I received the first of the new Broadway Limited SP Daylight cars today...the Morning Daylight, 1941 Prewar, Skirted Parlor Observation Car with Antenna, #2955 in HO.
My high expectations for these cars were based upon the quality of the California Zephyr cars that I have from Broadway Limited...so I was a bit disappointed today.
Don't get me wrong, it is a very nice car...exterior detail is nice, paint is sharp and lettering crisp...but there are a few items that really detract from the overall appearance.
The first and most glaring issue are the two very annoying blue wires that snake their way down the length of the car. I cannot understand why they spent the effort to nicely detail the interior and not do something to hide the wires. Nobody from BLI saw that?
The second issue is the interior and drumhead lighting. The interior lighting is nice and even, but the light is visible through the side walls of the car. The drumhead is illuminated along with the entire back end of the car...the drumhead lamp is poorly shielded.
The third issue I have is the box...I know this may come across as nitpicking...but BLI has always had some nice packaging. The cheap small box sort of tells a corner cutting story on the production of these cars.
For what this set costs, I expected more.