I'm considering buying a brass N scale UP caboose, but the pictures on
caboosehobbies.com show unpainted models, and I was wondering if the models
themselves come painted or unpainted? If I'm paying >$US90 for a model, I
want to make sure it's painted. The photos on the Overland Models site show
painted models, although the retailer's don't, and I just want to get some
advice on this.
If it doesn't say "factory painted" or "custom painted", it comes in
brass. Not unpainted, actually the models are painted with a gold
lacquer to hide the solder and discolorations from the heat, but that
counts as unpainted. A lot of collectors want their models unpainted,
AFAIK, Overland models all come factory painted and lettered.
Plastic models require a very substantial amount of tooling for the
casting process. Therefore, to get models of certain special interest
cars and locomotives, there has to be short production runs in something
that doesn't require casting.
I myself only own one brass locomotive - something that wasn't and still
isn't available commercially. Everything else is plastic. However, I
would disagree that plastic is just as good. With metal parts, it is
possible to make much smaller, fine detail such as grab irons, various
pipe details, etc. The walls of cars can be thinner, and have a more
realistic look to them.
However, just because it is possibe, doesn't mean that it is always done.
There are brass models out there that aren't so very wonderful. Riding
qualities and (for locomotives) running qualities can sometimes be poorer
than one would expect at the price - because they expect the model to be
in a display case or some such rather than actually used.
An awful lot of that fine detail only shows up if you are looking at the
thing in a full page photo in model railroader magazine or something like
that. Most modelers don't look at their stuff under 5x maginfication like
that. For most practical purposes, plastic appears just as good,
particularly now that laser machining is far more common than it once was.
The despammed service works OK, but unfortunately
Steve Caple we ask that of you each day why are you a sockpuppet?
Please find god and stop lying to the train board.
STEVE CAPLE WE KNOW THIS IS YOU please stop and stop sinning.
On Feb 25, 12:43�am, STEVE CAPLE wrote:
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