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    • May 9, 2020 5:52 PM EDT
    • Gave up smoking, gave up drinking, gave up chasing women, what's left?

      Personally, I only gave up smoking, but I still ended up back with my trains.

       

    • May 9, 2020 10:43 AM EDT
    • Gave up smoking, gave up drinking, gave up chasing women, what's left?

       

       

       

       

       

      Large Scale Railroading!

    • May 8, 2020 6:54 PM EDT
    • Cigar or cigarette ash work quite well as a CA filler especially when hot ...just saying Lou

    • May 8, 2020 3:57 PM EDT
    • Yea it works great and if you can get some dental prophy jet powder used in dental preferably the unflavored kind it is backing soda that is very fine grain and fills better, you can but iy on eBay or con your dentist into giving you some, Bill

    • May 8, 2020 3:28 PM EDT
    • I remember reading somewhere that to fill a large gap, mix Superglue and Baking Soda. So I got a piece of cardboard, a toothpick, and superglue. Put a pile of baking soda, drop some glue and mix.

       

      I got about 2 seconds of mixing and had a hard pile with a toothpick stuck in it.

       

      Take 2: Put some baking soda into the gap and drop glue. Baking soda falls through gap.

       

      Take 3: Put some superglue in the gap and sprinkle with baking soda. This works the best, but the mass is so hard that I need to use a file to smooth it out. I don't think this will come apart at this seam.

       

      Heading downstairs to file and sand as it is raining AGAIN.

    • May 8, 2020 8:57 PM EDT
    • Rooster ' said:

      Thinking while sitting in my time out corner  !

       

      waiting for the vultures to land?

    • May 8, 2020 7:08 PM EDT
    • Thinking while sitting in my time out corner  !

    • May 8, 2020 7:04 PM EDT
    • It's been almost 30 days Chris ....any progress?

    • May 5, 2020 8:12 PM EDT
    • Poking around a bit more and I found it's only the Santa Fe covered hopper with the discrepancy.   I've contacted Piko cause now I gotta know!

    • May 5, 2020 8:08 PM EDT
    • I like my MDC hoppers just fine! They squeak just like the real thing!  And I agree with you on the ore cars needing big engines to pull a string of 'em.  Maybe MTH will pull a Yellowstone out when they waffle back into large scale.

      Fred Mills. said:

       Piko also grabbed the MDC ore car moulds.

       Too bad they didn't try to purchase the moulds that Aristo had "Kader" make for their version of an ore car.  It might have been a real winner.

        I was never impressed with any of the MDC products. First they were in 1:32 scale, then their trucks were garbage, and the cars themselves had little real detail.  The prices were never "Inexpensive", for what you got.

        I suppose some are easily satisfied, and are thankful that Piko is at least producing some (NA) product, no-mater what it is like.

        USTrains also purchased some moulds, namely from Lionel.  They produced the old Lionel ore car, which was no hell to begin with, but at least could be worked on; first by replacing the Lionel trucks, and a few other "Corrections"...  I understand they only made one production run of them.

          I dwell for this moment on "Ore Cars", because some major ore carriers in North America used them, and pulled them with LARGE steam locomotives and Diesels, which many seem to purchase, and need long trains behind.   Ore cars are just as impressive in long trains as 3 bay hopper cars....

       

    • May 5, 2020 6:48 PM EDT
    •  Piko also grabbed the MDC ore car moulds.

       Too bad they didn't try to purchase the moulds that Aristo had "Kader" make for their version of an ore car.  It might have been a real winner.

        I was never impressed with any of the MDC products. First they were in 1:32 scale, then their trucks were garbage, and the cars themselves had little real detail.  The prices were never "Inexpensive", for what you got.

        I suppose some are easily satisfied, and are thankful that Piko is at least producing some (NA) product, no-mater what it is like.

        USTrains also purchased some moulds, namely from Lionel.  They produced the old Lionel ore car, which was no hell to begin with, but at least could be worked on; first by replacing the Lionel trucks, and a few other "Corrections"...  I understand they only made one production run of them.

          I dwell for this moment on "Ore Cars", because some major ore carriers in North America used them, and pulled them with LARGE steam locomotives and Diesels, which many seem to purchase, and need long trains behind.   Ore cars are just as impressive in long trains as 3 bay hopper cars....

    • May 5, 2020 6:39 PM EDT
    • I am not familiar with the details of molds and such, but if you closely examim both of the pictures Dan posted, they are two different cars from two different mold sets. Look closely at the mate between the car end/sides and you can see that the car Dan put on eBay has thick top flanges on the sides and end that the cover sits on.  The picture from the box has very little top flange. Dan's car clearly has hatches on the roof, the picture on the box does not appear to.

       

      Is it mis-representation? Could be, but then again it could just be that someone took the artwork for the label and never compared it to the product going in the box. I would simply add a disclaimer to the eBay ad that the picture and the product do not necessarily match.

    • May 5, 2020 6:14 PM EDT
    • These cars are from the old MDC series.  Could it be that Piko has updated the cars?  

      Here is  MDC car.

      https://www.ebay.com/itm/MDC-G4262-D-RGW-COVERED-HOPPER/123865147103?hash=item1cd6f026df:g:KmkAAOSwR5ldSISw 

    • May 5, 2020 5:55 PM EDT
    • Cliff Jennings said:

      Kudos to you Dan for bringing up this inconsistency.  

       Thank's Cliff but I hadn't noticed.  It was someone who saw my eBay listing.  I just find it very odd that this has gone unnoticed for this amount of time.  I think it's been 3-4 years now since Piko released this model.

       

    • May 5, 2020 4:54 PM EDT
    • Kudos to you Dan for bringing up this inconsistency.  

       

       

    • May 5, 2020 3:29 AM EDT
    • Just a thought - Possibly a pre-production prototype/mock-up picture used for publicity/launch shots because of print deadlines, if there isn't an earlier release that conforms to that build. The picture then found its way in that form to all the company's catalogue and packaging decoration for that product. In other words - bad house keeping. Quite common for retailers and some, naughty, Ebay sellers to lift shots off manufacturers sites rather than going to the trouble of shooting their own for their web-sites/listings. If the source material is corrupt............

    • May 4, 2020 11:38 PM EDT
    • Odd.

      The box picture does appear to be a silver boxcar roof sitting atop the hopper, lacking hatches along its length. Early production weirdness seems likely, however I am fairly certain that Piko has the tooling of Model Die Casting, which made those 2-bay hoppers and slapped roofs onto them to create easy covered hoppers for a number of years beforehand... So why the boxcar roof on the image put onto official MFG packaging?

    • May 5, 2020 11:45 AM EDT
    • Thank you Al. I think you spelled is as Mosher in your original post so it wasn't coming up when I searched Google. Thank you for the link!

      Trevor

    • May 5, 2020 12:26 AM EDT
    • Hi Al,

      Those lenses look great! Could you send a link to where you got them. I cannot seem to find them doing a quick internet search for Mosher.

      I too am working on making class lights that move from one end of the car to the other. I will post some pictures once I am further along in that process.

      Trevor