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Diesel Detail Freak
Posts: 9,329
Registered: June 2005
Location: San Diego, CA / Hancock, MI



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100% of reviewers $35.00 8.0


This accurately scaled car is based on the lightweight double stack ("Twin-Stack") car introduced in 1985 by Gunderson Inc. Manufacturer's drawings were used to design these cars for precise fidelity to the prototype.

Available in RTR & kit form.

(All units have 40' wells)

Each kit includes undecorated precision injection molded styrene car bodies, detail accessories, trucks and custom weights (couplers not included accepts Kadee #5's). The detailed assembly instruction manual includes prototype information and tips for additional detailing. Decorating instructions are included with the decal sets.
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Diesel Detail Freak

Registered: June 2005
Location: San Diego, CA / Hancock, MI
Posts: 9329
Review Date: Fri January 25, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $35.00 | Rating: 8 
Pros: Superbly molded, minimal flash, easy to assemble
Cons: "flat" kit, might give some people troubles, lacks details
I recently bought a kit version of this car, and I have to say...

A-line did a superb job in molding this car's parts. Its a "flat" kit, which means you have separate side & end parts that you have to square up during assembly. I found out quite fast, on an ERM beer car, that they can be challenging to build, and keep square. However, A-line did a great job.

Assembly went well, A-line suggests placing the completed frame sub-assembly upside down, to make sure its perfectly level (all 4 wings sit flat), I found that when the glue is fresh, just place it bottom side down on the work surface and it squares right up while hardening. I had no troubles getting it square.

I wish A-line would have included the detail kit with the basic kit, however, I still managed to pick up the detail pack, for an additional $5. You can opt to do the details on your own, as the detail pack is mostly simple parts. Decals are not included either, though A-line sells a number of them. I plan to use Microscale decals, however the A-line ones are printed by Microscale.

I'm going to add Plano etched walkways also, since I'm already adding the detail pack. This will add an additional $10 if bought direct from Plano, and the drilling template is purchased.

Very good investment, fun and easy to build, though it lacks details.

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