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Matchbox has alot of castings. Many are respected, some not. I've heard some folks were let down by MB's Ford F550 Fire Truck casting... being too small. True, it's too small, for 1:64. But it is 1:87 HO scale exact. My friend Tim and I both had gotten our HO model railroading stuff out at the beginning of 2011. We wanted some good trucks to go with all those super detailed HO cars model railroading has to offer.

We found the MB F550 Fire Truck casting to be just what we were looking for. We seldom find time to work on models, but we do. We have several more to finish. This HO scale piece from MB is Excellent! Really look it over. Tim and myself both agree this casting is one of MB greats. Our only complaint... the grill gaurd should have been a seperate part. We've have to paint around it, on every one we rework.

The one I review in this thread is Tim's. I've sold my finished ones. Sorry, I didn't photograph them. I just haven't felt like setting up a photo display for every piece we finish. BTW, We're both selling our HO. Tim says this F550 is the last one he's going to build. That convinced me to set up a small photo display before it's gone.

I wish I would've photographed all his other custom HO pieces. I have pics of 5 or 6 he's done. Tim is still one of the best modelers around. You just gotta see 'em. I will honestly try to add them to this thread later.
 

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I wish I would've photographed all Tim's other custom HO pieces. I have pics of 5 or 6 he's done. Tim is still one of the best modelers around. You just gotta see 'em. I will honestly try to add them to this thread later.

Tim tried to keep this particular piece "box stock". As he worked on it, he caved, and changed the light bar & wheels. He was trying to keep it un-altered (other than paint work) to prove inexpensive castings are not always junk or low quality. Good quality & detail can be found in many inexpensive castings. Manufacturers give castings quicky paint work, usually covering fine details with a thick base color.

Tim is not a computer guy but hopes his work pleases others. I too, hope you like. I hope it inspires everyone to check out castings at shows and garage sales. That's where to find real deals. It may look like junk. Doesn't mean it is. We could've found MB F550s in stores for $1. Instead, we paid $2 and $3 for them at toy shows. We saved time, fuel, and vehicle wear. My suggestion... Go to the Shows!

If your interested in buying Tim's models, let me know. He's going to sell them eventually, and told me to let you know. His F550 Fire Truck is $75, and cars are $35 each. $3 covers s&h for any quantity.
 

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In the past few days, I've been working on photos, of several projects built by my friend Tim. Formatting photos and getting 'em ready for HT (and my books) takes a little time. Right now, I have more of Tim's HO scale cars ready to show. The Buick GN, '85 Camaros, and the '63 Vette are Monogram Mini Exacts. Monogram made these back in the '90's. Tim reworked them during the past 4 months, whenever he had time.

Although the Buick was already black, Tim repainted it. He said the body had too much of a plastic look. I didn't think it was all that bad the way it came, but the repaint still proves to look better. The Camaro's were both yellow originally, with tan interiors. I love how they came out. They are perfect, in my opinion.
 

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Then there's the Black Vette. Originally red, the repaint is by far better than the red it was molded in. Tim even painted the tail light rings. He said he really had to strain his eyes to see that small of a detail to paint it. I'm sure it was a strain. He got it done though.

The 1981 Cadillac SeVille is made by motormax, from their movie car series called "Reel Cars". It was made for the movie "Casino Royale". This Motormax series ended after only 1 release. The gray one is box stock, as Motormax made it. Tim did the Red SeVille in one weekend. He said everything was working out well, that weekend. Ever have those days? Yeah, Just not enough of 'em! While things were going good, he didn't stop from Friday morning, to Saturday night.
 

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The Light Blue 1958 Cadillac is an old Athearn casting from the early '70's. This thing was messed up quite bad. Wish I had a before pic to show you. Tim brought it back to life. In fact, he brought a lot of mangled cars back to life. I'd like to show you more of his cars, but he's selling them off and he's not going to build any more HO's. He says he wants to join in with my current hobby.

I do have 4 pieces from his 64scale junkyard. That's all I have left of his stuff to show. If you like, I'll get those pics ready to show later.
 
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