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HO scale
1993 Ford Explorer
HO 1993 Ford Explorer, KCS
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by: Sean Hadfield [ WINDYSEAN ]

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RailRoad Modeling

From the Atlas "Motoring 2000" line, we have a 1993 Ford Explorer SUV.

If you recall, back in the early 90's the Sport Utility Vehicle was starting to become a popular alternative to station wagons and pickup trucks. We were seeing Ford Explorers everywhere. It's a good general purpose vehicle. In the case of the Kansas City Southern model here, it can work for your maintenance department, or inspection, or carrying crews to their assignments. It's not a specialty hy-rail vehicle.

Looking through the Atlas online catalog, the Motoring 2000 line appears to be a collection of common Ford vehicles (officially licensed) from the late 1980's to 2000. This is good for modern era railroaders, of course.

The railroads offered are
    NJ Transit

...at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $21.95. There are also 3 unlettered options, in white, yellow, or orange, at $19.95. I will admit that I come from an older time, and you may have trouble convincing me to spend $100 for every 5 vehicles on my layout, but you do get a lot for your consumer dollar here.

The model is cast mainly in 4 colors of plastic-- a black undercarriage, gray bumpers and interior, white body, and clear windows. There are also clear red taillights and a clear orange beacon (non-functioning). The tires are a rubber or vinyl material which contribute greatly to the realistic appearance, but watch during handling that you don't wipe them off the rims, as I did several times. The rims are silver and represent Ford's 5-spoke small truck rims of the time. The roof rack and window gaskets are painted with fine black lines.

The railroad markings and lettering are extremely sharp! I didn't know there were words in the warning stripes until I saw close-ups of my own photos later. The KSC scheme is consistent with what photos I found for that railroad, and likewise for the other railroads offered.

This is quite a little gem of a vehicle. It will look good on someone's KCS layout, set within the past 22 years.
Highs: This is a highly-detailed, useful vehicle.
Lows: Watch those rubber tires, that they don't slip off.
Verdict: A fine vehicle addition to any layout, from 1993 to present.
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  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 30 000 089
  Suggested Retail: $21.95
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  PUBLISHED: Jun 07, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United States

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About Sean Hadfield (windysean)

I picked up model building and HO-scale model trains from my father. I've been working at it now for more than 45 years, always learning more. Although a self-proclaimed cheapskate, I always modify or add to my builds to make them unique and special (for better or worse, ha ha).

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That is a good looking vehicle. The printing is remarkable.
JUN 07, 2015 - 07:13 AM

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