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Stuff you wish was manufactured? Rare prototypes and scenery

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Posted by rrebell on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:30 PM

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My assignment is for an entrepreneurship class in which I have to write a business summary and plan everything for an elevator pitch where I will have 5 minutes to explain my idea to win seed capital. I have always wanted to start a business on something I enjoy but I needed some extra input. I have the know how in mechanics, electronics design and some manufacturing. I have lots of experience in CAD and have been 3D printing a Nuclear locomotive running off NWSL Stanton drives. I would like to eventually find like minded people in my age group and build a team for starting a company!

 

Think agmenting some other companys work. Example a 3d fluid print of A new body for say a Bachman 70 ton, maybe a boxcab or center cab. Low overhead, low cost comitment and if it sells you can expand production rapidly.

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:34 PM

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I guess Bachmann Europe will eventually do some for the OO9 market in the UK

Kato has announced a Double Fairlie in OO9 scale in cooperation with Peco.

https://www.hattons.co.uk/newsdetail.aspx?id=566

 

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Posted by Billwiz on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1:05 PM

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My assignment is for an entrepreneurship class in which I have to write a business summary and plan everything for an elevator pitch where I will have 5 minutes to explain my idea to win seed capital. I have always wanted to start a business on something I enjoy but I needed some extra input. I have the know how in mechanics, electronics design and some manufacturing. I have lots of experience in CAD and have been 3D printing a Nuclear locomotive running off NWSL Stanton drives. I would like to eventually find like minded people in my age group and build a team for starting a company!

 

Sounds like a great assignment that could have real life opportunities for you.  You'd probably be best with a smaller number of offerings in a cottage industry type system until it grows.  Good luck with this.

 

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Posted by Wolf359 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1:34 PM

I wish Bachmann would offer their HO scale 4-6-0 in a Colorado Midland paint scheme. The 52" driver version is an almost perfect match for CM engines 29-38, and would be much more affordable than the limited number of brass models out there. I know there are undecorated versions of the Bachmann loco out there, but the trick is finding one at a reasonable price and in good condition with the right features.

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Posted by BRAKIE on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1:57 PM

A Lima 1,000 hp switcher and a FM H16-66 "Baby Trainmaster".. Vehicles for 75-95.

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Posted by drciesel on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:01 PM

Its neat what you are doing and I hope some good ideas come to fruition.

There is a young college-age Norfolk Southern modeler who started a venture to produce a limited run of modern NS wood chip gondolas. I'm pretty sure he got them actually manufactured.  Not sure how the sales and distribution worked out.  He goes by the name NSmodeler24 and has a number of YouTube videos.  You might want to contact him and compare notes.

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Posted by NittanyLion on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:23 PM

2000 to 2010 Accords, Camrys, and Altimas please. And maybe a Rogue or RAV4.

My little plastic people need to get to work and not everyone has the money for HO scale luxury cars or paying to import European cars unavailable in the North American market. 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:50 PM

rrebell
Think agmenting some other companys work. Example a 3d fluid print of A new body for say a Bachman 70 ton, maybe a boxcab or center cab. Low overhead, low cost comitment and if it se

I like that idea, probably the best yet.

How many threads get started in here about what will fit on what.  Or I have this, will it work with that?

Excellent idea.  And the detail parts to go with it.

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Posted by carl425 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 3:17 PM

In N-scale, I need an "eastern" flood loader and a coal processing plant from 1970 or later - preferably in a configuration that's easily kitbashed since I have two on my plan.

Also in N-scale, some reasonably detailed cars and trucks from 2000 or later that working people would drive.  No Porsches, Ferrari's or Corvettes.

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Posted by andrechapelon on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 3:20 PM

Southern Pacific E-23 4-4-0 and M-4 2-6-0. They used the same boilers and cabs, can prototypically be outfitted with the same tenders. Produced from about 1899-1901. Originally equipped with slide valves, many were modernized with piston valves while retaining Stephenson valve gear. Some of each lasted until the early 1950's. With different details, would be appropriate for layouts representing eras from the turn of the 20th Century to the late 1940's. The only real difference between the two would be in the chassis. A twofer, just waiting for an enterprising manufacturer.

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Posted by fyrestreakstrains on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 7:26 PM

I'd love to see a Baldwin Sharknose in N scale. Some of the rarer steam locos, maybe a Q2 or even a Chessie M1 steam turbine.

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Posted by snjroy on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 7:32 PM

Well for me it would the Turbotrain in HO scale, CN. And any small steam in 2 rail O scale...

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Posted by gmpullman on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 8:16 PM

snjroy
Well for me it would the Turbotrain in HO scale, CN.

Mine are Penn-Central and Amtrak but there were plenty made in CN and VIA by Rapido as well:

 Turbo_PC52-Amtrak by Edmund, on Flickr

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Posted by oldline1 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 8:34 PM

My choices would be:

N&W M 4-8-0


ALCoT-6

KM diesel hydraulic cab style

WM 2-8-8-2

N&W K-1 4-8-2

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Posted by ATSFGuy on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 9:06 PM

I'd love to see Bicentennial ES44AC's in HO Scale. Intermountain did some a while back, (2011-2012?)

