a train nut, I really enjoyed designing this odd scale train
thing. It IS toy-like which is perhaps why the High Mucky
Mucks at Mattel loved it (back when Monogram was a subsidiary).
I'm not too big on the word 'cute'...maybe 'charming' is a
better choice to describe Honest Engine (I had heard that
phrase as a kid to describe frank honesty), and thought it
fit this design. True, I was pushing the envelope on this
one, but it was a lot of fun. Some of the modeling "purists"
out there think I had lost it with this one. To them I say...have
a glass of prune juice, and give it a rest. Truly, I'd like
to see Honest Engine in die-cast form, same color paint,with
real brass plated metal parts. Someone at Mattel ripped this
one off too a few years ago.