I recently completed the Artitec Spoorpont Ferry model for use on my Monks Island Railway. I had been pursuing this kit for a considerable time and was pleased that Langley Model Works had it in stock (this is a very difficult kit to find). [BTW: Don't be 'put off' with ordering from vendors in the UK...they are wonderful and ship 'across the pond' quickly.]
Artitec kits (from Holland) are not intended for anything less than an experienced modeler. They are constructed of resin castings with lots of tiny brass bits. Artitec kits are advertised as being appropriate for OO and HO (1:76 and 1:87). Be warned that Artitec kits have instructions that are almost useless...with the builder left with figuring out where things are to be placed.
OK, so the kit is now complete (and looks great)...'time put on some 40' boxcars. Not so fast! The boxcars will pass through the safety lift gates/stanchions on either end UNTIL the door guide are reached...no more progress is possible...the stanchions are too narrow for the cars to pass. Additionally, a standard 40' boxcar BARELY passes by the wheel house cab (American cars, in addition to being wider, are higher than their European counterparts.
The point to all this is to be wary of using European kits with [larger] American rolling stock. While HO is 1:87 and OO is a bit larger (in scale), the actual cars are vastly different in size (ex: a UK van is much smaller than an American boxcar). Before you 'pony up' the funds to build a difficult, and expensive, kit, make sure your rolling stock will fit. BTW: I don't know how one can determine this beforehand - as no assistance is rendered by the manufacturer or seller.
Last edited on Tue May 20th, 2014 02:51 pm by CNE Runner
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