Rapido EP-5 "Jet"

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Rapido EP-5 "Jet"

nhhe52
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Joined: 26 Mar 2004, 05:19

27 Sep 2017, 19:47 #1

Any news regarding the progress of the Rapido EP-5 to report?   Is it in design?

Ed
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Richard Abramson
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29 Sep 2017, 23:13 #2

Ed:

It is most definitely in the design stage. . .moving along quite nicely!
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nhhe52
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30 Sep 2017, 01:34 #3

Great!  Can't wait!

I'm in for at least "The Winner" and "The Loser".😀

Ed
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DBrion
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Joined: 21 Jun 2006, 05:52

30 Sep 2017, 04:20 #4

Interesting thought Ed.  Although I don't spend my life searching for such, I cannot say I have ever seen the yellow-white-black version of the EP-5 on any layout, magazine (other than an ad) or video.  I bet it would look snappy pulling the delivery scheme green paneled LW SS coaches and parlors.  
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Richard Abramson
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30 Sep 2017, 04:40 #5

Technically the only place to run that Jet would be on the East Erie Commercial RR...Also known as the GE test track.
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rsullivan
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30 Sep 2017, 11:24 #6

For Mr. Ed(nhhe52) and anyone else interested in the black-white-yellow Matter scheme of the EP-5. Unless you want it for display or to see the expression on Mr. Abramson's face when you have it leading one of the name trains, I have a hard time fathoming any reason for possessing one. I also don't see a market share large enough for Rapido to go beyond an offering for pre-orders to see viability of the scheme prior to commitment or a very limited one-time run. I have a suggestion for a temporary mock up to compose the publicity photo. Use a waterbase yellow paint and cover the red on a model. Set up the diorama of the EP-5, Mr. Matter, Mr. and Mrs. McGinnis, and the photo crew. Take the picture of the scene, then clean all the yellow paint off the EP-5 before it sets. For me, that is the only reason I can think of except a display model for that varitation of the Matter scheme. I'm not interested in staging such a scene to photograph, but it crossed the wandering pathways of my thoughts once I read the above posts. I don't know what specific color of yellow should be used since it is not in the NHRHTA's New Haven Color Guide (1998).
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr.  member #3967
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nhhe52
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30 Sep 2017, 14:45 #7

The Loser was part of the rich history of the multitude of NYNH&H paint schemes in general and the EP-5 specifically.  I have two modified OMI's with side screens (one with a sound decoder that runs like a top) so the Rapido yellow #372 will look fine in motor storage while it awaits repaint and far better than any PC version.😀  I don't have an example of The Winner, so that's a must.  I'm very much looking forward to hearing Rapido's version of the Jet in operation.

Would I have preferred Mrs. McGinnes had select the yellow, with Pullman green trucks, over the red-orange scheme, no way.

Most likely the Jet will never be reproduced again so stock up on the Rapido's, especially if we want Rapido to continue to be profitable so we can get the 8600 diners, grills and observation cars.😀

Next we need Rick to talk Bill into producing the EP-3, EP-4 and EF-3's in HO in all those fantastic paint schemes.  I'll have to order all of them!

Here's a links to the Brass Trains Guide, Winner and 'Loser' EP-5 writeups:
https://www.brasstrains.com/Classic/Pro ... Winner-F-P
https://www.brasstrains.com/Classic/Pro ... low-Scheme

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nhhe52
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02 Oct 2017, 01:13 #8

Richard Abramson wrote: Ed:

It is most definitely in the design stage. . .moving along quite nicely!
Unlike the FL-9, I hope the EP-5 will have the third rail pickup shoes in the down position, or be able to manually flip them up or down which would perhaps be better.

Ed
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Richard Abramson
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02 Oct 2017, 01:19 #9

Ed:
From what I've been told, the shoes will be up. There's really no need to have them down. I don't know of anyone modeling from Woodlawn to GCT. . .yet.
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nhhe52
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02 Oct 2017, 04:51 #10

Richard Abramson wrote: Ed:
From what I've been told, the shoes will be up. There's really no need to have them down. I don't know of anyone modeling from Woodlawn to GCT. . .yet.
Why have the GCT sound mode on the FL-9 for pickup shoes that don't drop.😀

How many who will purchase the Jet are actually modeling overhead wire? 😀  The pans may as well be modeled in the retracted position.  

Many purchasers may not even have layouts?

If potential damage while running it with extended shoes is the concern, the model could be offered with two different sets of pickup shoes to be installed by the owner, similar the 8600 passenger car stirrups.

The pickup shoes are extended on every brass model of every electric model that had them because the shoes were a significant feature of electric motors.

I liked Bill's ruse that the shoes should be designed to change position with micro motors actuated from a DCC function key,  Now that would be cool!😀

Ed
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