71184Re: RTTX 89' FLATS NOW AVAILABLE FROM AZL
- Sep 4, 2012Rob,
Good news! Although I bought a whole bunch of Curtis (now E&D) model
89' flatcar kits a long time ago, this is still welcome news for the vast
majority of Z scalers who like RTR.
I would like to call attention to the fact that while the new flatcars
come with trailer hitches for TOFC loading, there are STILL no 53'
semi-trailer models available to put on the hitches. SeaRails used to
offer some RTP 53' tractor trailer sets, but I don't think they're still
available. This would be a good idea for Shapeways, in fact I suggested
this to Stony. But I don't think the idea was ever taken up.
I have seen 1:200 and 1:250 tractor trailer rigs offered for Z scale
use, and they don't look too bad when isolated from other Z scale items
that would lend perspective. But if you are going to do TOFC with Z scale
89' flats, you really need a 1:220 trailer. And you need a fair number of
the trailers, preferably RTP or injection-molded and pad printed. You
will need a fair number for realism because the pigttains were usually
unit trains with a large number of loads. If you go the RTP route, you
will need decals to finish them, a big problem in Z scale. That's one
reason that I still haven't painted the SeaRails trailers I bought.
Some people have asked, "Why doesn't MCZ Models do an injection molded
53' trailer to go along with its containers?" The answer is that a mold
costs thousands of $$$ and I'm not convinced that I could recoup the mold
costs and make a profit in any reasonable time frame. This would be an
ideal project for Micro-Trains since they already offer N scale trailers
(so they already have the artwork, just needs to be shrunk) and do their
own molds in-house. Their trailers look prototypical, unlike their
containers. I have suggested making Z scale trailers to MTL, but
apparently the suggestion was not looked on favorably or not passed up the
-- Malcolm Z
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