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    I need to acquire about 6 trailers in the 45 to 53 foot trailers range for background scenery. As you can see in the photo, they will sit behind a building, so details won't be seen. I have another industry that will need trailers more prominently located so i would like to spend my money there. I had considered card stock trailers but I haven't been able to construct them to my standards. I was hoping I could find some 3D printed ones but everything I see on Shapeways is way too detailed and expensive. Does anyone know of a source for simple trailers? I model 1983 so older trailer aren't appropriate. Cheers and stay safe all!
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    How about cardstock models?

    https://www.teamtrackmodels.com/prod...ale-buildings/


    Oops, I noticed that you mentioned card stock in your original post.... my reading comprehension skills at 1AM ain't the best....
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    It sounds like the old (1988) Con-Cor 45-ft trailers would work for your 1983 time frame. In 1988 the retail price for a three pack of Con-Cor trailers was $6.98!



    Of course finding the Con-Cor trailers 30 plus years after they were released will likely be a problem, but I have seen them at train shows, and occasionally at hobby shops.

    And back before Athearn and Trainworx brought out their 28-ft pup trailers, I would use my Con-Cor 40-ft trailers to make 28-ft pup trailers as shown below. Definitely a background model by today's standards!


    Also, sometimes TomyTec will release semi-tractor and trailer 2-pack in which the 1:150 scale 40-ft trailer measured out to an approximately 42-ft 1:160 scale trailer. The TomyTec 2-packs are generally less expensive than a single decorated Atlas or Micro-Trains 45-ft trailer. Here are some photos comparing a TomyTec trailer with a Micro-Trains 45-ft trailer.





    The only other option I can think of would be to find some undecorated Micro-Trains or Atlas trailers. At one time those were readily available, and considerably cheaper than the decorated trailers. Again, train shows or hobby shops that tend to have a good supply of old items would be the place to look for the undecorated trailers.

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    I’ve not used them, but here is a more modern card stock vendor:

    https://www.digcomdesigns.net/

    shapeways landing gear available for those designs as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samusi01 View Post
    I’ve not used them, but here is a more modern card stock vendor:

    https://www.digcomdesigns.net/

    shapeways landing gear available for those designs as well.
    You absolutely can't go wrong with them, I used to deal with Carlos extensively when I first got into the hobby and the budget wasn't huge. As long as you seal whatever you print it'll last and they look great.
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    This is an Estes 53' trailer from DigCom Designs. More than half my trailers are from DD. During open house events, I will mix DD and Trainworx, Concor, Atlas trailers amongst each other and visitors can't pick out which ones are paper. I think they still have a free file you can download, can practice on them. In N scale, you get 3 trailers on a piece of paper. Use a piece of regular cardstock for practice, for the finished/decorated trailers I use 8.5x11 photo paper

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    Maurice,

    There were still quite a few 40-ft trailers in use in 1983, so perhaps you could use some of those since they are going to be in the background. And, MB Klein has some of the Trainworx 40-ft trailers at about 1/2 retail price.

    https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/sear...rand:Trainworx

    The Trainworx trailers would probably need newer paint schemes, but Microscale offers a lot of trailer decals appropriate for the 1980s. The N scale decals start on page 4 if you use the Quick Links search for "Trailers."

    http://www.microscale.com/Merchant2/...e=MD&Offset=42

    I know this is not very cheap, but most new N scale trailer models retail for more than $20.00.

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    I have a half dozen of the ConCor trailers........they are undecorated, white plastic. They are from my old layout (which was 70s-80s) and don't fit my transition era current layout. They would need a little work (like paint) and one is missing the jacks. I think they are 40' (4) and 45' (2), but might be 45' and 52'.

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    Micro Engineering used to sell plastic 40-foot trailer kits under the Wheel Works brand. They were around $8 for two decorated trailers or $9 for three undecorated trailers. It's something to look out for at train shows.

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