OK, todays update:
My Northstar units (501 and 503) arrived today, and they are IMPRESSIVE! This variant has different details than the Metrolink, including number boards on either side of the headlight housing and NO rear markers (correct for Northstar. as mentioned before, the rear markers are NOT correct for Metrolink....). Trucks, air tanks, piping, cooling fans, intakes, and fuel tank size/location are all correct to the prototype.
The paint job is outstanding! For those who are familiar, the Northstar MP36's have a complex blue/yellow/white/red scheme in a series of overlapping "swooshes" along the carbody. TLT replicated this perfectly, with sharp lines of demarcation between the colors with no noticeable overspray. The overall fit and finish is excellent. The lettering/numbering/striping, Northstar and Metro Transit logos and other tampos are crisp and legible, right down to the miniscule builders plates.
Now the discrepancies for the rivet counters:
As I mentioned in the previous post, they used the same small "weed-cutter" plow as found on the Metrolink model as opposed to the much larger full-sized plow as used on real Northstar locos, but, it DOES have the red/white safety chevrons on it (unlike the photos I saw on various sites).
The door on the rear bulkhead is improperly located in the center (instead of off-set to the right) and has a round porthole as opposed to a square window as on the real Northstar units.
These discrepancies are minor, and in no way detract from the overall look of the model. For those who have to have the right plow, I'd bet the aftermarket producers like Details West et al, have something close to what is found on the prototype. As far as the rear door... well, that would be a more difficult fix, and probably not worth it considering the rear bulkhead is a deep blue, and most people would not even notice.
Both my Metrolink and Northstar locos look great with the respective roads Athearn Bombardier multi-level cars. I can now retire that Athearn Northstar F59PHI now that the correct power is on the property!
All in all, another big "thumbs up" to TLT. These MP36's are an outstanding model of current commuter motive power. While there are some detail glitches, they should not keep anyone from buying them for the commuter rail operations on their layout.
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