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    Default River Point Station will produce two N scale Ford F-350 trucks

    Today at the Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, MA River Point Station announced two Ford F-350 models will be produced in N scale. One model will be of an F-350 utility truck, and the other will be of an F-350 crew cab pickup.

    The prototypes for these models were first produced for the 1992 model year, and continued in production into the early part of 1999. The River Point Station F-350 crew cab pickups and utility trucks are due in part the to the poll the N Scale Vehicle Association took at the N Scale Enthusiast Convention last summer in Salt Lake City. I want to extend my thanks to all who participated in the poll. It gave Ron the encouragement he needed to produce the models! Photos of the test shots of the body molding are shown below.







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    Those look really good!
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    We now have the first examples of the River Point Station Ford F-350 models that were assembled from the test shots of the tooling. The assembly and painting of the models was done by a non-professional, and it definitely shows. However, considering these were assembled from test shots of completely new tooling, we can expect the models produced from the finished tooling will be superb!

    And to make things a little more interesting, the new Fords were photographed with some existing N scale Ford models.

    An Atlas F-150 with the RPS F-350 crew cab.


    A GHQ F-350 with the RPS F-350 utility truck.


    The RPS F-350 utility will come with end-user applied photoetched West Coast style mirrors.

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    Ron from River Point Station sent me some examples of the 2nd test shots for the new Ford F-350 models to “play” with. These moldings are more refined, and should be ready for production.

    First, here is a look at the interior for the crew cab.




    Next we have views of the painted and assembled crew cab from four different angles.









    We can be assured that the factory finished production models will look a lot better than these test shots.

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    Since a lot of people purchased these large Ford pickups to haul their “toys” around, I added a trailer hitch to the crew cab. I think the Busch boat and trailer looks very natural behind the pickup.



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    The N Scale Vehicle Association's Industry News page has been updated with some photos of the decorated pre-production models. http://nscalevehicles.org/news.php

    I really like the trim on the tailgate of the black F-250 crew cab pickup.

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    If anyone has been wondering if they would be able to create regular cab F-250 pickups, or crew cab F-350 utility trucks by kitbashing the River Point Station models, the answer is yes!

    This photo compares an Atlas F-150 SuperCab with a kitbashed RPS F-250 regular cab pickup.


    And this photo shows the kitbashed RPS F-350 crew cab utility truck with the pickup.


    Once the models are released (they are currently in production) I am going to practice some more on a few of the undecorated kits before attempting to kitbash the decorated models.


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    Get rid of the extended cab on the red truck and you have the makings of the DeSoto and Gauge firetruck from Emergency 51! Loved that show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave68124 View Post
    Get rid of the extended cab on the red truck and you have the makings of the DeSoto and Gauge firetruck from Emergency 51! Loved that show.
    I was also a fan of Emergency!, and Squad 51, even though it was a Dodge instead of a Ford.

    As for the RPS models, you will be able to get red regular cab utility trucks in a factory decorated 2-pack. https://masterbiltmodels.com/index.p...product_id=349

    Or, if you prefer both a crew cab pickup and regular cab utility truck in a generic fire department paint scheme, those too will be available as factory decorated models. https://masterbiltmodels.com/index.p...product_id=362

    I am going to have a lot of fun populating my layout with 1992-98 Fords.

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    The River Point Station web site now lists the N scale models!

    http://www.riverpointstation.com/pages/vehicles_n.php

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    I see them available for preorder at NSS already.
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    Here is a "first look" at production models of the River Point Station Ford F-350 and Ford F-250 trucks!



    I am impressed.

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    I received word this morning that River Point Station has begun shipping to the dealers that pre-ordered the trucks. If your favorite N scale retailer did not pre-order the trucks, you might want to let them know the trucks are now available!

    Also, I thought a photo of the utility truck with the photo-etched mirrors installed might be of interest, as well as a view of the pickup's tailgate.



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    The photos posted by the hobby shops/etailers are of the final pre-production models. Ron was able to work with the factory to "refine" the printing of the headlights and front turn signals to get an extremely accurate ratio of headlight to turn signal. Here are a couple of photos of a production version F-250XL crew cab.





    I am particularly impressed with the treatment of the gray grille and light surround since I own a 1993 F-250XL and a 1994 F-150XL with the gray grilles.

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    If you purchase any of the River Point Station emergency vehicles, you will probably also want to purchase the light bar accessory pack. You get 10 clear (colorless) light bars ready to paint. A 0.035 inch hole (#65 drill bill) in the roof of the vehicle is all you need to mount the light bar.

    Here is the crew cab from the fire department set with the light bar installed. I also added a trailer hitch made with 0.015 music wire in order to tow the rescue boat.



    I am finding a lot of uses for these trucks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfritschle View Post
    You get 10 clear (colorless) light bars ready to paint.
    Thank you for mentioning this! I've been looking for some light bars with no luck. I thought I was going to have to scratch something. Just added this to my very extensive MRR shopping list.
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    Like Bronman, I'd be up for a small batch of light bars.
    I've been looking around but not finding anyplace to find them?
    Any suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    Like Bronman, I'd be up for a small batch of light bars.
    I've been looking around but not finding anyplace to find them?
    Any suggestions?
    It looks like they are currently out of stock at MB Klein: https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/rive...light-bars-10/

    However, they just showed up a few days ago at N Scale Supply (you need to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page): http://www.nscalesupply.com/RPS/RPS.html

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