Roger - it does look like that, doesn't it? I will put a straightedge on that top stripe tomorrow. Pretty sure the tender is level.
Martin - I talk to myself incessantly, and generally only stop when strangers approach. But I do not enjoy talking to myself on forums.
I'm not so needy as to require responses. They are looked at; demanding responses is beyond my kenning.
I am needy enough to want responses. I do not demand them, but why bother posting if there is no conversation to be had?
Maroon - Scale Craft had mechanically superior mechanisms, but Lobaugh made an effort to make the main frame more prototypically accurate. Lobaugh drivers appear to me to be a cut above Scale Craft. Lobaugh attempted firebox detail. The Lobaugh brass 16000 gal. tank is light-years ahead of the S/C slump metal casting.
I will return to the Mountains, with a comparison. Of course Lobaugh never made a true SP Pacific or an NYC Hudson, and S/C never made an SP Mike, but park a Lobaugh Mike next to a Scale Craft Mike. No contest. Opinion, of course.