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  • MDC/Roundhouse 3-1 kit, The Marion Steam shovel

    I've come across the plans for the MDC Marion steam shovel kit. This is one of their 3-1 kits produced in the 70's and 80's. Has anyone bought this kit? I'm wondering what MDC car components were included. If I could figure out that I could build this kit myself with parts scavanged from Ebay, swap meets and junk drawers.

  • #2
    Yes, I made the mistake of buying it. IIRC you got a caboose body, one of their 26' fish belly flat car and a crane boom and suggestions on how to build the rest.
    It's only make-believe

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    • #3
      Do you still have the kit? I'd like to see a picture of the contents and the box front if possible

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      • #4
        quote:


        Originally posted by Glen Haasdyk


        Do you still have the kit? I'd like to see a picture of the contents and the box front if possible


        I have a kit, I have taken photos and applied them to my blog. Click on the link below and scroll down to the bottom of the page, I would post them here but have grown tired of people complaining about the pictures being too big.

        I wish the forum software was of more current production.

        http://gearedsteam.blogspot.com/2012...oundhouse.html

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        • #5
          Thanks. I see now that there are a few parts that are unique to the kit like that crane boom. Maybe I'll look elsewhere to build a ditcher, like the Rio-Grande Models kit.

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          • #6
            The steam shovel kit was one of the earliest models I tackled when I first got back into the hobby several decades ago. I can recall the note on the box "additional materials required by modeler". And how! I was disappointed in the box contents - a box car shell and metal chassis and a few other bits, including a boom from an Athearn 250 ton crane.

            But I started the kit anyway, took me some time to accumulate all of the pieces of styrene and Plastruct they recommended. The materials list was a great help, as I didn't have any of the items.

            The Athearn crane boom was an option if you didn't want to scratch the shovel's boom.

            What was kind of misleading was the heading photo in the multi-page instructions, of a shovel made from their parts but which was in no way shape or form what their instructions showed you what to to.

            I learned a lot from the instructions, how to cut styrene circles, etc., and got it finished. Here's what it looked like:




            I was quite pleased with the end results until I discovered photos of prototype shovels, and saw how mine was really lacking in fidelity.

            The shovel took a tumble off a shelf and mostly came apart, and I took this occasion to rebuild it more like the prototypes I saw. I replaced the body with one I scratchbuilt, added detail all over the place where I could. The doors open and close, the rear shelf closes, etc.

            Here's the finished product:



            So if anyone decides to try the Roundhouse kit, please keep in mind what you'll get!

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            • #7
              Thanks Bob. I did come across the pictures of your project, I hadn't seen the in progress photo until now.

              I see the Rio Grande model is only 54$ plus shipping from valley trains. That would probably be considerably cheaper that trying to acumulate all the detail parts to make an MDC version even close to that detailed


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              • #8
                Opps my mistake. I was looking at an old website. The price for the Rio Grande models ditcher is 70$ on their site.

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                • #9
                  Bob had an explation on some parts in this thread about half way down the page; http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...TOPIC_ID=21199



                  Also, MDC has the instruction sheets here; http://kitbash.ourpage.com/3in1/1519a.pdf




                  Louis L&R Western Railroad
                  Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                  • #10
                    Don't remember posting photos of my model in the past, a hazard of getting old I guess!

                    I also have the Rio Grande Models shovel, its quite a bit smaller than the one made from the Roundhouse kit:




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                    • #11
                      I like the detail on the Rio Grande Models kit. Did you add anything to it?

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                      • #12
                        quote:


                        Originally posted by Glen Haasdyk


                        I like the detail on the Rio Grande Models kit. Did you add anything to it?


                        I don't think I added anything to this model.

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                        • #13
                          Bob,

                          Both models really came out great. I know that I have more than one shovel and/or crane kit stashed away someplace. One is all white metal, I believe. Now to find them...
                          Bruce

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                          • #14
                            quote:


                            Originally posted by desertdrover


                            Bob had an explation on some parts in this thread about half way down the page; http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...TOPIC_ID=21199


                            Also, MDC has the instruction sheets here; http://kitbash.ourpage.com/3in1/1519a.pdf



                            Sorry to jump in here, the link: http://kitbash.ourpage.com/3in1/1519a.pdf is NOT from MDC, it is from my personal website;

                            http://kitbash.ourpage.com

                            I was one of the few kitbashers in the late 70's and early 80's that had a small hand in some of MDC's kitbash projects. My name is on at least three of the instruction sets for the kits.

                            Cordially,

                            Gerry

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for that link, Gerry. I have about 8 of the (3 in 1) kits on the shelf, including this kit (#1519).
                              Bruce

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