March 23, 2004
Tech Committee Review of the Proto-1000 NH RS-11
Note: This model is an off the shelf generic Alco RS-11. To convert it to a NH DERS-5 specific detail must be added by the modeler.
PAINT and LETTERING COMMENTS:
The cab is painted the prototypical NH Red-Orange (NH† serial #409) as delivered †per the New Haven Color guide.† In addition grab irons in the prototypical Red-Orange NH serial #409 have been accurately applied.† The handrails are black and will need to be painted NH serial #409 to be prototypically NH.† Markers are painted silver to simulate lenses and a Builders Plate nicely printed and legible has been included.† However "Observe Rule S-92 printed in white, should have been done in NH †#409, and is a bit small.† Cab window sashes are painted aluminum and front/rear cab windows have black gaskets.† The road number on cab side is 10" high and should be 9".†† The "NEW HAVEN" lettering on cab side is slightly too high and should be narrower.
Separate lift rings
Separate hood door handles
Separate grab irons
Operating end drop steps
Coupler lift bars
MU hoses separately applied
Correct NH style fuel and air tanks
The truck wheel base on the Life Like RS-11 model scales perfectly.† The overall height and length (over couplers) appears to conform to standards.
The Life-Like Proto-1000 RS-11 appears to be the most correct model of this engine type produced in plastic. Compared to other plastic RS-11ís on the market, the Life-Like model visually appeared to be too long and low, yet it accurately matches Alco drawings.
With minor additions and modifications such as Hancock air chimes, cab signal box, painted handrails etc., this model is another fine addition from Life-Like team to the NYNH&H diesel roster.
PICTURES OF PRODUCTION MODEL:
Prepared by the NHRHTA Technical Committee.