Promoting Excellence in HO Scale Vehicle Modeling

Headlining our Photo Gallery 622 is this classic Mack LTL truck tractor outfitted for fuel transport to Alaska in the '50s-'60s built by Jan Romijn. Joining Jan's impressive Mack is another spectacular collection of models from around the world. We want to welcome first-time contributor Simon Farac to our group with his inclusion in this Photo Gallery. Check out all the great models on display in our Photo Gallery 622. [posted 04/18/2014]

Our latest April New Products announces the release of NEO Scale Models' latest 1/87 scale models, the 1979-81 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and Fiat Dino Spider. Both promise to be spectacular examples based on NEO's previous deliveries! Previous announcements this month include more new 3D printed offerings from Jens Jahn 3D. Included in the latest batch are 1972 Chevrolet Impala Coupe, 2002-13 Chevy Express Cargo van. 1993-97 Dodge Intrepid, 2004 Ford Bronco Concept, 2006-13 Chevy Avalanche, 1971 Buick GSX, and 1967-70 Mercury Cougar. These join the earlier exciting announcement from Ralph Ratcliffe Models for fire equipment fans, his all new resin kit for a Ward LaFrance pumper body to mate to his Ward LaFrance P-80 cab. This body is an exact replica of the body used on the famous "Engine 51" from the TV show Emergency. It's now available from the Ralph Ratcliffe Models website catalog. We also have an announcement from Athearn for a new production run of 20' container chassis in popular paint schemes. Check out all the details in our April New Products.


Who We Are, What We Do

The 1/87 Vehicle Club was established to promote the construction, use, and manufacture of prototypically accurate scale vehicle and equipment models specifically in 1/87 (HO) scale. 1/87 scale is most commonly referred to as "HO" scale because this is the scale of HO gauge model trains, by far the most popular scale for railroad modeling.

Our club assists in the exhibition, promotion, manufacturing, and production research of vehicles of all kinds in 1/87 (HO) scale. This web site and associated events are the place to meet and communicate with other people who are passionate about your hobby.

   Upcoming Events

We recently introduced you to the successor to ken Goudy Decals, Graphics On Demand. As we reported earlier they were working on building their web site and it is now "ready for prime time!" Check out the entire lineup of adhesive label decals on the new Graphics On Demand web site. [posted 04/09/2014]

Our headliner photo for Photo Gallery 621 is this absolutely phenomenal photo from Chester Fesmire. This 1/87 model of a Ford TT delivery truck is shown in Chester's little barn diorama. Check out the spectacular photography and modeling of Chester as well as all the accompanying models on display in our Photo Gallery 621. [posted 04/11/2014]

As we prepare each of our Photo Galleries we try our very best to select photos from our contributors that represent quality model building, interesting topics, and as wide a variety of modeling subjects and eras as possible. We strive to have something for everyone though we sometimes just don;t have the available photos to accomplish that. Our Photo Gallery 620, we're pretty sure, has just about something for everyone! Headlining this remarkable collection is some really spectacular modeling from David Johnson and Arlan Tietel. Shown here is a group of ten brand new Minneapolis-Moline 335 farm tractors leaving the factory via railroad. We want to welcome first-time contributors Kenny Lee and Mike Moore to our contributors list. Check out the spectacular modeling from David and Arlen as well as all the companion world class models on display in our Photo Gallery 620. [posted 04/03/2014]

Our Photo Gallery 619 features another world class collection of photos from around the world. Headlining our latest is very interesting little Powertraxx tracked carrier utility vehicle being towed behind a CSX Transportation International 7600 crew cab stakebed truck built by Jesse Weigand. We want to welcome first-time contributor Lacy Brown to our contributors list. Check out Jesse's nifty little model and all the companion models on display in our Photo Gallery 619. [posted 03/23/2014]

We continue to update the Classic Mint Collectibles web site as we uncover more photos, some never before published. This is another of the projects we've recently completed, an archival web site for Classic Mint Collectibles. In case you're a recent "convert" to 1/87 scale or have only recently discovered our web site, Classic Mint Collectibles produced some of the most exquisite museum quality brass models of HO scale Peterbilt trucks, Komatsu and John Deere mining and construction equipment, and Talbert lowboy and Heil pneumatic bulk trailers from 2003 through 2009. Having been involved in the research and development of these models we feel uniquely qualified to keep the brand at the forefront of any discussion regarding high quality models in 1/87 scale. We'll be adding to the site and doing all we can to keep the content fresh so please check it out. We hope you enjoy the site! [posted 08/02/2013]

We invite you to check out the N Scale Vehicle Association's new series of Proto Photo Files. The first subject of this new series is the vintage Cat crawler and logging arch as produced in both N and HO scale by GHQ Models. We've made a significant contribution in time and effort in support of this web site. Check it out!

The 1/87 Vehicle Club sponsors an on-line discussion forum devoted to the exchange of ideas, news, and information of interest to 1/87 vehicle modelers and collectors. The name of the discussion group is 87scalecars. The group is open and free of charge.


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