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 Posted: Wed Nov 18th, 2009 03:26 pm
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Hi guys,

I still peruse around usenet a bit (am I dating myself here?), and on the scale modelling newsgroup, someone posted yesterday that there is a new kit available that came from the molds of the original 1950's kit.

http://www.muleteamkits.com/

The site indicates it is 1/67, but the scale group insisted it is 1/48.

They also sell borax "ore" to fill your hoppers.  They indicate that the ore will not cause shorting problems, but can coat rail with dust that when wiped off will clean the rail.   Neat.


I know some of you (most?) are western type folks, so thought this might be of interest.  Maybe you can't add a death valley route to your layout, but I'm sure those hard working mules could be persuaded to haul something else in other locales.

tom

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 Posted: Wed Nov 18th, 2009 06:10 pm
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Of course you realize that with on board batteries and R/C the borax dust need not be wiped off the rail--quite the opposite, it would be beneficial as added traction!



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Over the years, I have heard that the 20 mule team kit was 1:64, 1:40, yadda yadda...I can assure you that according to the size of the human figures, it is 1:48 scale. I had a kit when I was a kid, ordered from the back of a borax box...cost 1 buck. Some years back, I acquired 2 kits one of which was in the original shipping box from the 1950's. I used the mule skinners and other guys on my On20 layout, a couple of the mules also. The wagons were too large for what I had, so they became kitbash fodder and the water tanks became tank cars for the railroad. Now that I am in a larger scale, the wagon parts are a better size and the mules are burros/donkeys. Not too long ago, collectors (read numbnuts) were paying 50 bucks & more for a kit...I am glad that the kit is back, that may render the shelf store bozos with a lower price for their "investment". What goes around, comes around.

                 Woodie

BTW-if anyone wants to build this like it is, be prepared to have a model that is about 3 feet long...you need one heckuva scene for that!



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Thats a great looking kit with lots of parts to paint and assemble. Too bad one could not blow up the picture of the team to get a better view of it, unless i missed a better picture somewhere. I would be reluctant to purchase the item without getting a better quality picture set to look at.  Heck seller has his own website and needs to utilize his site better.

  Even tho its fairly long ( the team ) it would be narrow enough it looks like,  to just take up about the width of rail road trackage with a car..maybe 6--7--8 scale foot wide. ?? Thats not a lot of space to give up. It could be used in the foreground as an attraction or sitting on a back elevated section, maybe even crossing a distant wooden trestle bridge.

Anybody got a good picture of the set to post to this thread ???

mike

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I got one of the vintage kits, and based on the instruction illustrations on the website, this is the same tooling. The quality of the parts is not great, but with some patience and careful assembly a nice model can be done. I haven't built mine, but have seen some of the wagons which look great.

The kit is indeed 1/48, as Woodie indicated.

The real trick with this model is capturing the mules and their harnesses/traces. That will be a bit of a challenge.



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Verne-those are some big wagons, but that's how it is. I have seen the real ones and the models are right on. In my scale, the parts get a bit closer to my tastes and the mules become nice burros. I have one of the old instruction sheets with Ronald Reagan's photo, remember that he was one of the "Death Valley Days" hosts. That old show is now on a "History of TV" station along with "Wagon Train", "Wanted Dead or Alive", and my favorite-"Have Gun..Will Travel". How about building that old kit, it would look great on your layout!

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I used to love those old shows, I also liked 'The Rifleman' and 'Branded'.

I hope to build this up, it's one of many projects on hold awaiting more hobby time.

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Hello Woodie,
you said you have seen the real 20 mule team Borax wagons. Are they really blue like the original model? i just bought one of the original models and it appears as if the wagons are blue and the frames are red. A few other parts are black or silver.
any info would be helpful.

thanks,
Brian

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Howdy Brian..the old wagons I remember seeing were weathered wood with rusty brown metal parts. I suppose they could have been painted up but that's what I saw. There were rusty "tires" on the wheels. If you model the wagons "at work", they would have a heavy coating of dust & grime from the alkali flats. How's that?
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Thanks Woodie,
i did find old picture which looked like what you described but there was a hint of blue showing so maybe the model is close.
Thanks again,

Brian

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