Easy Sn42 Critter

Sn42 critterThis Model Power DDT Plymouth Diesel switch engine would make a great Sn42 critter. It was sold as an HO locomotive, but it scales out too big in HO and really looks a lot better as an S Scale narrow gauge locomotive. In fact, I put it next to one of my SP steam locos (Sn3) and the proportions are just about perfect. The coupler height also matches the Sn3 locomotive. This would be perfect for a 4×8 layout in Sn42, maybe the Gorre & Daphetid. All you’d really need to do is replace the couplers, replace the headlight and exhaust with something a little bigger, and paint it. If that’s not quite fancy enough for you, super-detail it. These are out of production but easy to find on eBay. I

Good deals on brass locomotives…

brass C-16Lately there have been some really good deals on S Scale brass locomotives coming up on EBay. A couple of weeks ago I picked up a P-B-L model of Southern Pacific #8 (narrow gauge) for less than $500 including shipping and this week I picked up a PFM C-16 (also in Sn3) for only $368 including shipping. To put this in perspective, Sn3 steam locomotive kits start at around $500. Both of the models I just got were brass (as opposed to plastic or cast zinc) and were fully assembled and test run. In the case of SP #8, also professionally painted. Both locomotives are in perfect brand new condition. In the past 30 days there have been 6 Sn3 brass locomotives sold on EBay for less than $400, and 2 of those went for less than $300. At these prices it almost doesn’t make sense to model in Sn42 unless your modeling an actual 42″ gauge prototype