Today I photographed my Bachmann and Kato Amtubes. Both are great models and essentuial for modern modelers. Anyone holding on to those old Bachmann Amtubes of the 1970's, take a look and see what you are missing.
Bachmann cars in PIII paint, Kato in PIV.
Both models look good. Kato's paint is clearly superior, but Bachmann's isn't bad. The bachmann cars feature detailed end vents and the food service duct is a seperate part.
I like the ends of the bachmann car better for two reasons. The ends are fully detailed thanks to the body mount couplers, and the diaphrams work. Both models feature class lights.
Kato has better underbody detail, but lacks body mounted couplers. The Kato cars weigh only 2/3 of the Bachmann cars. I modified my Bachmann truck to roll as well as the Kato trucks, but look how much grease Kato used to get them to roll!
Kato's Amfleet II cars have larger windows than Bachmann's Amfleet I as per prototype. Both cars have full interior detail in a light tan color. Both cars feature very nice window glass.