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    Default Shout out to Showcase Miniatures.

    Due to some of the posts that have been left on my Little Rock Line thread recently about my engine facility,
    several have mentioned to get a few utility/MOW vehicles to place in the scene, a great idea!

    So I started looking at some of the Showcase Miniature trucks.
    Found several that I like, but they were a bit too modern, I think they are International cabs from the 90's-2000's?
    I know some guys have kitbashed several of their sets to get what they wanted.

    ****Note: the photos are copied from their page, they are not mine.



    I did see that they had their newish builder packs that had older cabs from the 60's, 70's and 80's but none of them came with
    the utility bodies that the modern cabs had as complete kits, just cabs and frames.



    So I dropped them an email this morning telling them what I wanted for kits, older cabs with the utility/MOW kits, asking if they could accept custom orders for the utility truck kits and place different cabs for older versions.
    Basically mix and match?

    Within the hour I received an email from them saying "THAT would be a good idea for me as well as other modelers who may want the same thing".
    They told me that they would look into and see if they could add the utility boxes as separate orderable items to be used with the older style builder kits.

    Later this afternoon I received another email from them saying that they had gotten the utility/MOW kits listed as separate kits on their webpage!
    Talk about excellent customer service...
    An order was placed!!!
    I've never assembled and of these kits, but I have a pile of the older CinC kits, which are very similar, more unchartered waters....
    Builder packs
    https://www.showcaseminiatures.net/n...uilders_Packs/
    Utility/MOW kits

    https://www.showcaseminiatures.net/n...hicle_details/


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    I too, have had good, fast and helpful, service from Showcase, Debbie, I think, in particular.

    That is a great idea @Allen H. Would imagine other modelers out there will appreciate this new option.
    Safe to assume that the older models would have utility bodies to match "close enough" with the differing time periods?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    Shout out to Showcase Miniatures.
    That's great news Allen. Their products look to be top shelf items. I can't wait to see and hear your progress on the MOW / Utility truck builds. Kudos to Showcase Miniatures!
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    I've got some of their items. The castings are clean with almost no flash. Good stuff!

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    There kits are excellent, I used a rubber based superglue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jugtown Modeler View Post
    I too, have had good, fast and helpful, service from Showcase, Debbie, I think, in particular.

    That is a great idea @Allen H. Would imagine other modelers out there will appreciate this new option.
    Safe to assume that the older models would have utility bodies to match "close enough" with the differing time periods?
    Yeah, I would think the differences wouldn't be as noticeable as vehicle body styles, but then again....
    For me this will be close enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdboxcar View Post
    There kits are excellent, I used a rubber based superglue.
    Can you give an example of a rubber based superglue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    Can you give an example of a rubber based superglue?
    Maybe something like this, Allen: https://www.dispensing.com/products/...ate-super-glue

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    https://www.amainhobbies.com/pacer-t...aapt44/p266195

    $1.99 flat rate shipping.

    Or check your LHS.

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    It's good when a company listens to their customers at any time....but that was fast!!
    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post

    Or check your LHS.
    I don't have any LHS's anymore. Online Hobby Shops put them out of business!

    Thanks for the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mosslake View Post
    It's good when a company listens to their customers at any time....but that was fast!!
    Yes it was!
    I was going to email her back that evening and ask when she thought she'd have the page updated with the new kit options, just so I had an idea.
    Then I got that email in the afternoon stating she had things up and ready to go! It really took me by surprise!
    I was expecting a week at the very earliest, more like a month or two.

    It's refreshing to observe that kind of actions these days.

    Awhile back after getting the track laid in my new yard, I damaged one of the turnouts. The snap spring popped out (which was a first for me and Peco).
    So I looked online and was having a bit of troubles finding another curved one that I get at decent price at the time and one that wouldn't take half a month to get.

    I found one, but it was from a company that I ordered from one time years ago with no issues.
    Today marks about two months from the day I ordered it.
    The only thing I've heard from them has been the order acknowledgement.

    I've emailed them three times with no response, and found I couldn't even call them as they have removed their number (in fine print after I started looking for it).

    So I called my Credit Card co and to see if they had charged it yet or not, they hadn't so...... I just cancelled the card, got a new card coming.
    Now I won't have to worry about that order.
    Two months, that's ridiculous.
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    I’ve been using Showcase Miniatures kits for years. I love to mix and match parts.
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    Allen - Showcase stuff comes together pretty nicely. As one would expect, the hardest and most frustrating part of the build is the glass. One suggestion is spray it v. brush it. Results are much better.

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    Got myself a Showcase Kalmar container loader, the kit looks really nice (thanks Jugtown!)
    Waiting for my pin vise to arrive, before attempting to assemble it.
    What kind of paint is best for these? Acrylics? Thanks in advance!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave68124 View Post
    Allen - Showcase stuff comes together pretty nicely. As one would expect, the hardest and most frustrating part of the build is the glass. One suggestion is spray it v. brush it. Results are much better.
    Thanks for the tip Dave.
    Not sure how I'm going to paint these yet? I plan to paint them Orange and maybe Blue.
    I've got those colors in TCP paint and will probably go that route since they were solid colors.
    For the tools and equipment details I'll probably use a brush, a very tiny brush.

    As I was looking through their catalogue, it almost looked like some of them may come with a vacuumed formed glass?
    Looking forward to building these!
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