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Surprise Saturday: Tiny Fintails

It’s Saturday, I’ve had enough of the heat here, so I am indoors under the AC for the afternoon, and thought I’d share something offbeat. Today we look at some teeny tiny fintails. I believe these are N scale, 1:160. They are significantly smaller than HO scale. Detail isn’t the most precise, but they are still pretty fun to have around:

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I can’t recall who made these, but I think they are old toolings that were made for a long time. They are simple hollow castings, with no glazing or interior, and the wheels are cast with the base, and do not move. I think the white roof ones originally had a black roof, which the prior owner painted white. These are quite small, but have a little detail:

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The base is kind of a surprise, with some (albeit kind of weird and not the most accurate) detail:

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Compared to the size of a dime (I have vintage things, even my money is old):

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Or 10 cents for the Euros here:

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And compared to a nice 1:63 scale Lone Star Impy fintail:

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These have some sentimental value to me, as I think they were given to me maybe 20 years ago by some antique dealer friends of the family, who I saw a lot when I was younger and still visit when I visit my mother. They would show me any old toys they came across in their pickings. The wife of the pair passed away recently, I associate these with them and happy days of old.

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We all probably know what a 1:1 looks like, pic courtesy me:

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That is all.

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