Re: [HOn3] MMI K-27
- The level of detail on the MMI model is greater than the Blackstone.
The MMI model is built like a brass model but the boiler is die cast
with all brass details. The cab and boiler back head in the MMI model
is supposed to be completely detailed down to the boiler gauges. I
doubt that this is enough to make anyone but the collector want the MMI
over a Blackstone. The sound if nothing else will make a choice between
the two, the Blackstone hands down, its just more fun to operate.
From: rlmossholder <rlmossholder@...>
Sent: Fri, 6 Jul 2007 1:15 am
Subject: [HOn3] MMI K-27
I'm having a little difficulty wrapping my brain around the
forthcoming MMI K-27. Maybe some of you could shed another perspective
on the subject. The limited information I have regarding this loco
doesn't inspire me to purchase one. I am excited about the prospect of
two companies going head to head for our business with the same
offering. This competition promotes improved quality and lower prices.
I own a Blackstone with the Tsunami, which is an outstanding running
engine. I believe the major reasons for this can be attributed to all
wheel pick-up and two sets of geared drivers. The Tsunami decoder also
helps with back EMF. How then is it possible for MMI to release their
DCC "ready" K-27 (no decoder) with an antiquated pick-up and drive
for about $120 more than the Blackstone with sound and DCC? I would
think that MMI would try to one-up Blackstone and produce a better
locomotive. I just don't see the value.
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- G'Day Deb,
Where you cut the bolt heads off on the rear of the loco a suggestion - glue a
thin piece of black styrene between the bolts so that if the loco was to "kick"
the styrene strip will prevent a short. This is also good for the front pilot if
the track grade is too steep from level to grade section.
The other problem with the MMI K27 can also be the chemical blackening. This C/B
prohibits electrical current flowing from the driver wheels through the journal
boxes and into the frame.
The cure is to add extra wipers to BOTH sides of the drivers being all 8 drivers
with wipers and then reliable power will be had.
Not all MMI k27 have this but I had it on my loco.
Once the power problems are fixed the loco is an excellent puller.
From: alco985 <debraann@...>
Subject: [HOn3] MMI K-27
Well after fighting it on and off for a year I think I finally got it running.
Today I found that the bolt heads on the tender and rear engine truck we
shorting when going over switches. I filed them of and now it runs like a champ.
Just too much detail in the wrong place. Deb Fifield
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