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N Scale - Model Power - 83720 - Reefer, 40 Foot, Steel - Tropicana - 106

N Scale - Model Power - 83720 - Reefer, 40 Foot, Steel - Tropicana - 106


Brand Model Power
Stock Number 83720
Original Retail Price $12.50
Manufacturer Model Power China
Body Style Model Power Reefer 40 Foot Steel
Road/Company Name Tropicana
Reporting Marks TPIX
Road/Reporting Number 106
Paint Color(s) White with Orange Ends and Roof
Print Color(s) Orange, Green and Black
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Standard
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Reefer
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Steel
Prototype Reefer, 40 Foot, Steel
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era III: 1939 - 1957


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Body Style Information: At some point, likely when civil war broke out in that country, Model Power was unable to get 40 foot steel reefers from Mehano. So they went to Hong Kong and found a factory willing to make a clone of the Yugoslavian model. This Chinese-made Model Power tooling is a knock-off of the earlier Mehano model which in turn was a knock-off of the Roco 40 foot steel reefer. There are small differences between the different toolings. The easiest way to tell them apart is that the Roco made models will say 'Austria' on the bottom, Mehano made models will have 'Yugoslavia' stamped on the bottom and the Chinese cars will say 'Hong Kong' or 'China'. They originally came packaged with Rapido couplers and Nicke-Silver plated steel wheels. Recent releases come with knuckle couplers.

Road/Company Information:
The Tropicana story begins with Anthony T. Rossi, who arrived in the U.S. with just $25 in his pocket. He founded Tropicana in 1947 with the mission of making the goodness of the finest fruit accessible to everyone. He developed flash pasteurization and pioneered orange juice transport in 1970 via train from Florida to New York. As Tropicana continues to grow, we have Anthony Rossi to thank for creating the spirit of innovation and fresh thinking that continues at Tropicana today.

Brand/Importer Information:
Founded in the late 1960's by Michael Tager, the 3rd generation business specializes in quality hobby products serving the toy and hobby markets worldwide. During its 50 years of operation, Model Power has developed a full line of model railroading products, die-cast metal aircraft, and die-cast metal cars and trucks.

In early 2014, Model Power ceased its business operations. Its extensive portfolio of intellectual property and physical assets are now exclusively produced, marketed, sold, and distributed by MRC (Model Power, MetalTrain and Mantua) and by Daron (Postage Stamp Airplanes and Airliner Collection).


Item created by: gdm on 2017-06-02 14:39:26

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