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Old 04-23-2009, 08:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Precision Scale Co, well known for their imports of HO and O scale brass models, has indicated they will produce the NP 0-4-0T+T "Minnetonka" in 1:20.3 scale (and O and HO), if they get enough reservations through their dealers. Here's a couple of links:

Precision Scale Co "Minnetonka" page

Prototype Photo of 'Minnetonka'

Unfortunately, being used to the HO, HOn3 and On3 scales, they missed the fact that 1:20.3 ("F" scale to you and me) has almost no-one modelling standard gauge, which this loco was/is. Amost all of the models offered in 1:20.3 are all 3' narrow gauge, which we call Fn3.

So, being a nice guy (and a pain-in-the-a** stickler for details) I called them up and asked them to clarify their website, pointing out that they were unlikely to get much interest in a standard gauge model for 71mm track. (They could produce it in 1:32 scale, which would be correct.)

It's a shame they got started in F scale without realizing what a mess the scale/gauge issue can be. While I think it would make a very pretty model in Fn3, it would have to be squashed down below to make the gauge work. Porter made a bunch of 3' gauge locos, so an accurate prototype could have been picked.
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Electric or LS?

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Mark at PSC emailed me back and confirmed it is Fn3, 45mm gauge. I suggested he make it clear on the website also.

I assume the dealers set the final price? Anyone have a friendly dealer who knows the $$ ?

Electric or LS?


Chas, I don't think PSC ever did anything in LS, so I assume it is electric. Let's ask that friendly dealer?
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from this thread:
http://www.largescalecentral.com/LSC...c.php?id=11139
"Here is an update from PSC "No delivery date yet... Est. MSPR $2,285"

sry, count me out....bummer!
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Posted By Pete Thornton on 04/23/2009 8:15 AM
Unfortunately, being used to the HO, HOn3 and On3 scales, they missed the fact that 1:20.3 ("F" scale to you and me) has almost no-one modelling standard gauge, which this loco was/is. Amost all of the models offered in 1:20.3 are all 3' narrow gauge, which we call Fn3.

So, being a nice guy (and a pain-in-the-a** stickler for details) I called them up and asked them to clarify their website, pointing out that they were unlikely to get much interest in a standard gauge model for 71mm track. (They could produce it in 1:32 scale, which would be correct.)

It's a shame they got started in F scale without realizing what a mess the scale/gauge issue can be. While I think it would make a very pretty model in Fn3, it would have to be squashed down below to make the gauge work. Porter made a bunch of 3' gauge locos, so an accurate prototype could have been picked.





They used to make the G-scale stuff in 1:24 (a beautiful Shay at that). Is that really any better?
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"Subject: Precision Scale Co testing the waters in 1:20.3"
Wrong again Pete... if you had read the REST of the 1:20.me article you'd have known that. PSC already did 1:20 including the Caboose.

For everyone else that would like to see the original article, and not the plagiarized version, just go the the 1.20 site.
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Posted By c nelson on 04/23/2009 11:57 AM
from this thread:
http://www.largescalecentral.com/LSC...c.php?id=11139
"Here is an update from PSC "No delivery date yet... Est. MSPR $2,285"

sry, count me out....bummer!



I've seen the detail on there other production for a long time and ya there price is in reson when you get down to the nuts and bolts..

They don't leave anything out. I watched them make parts for there Eng' s and know Mark and Beth for a long time now. Good people..

Hope they get more & more parts into our Garden Scale"s of 1/32, 1/29 and 120.5

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Wrong again Pete


I subscribe to the One-20point3 group on Yahoo, where Dave posted the info before Durango Dan got around to it. There was no 'rest' of the article to read.

MSPR $2,285


Hopefully the street price will be a lot less. There is quite a selection of brass locos for
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I don't care if you are wrong or right Pete as long as you are correct !
Thanks for the post.

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When Pete was referring to LS I think he means Live Steam not that they didnt do largescale since that was the question he was replying to and if you read on the post it says I assume electric......

I also researched the little loco and it was a standard gauge loco. Thus building in 20.3 would be the wrong scale. 1:32 would be correct but tiny. its a neat loco but personally do not run electrics.
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