- Member since
Added another live steamer to my stable
Posted by emdmike
on Friday, January 06, 2017 6:14 AM
Finaly got enough stuff sold thats been up for sale for awhile to add another live steamer to my own collection. So now I will have 2 of my own to run instead of using my friends that I care take for him.(not that he minds, but thier not my own engines!). I picked up a Roundhouse Argyll just before the holidays when I sold my Frank S live steamer as I want more of a UK style look to my railway. I have had my eyes on this Merlin Mayflower that was on ebay for awhile. Ever since getting into live steam and reading articles and seeing pictures of Tag Gorton's Longlands & Western light railway and his first engine, a Merlin Mayflower named Toni. Merlin might have had thier struggles but they got the looks of the Mayflower just right IMHO. I had hoped with Ian Pearse involvement with Accucraft UK, that we might see an engine similar to the Mayflower in looks but nothing that captures that look that I have seen. Most of the UK line look to "chunky" if not a tad oversize in my mind's eye. So I have "rolled the dice" on a Merlin that hasn't been run in 25 years. I did speak with the owner and he remember that it ran well for his father those many years ago. He did test the RC system and its functional and its a high end brand as well, no Futaba like he listed in the auction, but KO Propo, a level above Futaba. I only know this as that was the brand I ran in my RC10 buggy as a teenager when I raced on the local dirt track. Nothing wrong with old 75mhz RC, hardly anybody uses it anymore so the glitching really isnt a problem, atleast where I live. All my RC cars have it. I am the odd ball with the huge antenna at the RC car track! I hope to shoot a video of his first steam up in 25 years, pass or fail. I do have someone local that works on steamers if probablems arrise. Mike the Aspie.
Silly NT's, I have Asperger's Syndrome