login   |    register

Scale Modeling Sponsors

See Your Ad Here!

RailRoad Modeling
For general topics on RailRoad modeling.
WWII Armored Express Train Collection
HARV
#012
_VISITCOMMUNITY
Wyoming, United States
Joined: November 07, 2003
KitMaker: 2,793 posts
RailRoad Modeling: 101 posts
Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 02:51 AM GMT+7
I thought that this was kind of cool and so I wanted to share it with everyone.

WWII Armored Express Train Collection

Thanks,
Randy


JPTRR
Staff MemberManaging Editor
RAILROAD MODELING
#051
_VISITCOMMUNITY
Tennessee, United States
Joined: December 21, 2002
KitMaker: 6,875 posts
RailRoad Modeling: 593 posts
Posted: Friday, December 02, 2016 - 04:44 AM GMT+7
Hi Randy,

Good find. It is kinds cool. I'll give it an A+ for that.

Quoted Text

Painstakingly researched for detailed accuracy,...


D- for that. Looks like they pirated Lilliput or Marklin Wehrmacht armored rail cars and forced them onto standard flatcars. And those cannons on each end of the "caboose" car look like they are off a pirate ship.

Still, I think this is a fun set for someone who wants something martial to run around a tree.
Namabiiru
#399
_VISITCOMMUNITY
Virginia, United States
Joined: March 05, 2014
KitMaker: 2,385 posts
RailRoad Modeling: 2 posts
Posted: Friday, December 02, 2016 - 05:31 AM GMT+7
$80 x four issues? I could do some serious damage in styrene for that kind of money...

Kevlar06
_VISITCOMMUNITY
Washington, United States
Joined: March 15, 2009
KitMaker: 1,083 posts
RailRoad Modeling: 5 posts
Posted: Friday, December 02, 2016 - 06:26 PM GMT+7

Quoted Text

$80 x four issues? I could do some serious damage in styrene for that kind of money...




Mark,
As a "recovered" model railroader (well, I still "dabble" in it occasionally), I'd really caution folks about buying this set at all-- it's most likely a poor quality set manufactured in China. The Bradford Exchange is one of those "collectors market companies" that markets all kinds of "stuff" for unsuspecting folks as "investment quality items" with correspondingly huge marked up prices. Considering this train never existed in reality-- I'm trying to figure out what they are "commemorating" with it. Frankly, you could buy this set at a lower price point elsewhere, or buy the components in the Walthers catalog (the premier model RR distributor in the country) for about the price of a single installment, and paint them yourself. I'm not trying to discourage folks from collecting, I just agree with you that your money can be spent wisely elsewhere. In fact, I think I've seen this very same set offered for much lower prices over the years.
VR, Russ
JPTRR
Staff MemberManaging Editor
RAILROAD MODELING
#051
_VISITCOMMUNITY
Tennessee, United States
Joined: December 21, 2002
KitMaker: 6,875 posts
RailRoad Modeling: 593 posts
Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 02:07 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

$80 x four issues?


Ach! I did not look at the price. That's $320.
Kevlar06
_VISITCOMMUNITY
Washington, United States
Joined: March 15, 2009
KitMaker: 1,083 posts
RailRoad Modeling: 5 posts
Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 03:44 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text


Quoted Text

$80 x four issues?


Ach! I did not look at the price. That's $320.



Fred,
Yep-- personally I think the Bradford Exchange is akin to some scammers out there-- buyer beware!! A quick look on the Internet and in the Walthers catalog shows some really nice HO scale train sets for much lower prices-- without the "mythical" armored train cars of course-- but even a modeler with basic skills could modify those sets to produce an equivalent "armored train". These guys are preying on those folks who don't know better-- and that's a shame.
VR, Russ
Namabiiru
#399
_VISITCOMMUNITY
Virginia, United States
Joined: March 05, 2014
KitMaker: 2,385 posts
RailRoad Modeling: 2 posts
Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 11:35 PM GMT+7
Russ,
Yep, I think everything you say is true. Outlets like this and Dagostino are a terribly expensive way to buy kits via installment and this doesn't even seem to have the advantage of being a quality product. If I were a railroader I wouldn't touch this with ten-foot tweezers.