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    While browsing one of my online shops, I noticed some 1/64 fire engines by Amercom.

    Does anyone have experience with this brand? What are your thoughts and opinions? Do they come in at actual or real close to 1/64? Pricing seems okay for some filler vehicles.

    They look nice in the pictures.
    Michael "Toyotageek"
    Japanese Minicar Garage https://japaneseminicargarage.weebly.com/

  • #2
    Scale is all over the place with them. Some are in the 1/43 range, while some are HO scale or smaller. Those that are Code 3 knockoffs are 1/64. I have some Del Prado, which are related. Quality is iffy at best.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by cody6268 View Post
      Scale is all over the place with them. Some are in the 1/43 range, while some are HO scale or smaller. Those that are Code 3 knockoffs are 1/64. I have some Del Prado, which are related. Quality is iffy at best.
      Yeah, I saw some marked as 1/43 and some others at 1/72. As long as the ones marked as 1/64 are close, I'd be happy to add a few to my garage. The ones I was looking at are priced between $17 and $20.
      Michael "Toyotageek"
      Japanese Minicar Garage https://japaneseminicargarage.weebly.com/

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      • #4
        I bought a Code 3 imitation. It is plastic. No quality. I did not purchase any more !

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        • #5
          Here's where I saw them. https://www.diecastmodelswholesale.c...s/Amercom.html

          Most say "Made of diecast with some plastic parts."
          Michael "Toyotageek"
          Japanese Minicar Garage https://japaneseminicargarage.weebly.com/

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          • #6
            I bought a number of Amercoms a number of years ago, and they are decent for the price. Keep in mind to not expect Code 3 like quality - while they look good from afar, don't expect too much from a close-up perspective. There are lower-tier assembly (e.g. more fragile parts; models that don't roll as well), and more fragile tampoing on some models. Most are made of die-cast, but the FDNY Hazmat Mack is made entirely of plastic.

            But overall I'd say if you are interested in some 1/64 scale fire trucks without paying $50+ for Code 3s, these are worth a try.

            Here's some photos of the ones I have below (both are made of die-cast):

            Saulsbury Heavy Rescue:

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            Seagrave Pumper (this is what I am referring for the fragile tampoing. The entire 'Never Forget' mural is one big waterslide decal that almost came apart when I first handled it).

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Stampede View Post
              I bought a number of Amercoms a number of years ago, and they are decent for the price. Keep in mind to not expect Code 3 like quality - while they look good from afar, don't expect too much from a close-up perspective. There are lower-tier assembly (e.g. more fragile parts; models that don't roll as well), and more fragile tampoing on some models. Most are made of die-cast, but the FDNY Hazmat Mack is made entirely of plastic.

              But overall I'd say if you are interested in some 1/64 scale fire trucks without paying $50+ for Code 3s, these are worth a try.

              Thanks Stampede.

              Basically yes, I'm interested in some 'decent' firetrucks on the cheap. I do not expect Code 3 quality for under $20, but as long as they look "good enough" is fine with me. I'm not concerned about rolling or not rolling.

              I prefer the older era vintage trucks. These ones in particular:

              https://www.diecastmodelswholesale.c...el-by-amercom/

              https://www.diecastmodelswholesale.c...el-by-amercom/

              https://www.diecastmodelswholesale.c...el-by-amercom/

              https://www.diecastmodelswholesale.c...el-by-amercom/
              Michael "Toyotageek"
              Japanese Minicar Garage https://japaneseminicargarage.weebly.com/

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              • #8
                Originally posted by toyotageek View Post

                Thanks Stampede.

                Basically yes, I'm interested in some 'decent' firetrucks on the cheap. I do not expect Code 3 quality for under $20, but as long as they look "good enough" is fine with me. I'm not concerned about rolling or not rolling.
                Glad I could help. I can't speak to the scale accuracy of the classic models but from the rest of the lineup they shouldn't be too far off.

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                • #9
                  I got several of these, the worst one is a Tanker Truck - lots of plastic ...

                  The others I own are not so bad, but are nothing compared to the detail on an original Code3...
                  From good to less quality:
                  - American LaFrance 1977 Century Pumper USA (Yellow)
                  - Seagrave 2003 Pumper USA
                  - Seagrave 2001 Rear Mount Ladder (sorry, no picture)

                  Scales of the ones I have appear to be 1/64 ... to me!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by FoolTrottel View Post
                    I got several of these, the worst one is a Tanker Truck - lots of plastic ...

                    The others I own are not so bad, but are nothing compared to the detail on an original Code3...
                    From good to less quality:
                    - American LaFrance 1977 Century Pumper USA (Yellow)
                    - Seagrave 2003 Pumper USA
                    - Seagrave 2001 Rear Mount Ladder (sorry, no picture)

                    Scales of the ones I have appear to be 1/64 ... to me!
                    Thanks! I think I will give one or two a try, and decide from there. Everyone's input has been greatly appreciated.
                    Michael "Toyotageek"
                    Japanese Minicar Garage https://japaneseminicargarage.weebly.com/

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                    • #11
                      I have about 6 of them packed away, as others have stated the QC is lacking. I didn’t expect Code 3 quality, but expected at least the level of Greenlight or Matchbox. The use of plastic and the fragile aspect do not bother me, what bothers me is the paint runs and glue runs and such. All of mine have color smudges of the different colors at the paint lines or lumpy uneven paint jobs. All of them have some glue finger prints on the windows and some of the detail parts may be put on crooked or such. On a side not I have seen a few custom builders use them as the starting points for some great kitbahes.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Brian49 View Post
                        I have about 6 of them packed away, as others have stated the QC is lacking. I didn’t expect Code 3 quality, but expected at least the level of Greenlight or Matchbox. The use of plastic and the fragile aspect do not bother me, what bothers me is the paint runs and glue runs and such. All of mine have color smudges of the different colors at the paint lines or lumpy uneven paint jobs. All of them have some glue finger prints on the windows and some of the detail parts may be put on crooked or such. On a side not I have seen a few custom builders use them as the starting points for some great kitbahes.
                        Interesting... thank you for the further insight.



                        Maybe I'll do the smart thing and start with just one and see what I think of it once I have it in hand.

                        Michael "Toyotageek"
                        Japanese Minicar Garage https://japaneseminicargarage.weebly.com/

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                        • #13
                          Over the course of time I have been tempted by some of the Americom offerings - some of the vintage trucks as well as at least one of the FDNY rigs but have heard enough from other collectors on various boards to make me hesitant about getting any of them. Like others I am not expecting Code 3 quality but also better than the various issues that Brian has pointed out as well as the concerns about the decals that Terrance pointed out on the Squad 61 truck which is one of the ones I had thought about.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by pjedsel View Post
                            Over the course of time I have been tempted by some of the Americom offerings - some of the vintage trucks as well as at least one of the FDNY rigs but have heard enough from other collectors on various boards to make me hesitant about getting any of them. Like others I am not expecting Code 3 quality but also better than the various issues that Brian has pointed out as well as the concerns about the decals that Terrance pointed out on the Squad 61 truck which is one of the ones I had thought about.
                            Thank you also John.

                            Going by what everyone says, I think I will certainly proceed with caution.
                            Michael "Toyotageek"
                            Japanese Minicar Garage https://japaneseminicargarage.weebly.com/

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                            • #15
                              I've seen for a few years they also offer up some construction equipment from Caterpillar but scales seem to be inconsistent with what their labels are sometimes. Shame cause some things listed like the Cat telehandler would be the only ones in true 1/64 if true. I would really want to see them in person but the sellers that I've seen are from eastern Europe and I've never seen any in person at toy shows before.

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