Originally Posted by RP3
You don’t say where you are located but your “handle” suggests Australia. The C62-2 was one of the most expensive non-articulated models to come out of Aster and very few were sold out of Japan. IIRC from speaking about it with Hans, there were less than 10 models sold in the US.
It is a spectacularly detailed model with fully sprung and fully equalized chassis. Because of the level of detail, it is virtually impossible to turn it over for lubrication and service without causing damage unless you have a custom made cradle. As produced, the gas burner was inadequate to maintain full boiler pressure under most circumstances. I replaced the gas plate burner on mine with a custom made ceramic burner which allows the model to maintain full pressure even with a heavy load.
The recent offering of appropriate passenger cars from Aster finally complete a beautiful and highly detailed train. Good luck on your search for this piece of unobtainium.
Yes, I'm in Australia.
There's not a day that goes by that I don't rue the missed opportunity of scoring a Niseko Version due to the Incompetence of a 3rd party.
I really like the JNR models.
I have a C57 (1979), C62-2 (1978), C11 (1990) and D51498 (1992), with a set of Naha coaches.
The C62-2 Niseko would be the crowning glory of my JNR Collection.
I'll keep looking with fingers crossed.