Thursday, July 1, 2010

Model Power/Mantua Classics HO scale Southern Pacific 2-6-6-2 Mallet, Epilogue.


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...moment of silence please...

I find it interesting that, in all the retooling of the mechanism, Model Power retained the original lighting arrangement with all the exposed wiring, both on the front and rear headlight,---even amplifying it somewhat with shrink tubing---something that hasn't really been acceptable on a model since the 1960s...

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My one guess would be that they wanted to retain the charm of the original and simply upgrade the mechanism to today's DCC demands. That is something I can live with as I've always wanted one and it is a very smooth, albeit very fast, mechanism with a flywheel and flat can motor. I can remember even as a teenager wondering why Mantua never made a real effort at hiding the wires.

I've since corrected the broken air reservoir tank piping, just between the two engines---but---can you find my other mistake?

HINT: When photographing a subject, one must ensure that said subject is correctly posed...

2 comments:

Cristake said...

The mistake... could it be the placement of the beacon? At least, so it says http://jonmdavis.com/2d_drawings/2d_drawings.htm
Yet I guess there might be some different variants of production (or something about American railway companies), not to mention that I am not quite an Einstein of steam locomotives... :D

Br'er Shaygetz said...

If you look at the front engine, you'll see that one of the drivers is off the rails---something I look for in every modeling magazine---you'd be surprised at how common the mistake is--- and try to avoid in my own pictures.