My friend just picked up a pair of PRR E8's from Life-Like's new
Proto 2000 series. Since I have them now to put some decal details
on it, some observations are in order.
First off, the paint jobs are beautiful. The PRR job is very clear and
fairly accurate. The lettering is sharp. Gripe: The "WATER" lettering
is white (should be dulux gold), and is the wrong font; the "F" on front
is BLACK (also should be dulux gold). Minor problems - I carefully erased
the letters with a pencil eraser and replaced 'em with the correct decals.
At least it wasn't as inaccurate as the FA2 Pennsy scheme! They're getting
better, I will say.
The underframe - one word: HEAVY. It strongly resembles a Stewart F-unit
underframe, where the motor is encased in a big metal casting. The "sprung
trucks" are... uh, interesting. The journals are separate and float up
and down, though not nearly as much as I'd like. Running quality?
The ones I have are about on a par with Kato (!), perhaps just a hair
noisier. But the sheer power is amazing.
Ah, now the carbody. GREAT! All the doors open (though the nose door is awful
hard to pull out once it's pushed in!). The fans are all see-through, as are
the winterization hatches. Cab detail is good (two figures). As in the FA2's,
see-through ladder steps. And those see-through etched grilles are superb.
The PRR version even comes with add-on nose lift rings! Quite impressive.
I saw the EMD demo, which is a dual headlight version. The "Mars light" is
also sort of cheesy. It's a dual filament bulb, and a circuit toggles between
the left and right filament twice a second. Hey, it works, I guess.
I can't wait for the undec units so I can paint up a pair of Erie-Lackawanna
units (salivate... salivate...)! The undecs come with EVERY detail variation
(different grills, different headlights (one or two), different pilots),
so "one size fits all."
They will be releasing the units in no less than >> 25 << roadnames. This run
is: AMTK, Santa Fe, Union Pacific, Pennsylvania, EMD Demo, Chicago & North
Western, Louisville & Nashville, and Baltimore & Ohio. Also coming are:
Atlantic Coast Line, Burlington, Erie, Lackawanna, Southern Pacific,
Illinois Central, New York Central, Chesapeake & Ohio, Milwaukee, and
eight others I can't remember.
Sorely missing from this list are: PRR dark green scheme, Erie Lackawanna,
Maine Central, BN "commuter" scheme, NJ Transit/NJDOT... but there's always
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