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GARS190021 Jan 2019 5:38 p.m. PST

Does anyone know a good source for vehicles appropriate for the period 1900-1920 in 28mm scale? I'm on a tight budget, so I was thinking of die cast, plastic, repurposed toys…anything that would be as cheap as possible. They don't even have to be historical; just vaguely from the Edwardian period, cheap, and in 28mm scale. I'm particularly thinking something like a Model T, and some cargo trucks suitable for transporting soldiers.

khanscom21 Jan 2019 6:31 p.m. PST

I wouldn't call these cheap, but you might want to look at for quite a large selection of O- scale trucks, etc.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2019 6:41 p.m. PST

Also search on eBay for Models of Yesteryear and Corgi. I've gotten some vehicles that way.


Whemever121 Jan 2019 7:08 p.m. PST

My gaming partner Rags bought me this Matchbox Uniq taxi from 1905 or so. I used it in my Pulp Alley game.

GARS190022 Jan 2019 2:25 p.m. PST

Are the Models of Yesteryear vehicles all appropriate for 28mm?

Whemever122 Jan 2019 3:31 p.m. PST

I don't think Matchbox pays a great deal of attention to scale. Everything has to fit in the same size box, more or less, so trucks could be the same size as cars. But I don't know anything except I like my little taxi.

ragsthetiger22 Jan 2019 7:34 p.m. PST

GARS1900: Are the Models of Yesteryear vehicles all appropriate for 28mm?

As Whemever points out, the MOYs are box scale, but as long as you stick to cars and light vans they work great in 28mm scale. They have some pre-WW1 models that should work fine for you. As a side note, the taxi in Whem's photo was the most numerous model among the famed "Taxicabs of Paris" who are popularly credited with saving the city in 1914 by ferrying thousands of French reinforcements to the Marne in time to stop the German advance.

chironex23 Jan 2019 3:28 a.m. PST

There may be useful trucks here:
Amercom Hobby magazine diecasts:
Scroll down here quite a ways and you will find a couple of WW1 vehicles:
Otherwise, Glencoe Models have some still in production, which can probably be found cheap from UK stockists; quite crude, very old cars which belong on the games table because there's no other place you'd want them seen:
Otherwise, the only thing I can think of for "budget" right now is some papercraft:

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