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Streetcar kits ?

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Other than the older style cable car kits are there any kits of the ones more like in the 50's ? You know the more streamlined style. Plastic or resin would be fine.

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Anything in G scale (close to 1/25) is going to be hideously expensive (as above).

O scale, 1/48, will be considerably cheaper and the detail can still be phenomenal.

HO scale (1/87) starts to get pretty reasonable, and detail can be fantastic, especially for its size.

Model railroad stuff is pretty expensive these days in general, but deals can still be found.

Wood craftsman kits like these in HO are challenging, but they make beautiful, evocative models. Figure on spending a minimum of $50 to build one, as you often need to buy additional parts and materials.

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/HO-Labelle-wood-trolley-kits-choice-of-11-cars-decal/253163743145?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D41376%26meid%3D1ffc990d87cb4f7cb1c0fdc858d39661%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D253129500002&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851

This is a resin kit in HO, in the same price range.    Funaro-F-amp-C-HO-Unpowered-Pacific-Electric-PCC-Car-One-piece-Body-Kit-701

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Thanks guys. Pretty much what I'm looking for in style but I want a kit that has what I consider a reasonable price. I guess it's like looking for a unicorn . :D

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Mini Art from the Ukraine makes this European tram kit in 1/35 scale. They've done several different versions.  The one below includes all the figures and accessories shown, so it's really a "diorama in a box."  A nice complex kit, with full suspension detail (in case you want to turn it over for a 1945 Berlin barricade diorama). Amazon shows it In Stock for $72.56 right now. 

 

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Testors did one a bunch of years back.  not sure whose it was originally.  It was a San Fran car I think.  not streamlined.  

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Harry built one a year or so ago. It was multi media and of course he crushed it. I'd search for it since I think [like he always did] he named the kit and the whole bit.

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Harry P built a few. You may find his posts on this forum. Occre brand comes to mind.

 

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Harry P built the OCCRE 1/24 San Francisco cable bar.  Which is awesome and gorgeous.  There are usually a few up on eBay:

 

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They're European trams, but they are some cardstock models in 1/25. The Testors (ex-Hawk) is a 1/48 cable car unique to San Francisco. If you're looking for smaller scales there is a ton of stuff, but mainly Euro or Asian in cardstock a lot free.

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I have the 1/29 scale PCC trolley, which is still run i  some places. It is large enough to pass for 1/25 easy. These are out of production right now but still can be found. I got mine when the manufacture dumped them for $120....well worth it at that price. These are made by Aristo Craft.

 

Bachmann makes a 1/29 scale Peter Witt trolley which is 1950's to present. It can be found under $200.

A 1/25 or so trolley is a BIG model so all will be well over $100 no matter what. 

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Thank you men .

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Might as well mention Corgi's diecast PCC trolleys - I have one in Pacific Electric colors displayed with some of my 1/43 cars; IIRC it cost around $20 on sale:

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These CLRV light rail cars replaced Toronto's aging PCC cars in the early '80s and have been used up until the present. They are just now being gradually replaced with more modern Bombardier equipment.

This resin model was done years ago by ( I believe) St Petersburg Tram in O scale (1/48).  I mounted it down on a home-made simulated track base in a display case, so I can't look underneath to confirm the manufacturer.

It was certainly a nicely done finished model, though.....made in limited quantities.

  

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These CLRV light rail cars replaced Toronto's aging PCC cars in the early '80s and have been used up until the present. They are just now being gradually replaced with more modern Bombardier equipment.

This resin model was done years ago by ( I believe) St Petersburg Tram in O scale (1/48).  I mounted it down on a home-made simulated track base in a display case, so I can't look underneath to confirm the manufacturer.

It was certainly a nicely done finished model, though.....made in limited quantities.

  

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That's more like what I am talking about ! Very cool !

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Other than the older style cable car kits are there any kits of the ones more like in the 50's ? You know the more streamlined style. Plastic or resin would be fine.

Here's a link to a English club I found in one of the English antique magazines I get. Might have something that would help you.

http://www.tramwayinfo.com/Deftlrs.htm

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Thanks Wayne.

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