Brass Models by Omnicon Scale Models

Manufacturer:Omnicon Scale Models
Category:2-10-0
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Prototype Class:I1
Model Introduced:1991
Product Type:Brass
"Gang of 100" model. Available unpainted, and painted and lettered, and scale and hi-rail. Reviewed in the December 1991 issue of the 3/16 "S"cale Railroading magazine, confirming that the model's dimensions are a perfect match to the prototype.
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model owned by Lee Rainey
photo © Bill Winans
Manufacturer:Omnicon Scale Models
Category:2-8-0
Road Name:Missouri Pacific (MP)
Model Introduced:1985
Product Type:Brass
This was Omnicon's first locomotive. It was manufactured by Samhongsa in Korea. This model was specifically based on the Missouri Pacific. However, it was generic enough to allow the modeler to enhance it to fit certain other prototypes. The main photo shows Bob's model painted for the SOO Line. Photo #2 is by Andy Malette of his reworked model. Andy built a new tender for it, put on a K-3 specific cab, built a new pilot, rebuilt the smokebox front, re-detailed the boiler, added new engine truck, and made the Stephenson valve gear. Since the drivers on this model are spaced as per the prototype, it could mean that the flanges may hit each other and some minor filing-down of the flanges may be required. This is especially noticeable when running this engine on somewhat tighter curves. The mechanism was available separately in 1985.
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model owned by Bob Werre
photo © Bob Werre
Manufacturer:Omnicon Scale Models
Category:2-8-2
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Prototype Class:L1
Model Introduced:1987
Product Type:Brass
Online Article:visit site
Unpainted model, but modeled after the PRR L1. The second image is from the original Omnicon promotional flyer.
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model owned by Lee Rainey
photo © Bill Winans
Manufacturer:Omnicon Scale Models
Category:4-6-0
Road Name:Erie Railroad
Prototype Class:G-15
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Brass
These were manufactured by Samhongsa in Korea. The models were sold unpainted, but were based on the Erie RR. Photo #2 shows Bob's model as painted and lettered for the New York Susquehanna & Western.
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model owned by Bill Winans
photo © Bill Winans
Manufacturer:Omnicon Scale Models
Manufacturer ID:1004
Category:4-6-2
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Prototype Class:K4
Model Introduced:1986
Product Type:Brass
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The model was available in both unpainted and factory-painted versions (ID #1004P). The models were built in Korea by Samhongsa. The main photo shows the unpainted version. Photo #2 shows Bill Lane's model fully detailed, painted, lettered, and weathered to represent PRR #5495. Photo #3 is Lee Rainey's model. Photo #4 is from the original Omnicon promotional flyer.
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model owned by Bill Lane
photo © Bill Lane
Manufacturer:Omnicon Scale Models
Category:4-8-2
Road Name:New York Central (NYC)
Road Number:3001
Prototype Class:L-3a
Model Introduced:1992
Product Type:Brass
NYC "Mohawk", with Boxpok drivers. Unpainted and factory-painted available.
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model owned by Ed Loizeaux
photo © Bill Winans
Manufacturer:Omnicon Scale Models
Category:4-8-2
Road Name:New York Central (NYC)
Road Number:3124
Prototype Class:L-4b
Model Introduced:1992
Product Type:Brass
NYC "Mohawk", with Scullin disc drivers. Unpainted and factory-painted available.
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model owned by Ed Loizeaux
photo © Bill Winans
Manufacturer:Omnicon Scale Models
Category:4-8-2
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Prototype Class:M1/M1a
Model Introduced:1989
Product Type:Brass
The model was available with either 6- or 8-axle tender. Made by FM Models out of Korea, these were available as unpainted or factory-painted models. This project was initially announced by Oriental Limited. Then The Patch Corporation announced the product in 1988. However, in 1989, that company declared bankruptcy, leaving Omnicon to take it over and finally releasing it in 1989. A brief review can be found in the August 1989 issue of the Dispatch. A more in-depth review (of four samples) was included in the January 1990 issue of the Dispatch.
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model owned by Bill Lane
photo © Bill Winans
Manufacturer:Omnicon Scale Models
Manufacturer ID:1008
Category:RDC
Road Name:(undecorated)
Prototype Era:1950
Model Introduced:1987
Product Type:Brass
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Samhongsa of Korea manufactured three versions of the RDC. The models arrived painted (nickle-plated) but unlettered. Omnicon also offered the RDC's geared trucks with their sideframes as a separate item for those wanting to use them in other projects. The model was reviewed in the March 1988 issue of the NASG's The Dispatch magazine.

The RDC-1 was an all-passenger car. Of the 90 RDC-1 models that Omnicon imported, half were powered and half were not. See the main photo (Bill Lane's PRSL version; the Video tab shows this model's rework and in action on Bill's layout) and Photo #2 (Ken Garber's unlettered/original version).

The RDC-2 was a 70-passenger car with a small, 17-foot, baggage compartment. Only 20 models were imported. Photo #3 shows Bob Hogan's model which he turned into the Western Pacific "Zephyrette".

The RDC-3 offered a passenger, baggage, and mail compartment. Only 20 models were imported. Photo #4 shows Bill Fraley's model.

Although not produced by Omnicon, the Budd company also produced the RDC-4, which offered only baggage/mail storage, and the RDC-9, which was cab-less.
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model owned by Bill Lane
photo © Bill Lane
Manufacturer:Omnicon Scale Models
Category:RF-16
Road Name:New York Central (NYC)
Product Type:Brass
In the late 1980s, Omnicon Scale Models entered the market with a series of imported S scale brass steam locomotives. Shortly thereafter they expanded into kits for Baldwin "Sharknose" and EMD F-7 diesel A and B units. The kit for the RF-16 sharknose A unit shown here consisted of a urethane body shell, brass investment-cast detail parts, brass wire, sheet steel drilled and tapped chassis, SouthWind sprung brass trucks (in kit form), NorthWest Short Line drive components, and Sagami motor. This specimen, NYC 3821, built by Dick Karnes. MV lenses, Microscale decals. S Kadee couplers
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model owned by Dick Karnes
photo © Dick Karnes
Manufacturer:Omnicon Scale Models
Category:RS-11
Road Name:Southern Pacific
Road Number:5722
Product Type:Brass
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model owned by Bob Hogan
photo © Bob Hogan

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