Maisto car conversion

Maisto car conversion

Postby CFRiad » Sat Jul 30, 2016 11:49 pm

A bunch of Maisto cars fell into my lap for very cheap. It was too good to ignore. They are the usual culprits, a couple each of tank cars, boxcars, hoppers and a caboose.

So now I am off to a conversion job. Not wanting to reinvent the wheel, I have a few questions for those who have done this already:
  1. what is the least destructive method to take the die-cast body off the plastic chassis?
  2. what trucks are available on a short notice and without breaking the bank?
  3. do you guys have any words of wisdom about the process, pitfalls I should watch out for, things I shouldn't do and suchlike?
All advice on the topic is much appreciated.
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Re: Maisto car conversion

Postby Arseny » Sun Jul 31, 2016 6:20 am

CFRiad wrote:what trucks are available on a short notice and without breaking the bank?

Maybe you can use Persevet's trucks. Some Russian trucks look very similar to American ones.


We discussed it here:

Peresvet produce different types of trucks; you can try "Diamond" type (=archbar trucks) or "MT-50" type (on the photo).
If you have some problems with ordering, I can help you.

Also Rob Dikken talked about Barber S2 trucks, but I do not know, if they are available...

And also some TT-scale trucks are available on Shapeways (3D-print): ... ing-trucks ... trucks-x-8
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Re: Maisto car conversion

Postby ctxmf74 » Sun Jul 31, 2016 4:05 pm

I've converted a few Maisto cars. IIRC I used Elmer's Possum Valley trucks but Gold Coast or HP trucks would work as well. The hoppers come out nice and the tank cars look ok as long as one doesn't mind the solid cast material behind the ladders. The boxcars are too narrow when placed next to a TT scale boxcar so I wouldn't bother with them. I think I have posted some Maisto car photos in the photo gallery section.....DaveB
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