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New life I enjoyed the article in the July,


2012, issue of RMC, “New life for an old model.” We tape recorded the Illi- nois Central in Peotone, Illinois, in the mid-1960’s when that line still had a 100 m.p.h. limit on the Panama Limit- ed. The IC E-units were fitted with the Nathan P5 locomotive whistle (i.e., air chime horn) comprised of horn bells (i.e., trumpets) one, two, three, four and five. This whistle had an arresting but melodic sound. The horn in Michael’s article is a


Leslie S-5T, common on Santa Fe pas- senger F-units. The most authentic horn detail for the IC’s E units would be either a Details West No. 369, P5 P135R24 (bells one, three and five faced forward and bells two and four faced in reverse) or Detail Associates No. 1603. The latter is a P5 kit that can be built into any custom configura- tion, whereas the Details West version comes assembled. Note that Rock Is- land was known for custom Nathan model P configurations using various combinations and arrangements on their three chime, five chime and even four chime horns. No. 190, cited in the article, is a Leslie three-chime horn, which to my knowledge, was not used on IC E-units.


BRUCE FELD Clayton, California


Track levels After reading “Making a simple


track level” by Ron Christensen in the June, 2012, issue, I decided to give it a try. I made four of them: two in HO scale and two in N scale. I used a circu- lar level from the Sears Craftsman line. It looked like the level in the arti-


cle but didn’t have the collar, so con- struction went even quicker. The best part was they only cost $1.49 each. You can’t beat that.


RON KAYAN Emerson, New Jersey


Mack crane I read with great interest the article


in the August, 2012, RMC on kitbash- ing a Mack truck with crane. I recently did a similar kitbash for my H scale LP&N. I started with a chassis and cab from a Revell 1:24 scale Mack truck kit and scratchbuilt all the rest using pho- tographs from an old Universal Crane catalog.


BOB SANTOS Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


Unbuilt Hudson In response to the July, 2012, COL-


LETOR CONSIST regarding Rosebud Kit- master, reader Joseph A. Cummings kindly sent an unbuilt J3a New York Central Hudson Rosebud kit No. 44, purchased in 1962. The cover shows the locomotive, with a smidgen of a British coach barely visible behind it. Instructions are in “English, Neder- lands, Deutsch, Francais, Italino and Svenska.” A Humbrol “Authentic Rail- way Enamel” of Marfleet, Hull, Eng- land color chart, was enclosed along with decals, glue not included (con- trary to the lid). The long sides of the cover show a few models not men- tioned in the column: a Canadian Na- tional semi-streamlined U4A 4-8-4, a U.S.A. Southern Railway 0-6-0 tank and a LNER Flying Scotsman. Thank you, Mr. Cummings.


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