Re: The Dirty Dozen

Schuyler Larrabee

Geez, I hate to build TWO of anything, though I do from time to time.  Building a dozen, even sequentially, even with the variations . . . I’d never make it through that.


VERY impressive collection of identical but different cars!




From: <> On Behalf Of radiodial868
Sent: Sunday, December 06, 2020 1:24 PM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] The Dirty Dozen


Actually, just 12 USRA Double Sheaths I just finished building at the rate of 1 per month (the one Rapido was any easy month). Covid lockdown was good for something I guess. A mixture of F&C, Westerfield, Ertl and Rapido.  Who did it best? Easy answer - Westerfield by a long shot. 
The Rapido advantage was it is RTR, but a couple of detail short cuts for rougher handling were taken, and since the underframe is convertible between AB & K it had extra holes and supports. 
The Ertls were only $9 each, and while I replaced the removable grabs on one of the 5, the difference between the original grabs and wire grabs isn't as noticeable as I thought. The lettering on the Ertls were all comical foobies, so all got new Westerfield decals and repainted.
The F&C casting is not as sharp as the others and had tooling marks.
Glad the little project is done, as I am soooo tired of building USRA DS's. Ratio wise, that is more than enough of this type for a 1939 western RR (hence heavy on the GN, AT&SF, NWP & SP&S), so no more required anyway.
RJ Dial

Mendocino, CA

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