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Tangent Scale Models: Bethlehem Quad Hoppers in N Scale
« on: August 09, 2018, 11:25:47 PM »
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Thank you for the great comments and excitement about Tangent's first N scale freight car release!  We are really happy to bring our love of model train freight cars to N scale.

Live from the National Train Show in Kansas City, MO: Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce the N scale Bethlehem Steel 3600 Cubic Foot Quad Hopper. These distinctive 100-ton quad hoppers match the Union Pacific specification and were built by Bethlehem Steel in the 1970s. Our UP replicas represent more than 6,900 “quad” hoppers, UP’s largest fleet of coal hoppers in company history. 

The Tangent Scale Models prototype replica of the Union Pacific Bethlehem design quad hopper has never been produced in N scale, making it a distinctive addition to any freight car fleet.  Our stunning N Scale Quad Hopper model is loaded with detail.  We set out to produce an N Scale car that is worthy of the Tangent brand, bringing as much of our industry-leading HO Scale execution and detail as possible packed in an N Scale box.

However, we are not terribly new to N scale.  In the past, Tangent's research packages and artwork have contributed to some of your favorite BLMA freight cars in N scale: the ACF Welded Gondola, GATC Dry-Flo Covered Hopper, 60' GSC Flatcar, and PS 4000 Covered Hopper.   

We maintain strong emphasis on accurate reproduction of the prototype, as well as disciplined execution of each model.  Finally, we design our products to be utilized in operating environments (please see the list below).  Notable callouts for our new UP Bethlehem Steel 3600 Cubic Foot Quad Hopper include:

- Highly accurate "true to life" colors
- Exact fonts and lettering placement.  Read the accurate 1” COTS boxes!
- Painted wire coupler lift bars for strength and durability
- Real rubber flexible air hoses
- Thin-profile brake piping
- See-through etched metal brake platform
- L-shaped end-sheet supports
- Interior bracing detail
- Body-mounted Draft Gear with MT-compatible couplers
- Ready-to-operate model with hidden weights
- 100-ton trucks and 36” CNC free-rolling precision metal wheels with front and back profile
- Our N Scale Bethlehem Steel Quad Hopper does not compromise to operate on toy train curves – we suggest a minimum radius of 18.75” or greater.
- A "Tangent-accurate" non-symmetrical, properly-sloped, and removable coal load
- Dimensional accuracy - scaled from prototype plans
- Car number selection process - we select car numbers from our personal photo collection, online and published sources, focusing on late era numbers to represent more than 40 years in continuous operation
- Recommended age 14 years and older
- Our models are shipped in plastic jewel boxes!

Our first production is available in the following 12 Union Pacific scheme variations, covering all eras of original paint and repaint possibilities.  We are also offering an assembled, painted and unlettered model if you want to “finish your own masterpiece.”   A wide selection of paint schemes and roadnumbers are available to allow customization of trains appropriate for your modeling era.

Check them out now at www.tangentscalemodels.com :  You will also find a handy Tangent Scale Models visual guide available online, laying out all our UP schemes and options.

And as usual, all our offerings below feature photos on our website showing the actual model and the prototype cars!

NEW: Union Pacific "Original 1977 H-100-16" in the classic, as-delivered "Freight Car Red” paint with large Union Pacific spelled out in white.  Please note these red cars include painted trucks to match the carbody color, just like UP paint practices!  Available in 12 all new numbers for 2018!

NEW: Union Pacific "Original 1978 H-100-17" in the as-delivered "All-Black” paint with yellow ends designating the rotary coupler ends.  This scheme includes the large Union Pacific spelled out in white on the carside.  Individual car numbers are printed on the trucks, just like the prototypes.  Because these cars initially operated in unit train services, they are available in 12 all new numbers for 2018!

NEW: UP "Original 1979 H-100-18" Double Rotary in the as-delivered 1979 Black with Yellow Double Rotary Ends.  There were exactly 2 prototype cars in this H-100-18 class, so the same 2 numbers are back for 2018 since many people missed these during our initial offering.

NEW: UP "1986 H-100-16 Red Repaint" replicates an example of a 1986+ era UP simplified repaint with the left-justified style reporting marks.  Available in 1 number.

NEW: UP "1989 H-100-16 Red Repaint" is an example of a 1989+ era UP simplified repaint.  Check out the old ACI label bars showing through the paint, just like the prototype.  Available in 1 number.

NEW: UP "1982 H-100-19 Red Repaint" recreates an example of a 1982+ era UP repaint from the H-100-19 class.  Available in 1 number.

NEW: UP "1997 H-100-19 Black Repaint" V3" is a nod to the ultra-simple 1997+ no-shield repaints in black and yellow.  Available in 2 numbers.

NEW: UP "1997 H-100-19 Black Repaint" V4" is an example of a simplified 1997+ repaint with a shield in black and yellow.  Available in 1 number.

NEW: UP "H-100-16 Red Repaint Conspicuity 2005+" replicates a 2005+ era car in the red repaint scheme featuring vertical conspicuity stripes.  Available in 1 number.

NEW: UP "H-100-18 Black Repaint Conspicuity 2005+" is a 2005+ era car in the 1980s black repaint scheme featuring vertical conspicuity stripes.  Available in 1 number.

NEW: UP "H-100-18 Black Repaint Conspicuity 2005+" Version 2 is another 2005+ era car in the 1980s black repaint scheme, this time featuring horizontal conspicuity stripes.  Available in 1 number.

NEW: UP "H-100-19 Black Repaint Conspicuity 2005+" replicates a very interesting 2005+ era car in the 1990s black and yellow repaint scheme.  Check out the black end:  The prototype car end reporting marks were mis-applied, and we duplicated that same “typo” detail on our model.  Of course, the prototype photo is available on our website!.  Available in 1 number.

