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Posted by hbgatsf on Saturday, August 12, 2023 10:23 AM

dknelson

The Plastruct catalog is sometimes a bit chaotic maybe because their origin was not scale model railroading but rather architectural models, so the scales don't always match up with model train scales.  And because prototype stuff comes in a variety of sizes, it might not be helpful for Plastruct to try to attach a scale to something if in fact the important information is the size of the model and let the purchaser decide based on their knowledge of the prototype which size they want

Going to the slightly more helpful Walthers catalog, kit 1017 propane storage tank is listed as 1 1/2" by 5" tall    Walthers lists it with HO

Kit 3017 is propane tank 9" tall by  2 1/2" diameter.  Walthers has it in their O scale section

I suppose we could think of them as being HO to S scale and S to O scale although I have not sized propane tanks lately

And the prices are different accordingly.  Both by the way are out of stock and need to be special ordered.  

Dave Nelson

 

 

You missed the details.  Both 1017 kits on the Plastruct website are HO, and both 3017 kits are O scale.  Only one of each scale is listed in their catalog.  It is when you go to order direct that you find both.

They are all in stock direct from Plastruct.  While I have not pulled the trigger I have put them in the cart and started the checkout to see if I got an error message and did not.

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Posted by dknelson on Saturday, August 12, 2023 9:13 AM

The Plastruct catalog is sometimes a bit chaotic maybe because their origin was not scale model railroading but rather architectural models, so the scales don't always match up with model train scales.  And because prototype stuff comes in a variety of sizes, it might not be helpful for Plastruct to try to attach a scale to something if in fact the important information is the size of the model and let the purchaser decide based on their knowledge of the prototype which size they want

Going to the slightly more helpful Walthers catalog, kit 1017 propane storage tank is listed as 1 1/2" by 5" tall    Walthers lists it with HO

Kit 3017 is propane tank 9" tall by  2 1/2" diameter.  Walthers has it in their O scale section

I suppose we could think of them as being HO to S scale and S to O scale although I have not sized propane tanks lately

And the prices are different accordingly.  Both by the way are out of stock and need to be special ordered.  

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, August 12, 2023 12:17 AM

hbgatsf
The description of the kits is exactly the same but the price is not.  Is the difference just in the packaging?

Yeah, This is really strange.

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Posted by wrench567 on Friday, August 11, 2023 8:22 PM

    One is listed as KIT 1017. The other is listed 1017-KIT. I wonder if the lower price is kit form and the other is assembled from the kit. Their website is lacking in the detail department.

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Posted by hbgatsf on Friday, August 11, 2023 2:50 PM

NVSRR

One is a abs the other is styrene.   Plaster it makes both types of plastic for its kits

 

 
Ok.  How can you tell which is which?
 

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Posted by NVSRR on Friday, August 11, 2023 7:13 AM

One is a abs the other is styrene.   Plaster it makes both types of plastic for its kits

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Posted by tstage on Friday, August 11, 2023 7:10 AM

Maybe old stock/new stock?

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Plastruct kits
Posted by hbgatsf on Friday, August 11, 2023 6:16 AM

Many (if not all) of the Plasctuct kits show two versions of the same kit when doing a search on their website.  One is always a little cheaper than the other.

Here is an example:

https://plastruct.myshopify.com/products/1017-kit-1017?_pos=2&_sid=18e9323e5&_ss=r

https://plastruct.myshopify.com/products/kit-1017?_pos=1&_sid=18e9323e5&_ss=r

The description of the kits is exactly the same but the price is not.  Is the difference just in the packaging?

Rick

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