This is what I mean:

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These are extremely hard to find. I rarely see them on picclick or any online hobbyshop search engine on google, which leads me to belive these dropped off the face of the earth.

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Posted by doctorwayne on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 11:43 PM

oldline1
...KM diesel hydraulic cab style...

Apparently, Rivarossi offered them at some time, but I believe Overland has done them in brass more recently (and if the Overland ones aren't the most recent offering, Brass Trains did an interview with another supplier who was bringing out what he called the most accurate model of them to-date).  There are some photos HERE

EDIT:  A quick look through the link shows the offering to which I was referring, the one from Union Terminal Imports.

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Posted by irishRR on Thursday, January 23, 2020 1:15 AM

I want an N scale Genset locomotive. Plenty have been made in HO, and I know that there are a some 3-D printed shells for N scale, but they come pretty expensive. 

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Posted by azrail on Thursday, January 23, 2020 1:36 PM

No to mention an HO or N scale cotton harvester (cotton picker)

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Posted by csxns on Thursday, January 23, 2020 3:39 PM

doctorwayne
Apparently, Rivarossi offered them at some time,

I still have mine one powered and a dummy.

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Posted by dehusman on Thursday, January 23, 2020 4:15 PM

34 ft truss rod, arch bar truck, boxcar with a left opening door (about 1/4 the boxcars in 1900 were this configuration).

PRR class GD hopper bottom gon.  There were 30,000 made on the prototype.

Twin, wood, truss rod hopper bottom gon.  The most common coal car between 1880 and 1910 when the most common car load was coal.

1880's 0-6-0

1880's 0-4-0

1880's-1890's 4-4-0 (preferrably Baldwin)

Camelback boiler to fit 4-4-0.

1890's 4-6-0 with equally spaced drivers (61-65" dia)

Wagon and buggy kits, good for use from 1800's thru WW2.

Semaphore signals

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Posted by NVSRR on Thursday, January 23, 2020 4:45 PM

doctorwayne

 

 
oldline1
...KM diesel hydraulic cab style...

 

Apparently, Rivarossi offered them at some time, but I believe Overland has done them in brass more recently (and if the Overland ones aren't the most recent offering, Brass Trains did an interview with another supplier who was bringing out what he called the most accurate model of them to-date).  There are some photos HERE

EDIT:  A quick look through the link shows the offering to which I was referring, the one from Union Terminal Imports.

Wayne

 

 

 

suppossedly athearn did a short run on those too.   Only saw that version once.   The rivarossi version is more locatable

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Posted by snjroy on Thursday, January 23, 2020 6:27 PM

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snjroy
Well for me it would the Turbotrain in HO scale, CN.

 

Mine are Penn-Central and Amtrak but there were plenty made in CN and VIA by Rapido as well:

 Turbo_PC52-Amtrak by Edmund, on Flickr

Cheers, Ed

 

Yes, but that was eons ago... I'm still waiting for the next run.

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, January 24, 2020 9:55 AM

I'm surprised you don't look into replicating a line of optimized 'finescale' paints in 'railroad' colors to replace Floquil for model-railroading purposes.  That is a hole you could build a sustainable business around filling.

Then do modular kits for unusual prototypes.  I "second" the idea of a basic chassis for dead rail 'charged' intelligently from two-rail with DCC passthrough, with adjustable dimensions and brackets for different body components, and perhaps with adjustable trucks (with adjustable all-wheel drive) to fit custom sideframe components and brake gear.

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, January 24, 2020 11:10 PM

snjroy
Yes, but that was eons ago... I'm still waiting for the next run.

I recently got a reply from Rapido about a rerun of the UA Turbo: "We're working on it" said they.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, January 24, 2020 11:33 PM

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Whitcomb 65T to 100T series centercabs

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Yes I would too.

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I would also like to see the Cummins 1,000 HP center cab switcher, but since only one was ever made, I doubt I ever will.

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Posted by bluesbreaker on Saturday, January 25, 2020 5:39 AM

An Alco SP S6 .it was mainly an SP loco

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Posted by Jimmy_Braum on Saturday, January 25, 2020 8:42 AM

Pittsburgh & West Virginia 2-6-6-2 Mallet.  It's so unique, theres not even a suitable model to start from

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Posted by L. Zhou on Saturday, January 25, 2020 12:21 PM

The Ya5 Class boxcar of the Manchukuo National Railway, or the Mu4.

It's most likely not going to happen, but if it was made (preferbly by Bachmann China), I would definitely pick it up. 

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Posted by Lazers on Saturday, January 25, 2020 3:04 PM

My unbiased request would be for a HO-scale Nippon Sharyo "South Shore", single-deck, 4-Car unit.

Considering these have been in succesful, regular use ever since the 1980's, I feel that a model is long overdue, in N-scale as well. How about it Kato?

Con-Cor made a HO-scale North Shore Electroliner unit. I think these were great-looking commuter cars and it is a great shame they are out of production, and also that the prototype commuter line was closed. Paul

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Posted by dieselsmoke on Saturday, January 25, 2020 3:34 PM

An HO RDC-4

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