As I put together these posts, I've tried to think what makes this topic interesting. There's probably a lot of factors: They are colorful and unique little toys, they're relatively cheap, and they represent something we are all rather familiar with! I think why this is interesting for many folks is that while the selection of vehicles in N Scale is by no means comprehensive or complete, I'm surprised at how much can actually be found out there! So that's really the main purpose of this series of posts: sharing some of the unique, obscure, or otherwise less-well-known brands and vehicles that can work on an N scale layout.
On my previous post I misidentified an IMU Ford GT as a Fleischmann model, thankfully MK caught it and pointed it out in the comments! As compensation for that error, I found a couple of other real Fleischmann models...of what, I am not precisely sure. Anyone know what these are?
Coming from the UK, is a wonderful selection of buses, wagons (as in 'station wagons'), lorries, and various sedans with a distinctly British flavor! Yes, they are also in that abominable 1:148 scale but as with buildings and other non-rolling stock related items, I find the actual scale differences between 1:148 and 1:160 production to be mostly indistinguishable.
Anyway, what's great about Oxford Diecast is that they truly are metal, a bit like the Mini-Metals available in the USA in that sense. Paint, graphics and details are excellent. And each vehicle has real turning wheels so you can have pretend races between Steve McQueen and Roger Moore!
Oh yeah, I also have to say I love the packing of the Oxford vehicles. In fact, I love how this little Land Rover was presented that I haven't been willing to open it up to disturb it from its packaging!
Oh no! Am I becoming a ....gasp!....a collector????
Rietze is another European manufacturer who, for whatever reason, seems to have little presence outside of the Continent (on the other hand, Busch, Herpa, Wiking are not unheard of in the US; Rietze is just never seen). Despite this, Rietze has a decent line up of cars, and in fact a few vehicles that tend towards more contemporary styles like their Ford Transit Van, VW Golf, or their Audi A4's.
I don't have either of those, but I do have a large "Star Liner" tour bus to shuffle some group of annoying tourists through Quinntopia! The below is a very large, very plastic, modern bus for all your charter needs from our friends at Rietze! Plus the wheels move! Yeah!
last post. The bus on the far left is a Wiking ambulance version. The one in the center in the very bold blue and red colors is from Rietze!
One thing that hasn't changed in the nearly four years since I first wrote about N scale cars was my affection for Tomix. And to this day, I must admit, they are still the best at N Scale cars. Every car has exceptional detail (at least relative to the cost/price!), wheels that turn, windows, features and details painted appropriately, etc... All at the same, and often much less, than you will get from any other manufacturer.
Car Collection" sets (or "truck", "bus", or "trailer" collections) which containt between 16 and 24 vehicles. Below is the "Car Collection V 13" which contains 24 vehicles (mainly from 4 basic families of vehicles, so you do wind up with some duplicates).
It seems like Wiking is one of those brands that has been doing the same thing for years and years, and in fact has been making plastic-injected scale car models since the 1950's. I don't know when they first jumped in N Scale models, but it seems to me like they were one of the first.
The diversity of their catalog can be surprising, for example the two Mercedes Benz vehicles surround a Chevy Malibu!
N scale nostalgia"), so these older style trucks with trailers really caught my eye as I think they are quite cool (not sure how old these models and packaging actually are!). Yikes! Another potential symptom of becoming a 'collector'!
Passat doing a nice job of providing some contemporary models. Of course, they make the old Beetle as well!
Okay, so that about wraps up my 'overview' of N gauge car models as of 2013! Looking back at my first post in 2009 on this topic, its surprising both how much has NOT changed, and yet, how much there is available to discover! It makes me wonder what my "N Scale Cars" update in 2017 will look like! Maybe we'll have remote controlled cars without wires, lights and sound?! Nahhh.... Probably not!
Let me know if there are any other major manufacturers that make cars (primarily cars, as I know trucks and other industrial vehicles get into a whole other area) that I missed in eigther these two posts, or the older one from 2009. I'm sure I'm missing someone!
As always, thanks for reading!