Tyco & Mehano (IHC) Products

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by RobertInOntario, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Is there a connection between Tyco & IHC/Mehano? Just curious if anyone could please let me know if IHC bought out Tyco or if the two partnered in any way.

    I have a few IHC products and, overall, their quality is good. I'm also curious if anyone can comment on Tyco's quality. I do have a few of those and I think it's kind of hit and miss (i.e. some are good, others not).

  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Tyco's quality varied over the years. They went through a bunch of owners, some interested in building quality, others just looking to sell toys as cheap as possible. Mantua had some of the same problems with some of their diesels. Some had a drive similar to Athearn and were quality products, other years under different ownership, they had the pancake motor drives like the rest of the toys.

    I think IHC and Mehano have been more consistent over the years.
  3. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Thanks, Russ. I think I've definitely got 1-2 of the cheaper ones (one has a pancake motor) and possibly one of their better ones. Rob
  4. msowsun

    msowsun Member

    There is no connection between Tyco and IHC.
  5. Justin

    Justin Member

    TYCO's made it over to IHC and Mehanodid importing for MFG and Mehanos suck because of their cheapiness lacking off flywheels and all wheel pick up!
  6. msowsun

    msowsun Member

    Justin, can you explain what you mean by "TYCO's made it over to IHC"? And what is MFG?

    Also, you are a little behind the times. IHC Diesel Locomotives (made by Mehano) now have flywheels and all-wheel drive. They run quite well.



    Product Features[​IMG]Powerful can motor[​IMG]Dual brass flywheels[​IMG]Precision gear transmission[​IMG]Full 12-wheel drive[​IMG]Smooth, quiet mechanism[​IMG]Excellent low speed control[​IMG]RP25 contour wheels[​IMG]Cast metal frame[​IMG]Diode-controlled directional lighting[​IMG]Finely molded details[​IMG]Kadee ready coupler pockets[​IMG]Negotiates 18" radius curves
  7. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    IHC's GG-1s bug me. Not so much that the paint schemes are crazy, but the shell is just dead wrong, for no apperent reason. the cab windows are slanted back wrong (it should slant the same way all the way across the cab, not pull back at the windows). Also, the nose is much more blunt, but i could live with that.
  8. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Notice that they show the SD35 with the handrails off - want to take bets on how thick they are?
  9. msowsun

    msowsun Member

    Here it is with the handrails... from the Mehano website...


  10. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    I have 3 IHC locos. Overall, they're pretty good. They run really well and smoothly but their detailing isn't the absolute best. These locos are quite affordable and, for what you pay, the detailing is good.

    Sometimes I compare my IHC CN Hudson (which cost only $50) with a high end one that's for sale for over $800 from a LHS. The $800 one obviously has MUCH better detailing, but there's no way I'm spending $800 on a loco!

  11. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    What I remember about Tyco is that the mechanisms were rivetted together, making it impossible to service the motor or replace parts.
  12. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    The handrails aren't as thick as I feared... but I noticed some really strange couplers.
  13. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Link & pin: Those are the "pin" part! :rolleyes: :wink:
    The only IHC loco that I have is the 2-6-0 Mogul, which runs fairly well, although its required starting current is a bit high. My smaller brass Mogul starts, runs and pulls better, but I often doublehead the two. Some day I'll get around to putting a can motor in her, which should be a simple job. I did turn-down the oversize wheel flanges, using a cut-off disc in my Dremel.

  14. alexbnfan

    alexbnfan Member

    My understanding of the situation is that Tyco went out of buisness and then IHC bourght some of Tycos moulds and equipment
  15. msowsun

    msowsun Member

  16. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    IHC also used to import Rivarossi. I think their passenger car line is still the old Rivarossi.
  17. msowsun

    msowsun Member

    AHM used to import Rivarossi. I think the owners of AHM became the owners of IHC.

    IHC's passenger cars are vaguely similar to Rivarossi, but they are not the same. They are a mishmash of fictitious cars that do not look quite right. The heavyweights in particular are not accurate for any passenger cars ever made.
  18. toys2nv

    toys2nv New Member

    Hi all. has anyone had a look at the President's Choice sets? They are IHC
    this is the IHC 2-10-2 in CNR loco 4100.



    they are not bad. Runs very smoothly, low noise. The detail is pretty good. Any price very attractive. New in the store they run about 100.00 CND. I picked up two new sealed sets with nickel silver track for 55.00 each.
  19. msowsun

    msowsun Member

    Hey, that is a good deal. :thumb:

    Can you tell us where you got them? Do they have any more at that price?
  20. toys2nv

    toys2nv New Member

    they are usually in Loblaws stores or stores that sell PC products around Christmas. later on the blow them out. I found the ones I bought on the Craigslist in Toronto. He listed one. I bought it and I then found out he had 3 of them. I am picking up one more this week. I can check on the 3rd on if someone is interested?

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