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Re: Selling my first N Scale loco: MRC Alco RSD-15
« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2020, 02:47:31 PM »
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I have done that same thing many times a shows...Nothing better than watching that kid's eyes lite up and GOD knows he might stay in the hobby...
Maybe he will do the same to someone else....Jim

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Re: Selling my first N Scale loco: MRC Alco RSD-15
« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2020, 04:17:33 PM »
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Heres a radical idea. Find a willing and worthy young person at a train show. I think you'll know the type when you meet them. For me, its usually a mom going around the show shadowing their well behaved and interested young son. Tell them your story and how much it would mean if you can use it to help them get started in the hobby. Offer it to this person for free. I have done similar things and always received great satisfaction. You won't be out a lot in terms of money. I think you'll find you will receive more in terms of senimental rewards and the satisfaction that it went to a good home. Just food for thought.

Doesn't have to be a "son"...my youngest daughters are more enthusiastic than either of my sons when they know a train show is coming up...

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Re: Selling my first N Scale loco: MRC Alco RSD-15
« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2020, 04:56:33 PM »
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Heres a radical idea. Find a willing and worthy young person at a train show. I think you'll know the type when you meet them. For me, its usually a mom going around the show shadowing their well behaved and interested young son. Tell them your story and how much it would mean if you can use it to help them get started in the hobby. Offer it to this person for free. I have done similar things and always received great satisfaction. You won't be out a lot in terms of money. I think you'll find you will receive more in terms of senimental rewards and the satisfaction that it went to a good home. Just food for thought.

I’ve recently dome something similar. I’ve cleared out a bunch of old models that I’ve decided do not have a place on my layout, including some items that might be considered to have retained some “value” in the market (old Kato F7b’s, a pair of LL ‘lead sled’ C Liners, and etc.). They have no value to me and the effort to get a few dollars out of them seemed pointless. I’ve taken to my local hobby shop and asked the proprietor that , unless he can find some significant retail value, he give them away to young modellers, or at least price them at giveaway prices. It would be a good way for the shop to develop a new loyal customer base.
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Re: Selling my first N Scale loco: MRC Alco RSD-15
« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2020, 05:03:22 PM »
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Heres a radical idea. Find a willing and worthy young person at a train show. I think you'll know the type when you meet them. For me, its usually a mom going around the show shadowing their well behaved and interested young son. Tell them your story and how much it would mean if you can use it to help them get started in the hobby. Offer it to this person for free. I have done similar things and always received great satisfaction. You won't be out a lot in terms of money. I think you'll find you will receive more in terms of senimental rewards and the satisfaction that it went to a good home. Just food for thought.

That is super touching, but I wouldn't give a beginner something from Mehano. We want him to get INTO the hobby! lol.

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Re: Selling my first N Scale loco: MRC Alco RSD-15
« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2020, 08:00:42 PM »
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Its a seed. Some die, some grow. The quality of the gift isn't really the point. I can't always afford to give away the best. I do what I can. It all depends. To each their own.
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Re: Selling my first N Scale loco: MRC Alco RSD-15
« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2020, 03:47:27 PM »
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That is super touching, but I wouldn't give a beginner something from Mehano. We want him to get INTO the hobby! lol.

I agree with Ed.  I think that giving such an old N scale model (even if it was "tweaked" to run better than factory-stock) will likely discourage them from getting into N scale.   More appropriate would be one of the smooth running reliable models we have today.
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Re: Selling my first N Scale loco: MRC Alco RSD-15
« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2020, 04:10:17 PM »
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An appropriate home for adoption of this locomotive was found in Wilkes Barre, PA.

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Re: Selling my first N Scale loco: MRC Alco RSD-15
« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2020, 09:34:57 PM »
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Those RSD15s from MRC were good runners - I got rid of the traction tires and the five pole motor crept nicely. I later was going to kitbash an Alco C630 so I extended the frame a bit:

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Eventually I dropped this and other projects while in college.

Here is my actual first N scale loco - an Atlas SD45 from about 1970:

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Sorry looking compared to your RSD15 Doug! :lol:

At one point I had Precision Master Flexicoil sideframes and another mechanism lined up for this shell. Not sure why I've kept it all these decades. :facepalm:

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Re: Selling my first N Scale loco: MRC Alco RSD-15
« Reply #23 on: Yesterday at 03:08:30 PM »
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Yes, pretty good for a vintage 1969 N scale loco.  MRC was only in N scale for a few years.  They had an Alco FA.  Their passenger cars, based on the C&O Chessie cars, were very nicely detailed (Con-Cor eventually marketed them).  Certainly good efforts for the early days of N scale.  Somehow, other manufacturers started producing crap during the 1970s and 1980s.

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Re: Selling my first N Scale loco: MRC Alco RSD-15
« Reply #24 on: Yesterday at 04:32:33 PM »
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Those RSD15s from MRC were good runners - I got rid of the traction tires and the five pole motor crept nicely. I later was going to kitbash an Alco C630 so I extended the frame a bit:

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Eventually I dropped this and other projects while in college.

Here is my actual first N scale loco - an Atlas SD45 from about 1970:

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Sorry looking compared to your RSD15 Doug! :lol:

At one point I had Precision Master Flexicoil sideframes and another mechanism lined up for this shell. Not sure why I've kept it all these decades. :facepalm:

Mark

Put the Atlas SD45 shell on the proverbial Minitrix U30C chassis (don't know why they called it a U28C), swap the sideframes, and sell it to someone with a "retro" layout :)

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Re: Selling my first N Scale loco: MRC Alco RSD-15
« Reply #25 on: Today at 10:10:06 AM »
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Put the Atlas SD45 shell on the proverbial Minitrix U30C chassis (don't know why they called it a U28C), swap the sideframes

That actually was my plan. :lol: I even milled the "U28c" chassis to better accept the shell. One thing I hated about the Minitrix chassis though was the white "idler" wheels on each truck. Good times! :trollface:

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