NEW: Undecorated RTR Black which we are pleased to offer for those who still enjoy painting and lettering their own masterpieces.  We are modelers, and we get it!  This car is assembled, painted black, and ready for decals.



The Tangent Scale Models Bethlehem Steel 3600cu.ft. Quad Hoppers are shipping on September 17.  See www.tangentscalemodels.com for photos and more.

Do not miss out on the Tangent Scale Models Bethlehem Steel Design Quad Hoppers, the workhorses of the Union Pacific Coal Hopper fleet.  Pricing for these RTR models is $32.95.

Thank you for continuing to support Tangent Scale Models, a family-owned and operated company!

David Lehlbach
Tangent Scale Models
“Unparalleled scale replicas for discriminating railroad modelers”
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Re: Tangent Scale Models: Bethlehem Quad Hoppers in N Scale
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2018, 11:39:58 PM »
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Treasurer approved. Helps to go out for breakfast sometimes. There will be acquisition of a 12-number set in "original", and any subsequent new number groups you release in the earliest scheme. They will be a real scene-maker on my layout.

Thanks, David!
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Re: Tangent Scale Models: Bethlehem Quad Hoppers in N Scale
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2018, 12:14:41 AM »
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Nice, I will be getting the 6 after 1997 schemes cars for sure.
Which ever side of the track I am on is the right side.

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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2018, 02:12:56 AM »
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Nice - but way out of my budget $$$

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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2018, 08:14:24 AM »
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I hope the 6k gallon ACF tankcars are on the list of N scale projects.
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Re: Tangent Scale Models: Bethlehem Quad Hoppers in N Scale
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2018, 08:53:29 AM »
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Beautiful models and great addition to N Scale.  Looks like I'm going to be in for a mess of undec ones for a local short line patch job.

Anyone else notice the min curves is 18.75”? If that is a hard requirement, that’s going to be a problem for a lot of folks (including me)  There is a lot of layouts with curves just under 18 (say 14”-18’) for hidden track or other.

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Re: Tangent Scale Models: Bethlehem Quad Hoppers in N Scale
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2018, 09:10:56 AM »
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Beautiful models and great addition to N Scale.  Looks like I'm going to be in for a mess of undec ones for a local short line patch job.

Anyone else notice the min curves is 18.75”? If that is a hard requirement, that’s going to be a problem for a lot of folks (including me)  There is a lot of layouts with curves just under 18 (say 14”-18’) for hidden track or other.

Maybe a portion of the text was copied from their HO announcement.  There are  two three references to new numbers for 2018.   :?

Edit:  OK, I re-read the post and the 18.75" suggested minimum radius specifically states it is for the N scale model.  I wonder what the minimum radius is for the HO scale model?
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Re: Tangent Scale Models: Bethlehem Quad Hoppers in N Scale
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2018, 09:12:02 AM »
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Check them out now at www.tangentscalemodels.com
Can't "check them out" when all that appears is this message:

This site can’t provide a secure connection
www.tangentscalemodels.com uses an unsupported protocol.
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Re: Tangent Scale Models: Bethlehem Quad Hoppers in N Scale
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2018, 10:34:48 AM »
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Works fine for me in Chrome, Firefox and Safari on my Mac.
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Re: Tangent Scale Models: Bethlehem Quad Hoppers in N Scale
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2018, 10:42:33 AM »
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The link works fine for me.

Great looking cars, I hope they sell well so Tangent will bring more great looking cars to the N Scale market.
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Re: Tangent Scale Models: Bethlehem Quad Hoppers in N Scale
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2018, 10:50:50 AM »
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Cool.  8)

I wonder how similar these cars are to the 4 3,625 cu ft hoppers that UP (these became N&W 130996-130999) exchanged with N&W in 1980 (for 4 N&W H12 hoppers, which became UP 39896-39899).

The exchange only lasted until 1982.

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« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2018, 11:19:36 AM »
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So the link works fine for me, but there are no images on the N Scale page to click and buy, even though the upper right hand corner says to click here to buy. I'm guessing my Ludite side is coming out, but what am I missing?
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Re: Tangent Scale Models: Bethlehem Quad Hoppers in N Scale
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2018, 11:41:35 AM »
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... what am I missing?

Nothing. The "buy" links aren't there yet, and (my guess is) won't be there until the September 17 ship date. My understanding through an HO'er friend that Tangent's business model is no pre-ordering, just first-come-first-serve when product is in-hand and available.

FWIW, they also announced a re-release of the HO version of the quad, and same deal there - no "buy now" buttons yet.
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Re: Tangent Scale Models: Bethlehem Quad Hoppers in N Scale
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2018, 12:00:26 PM »
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I can work around the price since these look great. But the minimum radius requirement is something that I can't work around.  Down sizing to an apartment(and one without stairs) leaves me with tighter curves than the advertised minimum radius. I'll have to wait until someone has these in hand and does some reviews to see if I can add these to my modern era WE. So for now I'll have to take a wait and see. But I think this is still a great thing for N scale whether or not these work for me.

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« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2018, 12:03:13 PM »
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Nothing. The "buy" links aren't there yet, and (my guess is) won't be there until the September 17 ship date. My understanding through an HO'er friend that Tangent's business model is no pre-ordering, just first-come-first-serve when product is in-hand and available.

FWIW, they also announced a re-release of the HO version of the quad, and same deal there - no "buy now" buttons yet.

The HO "undecs" - the black painted ones - have a Sept. 17 arrival date but also have an order button.

Guess I need to set myself a reminder
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