Brass Balboa/Katsumi Southern Pacific 2-8-2 MK-5 HO
- Source: eBay
Up for auction is a Balboa imported and Katsumi of Japan manufactured Southern Pacific 2-8-2 MK-5. The model is DC powered and is in HO scale. This model has been on the shelf since 1971 having only been removed to replace the deteriorated foam (which was crispy crumbly) before it could impact the model. Replacement foam has been added to the original box which is in good condition. All railings and attachments are perfectly in place with one minor exception at the rear of the tender where one of the hand grips is slightly bent, otherwise everything is in perfect condition. The brass on the locomotive is beautiful with only one small tarnish spot on the left side. The tender has moderate tarnish as can be seen in the photos. On the test track the open frame motor performed very well but will need a lube. There are two parts bags as well as a boiler weight included and all literature provided by Balboa. Note that the brass display plate seen in the pictures comes with the model as well. With regard to the box, the label has peeled off.