I have a basic question. Just began adding accessories to my 1/48 plane kits. I see Tamiya, Italri, and ICM make vehicles and diorama accessories in 1/48 and so do several resin kit companies.
I need help with manufacturers out there who make vehicles and diorama pieces and accessories in 1/48. Any suggestions outside of what I have already named would be greatly appreciated.
The simplest answer is … loads. In my neck of the woods this shop is good at getting anything I’ve been interested in and has a decent search engine:
If someone chimes in from the RailRoad Modelling side of the KitMaker network they could probably recommend a LHS for you or you could post in their catagory. They’ve always been helpful - probably trying to lure you to the dark side .
P.S. The European equivalent of 1/48 is 7mm.
P.P.S. Be ready for a little “sticker shock”. Try searching “unpowered” or “dummy” and “kit”.
Wherever it’s going to make a difference, O Scale is the same as 1/48 in the US; in U.K. it is 1/43.5; and the rest of Europe - 1/45. So…for instance, a 1/43 Sherman tank is going to be considerably larger than a 1/48 Sherman. Like she said, “Size does matter!”
Be aware that difference in scale also means difference in rail gauge. British and European sourced rolling stock will have too wide gauged wheels to fit on US O scale track. The same problem also exists between British and European stock. The only solution is to go to a model RR shop and buy replacement wheel sets, or complete trucks so they will all fit on a common track.
Aside from Marklin and some of those model railroad companies, the only 1/48 German rail cars I know of are 3D printed. There was a company about 20 years ago that made some resin kind of we were supposed to be really good, but they went out of business. Only a couple cars I think mainly passenger cars. I’m getting old and I can’t remember the name.
If you want a steam locomotive, AHM made a BR80 steam locomotive - er, Dampflok. It’s a really nice kit. I reviewed it on Railroad Modeling long ago. The original site. Though it has not been archived. Maybe we should all get together and lobby Jim to archive the site? I think it was originally a river Rossi molding. It is in 1/45. The scale difference does not bother me because railway equipment tends to be massive and a 6% difference in size is, in my opinion, not something that anybody will notice it unless they are intimate with the subject matter. I’ll throw this in even though it’s on the other side of the world, Otaki/Arii make some beautifully detailed 1/50 Japanese steam locomotives. There’s also some rolling stock out there although I’ve never seen any of it on eBay.
He makes all sorts of O scale/1:48 castings such as shelves with oil cans and gears and tools on them, benches for workshops, junk piles, air compressors, ruins, many of which were reviewed on Railroad Modeling.
Sometimes the photographs load, sometimes not. If you’d like to see some of the images, I’ll try to wholesome out of my personal archives.