MDC 3n1 Kits

Discussion in 'Logging, Mining and Industrial Railroads' started by camelot, Jan 18, 2003.

  1. camelot

    camelot Member

    MDC brought out a line of kitbashing series called 3n1 quite a few years back , i am pretty sure they are not available except secondhand .

    Managed to get some of Ebay , i would like to see some others if anyone would be interested in posting some pictures of them.

    This one is from the Fire Train Kit N° 1507
    It is a chemical Tank car , made from a tank car and reefer bodys on a reefer underframe..

    If some kind soul has a list of the 3 n 1 kits made that would be appreciated.


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  2. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Nice looking tank car that, I wouldn't mind one of those. Cannot help with what other 3 in 1's there are, sorry. Anyway, I have re-done your photo for you, hope you don't mind.



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  3. camelot

    camelot Member

    Nah , you the 2nd person to redo a picture of mine , so i kinda getting used to it.I might have to look into putting the flash back on when i take these.


  4. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Nice looking tank car!! I really didn't pay much attention to the instructions, because I was using the parts for narrow gauge equipment.
    I found this list in one of the 3in1 kits:
    1500 log car set
    1501 wood chip set
    1502 26'flat car set (3cars)
    1503 34' mw car set (3 cars)
    1504 yard office & 2 box cars
    1505 shanty, 1 pass'r car, 1 reefer
    1506 office: 1 flat, 1 tank car
    1507 fire train
    1509 office & 3 log cars
    1510 battle mountain (dummy) climax
    1511 station caboose & boxcar
    1512 office & two car set
    1513 victoria st scene
    1514 battle mountain /street scene
    1515 rotary snow plow-dummy
    1516 spreader, crab, and flanger
    1517 dozer, flanger,plow
    1518 battle mountain "galloping goose"

    the climax, and the goose are HOn3
    in the battle mountain series there was also a dummy HOn3 outside frame 0-8-0t, 2-8-0t
  5. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Hi Camelot,
    Here are pics of the 3-in-one series (except the caboose which is a single item).

    I bought these about 10 yrs ago and don't know if they are still marketed.


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  6. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    And of course such cars are pulled by what MDC call a Climax (when I get it to work properly) :D . Shamus has a much better modified version of this loco, check out his posts.


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  7. K.V.Div

    K.V.Div Member

    MDC brought out a line of kitbashing series called 3n1 quite a few years back , i am pretty sure they are not available except secondhand.

    As far as I know, MDC is still producing most of the 3-in-1 kits, and I have had no problem getting them recently.
    Try your LHS (if one is nearby) and see if they can get them for you.
    Happy modeling and Cheers!

  8. Grandmalynn

    Grandmalynn New Member

    I have been trying to read up on HO trains, my late husband had a game room full. Now I am trying to get rid of them but I am trying to know what they really are to explain. When I read the post on Roundhouse 3N1 kits I was sent to your link while I was trying to find who sold them to know the value. I still have not found who does. These are suppose to be nice but are they? Thanks new today.
  9. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    I have a few of the 3 in 1 structure kits: Victoria Station, the cable-car powerhouse/office kit, and one other structure kit, along with a few assorted parts for those kits. Handy scratchin' & bashin' utilities.
  10. Grandmalynn

    Grandmalynn New Member

    3N1 kits

    Thanks for the reply,

    The ones I have are the Roundhouse Logging and short line craft kits in the yellow and orange boxes.

    I have what they call 1509,1503,1516,1502,and a 1501. They are still in the box, he never opened to make them.

    I have so much stuff but so for these are the ones I could not find on the internet to find out how much they are worth.

    Again thanks and if anyone know please let me know.

  11. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Welcome to The Gauge:wave:

    I'm sorry for your loss. I do my best to help folks find the value of their loved ones items. The 3in1s are a kitbasher only kit that require some modeling skill, additional parts and pieces and imagination to put together. As to final value I could not say, they vary with each kit, but they do fetch a good price on Ebay.

    This is their 1515 rotary plow that I did several years ago. I saw the unassembled kit itself recently sell on Ebay for around $25.

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  12. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    eBay is probably the best bet: the ones I have seen for retail sale sell for $10-20 per box.
  13. wetidlerjr

    wetidlerjr New Member

  14. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    iF you took 3 kits and mixed them all up, could you get nine cars then?
  15. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Yes, that's possible. The basic idea of the 3-in-1 kits was to provide material for three items, or combine parts to make one, or two items. Sort of a "kitbash" in one box. I used their "firefighting train" kit to make one narrow gauge boxcar, and two narrow gauge tank cars.

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