Re: Roundhouse MDC Models

Elden Baker <eldenbaker@...>


I built the 4-6-0 and it's one of my best running locos (including some
of the brass). Also, with very few modifications (I'd have to pull out
my build-notes to remember exactly what I did) its a dead ringer for
2346 T-28.

I agree with what Thomas said, check and re-check fit at every step.
Its much easier to "fix" things as you. If there is the slightest
imperfection during construction it will only get worst (not better)
when you start running it. One thing I do remember is that I had to
"clean out" the screw threads before the small machince screws would go
in as intended. Be careful as these small screws are VERY easy to
cross-thread or strip.

Have fun.

--- Thomas Beutel <> wrote:
From: Thomas Beutel <>

Hi Ashley,

From what I know, they are as follows:

0-6-0 S-8
4-6-0 T-28
2-8-0 C-3

The 2-8-0 has drivers that are way too large (62"
vs. 57"), but otherwise
they are good representations. I've built the 0-6-0
and 4-6-0 before MDC
made their latest round of improvements, and they
run fine. Now with can
motors and nickel-plated wheels, I understand that
they run even better.

As always, care in construction goes a long way to
making a well running
loco. The advice that I here from many kit builders
is to test the
free-rolling-ness of the drivers at every step
(before the motor is in).
They should roll absolutely without a hitch when
given a slight nudge on a
plate glass surface. Any hitches should be uncovered
and dealt with before
completing the model.

Good luck and have fun!

Thomas Beutel
San Francisco

-----Original Message-----
From: Ashley Rachel Pollard
Sent: Friday, May 07, 1999 11:37 AM
Subject: [HOsteam] Roundhouse MDC Models

From: "Ashley Rachel Pollard"

Does anybody know how accurate the SP steam engines
are that MDC sell?

In particular:


The Walthers catalogue indicate they come lettered
for the Espee, with vandy
tenders on the latter two.

Also, how easy are they to put together to run well?
Ashley Rachel Pollard

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