Re: DT&I 41' Gon was GM&O Gon
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I prefer to save the phrase "stand in at best" for some other project.
I built my GM&O cars from my stash of P2K kits in 2005 or so. Maybe I am missing something, but...
-The P2K gon allows me to get the right length in 2 major cuts. The Athearn Gon requires 6 major cuts. (4 to shorten body, 2 to remove ends)
-The P2K Gon gives me the right ends. The Athearn route requires scratch built or custom cast ends.
-The P2K Gon give me the right underframe, trimmed similar to the body, complete with brake gear. The Athearn Gon has an incorrect drop centersill with no brake gear.
-The P2K Gon has correct stirrups, grabs etc. out of the box, It also gives me interior and floor detail.
-The P2K Gon is a finer level of tooling, and just as cheap. Who didn't buy stacks of P2K kits back in the day for $5?
-And even more importantly for me: my P2k cars were a 2-day project.
I understand the merits of a Shake and Take project, and that things are donated for some group fun and group execution of the same model. But I really don't care about that.
The Athearn Gon just seems like the long way to go, even if it is "free." Yes, I do get a slightly cheated floor height with the P2K Gon. Yes, the 4 middle ribs on the side drop are a hair short on a P2K kitbash. This can be fixed with some styrene modeling. Perhaps some of us consider that easier than scratch building ends and dealing with the shortcomings of a 50 year old Athearn kludge.
Have a great weekend everyone!