Back in September, on the strength of Model Railroader's review in the
October 2000 issue, I placed an order with my local hobbyshop for two
undecs, which I was told would be released in November.
The story involving my engines was interesting. November came and went,
with no sign of them, and I was told their release was pushed back to
December. I thought that was odd, because Id seen the undecs at the
Timonium (MD) train show in early October! (I held off buying them
because of the engines on order.)
Anyway, I got tired of waiting for my engines, so I ordered two from
M.B. Klein in Baltimore. Eventually, they were shipped about a week and
a half after Id ordered them, arriving three days before Christmas.
That evening, my local hobbyshop called to inform me my engines were in!
(Id never cancelled the first order.)
Last Wednesday night, I finally took one of the Klein engines, placed
the shell on the chassis, and broke it in. How did it run? Well, the MR
review describes it thus: "Operation was smooth throughout the model's
speed range,..." IMO, it isn't entirely accurate. My impression was
"buttery smooth." And this was with one engine!
Afterwards, I tapped the mounting posts in the shell for 2-56 screws for
the eventual painting and assembly of these fine engines.
Life-Like, you've a winner.