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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Scratchbuilding and American OO Scale

Kenn over at the OO list recently posted that he was starting a new scratch builders group on Yahoo at

For me personally, I never have had the scratch building bug too deeply. I am much more interested in rebuilding items, which is a big part of the appeal of vintage American OO gauge equipment to me.

But I have scratch built a few cars over the years and certainly will  keep doing so. My favorite scratch built car is the one on top in the photo, which I made when I was a senior in high school way back in 1980. I probably should replace the S-C trucks with arch bar but that set of trucks came from Temple Nieter so there is a bit of sentimental value to them. (UPDATE: I did mount the car on better looking/rolling trucks rebuilt from PBL Sn3 parts, as seen in this article.)

The car on the bottom was purchased from Pierre Bourassa and is a nice one, also scratch built, I think by someone other than Pierre but I am not sure. The doors and ladders are S-C parts. The trucks on this are also S-C but with Bud Spice/Ultimate Screw Machine wheel sets. These can be spotted with their plastic centers and RP-25 nickel silver treads. Probably the best wheel sets made in OO, they were produced in the late 60s and 70s. (UPDATE: More on Ultimate wheelsets here).

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