Model Power FP-7s?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by MCL_RDG, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    I know I didn't dream it. I re-read the ad in a recent MR while sitting in the reading room. There it was- Model Power FP-7. I want (2) of these pups to haul a Reading Push-Pull. I know they've advertised them on the website but are(were)n't really available. I even placed a "pre-order" at a web dealer over a year ago. I called Model Power a few months ago- "the models aren't available".

    Has anyone here bought one? I got the Model Power phone number. I guess I'll call 'em.

    The number boards in the picture looked pretty clunky but I want that FP-7 frame and body. I WANNA RUN A READING PUSH-PULL!!! Uh, sorry for the outburst. :D

    I guess this is more of a gripe session- typing my wishes and frustrations aloud for all to read.
  2. jatravia

    jatravia New Member

  3. Oroka

    Oroka Member

    I have a Canadian Pacific FP-7 of this type. Heavy, and kinda over-powered IMO.
  4. jatravia

    jatravia New Member

    So Oroka, do you mean it is a good engine or not a good engine?

    Joe <><
  5. Oroka

    Oroka Member

    Ummmm... I am not an expert, so here is a critique based on my other engines.

    It is heavy because of its diecast shell. It is very powerful and has great traction, but it is a HUGE power hog. With my MP SD7 on the track at the same time, the SD7 can barely draw enough power to move. It is really fast too... which I guess is accurate for highspeed passenger trains.

    So, eats power, but that power goes right to speed, combined with the weight, it gets amazing traction.

    Final score:

    Pros - 2
    Cons - 1
  6. siderod

    siderod Member

    THis the modelers version, or the train-set version? Last i heard, the only version available to the public right now is the (rather crappy) trainset version. The modelers version has been pushed back and pushed back, much the same as their Mogul & American releases.

  7. Oroka

    Oroka Member

    Train set version. I didnt want it, but my Dad was itchin to get anything that moved, and the set was on sale for $65cdn. Waste of $ if you ask me, as I had 3 loco comming in the mail, and we were buying track at the shop that day. The only thing we needed in that set was a transformer, and it is crap.

  8. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    I Want...

    ...that FP-7!! (modelers version)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :curse:

    I can see it- READING- pulling a string of cars into the terminal!!!

    The sz
    pokh;lzidxkjg xb

    d'pty!!!! :rolleyes:

    Okay- I think I'm dun now. Thank you, I feel better.

    Mark :oops:
  9. OwenCPR

    OwenCPR Member

    Steady Steady.......I looked at this for my Canadian Pacific layout but think I'll end up using the Kaslo Shells
  10. ross31r

    ross31r Member

    is that definately an FP7??? looks too short to me!
  11. 3railguy

    3railguy Member

    There is a thread about these on
    Apparently the modelers version is not out yet and the trainset version is noisy plus has chunky detail and the nose is wrong.
    They rave about Kaslo FP-7 shells that are made to fit an Atlas GP-38 chassis. One guy posted a pic of an NP he put together and it is very sharp. I never heard of Kaslo and don't know if the shells come pre painted or not.
  12. OwenCPR

    OwenCPR Member

    The Kaslo shells come unpainted but are very good looking.
  13. Ebournerails

    Ebournerails New Member

    saw the ho version at a local hobby shop and the nscale kit not yet assembled at that same shop, currently only one store has the kaslo shops FP7 and FP9 kits but they do look very good.

Share This Page