None of the RS3's Atlas, MDC or Stewart are as close to being correct as
the Hobbytown RS3. Yep, that's right the 50 year old tooling of Hobbytown
is more accurate than any of the newer stuff. Compared to Alco drawings
it's the most accurate in terms of size hood and cab shapes and contours,
placement and size of doors and louvers and most other important
dimensions. The most accurate RS model is the latest RS2 from LL., but
for RS3's Hobbytown has the most correct. The Kato RS2 has errors the
worst is that the short hood width should be different but isn't.
Now, all that being said most folks can't tell the difference until you
put all four shells side by side. Interestingly enough the Atlas is the
worst in terms of it's overall dimensions. The cab is wrong, both hoods
aren't tall enough or long enough. Also, the tapered stack IS correct for
a couple of roads that had them(can't remember which ones, but somewhere I
have a couple pics.)
All that being said the Atlas-kato drive kicks them all. the new LL RS2
is a close second.
Charles Woolever ( email@example.com) wrote:
: Interesting because the MDC RS-3 was considered the best RS-3 on the
: market (above Stewart, Atlas, etc.). Then with the improved driveline,
: they had a really nice diesel.
: > When I stopped buying MDC because I thought it was inferior
: > merchandise, my opinion of them was pretty low. Their diesels were klunky
: > and didn't run well, their shay kit was a NIGHTMARE! In short I thought MDC
: > stuff was crap. They are going to have to REALLY go the distance to change
: > that opinion. Unless it is of the Genisis category when finished, it won't
: > be given a second notice by me. I am not shooting the messanger here, just
: > expressing my feelings on the subject.
: > John
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