Monday, March 1, 2010

HO scale Plymouth switcher...


...I'd add that it was likely an AHM offering but I'm probably wrong.

This is a classic 60s offering of a 4 wheel diesel switcher in that most of it components make for a better S scale narrow gauge growler. The service doors scale out at a generous 4' x 4.5'. The cab door is 4.5' wide by 9' tall, built for Casey Jones' mutant cousin I guess...truly a testament to the more relaxed standards of the day.

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I got it from one of my rare betting moments. The shop owner had a box of junk HO that hadn't been priced. I picked this little critter up and asked how much he wanted for it. He said $10 and, upon seeing that I was starting to put it back in the box, he said, "Tell ya what, I'll put it on my test track...if it runs you gimme $10, if it don't, you give me $5."

I won....and...20 minutes after I got it home, a touch of oil and a bit of wheel cleaning, it's purring around my test track.

6 comments:

Cristake said...

This is a lucky business, indeed. And the switcher looks awesome, even if it has "a little relaxed standards" for HO...
The coincidence makes it that I just finished my first ever built model (and also the first piece of my future collection), and it's a diesel switcher, too (well, we call it here "locomotiva de manevra" which means obviously "maneuver locomotive"). But mine it's made 99% of cardboard,it's far from being so good looking as yours. Anyway you can see it here: http://img714.imageshack.us/slideshow/player.php?id=img714/165/1267557450r41.smil
And the original here: http://forum.lokomotiv.ro/poze/fata_ldm.jpg
I would like to know your opinion (even if it's not a positive one) and I apologize for the poor quality of photos - I have only a mobile phone camera :D
Huh, I almost forget: $10 it's not a bad price, I mean any railway fan here would sell even his underpants to buy it! And 5 it's pure luck !

Br'er Shaygetz said...

I want to see your model but I can't get the link to work. Never be ashamed of what you build, too many in this hobby don't even try.

Someday in the future I'd sell it for the original $5, after I've had my fun with it...I don't know that I would take a rail fan's underpants for it though... ;-)

Cristake said...

http://forum.lokomotiv.ro/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=6858

Cristake said...

Now here's another link with my switcher, hope it works.

Br'er Shaygetz said...

In cardboard?! Sweet, how's it run?

Cristake said...

Thank you, sir. But it doesn't run. I might have one or two little engine somewhere, but with cardboard wheels and transmission it wouldn't run... It's a static model.