Matthew Tyler

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Diesel Brake Tender - Stratford Built - N Scale
eunectes This is a really beautiful print but with a big flaw (more on that below). I bought the "Extreme" detail one which really eliminates the print lines that have been a problem on "Ultra" prints I've bought before. The big flaw is that the bogie attachment points are too small in diameter to fit standard Farish coach bogies. In other words, the holes in the Farish bogies are much bigger than the attachment points on the print. The NGS Gresely bogies are currently out of stock (Feb. 2016) at the Society shop. I don't know if those bogies have the same diameter holes as Farish coach bogies, but if they do the hole will be too big. I did fit some Farish coach bogies just to have a look and there is just too much slop. Once I can get some NGS Gresley bogies I will try them and re-review here. But as is I'm uneasy recommending this print because of the bogie fitting issue. One final point is that the coupler boxes will protrude beyond the body and buffers on this print because the tender body (per prototype) has hardly any overhang at each end.
eunectes commented on Brake Tender With Lamps by mickster04
February 23, 2016
Brake Tender With Lamps
eunectes I bought the Frosted Extreme Detail version Feb. 2016. The "extreme" plastic version has a much less rough texture to it than the "ultra" finish plastic I've gotten on other prints and so is definitely the way to go here. That said, the fine detail on this model is too fine, and breaks off just by looking at it. Mine arrived with a handrail already broken off and missing, and two other handrails broke shortly afterwards simply by me picking the print up to test fit bogies. Brake wheels, lamp irons and even buffers are just too fragile for normal use. I will be removing and replacing all the handrails with wire and replacing the buffers and brake wheels, too with stronger parts. The lamp irons I will just leave broken, as is as they're too fiddly to replace. The basic body is OK. The top and ends will need to be sanded a little to remove faint print lines and there are some noticeably uneven seams along the sides that I will have to file down to make flush, but standard Farish coach bogies fit just fine, look right and swivel and run on the track well. In short, this print might be better just as a basic body with the details (handrails, etc.) left off to be fitted by the purchaser with separate parts.
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