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Koala Creek
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Posted - 12/30/2020 :  07:19:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit Koala Creek's Homepage  Reply with Quote
In 2021 Piko will come with an HO scale model of the 65 ton Whitcomb DE locomotive. These locomotives were used during WWII in Europe and also after the war in some European countries.



First version which will become available is the one which was used in the Netherlands after the war. The catalog states that they will also make US versions available.

More info on this locomotive:
http://www.robertsarmory.com/whitcomb.htm

US examples:






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Frank Palmer
Fireman



Posted - 12/30/2020 :  09:58:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I thought this was particularly interesting about how they disguised the locos.





Frank

Edited by - Frank Palmer on 12/30/2020 4:54:33 PM

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jbvb
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Posted - 12/31/2020 :  11:00:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Those Whitcombs certainly had a distinctive look. I knew they were used during WWII (I've seen a drawing of one hauling the first freight to cross the Rhine) but didn't know they'd stayed in service afterward. In North Africa, it might also have helped with the camouflage that most diesels have concrete ballast down in the frame. If you needed to do something like build a housing, or armor it, you could offset the added weight by removing concrete.


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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 01/01/2021 :  09:32:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Neat project! Thanks for that bit of very interesting history Frank!


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