Detailing and Improving Ready to Run Locos
Following on from his popular handbook on the detailing and improving of RTR wagons, it was only natural that lain Rice should turn his attention to RTR motive power.
The contemporary 4mm ready-to-run locomotive approaches the true scale model very closely; indeed, many recent RTR offerings are superior to 'scale' models of not so many years since. Nevertheless, there are still a number of areas where the limitations of mass production leave scope for improvement. In the introduction, the author casts his usual critical gaze on modern and not-so-modern RTR locos and asks his favourite rhetorical question - is this as good as it could be, or could it be made better? The rest of the book will, hopefully, provide some answers.
Correcting basic errors, removing production compromises, altering and amending body mouldings, upgrading and replacing details, adding more detail, all are covered with the customary Rice mixture of thoroughness and flippancy, with a wide selection of worked examples, plenty of photographs, and the usual smattering of quirky drawings. So if you want your RTR motive power to acquire individuality, and be more realistic, then this is the book you need. Take the road to a better loco stud and enjoy the modelling challenges met along the way.
Softback, 72 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Very Good
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