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    Default Want To See More Modern N Scale Vehicles? - A CALL TO ACTION!

    It's no surprise that there's a serious lack of modern N scale vehicles (aside from the Intermodal-related trucks from Trainworx, Kato, etc).
    Especially buses.

    Now there's a relatively new company based in Florida called Iconic Replicas, which makes some wonderful buses, such as:





    An Amtrak Thruway bus





    A Chicago CTA New Flyer city bus.




    A New Flyer Los Angeles Metro Local bus.





    A Megabus intercity coach.





    And there's even a bus for those bound for the slammer for those of you modeling courthouses or prisons...




    Nice buses, eh? BAD NEWS: They're all in HO scale though. The company also makes buses in 1:50 and 1:43 scale.


    Wanna see them make their fine die-cast models in 1:160? LET THEM KNOW!

    I went to their site today and politely asked them if they were going to make any buses (or any sort of vehicles) in N scale.

    I IMPLORE YOU TO DO THE SAME!

    Click on this link to visit their "Contact Us" page and send them a note either asking or suggesting that they make buses and other vehicles in N scale!

    And even if you model older eras, please stand with us in solidarity! (You guys have Classic Metal Works after all...) And who knows, they might make classic buses and other vehicles as well! Please also share this info with other N scalers, even those who aren't on this forum (friends, fellow club members, etc). WE NEED TO LET THIS COMPANY KNOW THAT THERE IS A MARKET FOR MODERN NORTH AMERICAN N SCALE BUSES!!!

    Do it.

    DO IT!

    DO IT NOWWWWW!!!!!



    p.s. NOWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!


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    As well as other vehicles also. Thanks for posting this, it is always good to see new companies getting in on the hobby.
    Cheers Tony

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    The buses would come in handy on a passenger train layout.

    I'd like to fill a parking lot with modern (or at least '90s) vehicles that are actually sold in the US. Saw a UPS truck and an F150 pickup in person for the 1st time yesterday on the NMRA NCR Lashup layout tours - nice! Need lots more!

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    For those of us that model in current times, it would be nice to see more up to date vehicles out there. Not just buses & trucks.

    I think I read it here on NSN a few years ago, it has to do with licensing issues? I think it has something to do with paying a fee for using the auto maker's logo or brand? It's not really worth making a run of a few hundred, if the maker has to pay to use a formal name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tred View Post
    I think I read it here on NSN a few years ago, it has to do with licensing issues? I think it has something to do with paying a fee for using the auto maker's logo or brand? It's not really worth making a run of a few hundred, if the maker has to pay to use a formal name.
    That is correct. That's why the cars you see available are not late models.

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    paying a fee for using the auto maker's logo or brand
    Yeah, but all mid-sized SUVs look the same anyway. They could model any of them and package it as a General Fordsler Toyondasan and nobody would be able to tell which one it was.

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    I have not joined to see what they have but there is a FB group with the focus on this:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/9032...2535/?ref=gysj

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    I know it's the cliche response, but now I get why it gets dropped so frequently. Try 3D printing. Not the course filament printers, but the resin type of printer. Prices on those are starting to just dip under the $500 mark, and even if you don't wanna invest in that, you can try one of the 3D print services (I've personally used Shapeways, but any will do). I've seen all kinds of very specific models, submitted for print by other users. Just download the file and print it on your own hardware, or buy a print from them.

    It's a stopgap, but I MUCH MORE wished that companies would at least TRY to make reasonably recognizable modern vehicles... I mean... can no one manage to negotiate a fair deal with GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, and others? Are they so inflexible? Maybe the model manufacturers need to sweeten the pot a bit to get a deal... Offer to produce scale billboards advertising the new models and include those with every purchase! Now all those who joyfully gazing upon your layout can see that the All-New 2019 Cruze is at you local Chevy dealer, and that the 2019 is the Next-Genreration Chevy Silverado! Next exit!

    Wonder if they'd ease the license fees if they included advertising in miniature with the models... It'd be prototypical!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    That is correct. That's why the cars you see available are not late models.
    ...and mostly Fords (F-150, Explorer, Taurus...), because apparently FoMoCo was ready to make a deal. ISTR GM is worried a kid might choke on a model of one of their cars making them liable somehow (although I can't see how that will happen, but then I don't know the US justice system) or at least giving them bad press, so they forbid people from making models of GM cars smaller than 1:43 or 1:50 or something.

    But maybe that's just an urban legend...

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    I got a little excited when I saw they even make a GO Transit bus, but not sure I’m willing to shell out $50 Cdn for a bus

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    What 1:160 scale modelers need are the same market conditions that allow companies like TomyTec to mass produce 1:150 scale automobile, van, SUV and light truck models. There are now 60 body styles available in the TomyTec car collections alone! You can see most of them here: http://nscalevehicles.org/resources/...lection_p1.php

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    "For the modeler and collector of 1:160 scale vehicles and equipment"
    http://nscalevehicles.org

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heiko View Post
    GM is worried a kid might choke on a model of one of their cars making them liable somehow
    Someone get GM's lawyers in contact with LEGOs lawyers... Surely GM can learn their secrets... LEGO manages to stave off not only lawsuits over choking hazards, but also foot injuries!

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