Marty and Fred;
A NG modeler from Mississippi has bought all the unused kits and parts for the MDC shay from Horizon. He is now offering what he calls semi-kits for sale. These are not standard MDC kits. The models are offered for specific prototypes, mostly HOn3. They do come with custom made brass parts to match the prototype, plus a complete list of extra detail parts you need for each prototype.
The chassis comes assembled with a can motor and both NWSL shay regear kits installed. Eight wheel pick-up is also installed. These are sweet runners. Depending on prototype, custom made cab pieces and brass frame end castings are included. He also has a line of custom parts, (brass), for shays, passenger & freight cars, and I think even other NG locos.
The instructions are a lot more complete than the MDC instructions and he even tells you which suggestions to follow from Jeff Johnston's "The MDC Shay Handbook".
I am currently assembling a Mann's Creek #2, and a "generic" standard gauge shay.
I am not suggesting to anyone to buy this kit, nor am I "shilling" for the man. But he has taken what can be a good kit and made it great. I believe he advertises in the NG&SLG and possibly our host's magazine. If you want more info, contact me via e-mail/PM and I will give you his contact info.