Re: Model Help
Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>
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This Gilbert ad looks like their own stuff, probably near the end in the early '60s, but I could be wrong. At least some of Gilbert's original train set cars were Marx knock-offs, or were made for them by Marx (I had both as a youngster). That tank car looks like a Varney knock-off (still available in the Life-Like train set line), and the crane is obviously a Tru-Scale model, or a knock-off. That crane passed on to Train Miniature and has been in occasional production from Walthers (actually not bad as kitbash fodder).
Of interest to me are their flat cars. I somehow came up with two examples of the 50' (?) flat when I was a teenager, and one of the drop center car. These were actually pretty good metal castings, if you can overlook some details being cast in place, and no underbody detail to speak of. The 50' flats did ride too high, thanks to their taglo trucks, but that could be fixed. Since they were all-metal, they rode very well. I keep an eye out for these at the one train show I still attend, but have yet to see any. Whether I would buy one would depend on evaluating how the pieces actually look versus my memory, and whether at this stage of my life I want any more projects hanging around.
On 10/8/2019 3:35 PM, Benjamin Hom wrote: