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HO Dumpsters
HO scale Dumpsters, Green or Blue
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by: Sean Hadfield [ WINDYSEAN ]

Dumpsters, Green
Scale: HO (1/87)
Item: HTD-8002 (green), HTD-8003 (blue)

Hi-Tech Details brings us a set of HO scale dumpsters in two colors, green or blue. Three kits to set. These provide a necessary model of these ubiquitous components of modern society.

"Dumpster" is actually a brand name of the American company Dempster, but has become a "genericized trademark", so says Lauren Vork on http://www.ehow.com/about_4707319_dumpsters.html. I never knew. It's true that you see them everywhere now, and probably don't stop to think about them-- unless you're writing a review and need to set a timeframe. She goes on to say that the device (called a "wheelie bin" in Great Britain) first became commonplace in the 1970's.


The first thing to note is the brightly-colored styrene plastic. These are very attractive in instantly recognizable prototype colors, either green or blue. The lids are molded separately in black-- well done! Moreover, for each of the three units provided in each packaging, there are 2 lids detailed outside (to model closed) and 2 lids detailed underneath (to model flipped open).


I didn't paint my sample, so the color of the styrene is preserved, but the sanded edges show whiter in these blown-up photos. The wheels could use paint nonetheless, and rust and grime applied if the builder desires.

Assembly of these small parts is delicate, but the instructions are very well written and even warn of building too quickly, before glue joints are set. Another nice touch. Furthermore, the instructions refer to their website for a video assembly demonstration.

The sprues are crisp and free of flash; the plastic slightly soft but reacts adequately to Testors liquid cement. I did have a glued part fall off, but that may have been me moving the part around until after the glue had set.

I show photos here of one completed dumpster, to which I added a wad of masking tape for trash and a store-bought (badly-) prepainted figure for comparison.


Three dumpsters per package, available in either green or blue, both with separately molded black lids. This common item will enhance any modern-era HO scene. A fun little build too.
Highs: This is an attractive and well-detailed scenic piece-- 3 actually.
Lows: I can only complain that the small parts have even smaller guides, so special care must be taken to assemble the pieces squarely.
Verdict: Hi-Tech Details has done a good job.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: HTD-8002
  Suggested Retail: $5.95
  PUBLISHED: Nov 24, 2011
  NATIONALITY: United States

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About Sean Hadfield (windysean)

I picked up model building and HO-scale model trains from my father. I've been working at it now for more than 45 years, always learning more. Although a self-proclaimed cheapskate, I always modify or add to my builds to make them unique and special (for better or worse, ha ha).

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Sean, thanks for building these. Great job, these look like neat lil' models. Now I can build a pack and de-clutter my layout
NOV 24, 2011 - 02:46 AM

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