Re: K-36 #487 in HOn3

Jim Spencer

Yeah, but I am assuming that DP’s won’t come with DCC and sound and they won’t be weathered, either.  Also, in comparison with the Blackstone versions (none of which include 487), my Overland 487 is filled with lead and will pull!!! (I also have 486 and 488 - filled with Cerobend)  Right now I am converting all three to Tsunami 1100 decoders with sugar cube speakers in the fire boxes.  All 3 will easily pull 40 cars at the Slim Gauge Guild in Pasadena.  Fun!  

I have an order in for a Blackstone K-36.  But that was more than 2 years ago.  And they still haven’t, from what I can tell, gone much beyond a 3D model.  And, while tempted to order a DP, the $2,200 price tag is beyond my tolerance. So maybe I wait.  Time will tell.  No matter what, the brass versions will be more detailed and pull much better.


On Sep 11, 2018, at 1:39 PM, Towne Comee <prowordsmith@...> wrote:

I'll bet painting/weathering alone will add $500 to $750 to the cost of the brass locomotive.  
Add another $450 to $500 for DCC and sound.
Towne Comee
San Antonio, Texas 

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018 3:22 PM, Mark Lewis <narrowrails12@...> wrote:


Or wait (?) for the Blackstone K36, with Tsunami2 DCC and sound, at probably  $500 to $600.  

Mark Lewis 

On Tue, Sep 11, 2018, 3:42 PM Don Peterson via Groups.Io <> wrote:
Not sure about cheaper than DP but always available

Custom painting and DCC install would add another $5-600 I would guess

Don Peterson
On Tue, 9/11/18, Jim Spencer <trainmanjs@...> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [HOn3] K-36 #487 in HOn3
 Cc: "Jim Spencer" <trainmanjs@...>
 Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 12:47 PM

 Probably the
 most accurate and best model done to date is the Overland
 487 done in the late 1980s.   They did 486, 487, and
 would be vastly cheaper than the upcoming DPs, more than
 $1,000 less. Jim 
 On Sep 11, 2018, at 9:31 AM, Jim Betz
 Hi all,
   Just joined the group today. 
 I'm interested in acquiring the subject model.
 Preferably painted with
 DCC and sound - but will consider any model that
 correctly represents #487
 (or very close to it).
   I've been searching the web for
 possible copies and haven't found any
 (at this time).  I've been told
 that the Westsides are the best in terms of
 both running and detail (other than
 the Division Points).
   Yes, I know about the DPs - but
 their website is pretty light on details
 such as whether or not they come with
 sound, what decoder, etc.
 And it appears that they are $2300
 (correct?).  Not sure I'll pop for
 that much because I don't expect
 to get much use out of it ... and,
 yes, I will run it!
                           - Jim B.

 James G.
 Spencer, Architect, AIA trainmanjs@...

James G. Spencer, Architect, AIA 

Join to automatically receive all group messages.