Overall proportions are pretty good. The car is nominally 1:29 scale (more on that later), the only real glaring defect, is the front end treatment, it just doesn't flow properly, it's too flat. Having said that, the car is based on an earlier Brooklyn prototype so while it doesn't have the "classic" look/feel, and still isn't 100% correct for the prototype, in fairness, it's pretty close to the actual car used as the model. The split destination sign is another questionable feature, I suspect more people are used to the full window across design, easily modified of course. The windshield wipers should be removed immediately !
Credit where credit is due department.
Living in the Chicago area, our local large scale "supermarket" is St Aubin Station in Woodstock, Illinois. Nice people, good inventory, decent pricing, highly recommended. They started the PCC rush in our area with two cars painted for Chicago, with two different destination signs, one for Wrigley Field (home for MLB's Chicago Cubs), and for the Field Museum (one of Chicago's keynote downtown museums). The Wrigley car is numbered 4391, to mirror one of the Chicago PCC cars just down the road from St Aubins' at the Illinois Rwy Museum, and give Aristo credit, they made the effort to number the Field Museum car with a different number 4392.
Having said that, the Chicago colors are off. The green on the model is too pale, and the cream color is more white than cream as opposed to the real thing. These models are also wrong to represent Chicago cars, all Chicago PCC cars were longer and wider than all other PCC cars, and additionally had a third set of doors at the rear of the cars. Will most modelers not really care about the prototype and slightly off paint ? Probably not. This is part of that G scale modeler versus large scale prototype modeler discussion.
Do whatever makes you happy, it's your car, you paid for it.
On the underside (and on the blind side of the car) is a set of three switches. You can turn the interior lights on or off, turn the motors on or off, and there is a separate switch to set the car to run off live overhead or off track power.
The trolley pole itself is a bit of a strange design, the base/spring set-up is far too long for anything prototype, not really sure about the logic of the design there. It's an otherwise nicely dimensioned pole (with trolley wheel, operating !)
The tail end of the car shows the rear markers/brake lights, said to light when the car slows, and the trolley retriever treatment. The retriever is non-functional, the "trolley rope" quite oversized, but trivial things.
The trucks are well proportioned with decent detail, suitable for most people's needs. The glaring defect as can be seen readily above is the wheel flanges. Again, G scale versus scale modeler, the cars are designed for use on the LGB 45mm standard track and oversized rails.
I did measure these flanges against much smaller, scale rail (as appropriate for 1:24, my personal large scale preference), that rail would still be oversized for a 1:29 car, but the car could make it, assuming your trackwork was basically perfect, not much room for error there.
The scale differences.
The long time argument in "G scale" is scale itself. G scale encompasses so many "standards" ranging from 1:32 to 1:20.3, with way too many stops in between. I did some side by side comparisons to show how the new PCC looks next to some more familiar "standards"
Probably the most common large scale trolley is the Bachmann single truck open and closed cars. These are nominally 1:20.3, almost a 10% scale differential, made obvious below.
Even the GHB 1:24 streetcar (closing the gap a bit) still towers over the new PCC
Is any of this a problem ? Ask yourself, it's your trains, your railroad.
You don't have to answer to anyone except you !
Getting to the interior is relatively simple, there are 4 philips screws holding the body to the floor/truck assemblies. Removing the screws (follow your instruction booklet) allows you to separate the body. You will find the body still attached by virtue of a wiring harness for the lights at the rear of the car. Simple connector disconnects the body easily .
Overall, this car is sure to be a hit with G scalers. It runs very well (a bit noisy in my opinion, but most of that would be lost with garden railroaders), looks pretty good, and will be available in several paint schemes. Aristo has a good reputation for quality and performance, as well as follow up for service and repairs, so nothing but good things should be expected.