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I plan to buy the new trucks, as I can't see a way to get the old wheel sets out and replace them with ones having metal wheels.
On Sun, Jul 28, 2019 at 7:41 AM, Daniel A. Mitchell
Trivial point, but there was at least one additional version … after the crane was released as a plastic offering there were two versions … with and without the stack for the steam boiler. The stackless version supposedly representing a crane converted to Diesel power, though such cranes usually had external vents for the radiators needed to cool the engines, and the Athearn crane’s cab remained unmodified.
Another detail worth mentioning is that the diecast metal version of the crane featured fully working equalized 6-wheel Buckeye trucks (fussy to assemble). After the crane was converted to plastic the trucks just had just solid one-piece plastic frames (still available today).
On Jul 27, 2019, at 7:41 PM, Allan Smith <smithal9@...
On Saturday, July 27, 2019 04:23:16 PM PDT, Jon Miller <atsfus@...
Remember Athearn produced two versions of the crane. The first
was zamac and had 3 pulleys for boom and main hook. The later
version was plastic and had 1 pulleys in place of the three.
For me time stopped in 1941
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