MRC Engines, Why Don't They Make More????

MRC Engines, Why Don't They Make More????

Post by Steve Moor » Thu, 03 Apr 1997 04:00:00



A few years ago I bought a couple MRC C-420 engines.  They look
fantastic, very fine detail and run great!  Why don't they put out more
like that?

Steve Moore

 
 
 

MRC Engines, Why Don't They Make More????

Post by Christopher Zur » Fri, 04 Apr 1997 04:00:00


: A few years ago I bought a couple MRC C-420 engines.  They look
: fantastic, very fine detail and run great!  Why don't they put out more
: like that?

If you are talking about HO scale, Rivarossi now makes that model. They
bought Lima a few tears ago, Lima was the company that made it for MRC.

Chris

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MRC Engines, Why Don't They Make More????

Post by Andy Harm » Fri, 04 Apr 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>A few years ago I bought a couple MRC C-420 engines.  They look
>fantastic, very fine detail and run great!  Why don't they put out more
>like that?

MRC's C420 was made by Lima in Italy, who originally did the trainset
version sold under the PMI and Model Power names.  MRC hyped the thing
to death with advertising that claimed it to be the greatest thing
since the Kadee coupler, then priced it at $80 which was at the time
the highest priced locomotive in HO plastic by far - 20 bucks over the
then-current price of Atlas/Kato C425's for instance.  IMO the model
is adequate but they removed the dynamic brake unit from the original
Lima die and left the side grilles in place.  It wasn't a bad loco but
it was hardly deserving of being priced 30% higher than a Kato.   It
ran smoothly enough but didn't have the low-end response of a Kato or
anything close to it... overall just too fast.

Rivarossi is currently producing this locomotive and as far as I can
tell it is identical to the MRC/Lima version with the possible
exception of the exact motor type... but performance is similar.  It's
current list price is $80 as before, but in today's market it's not so
outrageous considering it's a European import.  Is it worth 80 bucks?
Naa, but you can find 'em for between $50 and $60.  I have a few of
them, but they are not going to be made into fleet locos.  I have a
C420 in the works based on the original (with dynamics) Lima/PMI
shell, grafted onto an Atlas/Kato C424 walkway and hi-nosed.  All fits
nicely on top of the Kato drive.

Andy

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