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.

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.

Tom Yorke Conversion Kit in O Scale

January 18, 2017

Tom Yorke Conversion Kit in O Scale

Tom Yorke has been producing exceptional O scale kits since the 1970s. The reviewer found it interesting how easy it was to convert a non-scale item like the Lionel disconnect trucks into scale by simply converting the wheels and coupler.

Tangent Scale Models PRR Class G43 Gondola in HO

December 19, 2016

Tangent Scale Models PRR Class G43 Gondola in HO

Tangent’s new G34 gondola, available in Pennslvania, Penn Central, and Conrail, would be right at home on nearly any North American railroad from the 1960s to the present.

Kato Amtrak SDP40F and Amfleet Cars in N scale

November 8, 2016

Kato Amtrak SDP40F and Amfleet Cars in N scale

Kato has always been a strong supporter of Amtrak for N-scale fans and has recently turned its attention to the rail passenger carrier’s very first new equipment purchases from the 1970s.

Trainworx 40-foot Drop Frame Intermodal Trailer in HO

October 19, 2016

Trainworx 40-foot Drop Frame Intermodal Trailer in HO

With their first HO-scale release, Trainworx has answered the decades-long wishes of many HO-scale modelers seeking a proper mix of trailers in their piggyback trains with not only one style, but two different drop-frame 40-foot intermodal vans.

San Juan Rio Grande Hopper Decals in HO

October 12, 2016

San Juan Rio Grande Hopper Decals in HO

The HO San Juan Decals set provides a number of options for recreating 17000- and 18000-series coal hoppers that served Rio Grande in the 1960s and 1970s.