|A new vehicle for the Straco layout.|
Since then, I haven't had much luck. eBay seemed a logical choice, but it's also where all the collectors look, so I often lost out to folks who were serious about Japanese toy cars.
I did win an auction recently, though, and it was well within my comfort level (cheap these were originally, and cheap must be my purchase price).
|A side-by-side comparison with the truck I had as |
a kid (left). Size is comparable -- build quality isn't.
When I added it to the layout, something unusual happened. A pattern emerged. All of a sudden I had two cattle trucks, and one of the trains has a cattle car. Voila! Instant industry.
I'm still looking for vehicles. They must be Japanese in origin, and made in the late 1950's to early 1960's. They must be approximately 2.5"-4" in length. And what I really need is some color contrast. I have two red vehicles, one that's red and yellow, and another all yellow. So the search continues for a blue, green or orange car or truck. That's cheaply made.
|We've gone from a random collection of Japanese toys|
to depicting a budding cattle industry.
- Pegboard: $4.95
- Flathead Screws: $0.40
- Moulding: $2.49
- SilClear: borrowed from a friend
- Green Paint: left over from another project
- Wood Screws: $3.60
- Felt Pads: $1.99
Small Houses: $3.00
Testor's Gray Paint for road: $1.29
Two Japanese toy cars: $2.00
Bandai Areo Station: $8.99
A.W. Livestock truck: $4.99
Total Cost: $39.60