Vol. 6 Issue 1

January 2014

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Happy New Year! This is the time of year to organize all your train centric gifts from the holiday and start planning your new projects. We hope this newsletter will help inspire you to do just that. This months article features the SP & Cotton Belt (SSW) Cement Hoppers modeled by Rick Selby. Rick also was nice enough to share a video of the Hoppers rolling down the La Mesa Model Railroad Club layout located in San Diego.


We also have a few new releases for you like the U.S. Highway sign lettering, the Nacionales De Mexico (Ndem) Passenger Cars decal set and the Napa Valley Wine Train (NVR) and a few others.


So get your modeling bench setup and get busy creating your next model masterpiece.


Happy Modeling!

Microscale Industries, Inc.


Checkout our current ad in Model Railroad Hobbyist Magazine.



Also...check-out the article on page 143 about Chris Palomarez who is our key contributor of content for New Releases.


MB-SP2   MI-10   MI-8   MI-6


You may view a specific New Release by clicking one of the links below
87-1451 | 60-1451 | 87-1454 | 60-1454 | 87-1455 | 60-1455 | 87-1456 | 60-1456 | 87-1457 | 60-1457 | 87-1458 | 60-1458

Last Month 
60-1451 | 87-1438 | 60-1438 | 87-1446 | 60-1446 | 87-1447 | 60-1447 | 87-1448 | 60-1448 | 87-1449 | 60-1449 | 87-1450 | 60-1450

Past New Releases Arranged by Month

Southern Pacific Cement Hoppers        

By Rick Selby                   


The Southern Pacific and subsidiary, Cotton Belt, had a vast cement hopper fleet. Throughout the service lives of these cars, no two became alike. Many were reweighed, repainted, or faded and weathered beyond their as delivered livery. One of the newer released decal sheets 87-1390 and 60-1390 will yield very accurate lettering for the various models of these cars. Many features commercially unavailable in RTR (including the faded Red/Yellow lettering revealing a Gray character) can be achieved with this decal set.

Three additional decal sets should be used with the main set for additional lettering options. This includes:
ACI Labels - MC-4280 for HO/60-4280 for N
COTS Panels - MC-5003 for HO/60-5003 for N
Wheel Dots - MC-5012 for HO/60-5012 for N

More prototype and modeling information on this car is available here:
As delivered the SSW lettering was not very legible after a few years of service.
Many cars for both SP and SSW were repainted in big black block lettering making the data and such much easier to read.

Check out the YouTube video of Rick's SP and SSW Cement Hoppers descend the legendary Tehachapi Loop, on the La Mesa Model Railroad Club layout in San Diego.

YouTube Videos & Articles of interest
We would like to showcase those of you who have mastered the techniques associated with general modeling. If you use our products such as Microsol, Microset, trim film or any other item from our site...we would like to see how you have made good use of the material or solutions.
The only condition is that you write an article that will be of interest to other Microscale modelers and that you use some Microscale products such as Microscale Solution or Microscale decal set(s).If your article is selected and used in our Newsletter, you will be entitled to 4 FREE decal sheets of your choice from our regular stock.
If you have a knack for presenting, we invite you to submit your best "HOW TO" articles or YouTube Video for publication in our monthly newsletter and on our Microscale YouTube channel. We know how talented you are and we figured it would be a great way to showcase your work and our products.
Send submissions to: railroad@microscale.com

With your submission, please include your written release for Microscale to use the information and photos for publication.


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Each month we will be letting you know what we're working on for the near future. Please remember to check out this newsletter each month for details of upcoming releases.    


Coming Soon...
Various Door Data and Door Dimensional Data
Alaska Railroad Modern Diesels
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Trinity Tank Cars
Frisco Open Top Hoppers and Gondolas
ACME Foods Trailers
California Western Diesels  
Microscale has been serving the model train hobby market for over 50 years. We pride ourselves in delivering the finest quality products and service. We also provide a variety of custom printing services for manufacturers and other organizations alike. If you have a custom decal project and want us to provide you with an estimate please contact us at vickie@microscale.com or ryan@microscale.com.
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