I thought I'd start a new thread for this topic.
I, for one, would like to see some of these made available. I don't
see any reason not to just use the method you have been using.
An alternative would be to put them on eBay (which I know you
have intentionally been avoiding up until now) ... my thinking is
that this "silent auction" style probably won't net as much as an
open auction where the bidders can know how high a given model
And it is my assumption/belief that there are others out there,
like me, who would bid much higher for a completed and
weathered "Hendrickson original" than they would for "a kit
he owned but never built". I would be particularly interested
in one of Richard's tank cars - but I'm pretty much ready to
consider any model he finished.
I get it that if you put them on eBay then the "finding a good
home" thing isn't as guaranteed as it is by using STMFC. So
here's the thing you might want to know about that ... I, for
one, do not intend to put any model I purchase "on display
as a collector's item". If I own it I intend to use it for Ops and
if some guy or other handles it incorrectly and does some
damage ... I will repair it.
"I get no pleasure out of a model that isn't being used for Ops."
No matter how 'perfect' it is nor how much it costs nor how
delicate it might be. And I suspect that Richard would understand
that and even support it.