMC 9500 with sleeper
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    1970 boss mustang
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    1973 trans am
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    I can only see the red Firebird (I think that’s what it is) the rest of the attachments show in script but when I click on them it says “invalid”

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    I fixed the post. Must have been because I posted this just when maintenance started.

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    A few more

    Another GMC and a Pete 362 Both now live at a new home,
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    Pete 362 bull hauler
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    Pete 351 with an old cattle pot
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    White 7400 with Campbell 66 trailer
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