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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ScaleTrains “Rivet Counter” EMD SD45 Locomotive in HO Scale

August 17, 2020

ScaleTrains “Rivet Counter” EMD SD45 Locomotive in HO Scale

Though there have been many renditions of HO scale SD45s in the past, none have achieved the level of fidelity to the prototype as the ScaleTrains.com model.

ScaleTrains.com Thrall/Trinity 42′ Coil Steel Car in HO Scale

June 3, 2020

ScaleTrains.com Thrall/Trinity 42′ Coil Steel Car in HO Scale

ScaleTrains 42-foot Thrall/Trinity Coil Steel Car is a great addition to the freight car fleet for contemporary modelers, especially if your model railroad serves the modern steel industry.

Bachmann Trains On30 2-6-2T Trench Engine with DCC WOWSound

April 15, 2020

Bachmann Trains On30 2-6-2T Trench Engine with DCC WOWSound

This new On30 model from Bachmann Trains represents the 2-6-2Ts built by Baldwin Locomotive Works for the American Expeditionary Force stationed in Europe during World War I.

American Cottages from Woodland Scenics in HO Scale

March 16, 2020

American Cottages from Woodland Scenics in HO Scale

Pristine or heavily weathered, these cottages can be used in any era from the late 1800s through the present, making these a useful addition to nearly every layout or diorama.

Athearn Genesis EMD SD90MAC-H Phase II in HO Scale

March 16, 2020

Athearn Genesis EMD SD90MAC-H Phase II in HO Scale

In 1995 EMD unveiled its all-new SD90MAC-H, equipped with a 6,000hp 16-cylinder 265H prime mover. Even today, this unit remains the largest and longest single-engine locomotive ever produced by Electro-Motive.

WalthersProto Southern Pacific EMD SD9E in HO Scale

February 24, 2020

WalthersProto Southern Pacific EMD SD9E in HO Scale

This latest release incorporates many refinements to bring this venerable model in many ways up to current standards expected for premium level HO locomotives.

ProtoThrottle from Iowa Scaled Engineering

February 4, 2020

ProtoThrottle from Iowa Scaled Engineering

We invest time and money to get our model railroads up and running, and go to great efforts to operate like the prototype. The ProtoThrottle from Iowa Scaled Engineering adds an extra dimension of operational realism.

Canadian National MLW RS-18 by Rapido Trains in HO Scale

February 4, 2020

Canadian National MLW RS-18 by Rapido Trains in HO Scale

Given the extremely high level of detail and operation of this HO scale rendition by Rapido, the MLW RS-18 deserves a home on your roster.

Walthers Layout Control System

November 18, 2019

Walthers Layout Control System

Walthers has released a set of components for the Layout Control System (LCS), which is designed for easy-to-use turnout control. Now, all of the components are available from a single manufacturer, ensuring compatibility.

Berkshire Valley Models REO High Wheel Box Truck in O Scale

November 13, 2019

Berkshire Valley Models REO High Wheel Box Truck in O Scale

The assembled REO High Wheel Box Truck kits produce a striking model of an interesting and unusual early vehicle.