more modern (ish) highway trucks.

Discussion in 'N Scale' started by greatdrivermiles, May 14, 2012.

  1. greatdrivermiles

    greatdrivermiles TrainBoard Member

    A message to the manufacturers.
    We have had a a lot of new semi trailers come out recently from the 1970/80 eras. but we have very little in the way of tractors to put with them. Athearn had those nice Mack R tractors but have stopped making them. concor/herpa have the same two trucks they have had for the past 30 years. ghq have a couple of nice truck kits. and thats it really. Classic metal works could step in an fill a niche with someting from international. my vote would be for the Transtar those were all over in the 70's and 80's

    Atlas could work with ford and bring out the LTL9000 or the CLT9000
    or more modern

    Also would love to see (actually thinking about buying one of these IRL)
    and simply cause i currently drive one

    I dunno, am I the only one who feels this way?
  2. Bob Horn

    Bob Horn TrainBoard Member

    As my layout is "today" there is nothing available. Freightliner is the most popular tractor with IHC ( Navistar ) also. I worked for Hino Trucks for 25 years and the COE models are available in 1/150 from several Japanese makers. The conventional is only marked in NA and Canada, the Canadian's made the truck in 1/150 and it is not available at all. It is a real good straight truck, 24' van body. Bob. They are 2005 and newer.
  3. 3DTrains

    3DTrains TrainBoard Supporter


    I would love to see IH Transtars!
  4. cfritschle

    cfritschle TrainBoard Member


    I agree it would be nice to see some modern Freightliners and Internationals, but the Kato Volvo VNL 780 is certainly suitable for modeling "today's" highway scenes.


  5. BCR 570

    BCR 570 TrainBoard Member

    International Transtar IIs would be great - the BCR had those. I would also like to see a Canadian tractor or two.

  6. daniel_leavitt2000

    daniel_leavitt2000 TrainBoard Member

    I know Wheels of Time was looking at making a Road Commander. It was hinted at when they anounced their 35' Sealand containers.

    I wish I knew what CMW was up to. I actually really like their IH R190, though the axles seem to be VERY wide. They could do a great 70's area COE.
  7. Bob Horn

    Bob Horn TrainBoard Member

    I have several Volvo's and agree they look good, just wish you could purchase just the tractor. Bob
  8. SecretWeapon

    SecretWeapon TrainBoard Supporter

    Definitly need more trucks. Buses also.
  9. Logtrain

    Logtrain TrainBoard Member

    I would LOVE to see someone come out with 1973-1981 KW W925.
  10. MRL

    MRL TrainBoard Member

    Have thought about a International Transtar 2 IRL!!! N scale would be great.
  11. mu26aeh

    mu26aeh TrainBoard Member

    I have emailed Kato regarding them releasing the Volvo tractors, in a manner as did Atlas, in two packs or something of the like. In their reply, the only thing they said was "the price point we have is for both tractor and trailer. Thank you for contacting us here at Kato USA", along those lines. It kinda pissed me off as they didn't answer my question/request very well, and only thing I got from it was, tough luck, buy the set and sell the trailer.

    Also, Atlas just released in O Scale a model of a Freightliner with sleeper, seen it on their Facebook page a little while back. I told them they need to release that tractor in N Scale, to go along with all their Pines Trailer releases.
  12. SteamDonkey74

    SteamDonkey74 TrainBoard Supporter

    Wasn't Wheels of Time conducting a bit of a survey recently on some trucks they had in mind?
  13. Logtrain

    Logtrain TrainBoard Member


    It was classic metal works that had the survey.

  14. SteamDonkey74

    SteamDonkey74 TrainBoard Supporter

    Oh, yes. That's right. That truck they announced is one I'd be interested in.
  15. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Ad me to the list for a Transtar. I need any COE from the 1970's.
  16. Family Lines System

    Family Lines System TrainBoard Member

    I agree with all. We really need a good array of 70-80's tractors. Would LOVE to see an IH Transtar II in N-Scale as my dad owned one of these during the early 80's.

  17. NS1980

    NS1980 TrainBoard Member

    I personally would like to see some modern bottom dump type grain trailer's. Then if you have a Walther's grain elevator with railcar loading on one side you can line up a few tractor trailer's on the other side.
  18. Jeff B

    Jeff B TrainBoard Member

    I would love to see some IH trucks anywhere from the 70's forward.
  19. SteamDonkey74

    SteamDonkey74 TrainBoard Supporter

    1960s era Peterbilt COE trucks!

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