Re: Champ decals (UNCLASSIFIED)

Gatwood, Elden J SAD

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I totally agree with Bruce. After being chastised by some folks in the PRRTHS for my incorrect assumption that all the Champ decals for the PRR were "fuzzy", and not accurate in regards to fonts and dimensional data, I went back and found the majority of the (re-done) Circle Keystone sets to be quite accurate. Just like Microscale, Champ did go back and try to do better, in this case, MUCH better. That being said, Champ's Shadow Keystone and Plain Keystone sets still needed to be re-done, as did most of the B&O, C&O, NYC and P&LE sets. Some of these, however, are the ONLY game in town still.

Elden Gatwood

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As an example, most of the Champ PRR decals had been redone and were very accurate.

Bruce Smith
temporarily in Saint Looey


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Clark Propst wrote:

During the custom decals thread it was mentioned that Champs decals were out of date. Generic data, real inch size instead of scale inch size letters, etc. Just curious, would these short comings be deal breakers if the decal line was resurrected tomorrow?

That statement is too general. As was mentioned, in more recent years Rich strove to create better decals, and had many experts on individual railroads helping him. For example, Richard Hendrickson contributed a lot to the improved Santa Fe freight decals in the line.
However, it is quite true that a few of the items in the line dated back many years, and were lacking in many respects. Older ones tended to be oversize, to have very approximate sets of dimensional and capacity data, and to be printed in a variety of lame fonts not matching prototype lettering. So yes, some of the decals in the catalog were fairly crappy; others were darn good and we could sure use them back. Do not believe anyone telling you a flat statement about "all" Champ decals.

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