RMC Product Reviews

Reviews of great new products for the scale model railroader, presented by the staff Railroad Model Craftsman staff and updated monthly. To have your products considered for review, please send samples to:

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“Rivet Counter” General Electric Dash9-44CW Locomotive by ScaleTrains.com

June 19, 2019

“Rivet Counter” General Electric Dash9-44CW Locomotive by ScaleTrains.com

If you are a modeler of big main line American railroading from the mid-1990s to today, or just an admirer of modern motive power, the highly detailed and smooth-running ScaleTrains.com Rivet Counter GE Dash9-44CW can be a welcome addition to your roster.

Johnstown America  AutoFlood II Hopper Car in N scale by ExactRail

April 15, 2019

Johnstown America AutoFlood II Hopper Car in N scale by ExactRail

ExactRail has recently released an N-scale model of the Johnstown America AutoFlood II in a number of paint schemes reflecting many of the owners and operators of these cars.

American Limited Santa Fe Postwar Welded Tank Cars in HO Scale

January 8, 2019

American Limited Santa Fe Postwar Welded Tank Cars in HO Scale

These HO scale tank cars from American Limited feature outstanding detail and should be considered an essential addition for Santa Fe fans.

Bachmann Trains Santa Fe GP30 in HO Scale

August 23, 2018

Bachmann Trains Santa Fe GP30 in HO Scale

Bachmann’s latest GP30 release is all what it claims to be: A DCC sound value model that offers the novice plenty of opportunity for learning the basics of command control operation and programming while also providing those more experienced hobbyists on a strict budget an attractive looking model with all the current tech.

Owl Mountain Models Southern Pacific Flatcar Kit in HO

June 19, 2018

Owl Mountain Models Southern Pacific Flatcar Kit in HO

Owl Mountain Models cut no corners in producing a complete quality model of this common and often overlooked prototype flatcar in HO scale.

Review: Chasing the Powhatan Arrow

May 18, 2018

Review: Chasing the Powhatan Arrow

Michael Abraham’s latest travelogue, Chasing the Powhatan Arrow, does not follow the normal course of a book about railroads. Abraham approaches his subject from the viewpoint of presenting an economic geographic assessment of the region between Norfolk, Va., and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Product Review: Athearn Southern Pacific EMD SD39 in HO Scale

April 18, 2018

Product Review: Athearn Southern Pacific EMD SD39 in HO Scale

Southern Pacific modelers are in for a real treat with this locomotive. With its road-specifc features, Athearn’s rendition of the SP EMD SD39 really captures all the subtle nuances of this signature Espee locomotive.

Moloco Trains Topkea Shops Bx-97 Boxcar in HO Scale

March 11, 2018

Moloco Trains Topkea Shops Bx-97 Boxcar in HO Scale

A recent limited release from Moloco Trains provides a pair of highly accurate examples of Santa Fe’s Bx-97 boxcar. Each road number produced by Moloco includes its own road number-specific details and decoration.

Tangent Scale Models Penn Central X58 Boxcar in HO Scale

January 31, 2018

Tangent Scale Models Penn Central X58 Boxcar in HO Scale

The overall quality of fit and finish displayed by our sample Penn Central X58 boxcar from Tangent Scale Models was outstanding and void of any paint anomalies or lettering errors. The same goes for operation.

WalthersProto Phase II GP35 in HO Scale

January 9, 2018

WalthersProto Phase II GP35 in HO Scale

If you are a mid 1960s or later era HO scale modeler, your going to quickly fall in love with the new WalthersProto Phase II GP35. No disappointments here to speak of; it’s simply just the model us second generation diesel fans have been waiting for all these years.