A couple of MTL Airslides arrived in the mail this morning:
This is my first encounter with "modern" MTL tooling. I will certainly say they've raised the bar overall. These are very nice looking cars.
Installed True Scale Couplers (long shank) on one of the pair this evening. Pleasant discovery was they came with body-mounted couplers, removed by simply pulling a pin. Holes were already threaded
for 00-90 screws for the TSC. Un
pleasant discovery was the stock roundhead screws with the TSC do not work, they rub the axles. Fortunately I had flathead 00-90 in the hardware stash, which then required countersinking the coupler box. It turned out to be easier to remove the floor for this work. I didn't do the other car this evening since my eyes were already falling out of my head from the first one.
Surprise, but sort of not, was the stock MTL wheels don't like Micro Engineering Code 40. Not awful, just enough interference to where they don't roll freely. No trouble, they were going to get FVM wheelsets anyway.