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N Scale - Micro Engineering - 80-143 - Air Compressor - Undecorated

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N Scale - Micro Engineering - 80-143 - Air Compressor - Undecorated


Brand Micro Engineering
Stock Number 80-143
Original Retail Price $3.85
Manufacturer Micro Engineering
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Micro Engineering Structure Kit
Prototype Description Air Compressor
Road or Company Name Undecorated (Details)
Reporting Marks Air Compressors (2)
Paint Color(s) Silver
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 2
Multipack ID Number 80-143
Ready-to-Run No
Kit Complexity Easy-Build
Kit Material(s) Unpainted Etched Stainless Steel, Pewter Meta
Item Category Structures
Model Type Machine
Model Subtype Air Compressor
Model Variety Small



Road Name History:
Although they may be molded in color, unpainted and unlettered, undecorated products are marketed to modelers who seek to custom decorate their models for private roads and/or road and/or company names that were not commercially produced by any of the major manufacturers.

Undecorated models are frequently also unassembled or only partially assembled and required modelers to be comfortable with glue, paint and sometimes solder in order to prepare their models for display. Materials for these models can vary but often include plastic, pewter and resin. Models may or may not come with decals or other decorations such as plastic signage, railings and ladders to enhance the appearance of the final product.


Brand/Importer Information:
Micro Engineering, Inc. was started in 1964 by Robert Rands under the original name of Rail Craft Products. The business developed from his hobby and love of model railroading. Bob saw that a more prototypical rail size was needed in HOn3 narrow gauge to represent 75 pound prototype rail. He designed and had manufactured the new model size of Code 55 rail. This became the first product offering of Rail Craft. More rail sizes were added to the line followed by the popular line of Flex-Trak in many different scales and rail sizes. As the product line diversified, the company changed its name to Micro Engineering.

Bob's son Ron joined the company in 1972 and another son Richard joined in 1981. Richard left the company in 1997 to pursue other business opportunities but the many products he developed are still a part of the Micro Engineering line.

In 1984 the company moved into a 4,000 square foot building which allowed the purchase of the injection molding machine and tooling from which the Flex-Trak was manufactured. Additional molding machines, CNC milling machines and other equipment for a tool and die shop where purchased for development and manufacture of new products.

Today in 2014, Micro Engineering / Rail Craft celebrates its 50th year in business. The company is still operated with the same enthusiasm that Bob Rands brought to Rail Craft Products 50 years ago.

Manufacturer Information: Address: 1120 Eagle Road Fenton, MO 63026 Phone: 800-462-6975 636-349-1112

Item created by: nscalestation on 2020-04-10 13:01:56. Last edited by nscalestation on 2020-04-10 13:11:26

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