Just to follow up on this thread, here's a picture (via poor man's
digicam, my scanner) of my IHC GG-1s "C" truck:
Pretty damn good detail, I think. (This is the Mehano model, made in
Slovenia, which I bought sometime in the early '90s.) I hit the trucks
with flat black paint to kill the plastic look.
Wheel centers don't line up with axle bearings, brake shoes way out of kilter,
It looks like they took a shortcut and just faked it by using an existing
gearbox, etc., instead of doing it right. Like we've never seen that done
before... They DID go to the trouble of doing the quill drive bits that are
visible on the wheels.
I didn't even notice that until you pointed it out. Since the error is
on the order of borderline invisible, especially at "normal viewing
distance", I'm going to write this off as a needless nitpick. (Wonder
how many other otherwise faithful models have this same defect? Now I'm
going to have to go through my "roster" ...)
It about has to be that way. Our models are full of errors of all sorts, but
our eyes mercifully ignore the fact that things aren't quite right. You
*might* be able to get a museum quality model, but even it will have a few
things fudged on it.
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