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 PYE-K / PTR-K    Showcase #10

This US based company produced models in kit-form in solid cast resin. Apart from these, SMCC also did a limited number (around 100) of finished models complete with a clear plastic box with labels. 

Information taken from the 'about' page on the SMCC website on 12-12-1998: 

Stoney Mountain Classic Castings is proud to introduce its' catalog to the world of minatures and model railroad enthusiasts. The products contained within our catalog are just the start of an evergrowing line of castings and accessories from Stoney Mountain Classic Castings.

Stoney Mountain Classic Castings has put together a team of professional designers and modelers in creating our unique product line. Combined we have over 35 years experience in the developement of minatures and model railroading. This added to over four generations of mold making and casting experience, gives Stoney Mountain Classic Castings the ability to create the most intricate and detailed products available in todays market.

Stoney Mountain Classic Castings is dedicated to ensure that each of its' handcrafted products is thoroughly inspected for flaws and defects prior to being packaged and shipped. This enables the minature or model railroading enthusiast to be able to add any one of our products to their layout/setup with minimal touch-up or work.

Like our motto states: We've done the hard part so that you can do the fun part!!!

Stoney Mountain Classic Castings welcomes any comments or inquiries, so please feel free to contact us!

Background information on SMCC as told to 87thScale.info by Lee Nehlsen on August 6th, 2003:
(Lee Nehlsen was one of the four partners in Stoney Mountain Classic Castings. When he left SMCC about four years ago,
production stopped since he was doing all the casting, packing and shipping)

SMCC was started in the early 90's by Roger and Lindy. They built small dioramas using the type of detail you see on the FSM layout and sold them at train shows including GATS. At that time I was a partner in a hobby shop in Montrose, California. I met Roger and Lindy at a GATS show and found out they were buying all their material at retail prices and I offered to give them a discount if they came to my shop. 

The next step was when Woodland Scenics came out with the rubber molds for casting rocks with hydrocal plaster. We spent a whole day learning ways to cast with hydrocal. Roger made a number of dioramas using the rocks. He had made a couple of small layouts with a mining theme and the last one was using HOe and was about two by three feet. Enter the brothers, Hal and Doug, who owned a casting company that made full size castings for buildings. They looked at Roger's layout and said they could make a mold of it and reproduce copies. That became SMCC #1. The rubber mold ruined the original layout so it was cut up and parts were molded to make mini dioramas.
Jerry was coming into the hobby shop as a customer and we became good friends. He would bring in things he made including automobiles. I then took him out to see what Roger, Lindy, Hal and Doug were doing. We tried molding and casting a car in hydrocal but were not happy with it. Then we tried resin and liked it better but it needed a lot of work. First we learned to vacuum the rubber for the mold getting all the air out of it making it silky smooth. After mixing the resin and filling the molds we would first vacuum down to about 22 lbs and then put the mold in a pressure pot taking it up to around 60 lbs. This would first pull all the air out of the resin and then pack it in tight in the mold.

Hal and Doug broke off from Roger and Lindy keeping the name of 'Stoney Mountain' and added 'Classic Castings'. First we worked in Hal's garage and then we moved to where their business was. Hal and Doug were offered very good jobs in Los Vegas so the company moved to Nevada. After a couple of months I moved too because they did not have time to run the business but after five months, I left because I could not take the heat.
Making the cars was a trial and error learning process. Jerry did all the originals in clay without any trim. We would then mold them and cast about a dozen and give these back to him. He then added the trim using brass.  He would also cut and build making two doors, four doors, station wagons, convertibles etc. Once we had the front and back, the rest was easy. When he had finished the model, he would give them a glossy clear finish and send them back for final molding. The Studebaker pickup is probably the best we did.
The one thing we could never figure out was how to make hollow castings. We have seen some very nice hollow castings in resin and have decided that is the way we want to go next. What we need is someone who knows how the make hollow castings AND uses both the vacuum and pressure method. If and when we get it together, you will see some really great models.

We have listed what we have found sofar, but since it was possible to get any combination of parts as long as you asked it is more then likely that other variations exist. The missing names for the numbers with question marks are probably various versions of the truck models. Lee told us that there were three cabs (Reo, Ford and GMC) with three different chassis types (tractor 2-axle/3-axle, short and long bed) and five body styles (box with open back, solid box, refrigirated box, dump, and both long and short flatbed. Apart from all these possible combinations, the cabs and chassis were also being sold without bodies.


