true scale

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by kkj7, Apr 12, 2002.

  1. kkj7

    kkj7 New Member

    Are the models true to scale?
    Or do they make a few chassis and adjust the size of the different models to fit.
    Has anyone measured a full-size engine and then your model?
  2. billk

    billk Active Member

    The manufacturer's "typically" will make their products as true to scale as possible, but even so they may have to take some liberties. For example the best readily-available motor may require them to make a shell a little wider than it should be, so their choice would be to make the shell wider or get a new, unique for their application motor and bump the price to the point where it wouldn't sell. Which would you do?

    Most of the magazine reviews check out at least the major dimensions againt the prototypes and comment on them. For example, here's a qote from Model Railroader:

    "All of the models' major dimensions match drawings of E6 A and B units published in the March 1983 issue of Mainline Modeler. The rakish nose, which slants at a sharper angle than noses on the E7 and later E units, is well done, but the model has a bit of a sharp angle just above the rear of the anticlimber on each side. This area should be more gently rounded. "
  3. alkcnw

    alkcnw Member

    I had that same question a few years ago. I also had a buddy that worked at Electr- Motive La Grange Ill. plant, so I asked him to pull some prints so we could compair them and they were very close to the models I had. I just wish I could remember which units we checked out. I would call and ask my buddy but he died of a heart attack 2 years ago. oh well!!:eek:
  4. scoobyloven

    scoobyloven Member

    most of them are close i worked for norfolk and southern and i have 4 old GP 38-2 and 2 of the C44-9W's in n/ s sceam and some GP 15-1's ,GP 35's,GP 50's Gp 60's in n/s ,csx,conrail,and cp they r real close to the real thing the guys i worked with got me the set of the C44-9w's when i left for family reasons but with any eye to detail you can get any loco look like the real thing..

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