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Big Boy
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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2006 - 04:13 AM UTC
I finally got a chance to review a locomotive. This has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time and finally I''ve gotten to it.

It looks like it will be fun build. As an OOTB it will be nice, as a full superdetail it would be a nice kit for a more advanced builder.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2006 - 05:29 AM UTC
Scott,
Nice review. I have got to get mine in the front of the queue one of these days. I collected a half-dozen books on the "Big Boys", including plans, and have every intentionb of doing a little parts swapping with some HO detailing parts ...
John
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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2006 - 06:08 AM UTC
John - based on looking at the parts - if you're willing to do the extra work this is a very solid base for a great super detail kit. Let us know how it is - you could even do the build review if you were so inclinde.
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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2006 - 12:30 PM UTC
Excellent review Scott.
I have often been tempted to buy one of these locomotive kits, but knew very little about them. Now that I have seen, what's inside the box, I will get me one for sure.

Thanks Scott.
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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2006 - 06:06 PM UTC
Scott, do you know if these are new tool kits or reboxes of the old Monogram kits? They did a series of locomotives a while back. The sprues look a lot like one I built many years ago.

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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2006 - 06:57 PM UTC
Rob - There was no reference to a re-box. There parts do have some 'soft' spots in them as seen in the images. This could be from an old mold.
I'll do some digging and report back.

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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2006 - 09:41 PM UTC
Just curious. I know Revell of Germany has reboxed old Monogram armor kits. The M34 Tactical Truck and Jeep were ancient Monogram military models from the 1950s. The layout of the sprues (the way the parts are not boxed in by sprues) look like the old Monogram kits.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 05:58 AM UTC
The Revell kit is the Monogram kit ...
Part, by part, by part ...
I have them both ...

Oh, there is a difference - the Monogram kit is "Snap-Tite", the Revell kit isn't ... see same parts above

And, yes, before somone asks, I had the Monogram kit, sorta forgot it, then thought the Revell kit might be different so I bought it ... now I have twins ... Maybe a double-header is in order, I have several pictures of combines going over Sherman Hill ...

Another option is to hack one of them into the SP 4-8-8-2 cab forward or any of the other big articulateds, although that doesn't look like a simple hack ....

John
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Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 07:40 AM UTC
Thanks for the confirmation. I thought it looked familiar when I saw it on the shelf at Hobby Lobby. Looks like they may have modified the molds to do away with the snap tite feature. I thought that Monogram did a series of HO trains.

I just looked up the kits in my Monogram book. The trains first appear in 1982 and again in 1984. The 1982 trains are #1105 Hudson Locomotive NYC; #1106 Hudson Locomotive Chesapeake and Ohio; #1107 Hudson Locomotive Sante Fe. The 1984 trains are #1600 Big Boy Locomotive Union Pacific; #1601 Big Boy Locomotive Baltimore & Ohio; #1602 Big Boy Locomotive.

Basically two different kits issued with three different sets of decals.
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Posted: Friday, September 01, 2006 - 07:14 PM UTC

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I just looked up the kits in my Monogram book. The trains first appear in 1982 and again in 1984. The 1982 trains are #1105 Hudson Locomotive NYC; #1106 Hudson Locomotive Chesapeake and Ohio; #1107 Hudson Locomotive Sante Fe. The 1984 trains are #1600 Big Boy Locomotive Union Pacific; #1601 Big Boy Locomotive Baltimore & Ohio; #1602 Big Boy Locomotive.

Basically two different kits issued with three different sets of decals.



Hi Robin,

Correct.

I don't know who made the molds first, but Con Cor had them for awhile.

For the rivet counters, only UP (a.k.a. the Yellow Borg, Uncle Pillage , Lawsuit Lines) had 4-8-8-4s.

I found the model an exceptional kit and my only complaint are the molded-on handrails along the boiler and tender.

It never occurred to me to review locomotive kits, but I have several 1/87 German steam locos by Revell and Italeri I can do. The detail is incredible, but the fit of the one I started--it may just be the first model I discard.
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Posted: Monday, September 04, 2006 - 09:30 AM UTC
I've wanted to do an HO scale engine for some time now. However, I've had a hard time finding "dummy" or undecorated engines. Those I have found were a bit pricey. At twenty dollars I think this is a steal. I think the Big Boys were the last of elegant design era and I've always had an affinity for the later steam locomotives...and I'm not really a railroad fan. Thanks Scott for the review. I wonder if Revell will ever re-release the General?
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Posted: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 12:09 PM UTC
iam a train fan among other things, i haven't seen this kit at all in any model shops that i go to and compare the kit price with a HO-O scale models the prices speak for them self .


John i was wondering were i can get my hands on those book u speak of , oh and guys if u want some ideas for this giant train!! i got some cool pics of it
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Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 03:00 AM UTC
Nice review-
I have the NYC hudson kit{revells} and someday wish to kitbash it into the CB&Q Aelus.