Of course not, because I intend on taking to it with a hacking saw to practice my modelling skills! Haha.The upper rectangular air filters on either side are brass etches as well. The others are plastic as you say because there is no need for them to be brass etches.
"I'm looking at my 45's now and the air filters are definitely brass etchings and the handrails are metal also"
Air filters are plastic. The radiator grille is brass etch.
"Those replacement plastic parts arent handrails; i don't know what they're called but they are in the long hood end at about engine level. Perhaps it was a just in case compromise? don't know."
Sorry I should have said handles for the hood. Don't understand how they can't be brass. People normally pick up their models by the body and these things are very flimsy. Something for the aftermarket perhaps? Same for those chains on the bogies .
I remember years ago when the Austrains Ts came out and when the Powerline 48s came out that people were up in arms about plastic handrails and detailing. The 45 somehow missed this, but at least they have brass horns like the TrainOrama 48. These are important things that need to be improved upon from all manufacturers. Importantly we have great running qualities from all models. Sound is getting easier to put in (yay!). They also sit at the right height unlike some of the new models we have just seen on the market.
We have a good crop of Alcos coming to us today.
I normally pick up 48/45 type locos by the fuel tank from above, not by the body and I would have thought that the 45 would have to be very roughly handled to break the door handles on the long hood.
The offer still stands if you are not happy with yours.