I unpacked, inspected, photographed and ran my Sunset/3rd Rail model of Boston & Maine F3 #4227A. I’m quite satisfied with how it looks, is detailed, and runs in conventional operation – the only way I can run it. A set of photographs is attached.
The B&M paint scheme is very well executed but the maroon color is quite shiny, especially in comparison with my Sunset/3rd Rail EMD B&M GP7 #1562 (see photo) that was delivered earlier in 2021 and my other B&M diesel models. Running conventionally with my MTH Z4000 transformer, the bell was activated by the horn button and the horn was activated by the bell button. Also, the rear view shows four holes just below the grab-irons where I believe MU hoses would be connected.
The model ran very smoothly in forward and reverse right out of the box, as shown in the first two videos. The third video shows it pulling two MTH B&M passenger cars – which is how I plan to run it. I like it very much.