Post by toyhoarder on Sept 11, 2019 17:45:21 GMT -5
I picked this little gem up last September at my first train show in 25 years. I thought it was an old Mantua. When I got it home and really examine it, I wasn't to sure. The wheel spacing was wrong and the engine was all brass parts.
The motor is a small Mantua. It is starting to show a little zinc rot too.
Is it a Mantua? All the old kits i have seen has cast metal frame, not brass.
Last Edit: Sept 11, 2019 17:46:04 GMT -5 by toyhoarder
Post by JNXT 7707 on Sept 11, 2019 18:32:17 GMT -5
That is quite a find! I'm interested to see what can be dug up about it. Looks like it could be a VERY early Mantua(?)
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Looks like a Kitbash out of Mantua parts and some scratch building.
It could be. But, in my experience, there would be more visible clues such as filing marks, metal folding from cutting or more rough edges. I don't see that here, although the person who did this could have been a master craftsman. You had to be good to build the kits of this time and many manufacturers were selling components separately to build custom models.
Post by toyhoarder on Sept 13, 2019 11:07:19 GMT -5
I believe Justin IS right. The modification is under the cylinders and I didn't see it. It looks like someone made a ten-wheeler from an old 8-Ball locomotive. The bell is the part that was taped to the tender and is to small to fit in that extra hole in the boiler.
I always wanted a Mantua 2-6-0. I wonder if it can be restored back to one?
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