Thursday, April 30, 2015
An hours gentle assembling later and here we have it - the Rail Rider.
Snapping the bits together took more brains than brawn in several places. I can see kids breaking plastic if they try it unaided. Attaching the engine block and smokebox to the chassis is particularly fiddly.
Thick chrome makes the smokebox door hard to fit, I ended up trimming the spigot it fits on quite severely. Stickers on the smoke stack could do to be more opaque. The version on the box art was obviously painted.
None of this matters much, the finished model is amazing. Whoever designed it is very clever indeed. A really nice touch is the loco wheel detail on those big shiny rear wheels complete with balance weights.
(Incidentally, if you think this is a waste of time, someone has gone through all the cartoons and detailed the books read by Wile E. Coyote and Acme gadgets employed on the Wikipedia page. How long did that take?)