In the 40 & 50s he was featured in MR often. Always with a series of articles about scratch building Brass Locos. Mel was an amazing man , his work was impeccable, he made pretty much EVERY part of the loco , except the wheels, gears & motors. He used no commercial details — bells, compressors etc, instead hand fabricating them all. On top of that Mel owned NO power tools , not even an electric drill — he turned any machined part with a hand driven “eggbeater” drill & a file!!! He also had no workshop, using his kitchen table to build on. The man & his work always amazed me — a few years back I bought a collection of MR magazines that had the complete set of his build of a K4 Pacific that was featured starting in 1949 & going thru part of 1950.
Dave Harris – Zealot.com