Mark – For about 15 years we willing replaced those
castings for urethane at no charge for anyone who requested it. To
get the old kits off hobby shop shelves, we notified every shop on out lists
that we would replace entire kits if they returned the originals.
Surprisingly, few did.
But I received my greatest compliment over that kit.
One modeler complained to another that my ad should have showed the model, not
the prototype. It was the model.
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Dan and friends, yes the NEB&W was a fictitious
railroad, but in addition to the modeled prototype scenes you mentioned, the
motive power and rolling stock was based on Rutland and D&H
prototypes. It was largely the John Nehrich, Jeff English, Todd Sullivan
and Andy Claremont articles in MR and RMC in the early 1980’s on how to turn
the available kits of the day into more correct models of actual prototypes
that opened my eyes to a whole new world of modeling. Once the Storzek
Rutland and NYC box car kits hit the market, followed by the NEB&W ‘green
dot’ kits, I was hooked on resin kits. The first Westerfield kit I
bought was a NYC hopper made of the dark gray casting material.
Assembling that kit was like trying to glue potato chips together. Every
time I touched it something else broke. It is still partially finished
in a box somewhere in my basement. It was my first experience with scale
thickness walls on a freight car kit.