O Scale 70-ton AAR flat car kit potential?
I apologize for the cross-posting but am trying to make sure that
all potentially interested O Scale modelers see this.ï¿½
Jim King of Smoky Mountain Model Works is considering producing
products for the O Scale market again.ï¿½ Those of you familiar with
his original O Scale effort, the Southern Railway flat car and
composite gondola derivative already know that his products are
excellent, as are his current offerings in S Scale.
I suggested that he also consider producing the 70-ton AAR flat
car.ï¿½ In O Scale, it would be a very versatile steam and
transition-era model to have a kit for, and they were used by the
railroads in many capacities, even early TOFC service in the case
of the Wabash.ï¿½ They were in revenue service well into the 70's
Because of the many details present, flat cars are neat pieces of rolling stock on their own, and with the variety of loads that can be put on them, they make for some of the most interesting freight cars on a railroad.
I don't know how many of you bought one of the original SMMW O scale kits for the 42' Southern Railway flat car, or the composite gondola derivative, but they are exquisite kits and build into gorgeous models.ï¿½ The engineering of the kit is quite notable, and in my opinion, the quality of the resin castings surpasses all the other products in O, except perhaps that used by Jon Cagle at Southern Car and Foundry.ï¿½ I still have a couple of un-built SMMW Southern Ry kits and the body castings remain "arrow-straight" even after several years of storage.ï¿½ï¿½
I have no ties to Smoky Mountain Model Works, but have owned their HO and O scale products and am a delighted customer.ï¿½ That we might be able to have their products available again in O Scale is a prospect we should embrace with the utmost enthusiasm.ï¿½ I think the 70-ton AAR flat car would be a winner I'd certainly buy some of the kits.ï¿½ I encourage my fellow modelers to step forward and express their interest so that Jim can objectively assess whether O Scale represents a viable market.ï¿½ Please contact him with your potential interest in a kit for the AAR 70-ton Flat Car.
Here is a partial list of roads owning the 70-ton AAR flat:
Other reasons for the potential appeal of the 70-ton AAR Flat (merging my thoughts with those of Jack Mullen)
Thanks for entertaining this prospect.
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Rob Adams posted an alternative to my proposed CB&Q FM14/14A flat car kit to this group on July 11th, the 70-ton AAR flat car that was purchased by at least 16 roads.ï¿½ According to Rob, this car has not been produced in O scale and, as far as I can determine, not in S, although there are two sources for a 50-tonner which may satisfy the majority of the S market.
I have received no replies directly from list members and do not recall seeing any conversation on this list.ï¿½ Is this a viable kit or not?ï¿½ Without your input, my decision to produce it in O moves to the conservative side:ï¿½ not gonna happen.
Please take the time to voice your opinion regarding his idea. ï¿½YOU represent the vast majority of O scale modelers and YOU determine what is and is not produced.ï¿½ I consider silence the same as ï¿½not interestedï¿½.