Faller models

Wednesday, February 25, 2004 9:18 AM
Hi everyone, this is my first post! I'm excited to finally be part of the "Buzz" - I've been reading here for a long time now.
Don't worry, Jeff - I'll be registering with my $20 very shortly.

Anyway, I'm looking for some advice. I have started to build the Faller operating amusement park models. They are VERY cool, look great and function very well. I know some of you also build them as I have checked out the relevent posts. I just finished the Piraten Insel log flume ride, and am almost done with Top Spin.

The problem I'm having is finding the people (figures) to put in the rides. On the box covers of the models Faller has people that look appropriate for rides, as in people that look excited, have their hands up, etc. I have looked everywhere for figures like this, but with no luck. Faller doesn't make figures designed specifically for this purpose. I would even be willing to buy unpainted figures at this point.

If anyone has been through this before and has some advice, it would be much appreciated! Thanks for your time, sorry for the long post.

-Pete

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Wednesday, February 25, 2004 9:59 AM
im not sure if i have advice for ya, but i just wanted to say welcome, lol:) im sure someone can help....arrowguy, if hes still lurking, is big into coaster models, he might be able to help you....hope you enjoy the Buzz dude!!
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Wednesday, February 25, 2004 10:07 AM
Go to the Walthers site and look under the Preiser heading. They are the largest supplier of HO figures. We also find them on eBay and at the Great American Train Show. Some are already painted, some are not.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2004 10:33 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome and advice! I've checked out the Prieser stuff, but so far haven't found anything well suited for rides. I will keep looking, though, and check out the other places you recommended as well.

-Pete

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Wednesday, February 25, 2004 5:39 PM
I'm looking through the Walthers 2003 HO Model Railroad Reference Catalog right now. There are a couple of options. . .

Preiser 590-14414 Funfair visitors. A pack of about 30 painted people, many in a seated position with their arms in the air.

Preiser 590-14404 Bus Driver and passengers. 25 or so figures in a seated position - many without lower legs (fits inside tight spaces easier)

No price is given for these but expect to pay a lot. Preiser figures are very nice but you pay for it! A typical 6 pack costs from $8-$15

Unpainted figures are very reasonably priced but you face the daunting task of painting them.

Preiser 590-16342 Fair visitors/Showman $15.99 for 60 unpainted figures (mix of sitting, standing, and performing - dancing bears etc.)

Preiser 590-16328 Sitting People $24.99 for 120 figures.

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Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:51 AM
Millrace - thanks so much for the help! I'm sure it's much easier to browse the catalog in paper with the pictures rather than on the Walthers website where you can't see the pictures until you view the actual item.

I checked out the ones you referenced - they are perfect! Especially 590-14414 and 590-16342. Just so you (and anyone else who may be interested) know, the "590-14414 Funfair visitors" costs $30.99, and the "590-14404 Bus Driver and passengers" costs $25.99. So I guess each painted figure costs about $1.

Thanks again for your help - this really is exactly what I was looking for. In fact, in the "590-16342 Fair visitors/Showman" unpainted kit, I saw many of the exact figures used in the Faller box cover photos. Couldn't ask for more!

-Pete

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