The small forward facing motor design is a given, but I thought detail wise the K Line was a respectable model.
The K Line is the only model that has the specific driver detail no? I'm not sure what it is, it looks like rivets around the rim. I think the MTH and Lionel tooled K4s just have "run of the mill" spoked drivers.
On a side note. K line also nailed the concave counterweights on the J1e drivers. But you likely know this.
Good points Rick!! ….Detail wise, yes,…they’re right up there with the Kline scale Hudson,….as far as the drivers on the Kline and MTH Hudson, they’re the same ….I haven’t had anybody request a MTH chassis swap on a K4 yet, but I have some MTH K4 chassis sitting around…hmmmmm,…the next frontier,..😉….Kline K4 with a big fat Pittman??…it can happen….if the drivers on the Kline are that nicer than the MTH’s so be it, I’ll swap them over too,….use the best of the best,….the object of the game is to make it look like it’s as stock as a rock, ….some argue the MTH J1e Hudson is as fine as the Kline, ….I say not, ….that Kline boiler shell edges out on the detail dept…..those Kline scale models are the closest thing to high dollar brass that I’ve ever seen,….hence why so many have pulled the trigger to have me gut them like a fish and reengineer everything,….