1. StickyMonk

    StickyMonk TrainBoard Member

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    with all the recent good plastic steam locos coming out like the athearn 2-8-2 the bachmann 2-8-0 and 4-8-2,lifelike 2-8-8-2 and soon 0-8-0 what would you like to see produced next? would you rather see a heavy freight, fast passenger or small (0-6-0 or 0-4-0 loco

    personally id like an C&O H8 2-6-6-6 and a good 0-4-0 for industrial use

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  2. Justin May

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    Well I will cast my vote for the Heavy USRA Mountain. This unit was both a fast speed passenger engine as well as a freight engine towards the end of their careers. The probability of Spectrum retooling for a heavy Mountain from their Light is not in the near future, but would make sense. They both shared some common features like driver diameter(69"), cylinders, and the same chassis. Otherwise I would wait and see what Bowser comes up with , as they have announced sometime ago , that they are entering into the 'new' steam market. Have a good one, Justin
     
  3. AFN

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    A decent 4-8-4 with optional coal or oil tender would be nice. Although I model the Rock Island in the diesel era they owned 85 of these and I would be happy to have one.
     
  4. StickyMonk

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Justin May:
    Well I will cast my vote for the Heavy USRA Mountain. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    could the boiler also be used on the USRA 2-10-2???



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  5. Justin May

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    Stick,
    As a matter of fact the USRA boiler on the Heavy Mountain was the same used on the 2-10-2. But therein lies a big difference, the steam domes used on the models. Many used the standard one hump , but others like the SRR used two in tandom , set apart and angled slightly to achieve the amount of pressure needed. Take a look at the old Rivarossi 2-10-2 to better understand the principle. Still any large Boiler that can used to make multiple models would be a plus. Have a good one , Justin May
     
  6. ChrisDante

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    Well StickyMonk, Brass steam is what I live for. I have 6 of them each one took a mortgage payment and food from my kids mouth.
    Now you must understand, it's not the size, my 'road isn't big enough for a compound, but the detail and the "running" of the engine.

    There are some $350.00 engines that look beautiful, and there are some $1,500.00 that are "merde".

    The heft, the smoothness, running gear, and detail is what makes a good brass engine worthwhile.

    On the other side of the coin I would never buy a brass diesel. there are plenty of good plastic models that have all the detail needed.

    this is a good thread



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  7. DakotaFan

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    How about a plastic model with a Belpaire firebox (or some sort of conversion kit) for the Pennsylvania and GN fans. There's no way to reproduce a GN steam locomotive in plastic that I can see.
     
  8. Justin May

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    Dakota Fan,
    Try a set of calipers and some evergreen for a scratchbuilt Belpaire boiler. It is alot of work , but well worth the effort once you complete it. Thats why I stick to USRA or N&W steamers, although finding a correct boiler diameter is almost as difficult as scratch buliding the Belpaire. Tradeoffs and comprimises are always lurking somewhere in HO steam.Have a good one, Justin
     
  9. StickyMonk

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    i would make the firebox out of brass sheet, it would stay where you put it, but i do scratchbuild #1 scale british steam for a living [​IMG] most of these have belpaire fireboxes there are a few pics of some i have done on my one of my web pages.

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