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Old 12-17-2011, 04:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Model cars & trucks for F scale (1:20.3)

I have been looking for an appropriate scale for cars and trucks for my Fn3 layout, I have purchased 1:18, 1:24 and 1:25 scale diecast vehicles and in my opinion the 1:18 scale looks most appropriate although it is a scale 2.3" larger in dimensions, but I think it is closer than the other 2 scales. Any opinions or suggestions?
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1:18 is closer. But get your ruler out and you'll find that everything marked 1:18th isn't actually 1;18th. Take notice that in many cases, the same box that holds a Corvette also holds a Cadillac. So the cadillac might well be even closer to 1:20th scale. The same with trucks.
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Take a look at the Hubley/Gabriel kits (long out of production, but available on Ebay) - most are 1:20

The 1:24 and smaller scales don't work as well.


Left to right - A 1:19 Ford Pickup, a 1:20 person, a 1:20 Ford, a 1:22.5 person, and a 1:24 vehicle.
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Old 12-17-2011, 08:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I forgot about this one.




This shows a 1:20 person next to a 1:24 car....
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Old 12-18-2011, 12:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Jaug -

Hubley did indeed put out a series of 1:20 scale die-cast metal car model kits that are just about spot on, size wise. The chassis and bodies are diecast metal castings (which require considerable work with a file to remove flash) and the detail parts are plastic, some are brass-colored chrome plated. The tires are real rubber. Just as the originals were, all of these autos were built on the same chassis, but with different bodies.

As Bruce mentioned, while no longer in production, they can still be found sometimes on eBay. Another possible source is my friend, Clem O'Jevich - proprietor of the Warrior Run Locomotive Works, which can be found online here. He had a few to sell at the last Train Show in Timonium, Maryland, a couple of months ago. At a pretty reasonable price, too.

I model a period exactly 100 years ago (right now it's about to turn 1912 on my Fn3 railroad) so Hubley's line of early Model T Fords fit in perfectly. Even if you model a later period, there were still plenty of "Tin Lizzies" - as they were called - running around as late as the the '30's and '40s.

Here's some models I built from those 1:20 Hubley kits. They are some of the few models that are both fairly accurate and very close to proper "F Scale" size.


This one was known as the "Runabout."




This is the "Touring Car" - probably the most popular model.


This delivery van was also very useful.

Good luck on your search, and Merry Christmas to everyone.
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Jack,
A lovely bit of modelling.
I like the reference to Laurel and hardy.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:14 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thank you all for the help and a Merry Christmas
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I gave up and just use the plentiful and nice looking 1:24 scale diecast models. For flatcar loads I have used some 1:16 tractors and a motor grader and 1:24 scale bulldozers. As long as you use a vintage piece of machinery which is usually smaller it works ok. I don't have time to build and paint Hubley's. Getting figures/people in 1:20 scale is next to impossible so I am not mixing up people with vehicles. I wish I could find some period and painted seated passengers to put in my Accucraft coaches, in other words no chinese people in modern dress. lol
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Bruce, don't you know that's just a Shriner on his way to the parade?

Alas, I have nothing to add to the discussion except to keep your eyes open for kids toys. I've found a horse-drawn wagon with horses which was just about the right size, and not too long ago, the toy stores were selling a commemorative "100 years of Ford" Model A delivery truck that was spot on for 1:20. I'm hoping with this being Chevy's 100th, they'll do the same thing. My railroad is currently very much in "Ford" country with my Hubley kits. I'd like a little balance.

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Old 12-20-2011, 01:47 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I saw a pretty good sized 40's van in the UPS package store that looked about 1/20. They have several types of their trucks. New one is in 1/32nd I think.
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