RMC Product Reviews

Reviews of great new products scale model railroader, presented by the Railroad Model Craftsman staff. Please contact Tony Cook to have your product considered for review.

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.

ScaleTrains Southern Railway SD40-2 in HO

December 14, 2017

ScaleTrains Southern Railway SD40-2 in HO

While not the first rendering of the venerable EMD SD40-2 in HO, this attempt by ScaleTrains promises to be the last word on the prototype, eventually encompassing all the major and minor production phase changes of this popular diesel, as well as road-specific details.

Lionel Trains Pennsylvania Flyer Starter Set

November 29, 2017

Lionel Trains Pennsylvania Flyer Starter Set

O gauge, in general, is still one of the best size trains with which to introduce a potential rookie to model railroading. Both the size and rugged qualities of these traditional trains and tracks lend themselves well to the youngest of potential rail barons while, admittedly, the tech incorporated into the newest 3-rail starter sets provide an appealing multi-sensory experience to which the latest generation has already become so accustomed.

Rapido’s Pocket Streamliner: Budd RDC in HO Scale

October 18, 2017

Rapido’s Pocket Streamliner: Budd RDC in HO Scale

Rapido has captured the look of the Phase 1b SP-10 on the day it entered service, complete with pilots (panels to enclose the space beneath the couplers are included along with a bag of other assorted detail parts for modeler installation as desired), the train indicator boards, and even the Nathan 3-chime air horns.

InterMountain Railway SD40-2 in N Scale

September 5, 2017

InterMountain Railway SD40-2 in N Scale

The new InterMountain Railway Co. N-scale SD40-2 diesel is a good looking model. InterMountain has taken the time to try to get details on these models right.

Southern Pacific Water Cars in HO Scale by Albrae Models

August 10, 2017

Southern Pacific Water Cars in HO Scale by Albrae Models

Southern Pacific modelers and collectors of interesting rolling stock will find these new HO scale brass imports from Albrae Models ideal.

Amtrak’s Siemens Cities Sprinter ACS-64 in N Scale by Kato

July 13, 2017

Amtrak’s Siemens Cities Sprinter ACS-64 in N Scale by Kato

With the addition of the ACS-64 to Kato’s already impressive list of 1:160 scale Amtrak equipment, the passenger train-oriented N-scaler can easily keep pace with the ever-changing rail industry.

Westerfield Models Union Pacific S-40-1 Stock Car in HO scale

April 12, 2017

Westerfield Models Union Pacific S-40-1 Stock Car in HO scale

Westerfield kits, by virtue of using molded urethane resin for most of their components, require a bit more experience and patience to complete successfully. The end result is a detailed, properly weighted and free rolling HO-scale model of a widely used, early 20th Century railroad stock car.

Northern Pacific Mini-Hy Cube in HO by Tangent Scale Models

March 30, 2017

Northern Pacific Mini-Hy Cube in HO by Tangent Scale Models

The Mini-Hy Cubes, while limited to only a few original owners, do represent a very colorful and interesting prototype that saw service across many different U.S. railroads and, therefore, are perfectly suited for inclusion in almost any consist dated from late 1967 through the 1980s era.

Athearn TrailerTrain Flatcar and UPS Trailer in N scale

February 14, 2017

Athearn TrailerTrain Flatcar and UPS Trailer in N scale

Athearn is releasing detailed new N scale models of TrailerTrain F89F flatcars and UPS 40-foot drop-frame trailers later this year. Railroad Model Craftsman gives you a sneak peak at these exciting new products for contemporary modelers.