Rivarossi Skeleton Log Cars
Pair of Rivarossi connected log cars featuring Simpson Lumber Co. livery.
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The cars come as a pair and they are nearly assembled. What remains to be done is to attach the chains to the buckling levers. This model does not have "log bunks". Although it is not mentioned by the manufacturer description, there are metal wheelsets included. Each of the four buckle levers are functional as they pivot on a pin hinge. The set of two cars comes with two chains, four pins, and "rubber" logs for each. On one side the pin will hold the chain. On the other side the buckle lever will do the job, and the pin there is stored until utilized.
At first we were a bit mystified as to how to load the logs on the car and attach the chain, because the chain itself is "just the right length". Eventually we decided that in order to leverage the chain against the logs, it must pass underneath the buckle lever. On one side of the car we attached the chains using the supplied pins. These pins are 0.006” diameter and I discovered that because one of the holes in the leveraging buckle was not drilled to completion. We tackled that with a 0.006” carbide bit in a micro-drill. With the pins in place affixing the first link in the chain, we were able to feed the loose end over the logs and through the small space underneath the buckle lever. Once through, we were able to lightly tug on the chain using tweezers and actually “lock” the buckle lever in-place, “securing the load”. Although I am uncertain as to the longevity associated with this fixed load, we were indeed impressed with the function and strength of the plastic. We attempted to connect the remainder of the chain to the car body as it appears there is a location for that, however we were short on links. The chain itself may possibly be slightly larger than scale would indicate, but all other aspects of the car appear in-scale to us at this time. We did not weigh the cars nor measure to evaluate comparison to prototype data. Logs: appear very durable, somewhat flexible too. Appearance of the logs could be enhanced with detailing, such as painting and addition of fine groundfoam, dots of lichen coloring on the surface, etc. Material appears slick in nature so adhesion of paint could be a challenge. Overall, this is a very nice car. We find the details exquisite for a model in this price range.