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GreenDragonLady Mar 25, 2021

  1. GreenDragonLady

    GreenDragonLady New Member

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    Hey everyone!

    I had an HO train set 30 years ago. Not sure why I stopped, but it's long gone now. Recently became interested in the hobby again and bought a Kato N scale set. Having a lot of fun so far, but a little trouble finding modern vehicles in N scale, especially delivery vehicles.

    I'm also interested in a system to get vehicles moving, like Magnorail. Not sure the best place to get that.

    I welcome any N scale tips or website leads!
     
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    nscalestation TrainBoard Supporter

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  3. logging loco

    logging loco TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome to TrainBoard GreenDragonLady.
    My vehicles are all 1940's or older and I've had them for years, so I can't help you with that.

    It does seem like there are a lot of modern vehicles available and with 3D printing I'm sure there will be even more.

    Modern era modelers will be able to help you.

    Once again, welcome!
     
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  4. JimJ

    JimJ Staff Member

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    Welcome aboard! Tons of great info here and be sure to use the search feature for hours of browsing fun.
     
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  5. BNSF FAN

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard!!!
     
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  6. fitz

    fitz Staff Member

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    Welcome aboard, Greendragonlady.
     
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  7. GreenDragonLady

    GreenDragonLady New Member

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    Thanks for the welcome, everyone!

    Already have those! You already know I want U Haul. I'm also wanting USPS and UPS. I have the same ones above in UPS and TNT (I'll probably paint over the TNT since I've never seen it here). I wanted a UPS tractor/trailer, but the ones I've seen are ridiculously priced, so I may try to find a similar one and paint/decal it myself. Already sort of regretting going with N scale instead of HO because of availability of items that I want (plus I'm practically going blind trying to do all the little details). But space is at a premium, so...
     
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  9. GreenDragonLady

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    Thanks so much!
     
  10. MetraMan01

    MetraMan01 TrainBoard Member

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    I’ve got the DHL/FEDEX myself. I can’t help with modern trucks, but maybe I can help with cars. I’m stationed in Japan but my layout is in the Chicago suburbs/southern Wisconsin area so I’m lucky enough to run out to hobby shops out here and pick up a 6 pack of Kato Toyotas for about $6-$7 and they still work in my “turn of the (21st) century layout.” You can spruce the Kato’s up a bit with fine tip sharpies for taillights, turn signals, and tires. Not as well detailed as Tomytec cars which I can also get out here for a little bit more. Both of these are much more expensive when listed on eBay and don’t seem to be available through US hobby shops that I can find that have an online store that will ship to an APO. There are also very cheap ones from China sold on Amazon and often resold at a markup on eBay. In my opinion, those are best inside an autorack where you don’t see the lack of detail as much.

    There’s also a thriving thrift store market out here so I supplement some of my semis with Tomytec truck collection-placed in ways you (mostly) don’t notice the Japanese logos.

    Website for the Japanese Kato site is below-search for Part#23-500 (6x Toyota’s-$6.50/¥660), 23-520 (8x Nissan-$16.50/¥1650) or part#23-510 (8x tarped Toyota’s for $8.50/¥880). I recommend you use chrome for the browser so it translates. Also this is good for getting forklifts (#23-515) and container handlers. Not sure if they’ll ship overseas to US. But if not, now you’ve got part numbers and a reasonable price point.

    https://www.e-katomodels2.com/shop/goods/search.aspx?search=x&keyword=23-500



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  11. RailMix

    RailMix TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome aboard. Have you tried Shapeways? There are many 3D printed vehicles for sale there, all types and eras.
     
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  12. GreenDragonLady

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    Thank you...I'll check it out!


    I have them bookmarked. One thing I don't like is that most of them show the digital preview only, not the finished product. Plus I was really hoping to buy finished vehicles that might only require decals. I'm lazy and I know this about myself. :LOL:
     
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    RailMix TrainBoard Member

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    Or you may just be a realist. As I'm sure many of us do, I have a large backlog of unbuilt kits, etc. I have had some of them for years. Your approach might just alleviate that sort of thing.
     
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  14. nscalestation

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    Some of the TomyTec vehicles are models that have been exported to the US and they are really nice models.
     
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  15. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard!

    If you have not already done so, post your inquiry in our N scale Forum and you'll likely get a good number of responses. :)
     
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    gmorider TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome to TrainBoard.
     
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  17. GreenDragonLady

    GreenDragonLady New Member

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    Good idea, thanks!
     
  18. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

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    Hi G. D. Lady, Welcome, glad to have you aboard.
     
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