There seem to be a bunch of guys over on the Aristo board who have bought them but no one has put it through its paces yet .
There were some initially problems with the smoke unit but those were tracked down to some missing holes to allow air flow. That has since been corrected.
Yes, Richard, its has a lower boiler and no traction tires.
The silence on the other site after I posted a request to hear owners' reviews is deafening me from here....
It's cute, it's better- detailed, it has addressed the too-high boiler issues of the original and it has an all-new drive and wiggley bits. So what's the reticence about telling us all just how good it is?
Even though it's a sparkie I'd like one in Bumble Bee just to see it running.
I've got one here that I just finished writing up for GR. I'll not spoil the thunder too much, suffice to say it's a good locomotive. The new drive train near as I could determine is bulletproof. I could not physically stop the wheels from turning without risking significant damage to the wheels and siderods themselves. There was no slippage on the axles. I didn't test the smoke unit, as I didn't have any smoke fluid, nor was any supplied.
Note that the new chassis is NOT a drop-in replacement for the old Delton locos. You'll have to do a bit of cutting and fitting to get an old boiler to fit over the new chassis. This doesn't look to be impossible, but you'll have to determine whether it's easier to modify the old boiler to fit on the new chassis, or just modify/repaint the new locomotive to match the old one, and simply retire the old one.
I'm also keen to get my hands on one these to try out. They look better than they've looked for many years. Hunkered down again, now with metal wheels and rods etc. Also more care has been paid to the paint jobs and finishes, they look fantastic I would only wish they'd paint the wheels as well (as they should do on all their steamers), blackenned metal doesn't really cut it for painted wheel faces.
I haven't had any involvement in the paint jobs (unlike the upcoming Accucraft DSP 2-8-0s coming along soon), but as the internet is kinda free, and I dont mind anyway as its kinda cool, here's the origin of two of the new Aristo C-16 paint jobs:
Pacific Slope - I chose the name due to the real engine's history and did this kit bash, and lowering in 1999 when the first Aristo wood versions came out. It represents one of the many repaints from the early 1880s, not a Factory painy job. http://4largescale.com/fletch/d1f.htm
and Music Pass,
A collaborative repaint with a dear friend of mine who really lead the way and did some ground breaking research on the scheme - represents Baldwin style 103, how many of these 1880 D&RG 2-8-0s were painted 'as-built'. Jim chose the name from the D&RG 2-8-0 rosters, as we just liked the name and historically she was one of the last Green painted engines prior to the black versions coming from Baldwin.
This 'Music Pass' model was done in 2003, and we did show it to Lewis at the BTS that year.
There are plenty of other cool names to chose from, from the D&RG rosters too!
I chose Pacific Slope D&RG #71, back in '99 because as the history books reveal, this was the first engine to haul a train into Gunnison on the virgin track in 1881, after crossing the great divide in the Rocky Mountains, crossing Marshall Pass at 10,000ft. So aptly named - the first D&RG engine to roll all the way down the Pacific slope of the Great divide was 'Pacific Slope' built 1880.