Rapido #16718 Budd RDC-2: CPR - Delivery Ph2 #9104
- Manufacture: Rapido
- Category: Electric Locomotive
- Number: 16718
- Scale: HO
- Price: $299.99
Rapido’s acclaimed “stainless steel” finish
Separate underframe piping and conduit Loads of roadname-specific details
Working Gyralite & ditch lights (where appropriate)
Fabricated or cast truck sideframes (as appropriate)
Separate grab irons and front door chains
Etched-metal roof grills and fan covers Lit number boards and class lights
Detroit or Cummins engine sounds (as appropriate)
Standard bell or E-bell sounds (as appropriate)
This run of RDCs is strictly new schemes from the Great White North 2019 NBA Champions! Included are RDC-1s (built with coach seating throughout) and RDC-2 and RDC-3 variants with compartments for baggage and/or mail. As well as using original blueprints, our 3D “scanning” team visited actual Phase 1 and Phase 2 RDCs to capture the classic features of these Budd beauties.
Our RDC-1, RDC-2 and RDC-3 models are produced in both Phase 1 and 2 variants. These “railfan” terms were never actually used by Budd, but they neatly describe the major differences between the early style of RDCs delivered between 1949 and 1956 and the “new look” RDCs built between 1956 and 1962.
Each model is extensively researched and will come with either Phase 1b, 1c or 2 roof blisters as appropriate. Other unique features such as end diaphragms and rebuilt light/numberboards on the cab roof are also faithfully reproduced where appropriate.
The real RDCs were built with two engine compartments under the floor and the second run of Rapido models continue to use our smooth running, twin motor configuration. This enables us to hide the motors in the actual motor compartments and include complete, fully-lit interiors and full underbody equipment to the level of detail and accuracy you’ve come to expect from Rapido.
Now you might be saying to yourself “Why would I buy these RDCs again? They already made them!” and to that we’d tell you politely you’re incorrect. We’d even apologize for telling you you’re incorrect too. Sorry. RDCs were built in two general phases ... Phase 1 and Phase 2. There are very distinct spotting features between the two phases, enough to make them look totally different. In our original run of RDC-1s, if we made a scheme in one phase, we’re now offering it in the other! Talk about mixing things up! Whoever said “variety is the spice of life” really knew what they were talking about!
Phase 1 RDC Spotting Features
Low headlight (CN later added their unique “top hat” headlights to these units to accomodate diaphragms)
Manufactured truck sideframes Large cab and end-door windows
Numberboards on the car sides next to the doors
Optional, separate pilot mounted to body
Small curved skirts next to the end steps
Rooftop fluting ends in-line with the end doors
Two sloped rectangular grills over the radiator/fan sections on each side separated by a solid pane
Phase 2 RDC Spotting Features
High headlight (to accomodate diaphragms)
Redesigned roof blister
Cast truck sideframes
Smaller cab and end-door windows, which allowed numberboards to be placed on the ends
Horizonal rib added above end-cab windows
Optional wrap-around end fluting
Larger pilot integrated with the body
Larger curved skirts next to the end steps
Rooftop fluting ends short of the end doors
Single grill covering entire rooftop radiator/fan section
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