Scale: "Finescale" HO 1/87
Colors: Black, blue, "faded-brown", green, olive
96-Gallon Trash "Toters"
Hi-Tech Details keeps bringing out super accessories to detail our layouts. As part of their City Details
series they have created these trash and recycle bins for the discriminating civic-minded model railroader! HTD tells us
These things "decorate" just about every town and city in America! And, depending on the area you hail from, one day a week you'll see braces of them at the curbside in front of just about every house... So could any eighties-up layout be considered complete without them? We don't think so, which is why we created them, just for yours!
HTD packs six of these injection-molded goodies in a set. These six toters are built with 30 parts: bin, lid, wheels, and axle. All parts are crisply molded without flash, major seams, sink holes, nor ejection marks. The only problem I see are the hefty sprue attachments on the parts. You will need nippers or a sharp blade to cleanly separate the parts from the sprue.
The two sprues are packaged in a plastic baggie stapled to a label backing. Inside are color instructions for assembly. Hi-Tech Details' website is hi-tech too, and you can view an animated "HOW-TO" assembly movie at it!
How much detail can a trash can have? Well, more than I would have thought! Fake spokes like the prototype are molded on the the plastic wheels of the models. The axle is separate. And you can see through the hinge at the rear of the top.
All of this is molded into parts smaller than a penny, in finescale HO.
Five common colors are available in individual packs: black, blue, brown, green, and olive. HTD molds their brown bin in "faded brown". My community has maroon toters so maybe HTD can add these (or maybe industrious modelers can paint them). Many municipalities have their names embossed or molded into their prototype but, understandably, no such detail is included with these.
So you can view the five colors, I built one of each.
Assembly is very simple and straightforward. HTD writes to use MEK or liquid cement. MEK is a carcinogen and liquid cements can also be hard on you. I tried the 'non-toxic' liquid cement by Plastruct and it was useless on the styrene these models are made with.* So I used a CA, which worked perfectly.
I cut the pieces from the sprues with nippers. The hefty sprue attachments cut cleanly but left a discolored area on the can parts. Next, I carved away some slight seams from the cans, and cut off the locator pins for the lids. Then I attached the axles. The CA worked great for joining all of these parts.
Using a No. 11 hobby blade I gently reamed out the wheels. Paint them black. Each was placed spoke-side down on a flat surface. Then I lightly tipped an axle end with CA, and mated the axle into a wheel; the upper edge of the can holds the toter in position while the wheel sets. Then I flip it over and repeat the process. All five were complete in about 30 minutes.
I can find nothing to 'trash' these gems about. They are sharply made and impressively detailed little kits of a ubiquitous sight in the United States and elsewhere. The only problems I see are the hefty sprue attachments on the parts, and lack of a common color.
Hi-Tech Details have released scene details that are hard to 'refuse' on a post-1970s layout or diorama. I happily recommend these little litter models!
HTD offers dozens of parts and kits in 14 categories:
1. HO Real Deal Rubber Air & Signal Hoses
2. HO Diesel , Plastic & Rubber
3. HO Passenger Cars, Plastic & Rubber
4. HO Rolling Stock, Plastic & Rubber
5. HO Diesel , Injection-Molded
6. HO Rolling Stock, Injection-Molded
7. HO Lineside Structures & Street Detail
8. Paint & Adhesive
10. Sound & Lighting Equipment
11. Special Direct Only Detail Parts, Molded Plastic
12. HO Scale Structure Kits
13. O Scale Detail Parts
14. N Scale Detail Parts
Hi-Tech Details website is hi-tech, too! Many of their sets and kits feature click-to-access how-to features and instructions.
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