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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.
    my mustang.jpg
    1960 VW beetle made to look like "The Blue Beetle" from the Dresden Files book series.
    dresden beetle.jpg
    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
    kw container.jpg
    Grabber Green KW T600
    Grabber green t600.jpg
    Modified Mike Sabia w900 into heavy haul truck.
    KW W900 with lowboy2.jpg
    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
    007 w900.jpg
    Kenworth C500 with 85ton lowboy
    kwc500 heavy haul.jpg
    ConCor Freghtliner COE modified with Trainworx Parts.
    custom bekins.jpg

    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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