Model reviews

NW Modeling List nw-modeling-list at
Fri Jan 30 16:35:00 EST 2015

Will welcome these reviews; in today's big $ market, we need expert 
on what's becoming available.  Two requests from my side:  please have 
proofread before publication as one recent posting talks about "stocker 
engine"; and
please "stick to the facts, Ma'am" - personal opinions can distort the 

Jerome Crosson, St. Peters MO

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Subject: Model reviews

As we've stated recently, we are planning on putting some model reviews 
in either the eTaf, or this list, or in the Arrow.  We plan to review 
either models we have purchased for ourselves, or, subject to the 
requirement of undergoing an objective review, any N&W or VGN model 
provided to us by manufacturers or importers.  The details are still 
being worked out.  Some of you expressed an interest in this, and some 
of us would like to do it in our "spare" time.

Meanwhile, the Model Railroader that arrived today has a fairly 
comprehensive review of the Rivarossi VGN AG 2-6-6-6, the model that 
triggered this discussion a few months ago.  I strongly recommend this 
review as it points out the model's good points and its flaws.  The 
reviewer spelled out the things that bother me: the domes and the rear 
engine swiveling, and the traction tires (the review did not say if 
there are optional drivers without traction tires--which some of the 
manufacturers and importers have provided).  The running 
characteristics are noted as quite good, and they measure the pulling 
ability.  Each of us potential purchasers has to balance the price/good 
stuff/bad stuff for him/her self. 

In any event, it's out there.  Enjoy.

Frank Bongiovanni________________________________________
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