Post by Hans Riddervold (AZL) on Mar 19, 2020 20:17:27 GMT -5
Hope everyone is healthy! Robert and I are working from home as are many of you. So the good news is that we have a little more time than usual to work on new projects. We will shortly have two new threads on a new locomotive and also new passenger cars. For both products readers will be able to follow the entire development, pre-production and production process. Should be exiting for you! We plan on frequent updates so stay tuned.
I think these read-only threads will make for interesting reading not only for the creative process, but for the manufacturing process. Part of the process I'd be interested in is: why?
For Hans why an SD40-2 rather than some other locomotive of similar industry popularity or one of the oft requested ones like the E7 or a U-boat?
For Robert, he's admitted a why, at least in part. While I don't know much about the Super Chief, I seem to recall that it ran with just about everybody's equipment: Pullman HV and LW, ACF, Budd single and bilevel. So why the eras you are suggesting?
Putting in a formal request for ditch lights. I don't see that in the feature set, and that would be a huge boon to this release for us post-90's guys. I do like that you will be paying attention to the headlight placement.
In the (almost) 50-year history of the SD40-2, many had ditch lights longer than they didn't. Basically if you model mid-90's or later, they were present. AZL has done a fantastic job with the ditchlights on their more modern locomotives, and I get it that those locomotives had ditch lights from the git-go...so it's a little different. I'm not saying they should all have them, not by any stretch. But if they could be tooled with the capability to customize certain schemes it would really be awesome.
The roads I would be in for: BNSF H-1, BN, BN Whiteface, ATSF for sure...likely UP...and possibly FURX Green/Silver and NS as well if they are done.
I am really excited with announcement of SD40-2 from AZL. You did it finally! So, are you going to make what MTL refused to make (despite many requests, including from me personally) - Mærsk version? Together with Maxi-I Mærsk set it will make for me a Z scale train of my dream!
Last Edit: Mar 22, 2020 12:25:44 GMT -5 by scanrail