Re: Cal Scale (Bowser) AB brakes

rwitt_2000 <rmwitt@...>

--- In STMFC@..., "Jeff Coleman" <Bbear746@a...> wrote:

Finally the air tank casting in the Cal Scale/Bowser kit is
a lot larger than the one from Tichy.Are they both accurate or is one
oversized or undersized?

I'm curious about this question myself. While we're at it, has
else noted a deterioration in the quality of the Tichy brake
set? I'm seeing alot more flash these days. At one time therre
flash at all.
Pierre Oliver

I measured a prototype reservoir this morning at work. It is
411/2" long (includes the lugs) and 19" across at the seam. From
what I see the Cal-Sacle is a few inches short and an inch to wide.
The Tichy is a few inches long and maybe inch to narrow. Looks like
both are incorrect but only a little. I'll contenue to use both,
whatever I have on hand.
Jeff Coleman
I started to compare many of the brake sets available including
those from kits (Athearn and even some old Varney), but never
finished it. I do recall there are large variations in the size of
all the components: cylinders, reservoirs. and valves.

I do recall that the valve in the current Bowser/Cal Scale set is
now a "blob" compared to the original castings introduced in the
1960s. They also no longer provide the "dirt collector".

When I return home I will try to briefly summarize the differences.

The set from Grandt Line may be one of the better ones available,
but not inexpensive.

Bob Witt

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