~ Updated Saturday, December 19, 2020 ~
As noted on the photo, this Foreground Model was delivered to
customer and friend, Dan Kempf.. Although it was a Green Boilered
wanted her to have a "well used" appearance, and that's what she got.. And
never much cared for weathering on my green boilered models before seeing this
one, I think I've begun to change my mind.. This is purely one GORGEOUS
The '27's came in two different distinctive "flavors": Inside and Outside Piston Valves.. #461 had the "inboard" variety as evidenced by the way the tops of her cylinders slope inwards, and most of her valve gear hangs outside the cylinder's centerline for all to see..
Highly visible in this photo are the various "layers" of steel on her tender sides.. Whereas almost all brass models have simple raised lines to represent the different "seams" on such things as boilers, cabs and tender shells, on the real thing these "lines" are actually overlapping steel plates.. Which same explains why where these "seams" appear there will, (or should ) always be a row of rivets.. The cheap way to "replicate" these overlapping plates is to simply etch a line and the adjacent rivets all on the same plane.. But that's not how we do things.. On our models this is made possible by the use of triple-step etchings.. This is a costly option, but we think you'll agree that the realism this imparts is certainly worth the extra cost..
Some other details worthy of note are:
Click on the photo below to have a look at this #461 from a different angle ...
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