Model Prototype year
SMC-601 Buick Roadmaster Sedan   1947
SMC-602 Buick Roadmaster Open Convertible Top Down  1947
SMC-603 Buick Roadmaster Station-Wagon  1947
SMC-604 Buick Roadmaster Sedanet  1947
SMC-605 Buick Super Sedanet 3 passenger 1950
SMC-606 Buick Super Sedanet 5 passenger  1950
SMC-607 Buick Super Station-Wagon 1950
SMC-608 Buick Roadmaster Station-Wagon  1950
SMC-609 Buick Roadmaster Sedan  1950
SMC-610 Chevrolet Panel Truck   1936
SMC-611 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery 1936
SMC-612 Chevrolet 3-axle 1-1/2 Ton Flatbed Truck   1950
SMC-613 Chevrolet Aerostar   1947
SMC-614 Nash Ambassador 4 doors  1950
SMC-615 Nash Ambassador 2 door 1950
SMC-616 Nash Ambassador 4 doors 1951
SMC-617 Chevrolet Suburban   1950
SMC-618 Chevrolet Panel Truck   1950
SMC-619A Reo CC 3-axle 1.5-Ton w/Flatbed 1951
SMC-619B Reo CC 3-axle 1.5-Ton w/Van Body   1951
SMC-620 Dodge CC 1-Ton 2-axle w/Flatbed 1942
SMC-621 Packard 4 doors Sedan   1950
SMC-622 Packard Woody Station-Wagon   1950
SMC-623 Packard Club Sedan 1950
SMC-624 Packard 4 doors Sedan   1948
SMC-625 Buick Utility Coupe   1942
SMC-626 Mercury Woody Station-Wagon   1949
SMC-627 Packard Open Convertible 1950
SMC-628 Nash Ambassador 2 doors  1951
SMC-629 Chevrolet Pick-up 1941
SMC-630 Chevrolet Deluxe 2 doors Coupe   1941
SMC-631 Kaiser Frazer 4 doors Sedan 1947
SMC-632 Packard Limousine   1948
SMC-633 Oldsmobile 4 doors Sedan   1941
SMC-634 Ford Woody Station-Wagon 1952
SMC-635 GMC CO 2-axle w/Box van Body 1938
SMC-636 GMC CO 2-axle Flatbed Truck  1938
SMC-637 Ford Woody Station-Wagon 1951
SMC-638 Ford Station-Wagon 1952
SMC-639 Ford Courier Delivery 1952
SMC-640 Ford 4 doors Sedan 1952
SMC-641 Ford 2 doors Coupe 1952
SMC-642A Ford Convertible top-up   1952
SMC-642B Ford Open Convertible   1952
SMC-642C Ford Open Convertible with continental spare  1952
SMC-642D Ford Convertible top-up with continental spare  1952
SMC-643A Ford Hardtop   1952
SMC-643B Ford Hardtop with continental spare 1952
SMC-644 GMC CO 2-axle Cab & Chassis 1938
SMC-645 Chevrolet Delivery Panel 1941
SMC-646 Chevrolet 4 doors Sedan   1941
SMC-647 Chevrolet Convertible Top Up 1941
SMC-648 Chevrolet Sedan 2 doors 1941
SMC-649 Chevrolet Taxi 4 doors 1941
SMC-650 Ford CO 2-axle 134" Chassis 1948-50
SMC-651 Ford CO 2-axle w/12' Rib Van 1948-50
SMC-652A  Ford CO 2-axle w/12' Flatbed 1948-50
SMC-652B  Ford CO 2-axle w/14' Flatbed   1948-50
SMC-653 ? -
SMC-654 Ford CO 2-axle w/12' Reefer Van 1948-50
SMC-655 Ford CO 2-axle 158" Chassis  1948-50
SMC-656 Ford CO 2-axle w/14' Van Body 1948-50
SMC-657 ? -
SMC-658 Ford CO 2-axle Tractor 1948-50
SMC-659 ? -
SMC-660 ? -
SMC-661 Ford CO 2-axle w/Dump Body 1948-50
SMC-662 GMC CO 2-axle with Dump Body 1938
SMC-663 ? -
SMC-664 ? -
SMC-665 ? -
SMC-666 ? -
SMC-667 Studebaker Pick-up 1937
SMC-668 ? -
SMC-669 ? -
SMC-670 ? -
SMC-671 Buick Riviera Convertible Coupe Top Up 1950

Stoney Mountain catalogue scan:(the 4 pieces make one big poster).

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'Jerry's closet'

Pictured above are models built in 1/87 scale by Jerry, who did most of the vehicles for Stoney Mountain. Lee Nehlsen made the pictures and gave us a general description of the models:

'There are six vehicles that were in the process of being made and never finished. The carved out panel (5) was going to be a street vending produce truck. Another was going to be a Ford cabover with the oval grill out of the 1930's (4). There are a couple of Chevies out of the 1940's (2, 14), one has the brass trim (2) and is about ready to mold. Another is an artdeco tanker (8) still in the rough. And then there is the Oldsmobile (3). These, along with other were in the works when SMCC stopped. We are looking to start up again someday under a different name. 

The next pictures show the latest model (9, 10). Note the brake drum on the rear axle and the front axle made for positioning the front wheel. This is the first time that the under carrage is being done and would take a two part mold. The green is modeling clay. The other shots are finished coke trucks using the SMCC truck cab with new bodies (1, 6, 12). These also were going to be put into production. But....

Then there is the California tanker (7) that was in the works. Boley beat us to it and did a great job of it.

Last but not least there are some models that Jerry did by modifing someone elses kit (11, 13, 15). The Studebaker (15) is an Alloy Forms model redone in all metal - never again. There are easier ways.'

Larger pictures of the trucks in pictures 1, 6, 7 and 12 can be found in Showcase #10.

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