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Budd RDC: Models Available
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N scale - 1:160 - Kato USA
Kato USA recently
introduced a wide range of RDC models - covering all four original designs
- the RDC1, RDC2, RDC3, and RDC4. Each is available in a choice of roadnames
and an undecorated version. Most are sold in appropriate pairs but single
units of some of the models are also available, including the original
Budd RDC1 demonstrator. Arguably the Kato N-scale RDC is the most accurate
model available with a below-the-windows motor driving the wheels via
very prototypical drive shafts, head and tail lights and optional interior
lighting. They come with MicroTrains™ compatible
couplers and can be fitted with DCC using the
We've prepared a detailed guide on
installing this DCC decoder into the Kato RDC, providing a better
looking final installation albeit with more work.
Kato have recently released an LED lighting kit for it
which is DCC-compatible, which nicely completes the model.
HO scale - 1:87 - Proto 1000 by Life Like Inc
a range of HO RDCs available in their Proto 1000 range. Their range
includes the RDC1, RDC2 and RDC3 in a variety of road names. They also
make additional RDCs in Canadian roadnames for
The PCB is DCC compatible but does require soldering to fit a decoder,
any standard "with wires" HO decoder should work. We've prepared a detailed
web guide to installing a DCC decoder on this model. Although the
supplied knuckle coupler is one of the better plastic ones, we've had a
number break in operation and now replace them all with Kadee No.5s which
fit just fine. I'd consider the RDC2 and RDC3 the better models of this
series, since they obscure the motor block within the baggage compartments
and thus allow the windows to be less darkly smoked providing through
vision; the lack of tail lights or interior lighting options is disappointing.
G scale - 1:29 - Aristocraft
Aristocraft have a G-scale
model of the RDC1 which is available in a range of road names and an
undecorated version. They also make additional RDC1s in Canadian
roadnames for Hobbycraft Canada.
They also have an RDC3 on the drawing board. A plug-in DCC decoder is
available from Digitrax
(DG383AR) for the socket fitted to these models. The model also has a
smoke generator fitted, and speakers and provision for a sound card.
Unfortunately for such a large model, there is no interior detail and the
frosted windows to disguise this are most unprototypical - we plan
to add some to ours and report here on the work required. Sadly there were
also mistakes made in their prototype research, and the BCRail and CN
Wet Noodle RDC-1s have been given road numbers that were in fact carried
by RDC-3s, not RDC-1s.
O scale - 1:48 - Sunset Models Inc
Sunset Models Inc have a Brass
O-scale model of the Budd RDC1 currently shipping in both two and three
rail variants. They have also announced plans for an RDC2 early in
S gauge - PA Heritage Models (non-scale)
There is a non-scale S-gauge model of the RDC available from
PA Heritage Models.
It is shortened to make it compatible with older three-rail trackage systems. (website defunct - link for educational purposes)
Last updated on Thursday, July 1, 2020
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