Promoting Excellence in HO Scale Vehicle Modeling

Rapido has sent us photo of different variations of the GM New Look transit coach to share. Views include two body styles, two interior configurations, and various other details. Also, Athearn has announced a new production run of their 53' Wabash National Duraplate trailers in a variety of paint schemes and 53' Jindo domestic containers in ten paint schemes, some never produced before. Check out all the available details in our May New Products.

The GMC New Look Bus was the face of North American public transit in the latter half of the 20th century, with almost 45,000 built between 1959 and 1986. Everyone remembers the New Look, also known as the “Fishbowl” bus. Rapido is delighted to introduce the second release of the New Look bus in HO scale. This time the model is configured with a single-width rear door and has various improvements over the first release from 2017 but still comes packed full of detail and realism that you expect from a Rapido model, right down to every rivet. This model represents the second through fourth generations of the New Look bus, spanning from the mid 1960s right up until the last one was produced in 1986, and comes with transit agency-specific details from advertising panels to roof hatches.

All of Rapido's HO scale New Look Bus models include:

  • Correct tubular profile traced from a 3D scan of a real New Look Bus
  • Single-stream rear exit door in either 2-window or 4-window variants (as appropriate)
  • Era-correct rear engine door available in either early (5303) or late (5307) styles
  • Optional left-side emergency exit door, a trademark of the early productions
  • Full interior including separate seats with seatback handrails and grooved flooring
  • Etched-metal interior stanchions, stamped-metal handrails and separate farebox and steering wheel parts installed
  • Steerable front wheels and REAL rubber tires
  • Three types of bumpers - steel, water and rubber - installed as appropriate
  • A wide variety of optional parts pre-installed (where appropriate)
  • Separate advertisement frames included with each model
  • Pre-installed route destination signs for added realism

On top of all that incredible detail, Rapido's Deluxe version New Look Bus models also feature:

  • Interior lighting
  • Working headlights and tail lights
  • Illuminated front destination sign
  • Painted seatback handrails
  • Two-tone seats (where appropriate)

Note: A 9-12 volt DC power supply (not included) is required to power the lighting features.

Check out all the available paint schemes and more details the Rapido web site or our March New Products.

Our feature model for Photo Gallery 794 is this Caterpillar CT660S dump truck built by German modeler Kurt Hofmeyer. Kurt combined a cab from Die Cast Masters with a dump bed from Model Power. Check out Kurt's impressive model and all the great companion models our Photo Gallery 794! [posted 02/17/2020]

The 1/87 Vehicle Club will be participating in the inaugural Red River RPM (Railroad Prototypes Modelers) Meet to be held at the Forest Hill Civic Center in Forest Hill (Ft. Worth), TX on June 27, 2020. We can confirm already that Custom Finishing Models, Masterbilt Models, and Zycon Models will be participating as vendors in the event and Lonestar Models will be participating as a manufacturer. We would like to extend a special invitation to all 1/87 vehicle modelers from Texas and adjoining states to meet us in Ft. Worth for a full day of sharing your models with fellow modelers and admirers alike. We hope to help this event become an annual event. Check out the available details in our announcement for the event - Red River RPM Meet. [posted 2/13/2020]

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 793 features a whole batch of first-time contributors; we welcome London Drysdale, Ray Schwedhelm,  Juan Carlos Piro, and Nicola Albrecht, all making their debut in this Photo Gallery. Our highlight photo for this gallery is this Peterbilt 337 water tanker painted in Sunbelt Rentals colors. Check out all the great companion models our Photo Gallery 793! [posted 01/08/2020]

Photo Gallery 792 introduces a first-time contributor debuting with our feature photo for this Gallery! This remarkable model of a Brandt OTM material hander, based on a John Deere excavator, was built by Stephane Joncas. We welcome Stephane to our contributors' list as well as first-time contributor Justin Carr. Check out all the great companion models our Photo Gallery 792! [posted 11/23/2019]

Photo Gallery 791 winds up our photo coverage of the 2019 Midwest Meet held in conjunction with the St. Louis RPM Meet in July. Our highlight photo for Photo Gallery 791 shown here is a Paul Knowles' Kershaw railroad wreck crane expertly built from a Custom Finishing Models kit. Check out all the companion models our Photo Gallery 791! [posted 10/31/2019]

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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