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Date: 07/21/19 03:12
Show us a Rent-A-Wreck unit
Author: Hiroshi

Here is mine.




Date: 07/21/19 08:11
Re: Show us a Rent-A-Wreck unit
Author: Rmosele

Nice! I especially like the weathering you've done on the trucks.



Date: 07/21/19 08:30
Re: Show us a Rent-A-Wreck unit
Author: wheel_slip

Here's one of mine, a Kato SD45 painted by me.

Andy




Date: 07/21/19 08:49
Re: Show us a Rent-A-Wreck unit
Author: ghemr

 Both are great-looking models!



Date: 07/21/19 08:53
Re: Show us a Rent-A-Wreck unit
Author: Jimmies

Here's one of mine. LTEX 9293.

Jim




Date: 07/21/19 15:03
Re: Show us a Rent-A-Wreck unit
Author: Jimmies

Awwww, now come on Trainorders modelers...Hiroshi starts a thread encouraging people to display their Rent-A-Wrecks, and out of 650 that read (so far) the thread only 3 - including the original poster - actually attach a photo.  Surely there must be more leaser models to take part than that.

Jim



Date: 07/21/19 19:57
Re: Show us a Rent-A-Wreck unit
Author: ALCO630

Here's one painted for my fictitious rebuilding company. And for a little nostalgia, it's a GSB and still runs good. No idea what happened to the bell.

Doug Wetherhold
Macungie, PA








Date: 07/23/19 11:01
Re: Show us a Rent-A-Wreck unit
Author: atsf121

Jimmies Wrote:
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> Awwww, now come on Trainorders modelers...Hiroshi
> starts a thread encouraging people to display
> their Rent-A-Wrecks, and out of 650 that read (so
> far) the thread only 3 - including the original
> poster - actually attach a photo.  Surely there
> must be more leaser models to take part than
> that.
>
> Jim

I do need a rent-a-wreck or two for my era. Haven’t gotten to it - yet!

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Date: 07/23/19 15:35
Re: Show us a Rent-A-Wreck unit
Author: pal77

don't have much unpacked in the form of total wrecks but.....




Date: 07/23/19 16:22
Re: Show us a Rent-A-Wreck unit
Author: Sasquatch

Doug, I've never heard of GSB...was it a kit?  Brass or plastic, etc?  Whatever it is, it looks great.  But can you tell us a little bit about GSB models?

Thanks!

-Tom



Date: 07/23/19 18:21
Re: Show us a Rent-A-Wreck unit
Author: PHall

Sasquatch Wrote:
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> Doug, I've never heard of GSB...was it a kit? 
> Brass or plastic, etc?  Whatever it is, it looks
> great.  But can you tell us a little bit about
> GSB models?
>
> Thanks!
>
> -Tom

Old model from the 70's. One of the first "new era" model manufacturers. Same league as Intermountain, Red Caboose and High Tech Models.



Date: 07/23/19 20:27
Re: Show us a Rent-A-Wreck unit
Author: ALCO630

Here's the instructions. As Phall said, these were early "new age" models with different parts options and a can motor known as "The Tan Can". They were a plastic kits. The biggest drawback was they had a plastic frame so they were light.

They also made a nice interior kit for the Athearn wide vision caboose.

It's a shame they weren't around longer. They were nicely detailed and ran good. I wouldn't hesitate to buy them if I could find them at a show.

Look for their ads in an early 80's era Model Railroader.

Doug Wetherhold
Macungie, PA



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/23/19 20:30 by ALCO630.






Date: 07/24/19 07:51
Re: Show us a Rent-A-Wreck unit
Author: fbe

The GSB models were the first scale hood width SD40-2 models in HO. One story goes Irv Athearn went to the GSB booth at an NMRA convention where the pre production models were on display. Irv wanted to congratulate them entering the hobby and the quality of their diework. Apparently they made some pretty disparaging comments about Athearn models. Irv went up to his motel room and called his home office to tell them he wanted the crew to drop everything they were doing and get a scale hood width SD40-2 into production asap. This was back in the days when all design and production was done in house in the USA.



Date: 07/25/19 14:20
Re: Show us a Rent-A-Wreck unit
Author: Sasquatch

Thanks Doug, and fbe; I appreciate the history lesson...fun story about Irv, too!

-Tom

PHall Wrote:
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> Old model from the 70's. One of the first "new
> era" model manufacturers. Same league as
> Intermountain, Red Caboose and High Tech Models.



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