Ah, the age old debate about the correct way to show a flag. We're not going to solve this issue on the OGR Forum. When discussing the flag, it's best to be specific in our discussions. Meaning are you actually flying a flag or displaying an image of the flag. This debate has had lots of discussion over the past 10 or 20 years since the military has been putting "backwards" flags on the shoulders of our soldiers.
The below provides the explanation of how a flag is displayed on a moving military vehicle or object (like a human person).
For the purpose of the OGR 3-Rail Forum, I hope we can keep our comments focused on "does the model train accurately reflect the real life prototype train".
When displaying the flag, the blue field of stars should always be in the highest position of honor. So if you are displaying the flag on a wall (horizontally or vertically) the blue field of stars will always be in the upper left. When displayed on a person or vehicle the FRONT is the highest position of honor.
Army Regulation 670-1 states, “the American flag patch is to be worn, right or left shoulder, so that “the star field faces forward, or to the flag’s own right. When worn in this manner, the flag is facing to the observer’s right, and gives the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward.”
With a quick search on the internet you are sure to find some people who accept this explanation, but you will also find a handful of people who think there is only ONE way to display our flag – star field to the upper left corner – PERIOD… any other way is unpatriotic.