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New Bluford Hopper comparison to ex-MDC cars
« on: February 20, 2010, 08:56:29 AM »
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I have a couple of photo's sent to me by Craig showing the difference between the old MDC/Athearn 3 bay hoppers and the new Bluford cars. First is the MDC 9 Panel vs the Bluford 14 Panel. Obviously a complwetely different car.



Next is the offset car. While the difference is less obvious to the untrained eye, they are none-the less different cars. Notice the pleat at the end of the offset panel MDC car and how the Bluford car tends to taper into the corner.

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Re: New Bluford Hopper comparison to ex-MDC cars
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2010, 09:44:27 AM »
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I dont think I am a big fan of those brake hoses ..

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Re: New Bluford Hopper comparison to ex-MDC cars
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2010, 09:49:30 AM »
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I dont think I am a big fan of those brake hoses ..

Agreed, I think a little plastic surgery is on order as soon as they get to the shops. Otherwise, very nice.

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Re: New Bluford Hopper comparison to ex-MDC cars
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2010, 09:51:54 AM »
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maybe we should just tell bluford to leave those off ..

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Re: New Bluford Hopper comparison to ex-MDC cars
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2010, 09:54:23 AM »
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While it's nice to have brake hoses, those look a little "excited". ;)

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Re: New Bluford Hopper comparison to ex-MDC cars
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2010, 10:54:39 AM »
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It's a nice detail, but I will remove them as well.  For me, it's a better part for a static high end contest model rather than a model functioning on a layout.  The MTL-style uncoupling pin, for better or worse, give the illusion of them.
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Re: New Bluford Hopper comparison to ex-MDC cars
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2010, 11:10:52 AM »
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What is the era of this car?  The fact it is a 70 ton car leads me to think the transition era maybe 40' or 50's?

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Re: New Bluford Hopper comparison to ex-MDC cars
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2010, 11:18:00 AM »
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All the prototype specifics are on the Bluford site.
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Re: New Bluford Hopper comparison to ex-MDC cars
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2010, 01:50:01 PM »
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What, you never seen a hopper carrying tons of Viagra before? ::)

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Re: New Bluford Hopper comparison to ex-MDC cars
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2010, 01:53:29 PM »
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What, you never seen a hopper carrying tons of Viagra before? ::)

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