Im falling in LOVE with MDC kits!

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by davidmbedard, Mar 31, 2004.

  1. davidmbedard

    davidmbedard Member

    There is something to be said about making your own steam locos rather than just buying them. That said, this locomotive will never be as good as a new Bachperson offering and such. But it runs smooth, already has a Lenz decoder in it, its quiet, and really really heavy.

    This is my Second MDC kit, the first being a 2 truck Shay!


    Its not close to being finished, it requires lettering, brass blackening and weathering. Its has tonz of room for a sound decoder and ample room for a speaker in the tender.

    Here is my first kit finished.

  2. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    They are great!!!!!!well done:thumb:
  3. Bill Stone

    Bill Stone Member

    In my (often not so...) humble opinion, what you're discovering, David, is the joy of model railroading. Scratch and kit building is far more than half of the pleasure to be derived from this hobby. I cannot fathom why so many of today's model railroaders deny themselves the enjoyment.

    Whadda you mean, "not as good" as (hah!) Bachperson? (Another humble opinion coming....) No ready-to-run locomotive can ever be as sweet as one you've built yourself.

  4. George D

    George D Member

    David, that's a good start. :thumb: I agree with Bill, you'll like that kit built Pennsy consolidation a lot more than any ready to run loco you could buy.

    That's a good looking shay too. What scale is it?

  5. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Nice job David.
    Before you know it you'll be kit-bashing and scratch-building locomotives.
  6. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  7. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    I can almost smell the smoke.:thumb:
  8. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Great job! The locomotives came out looking great!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  9. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Wow! Very impressive work!!! What are the kits made from? Plastic? Brass? And how does the price compare with ready-to-run?

    :thumb: Val
  10. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    Good job! I just finished the 0-6-0t engine myself. It runs okay but it needed alot of breaking in on the test track. Probably could use some more 'tweaking' before it officialy enters revenue service.
  11. Bill Stone

    Bill Stone Member

    Many people improve the break in of newly built locos by initially "lubricating" them with polishing compound (or even tooth paste) instead of oil or grease. This does a nice job of mating and polishing the friction surfaces.

    After a run in period there needs to be enough disassembly to permit cleaning the stuff out of there, and replacing it with oil or grease.

  12. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I'm with Bill and George, there just ain't nothin' in your roundhouse that compares with one you built and tweeked yourself...except each succeeding one. You'll only get better...:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  13. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Very nice! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

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