Promoting Excellence in HO Scale Vehicle Modeling

We were shocked and deeply saddened by the news this past week that our friend and German model collector Marc Schmidt had passed. We have collectively been trying to compose a suitable tribute but words have failed us. Marc was but 44 at the time of his passing. Marc was known to his many friends and industry contacts for his enthusiasm and dedication to the hobby. Marc was very instrumental in helping us gain traction in the early days of the 1/87th Vehicle Club website with his annual Toy Fair reports from Nuremberg and various model shows around Europe in the early 2000s. You may still read his reporting from the past monthly New Products pages from the era. Marc was also instrumental in founding the annual Fulda Meet that brought together modelers from all over Europe. We mourn the loss of not only a great resource but a dear friend to many in the 1/87 collector and modeler community. We extend our sincere condolences to his many friends in the modeling community and his family. He will be sorely missed by many! [posted 04/19/2021]

Iconic Replicas has announced several new bus models under development but the one that caught our eye was the Eagle Model 10 shown here (prototype photo). We certainly hope Iconic Replicas does as good a reproduction on this model as their previous stellar efforts. Also, Athearn has announced a new production run of their 53' CIMC domestic container in five paint schemes and complementery 53' chassis in six paint schemes. Check out further details in our May New Products.

It appears we're finally going to be able to attend some modeling events and model railroad shows in the near future. The 1/87 Vehicle Club is collaborating with the Red River RPM Meet for a joint show on June 29, 2021 in Ft. Worth, Texas. This is the first RPM Meet in Ft. Worth and we're doing our best to help promote the meet. If you've never attended a RPM Meet, this is a golden opportunity to meet fellow vehicle modelers, like Ryan Harris whose P-I-E Kenworth is shown here, and also enjoy some outstanding work from model railroaders in the area. [posted 04/1/2021]


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

Photo Gallery 800 features, as promised, a complete gallery of Kenworth T800 variant models. We wish to thank everyone who submitted photos for this gallery! It took a few weeks more than planned but we're very pleased to present these models. Our feature photo is a gorgeous Kenworth T800W truck tractor built by Brad Hassler using Dennis Aust resin components. Check out the details and all the great companion Kenworth T800 and variant models in our Photo Gallery 800! [posted 03/28/2021]

Photo Gallery 799 features another phenomenal model from Paul Kittle. This handsome Kenworth W900 in the bicentennial paint scheme of 1976 began as an Athearn model. Check out the details and all the great companion models in our Photo Gallery 799!

We are planning a special Photo Gallery 800 featuring all Kenworth T800 models! If you have any projects that include T800s of any spec, please send them to us. We'd anticipate posting in 1-2 weeks. We're looking forward to seeing what you folks have for us.

We want to thank everyone who has responded with photos so far but please, send us photos of your modeling to keep our pipeline of galleries coming. We would request anyone who had sent us photos that have not appeared in a previous Photo Gallery to please resend to [email protected]. We would like to take this opportunity to remind contributors that we desperately need details of your models and photos that are a minimum of 800 pixels wide (wider is much better!). [posted 02/16/2021]

Photo Gallery 798 features the return of Ed Sweeney to our galleries and we'd like to give him a very warm welcome!!! Ed submitted this fleet of dump trucks featuring Autocar and Mack trucks.

We are planning a special Photo Gallery 800 featuring all Kenworth T800 models! If you have any projects that include T800s of any spec, please send them to us. We'd anticipate posting in 2-3 weeks. We're looking forward to seeing what you folks have for us.

We want to thank everyone who has responded with photos so far but please, send us photos of your modeling to keep our pipeline of galleries coming. We would request anyone who had sent us photos that have not appeared in a previous Photo Gallery to please resend to [email protected]. We would like to take this opportunity to remind contributors that we desperately need details of your models and photos that are a minimum of 800 pixels wide (wider is much better!). Check out all of the great companion models in our Photo Gallery 798! [posted 02/16/2021]

We want to thank the spectacular modelers who responded to our appeal for photos at our last Gallery posting. Photo Gallery 797 is the result of those who responded and we have enough photos for about one more so please, send us photos of you modeling. We would request anyone who had sent us photos that have not appeared in a previous Photo Gallery to please resend to [email protected]. We would like to take this opportunity to remind contributors that we desperately need details of your models and photos that are a minimum of 800 pixels wide (wider is much better!). Our highlight photo shown here is another of Paul Kettle's extraordinary truck models built form his own resin castings, a 1970s Peterbilt 352 truck tractor and 40' Trailmobile flatbed trailer. Check out all of the great companion models in our Photo Gallery 797! [posted 02/16/2021]

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 latest web site updates. The latest updates highlight the new River Point Station 1992 Ford F-250 pickups and F-350 service body trucks. These are outstanding models and adds sorely needed North American prototype variety to N scale layouts and collections! Check them out!

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