Re: Random Thoughts from my two articles in Volume 3 of Speedwitch's Modeling Journal


I think you guys are overlooking the roadblock of financial success.

According to the recent closing of a major hobby shop here, the owners stated that sales of everything have steadily dropped since the panic of 2008.

They closed due to projections that they would be unable to make the payroll in two more years of decline, and assessments of what additional costs were expected as various governmental programs kicked in over the next couple of years, increasing their overhead as well as further reducing the general public's ability to buy leisure items from anyone. The economy hasn't recovered and is being driven further down. Just paying the constantly increasing electric and heating bills became a challenge to a hobby shop as sales reduced.

I give that as background as to why the hobby industry has become so lean and so many suppliers have faded away recently, or moved overseas for production.

In general, increasingly, their former customers just can't afford it anymore. The economy needs to honestly fly along for a while instead of the several years of harsh limping while just pretending it's getting better that it's been doing since 2008.

Best to ya,
Mike Bauers
Milwaukee, Wi

On Mar 21, 2015, at 6:45 AM, 'Armand' armprem2@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

    How do you account for the popularity of resin kits? Armand Premo
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I had a conversation with Dick at the NMRA convention in Valley Forge and
also got the same impression of "tunnel vision" ... and without a doubt his
kits had problems. But then Branchline and Proto2000, who produced some of
the finest kits available, also folded up and sold out. So I think at least
part of the problem was there was already a huge shift underway to RTR by
the late 1980's. A one-man shop or any very small business without Chinese
manufacturing partners is fighting a strong head wind in this hobby, especially
with the decline in local hobby shops to stock kits for the "browsers".

Tim O'Connor

>I rarely comment on other people's business; today I'll make an exception. Dick fell into the trap that many smaller manufacturers do... they become "married" to one tool shop and refuse to see the limitations of that shop. Eastern Car Works is another example. Dick relied on the same toolmaker from the beginning to the end of his business... If Lloyd said it couldn't be done, by golly, it couldn't, don't bother me with the pesky detail that others are obviously doing it.
>I had an interesting conversation with both Dick and Lloyd back in the nineties when Accurate Finishing was looking to get into developing our own tooling; learned a lot, also saw the limitations. Why Dick never could is beyond me.
>Dennis Storzek

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