Here's a set that one can only imagine has quite a story behind it. I'll never know it, but I can tell that someone decades ago put a lot of work in to building this gorgeous streamliner.
Both of the engines are Hobbytown E-units. The A-unit lights and the motor runs but the drive belts are missing. The B-unit is unpowered. Unfortunately the paint is flaking badly on both engines, the A in particular.
The cars are Sampson, I think. A few of the cars have full interiors and two of them are lighted. The paint is ok on *most* of the cars with just a few chips here and there. The whole set is equipped with loop and hook couplers.
I put the five rolling cars and B-unit on the track and pulled them along my short layout. The rumble this monster makes going down the rails is impressive.
Randy, that was my hope, but I think it needs a little more than that. Every time the engine is moved it sheds more and more paint. When I bought the set I intended to strip and repaint the engines back to their original colours. Do you think a shot of clear coat will stabilize the remaining paint?
The clear coat might help, but I don't think it would fix the overall adhesion of the old paint to the shell. The A unit is pretty far gone as it is. I think I'd go for a strip and repaint on the locomotives.
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What an amazing set. I have to agree with the fellas though, unfortunately a strip down is a must. Although someone did a fantastic job in painting these, nothing will stop the paint peal. Maybe it was the type of paint used. Shame but a gorgeous set none the less.
If you really want to save the paint job, you could try to dip it. Go to Hobby Lobby or some such and buy some clear casting resin. Mix it in a large bowl and dip the entire shell in. Once soaked, set the shell in an enclosed space to drip dry. The resin will seal the remaining decal.
A little update on the set, the engines have recently had some mechanical work completed. In addition to needing new drive belts, the A-unit was plagued with all sorts of little problems that needed to be tracked down and fixed. For belts I ended up cutting a Goody hair elastic down the middle with a sharp pair of scissors and using each half as one belt. I discovered that all of the truck side frames on the A and B unit have a moderate amount of zinc pest, not enough yet to make them unusable, but a couple of axles on the B-unit aren't rolling as freely as they should. Hopefully I can find replacements down the road.
While testing the engines I discovered that the minimum radius they seem to need is 22". They do run nicely in a straight line though...
toyhoarder: Snow flurries all day. I am not ready for this.
Nov 1, 2021 16:28:23 GMT -5
crosswire: What's a snow flurry? Do not have that expression down here.
Nov 3, 2021 9:46:23 GMT -5
umpdan31: A snow flurry is a quick burst of light snow that may last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours with very little, if any, accumulation. But then, you already knew that and were just bragging that you don't get any snow where you are.
Nov 5, 2021 9:22:53 GMT -5
umpdan31: By the way, crossfire, where is "down here"? I might want to move there. I hate snow!
Nov 5, 2021 9:26:59 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: I believe crossfire is in the Houston, TX area - south of ****'s Front Porch. Very, very slight chance of flurries
Nov 5, 2021 11:47:13 GMT -5
newbieho: I believe JNXT 7707 is correct. crosswire did mention some place call East Houston in one of his posts. We get a couple of flurries here once in a while, too...like 36" in 3 days. UGH! Can't wait for that again...the shoveling, etc.
Nov 5, 2021 12:33:53 GMT -5
crosswire: Ah, flurries explained. The closest thing to snow flurries that we have are leaf flurries. One good cold front (40s) in November or December and all the trees give up their leaves in one big mess; no warning, no color change, just gone. Yeah, just bragging
Nov 6, 2021 8:01:18 GMT -5
crosswire: I think I will take the boat around to a restaurant for lunch with the guys. Cheers from Laporte, Texas, east of Houston.
Nov 6, 2021 8:02:52 GMT -5
umpdan31: Sounds nice, Crosswire.
Nov 6, 2021 8:15:42 GMT -5
crosswire: Good thing it is not August!
Nov 9, 2021 8:20:12 GMT -5
umpdan31: Democrat is just another word for inflation!
Nov 9, 2021 12:11:30 GMT -5
rbturner: 38° here with **** flurries
Nov 14, 2021 10:26:48 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: We're getting Ohio weather from around early October it looks like. 60s-70s, clear blue skies, a nice breeze. A nice time of year to visit Texas.
Nov 14, 2021 11:52:32 GMT -5
rbturner: I would LOVE to spend some time at the TT/cabin.
Nov 14, 2021 12:51:34 GMT -5
yardmaster54: I don't know who is the worst, the college or the N.F.L. officials.
Nov 14, 2021 19:35:32 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: I think they are tied.
Nov 15, 2021 23:20:11 GMT -5