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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Bachmann Trains’ Siemens Mobility ALC-42 Charger Locomotive

July 8, 2022

Bachmann Trains’ Siemens Mobility ALC-42 Charger Locomotive

Amtrak’s new ALC-42 long-distance service locomotives went into service in early 2022. Now Bachmann is offering a model of the new locomotives in HO scale.

Rapido Trains’ Later Phase F40PH

July 7, 2022

Rapido Trains’ Later Phase F40PH

This latest release from Rapido Trains represents their third production of HO scale F40PH locomotives. Earlier runs featured Phase I F40PHs, Canadian VIA F40PH-2Ds, and F40 “Cabbage” car conversions.

Athearn Genesis 2.0 EMD SD60M “Triclops” Locomotive

June 20, 2022

Athearn Genesis 2.0 EMD SD60M “Triclops” Locomotive

This model has been upgraded from the wheels up with a higher level of detail and a host of other improvements enough for Athearn to rechristen this unit as part of their Genesis 2.0 product line.

Rapido Trains’ GM ‘New Look’ Transit Buses

June 20, 2022

Rapido Trains’ GM ‘New Look’ Transit Buses

The New Look Bus was the face of North American public transit in the latter half of the 20th century, with almost 45,000 built between 1959 and 1986.

Micro-Trains’ Weathered Conrail/ex-Reading 50’ Boxcars

December 8, 2021

Micro-Trains’ Weathered Conrail/ex-Reading 50’ Boxcars

The latest release from Micro-Trains is a pair of ex-Reading 50-foot boxcars patched for Conrail.

WalthersProto EMD FP7 Locomotive

September 15, 2021

WalthersProto EMD FP7 Locomotive

WalthersProto has released a model of one of the most iconic North American diesel locomotives: The FP7.

Walthers Post War Prefab ‘Cracker Box’ House Kit

August 23, 2021

Walthers Post War Prefab ‘Cracker Box’ House Kit

Designed to house veterans returning from the Second World War, these 600-square-foot single-story structures were common in the 1950s and 1960s.

Tangent Scale Models 40-foot Pullman-Standard PS-1 Boxcar

August 19, 2021

Tangent Scale Models 40-foot Pullman-Standard PS-1 Boxcar

This version of the 40-foot PS-1 has never been produced before for HO scale in any form; never in brass, nor plastic, or even as a resin kit

Scenic Details from All Scale Miniatures

June 10, 2021

Scenic Details from All Scale Miniatures

All Scale Miniatures has truly filled a niche for accurate, modern, miniature details that modelers can use to enhance many scenes.

InterMountain Railway General Electric Tier 4 GEVO ET44AC and ET44C4

June 9, 2021

InterMountain Railway General Electric Tier 4 GEVO ET44AC and ET44C4

InterMountain has now released a second production of their Tier 4 Evolution locomotives reflecting the latest physical changes seen on the prototype.