|1:43 scale diecast vehicles are OK for an O-gauge layout,|
but I wanted something a little more interesting.
It's a solution I've used for my O-gauge Zen garden (or layout, if you will). The problem has been that -- to me -- it makes things look a little dull.
My foray into the field of tinplate Japanese transportation toys put me onto a Haji winch truck that was for sale. This vehicle was approximately the right size for the layout, and had very appealing lithography.
|The Haji winch truck at work. It fits in well with the metal box |
on the loading dock and the metal Erector set shed in the background.
It was almost too appealing to pass up. My layout is a mixture of semi-scale and tinplate toys, and I thought such a tinplate vehicle might make an interesting addition.
And so it has, as you can see.
Currently, I have it in the middle of the layout, but that might change. There's an American Flyer tin lithographed station in the corner that the Haji truck might complement perfectly.
|Note the lithographed detail in the bed of the truck.|
|The arm raises and lowers. Simple but effective representation |
of the real thing.
|What great lines! And those treaded tires are a nice touch, too.|