The model in this photo is also an OO gauge Super Scale SW-1 from the collection of William Chapin, one that I photographed a number of years ago. It is formed out of copper (but I think actually an alloy closer to brass--the frame in particular looks like brass).
Super Scale Models of Glenview, IL introduced a line of "Copper Loco Parts" with an advertisement (seen below) in the April, 1948 issue of Model Railroader. The first released was the 600 HP switcher (along with a Baldwin slope back tender) in HO, OO, and O gauges. On the facing page to this ad their S gauge version was also featured in the separate spread of S gauge advertising seen in every issue of MR in this time frame. From the ad it would appear this initial offering was not quite the complete model. In catalog sheets dated 2.8/48 they also report a NYC 3 Power loco (GE) and a NYC T3 Terminal Electirc loco available in OO as well. On an introductory page owner Burnell Sanche noted
The SUPER SCALE policy is to produce selected prototype models in all gauges which best serve the purpose and pleasure to be gained from real scale model operation. Your comments and suggestions for future production or improvements in manufacture will find a warm welcome and a personal reply.
As already noted, Super Scale produced these same models in HO, S, and O gauges, and over in the HO Seeker site we find this instruction sheet. (The link is to a full size image). These are the HO instructions but the OO instructions must be basically identical as would be the S instructions.
Besides these locomotives (and the tender in the 1948 advertisement) there were no other OO products from Super Scale. These are a rarity! You were on your own for a drive but the HO instructions make reference to a Lindsay drive which simplified things a bit. A model to keep your eyes peeled for ... I would in closing note that at one time I saw an example of the SW-1 listed on eBay and purchased it ... but it was actually the S gauge version! But at least I was able to re-list it at a profit.
For photos of two great examples of this model built up visit the following pages:
- Norfolk and Ohio SW-1 by Carl Appel -- this model still exists today.
- Great Canadian model based on NW-2 -- see this article, beautiful craftsmanship.