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50' tankers w/ side ladders
« on: June 05, 2014, 05:15:57 AM »
I have a model kit of 15 tankers i picked up a while back and figured i'd hold onto. They are unassembled and undecorated. Could someone tell me about how long this car has been around and maybe pitch in a few ideas as to what to do with them?


I picked up the whole thing for about 50 bucks. I dont mind the assembly. Not a bad price for 15 cars once they get all finished up.

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Re: 50' tankers w/ side ladders
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2014, 02:22:04 PM »
Do you need pictures or a better description? I called them as they are referred to in the packing slip? Nobody can say how long this type of tanker has been around?
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Re: 50' tankers w/ side ladders
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2014, 07:55:17 PM »
Usually tankers are referred to by their gallon capacity. Are these maybe the short 16,000 gallon type?  Picture might be handy with a quarter next to the model for size reference.

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Re: 50' tankers w/ side ladders
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2014, 05:47:49 AM »
Yes, pictures would help.  Also, scour the model for any sort of molded-on printing that may indicate the manufacturer (I assume they are not in their original boxes?).
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Re: 50' tankers w/ side ladders
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2014, 02:15:38 AM »
Usually tankers are referred to by their gallon capacity. Are these maybe the short 16,000 gallon type?  Picture might be handy with a quarter next to the model for size reference.

Not likely. the 16000s are closer to 40ft. I went looking on the Athearn site since they have a lot of their stuff listed for eras, but as was said, their cars are listed by capacity and cargo.
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Re: 50' tankers w/ side ladders
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2014, 03:39:06 AM »
They showed up in a USPS box wrapped in clear plastic bags. Looks like they gave me a bonus tanker? I got 15 of the longer green ones, which should be 50'. Then i got this short stubby black shell of a tanker. 20 foot maybe? Cool though, 16 tankers total. Im not sure what the markings stand for?
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Re: 50' tankers w/ side ladders
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2014, 05:41:07 AM »
MDC is Model Die Casting, also known as Roundhouse Products.  They were purchased by Athearn about 10 years ago or so.  I did a quick Google search for "mdc tank car" and came across the following forum discussion that looks like all you could ever want to know about the car:
http://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=21226.0

The shorty tank car is also an MDC product.  Another Google search of that should yield similar discussions.
« Last Edit: June 07, 2014, 06:09:34 AM by frfolk »
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Re: 50' tankers w/ side ladders
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2014, 10:01:08 PM »
I believe the shorty is a Clay Slurrry tank, Athearn improved the tolling and it is out right now as an RTR.
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