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Sat Apr 19 19:23:24 EDT 2008

The Athearn Bicentennial is beautiful, but rides on type I Flexicoils which is wrong and are shallow
and lack depth. The 1776 and the 13 dip black units should ride on type II triple trucks. no manufacture makes
a type II triple truck that I know of.

Stephen Rineair

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It looks to me like they did redo this one. I have one of the old ones I was going to kitbash but the new one appears to have a Rail Power Products shell, but it looks like they made some improvements to that too. I picked up the new 1776. It runs great and even has the right truck frames. I think they did a nice job on this one.

Phil Miller
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Did Athearn ever rescale the width of the hoods on their SD45's? Is that what they mean by upgraded tooling? I always thought they looked a little out of scale and too wide, with narrow walkways.
Ben Blevins

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Well, I see we don't have to kitbash the 1776 anymore. Athearn has done it for us. Two listings on ebay - one bidding and one buy-it-now. Jim Nichols
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