- George Hook built the CV kits: Central Valley Rolling Stock Kits and Jack Parker
Re: George Hook built the CV kits: Central Valley Rolling Stock Kits and Jack Parker
Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>
Andy and Friends,
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I had several of these kits when I was a teenager, and seem to
remember that most of the cast metal parts were very similar to
parts from other manufacturers such as Silver Streak. Did Mr. Hook
cast his own, or did he source his metal parts from vendors? Some
of these parts might still be available. Clover House used to sell
similar metal parts, and Tichy has nicer parts in plastic. Duplicating the cars would not be
difficult using Northeastern wood parts.
Of course what
is missing are the screens or masks for the lettering, as I
doubt that any of these have survived. Some of the
lettering is probably available from Clover House.
Wood kits may not stack up to resin, but are fun to build. Rail
Tales in Charlottesville ( http://www.railtalesva.com ) has a
stack of untouched CV wood kits at bargain prices (as well as
Ambroid, Silver Streak, Mainline and Ulrich). All you need is one
CV car, since they were all pretty much alike.
George Hook was the founder of Central Valley
Works, formed after WWll. Located in North
Hollywood for years selling mostly kits and die cast
sprung HO trucks. Jack Parker, having left Mattel
(Jack did a lot of development work for what was to
become "Hotwheels"), purchased Central Valley in the
early 1980s. Jack attempted to redesign the HO
trucks and came out with I believe the first "Semi-
Scale" wheelsets in the market. There was some
quality control issues with the first runs, and
after an historical scathing from a Model railroader
review, Jack discontinued all truck manufacturing.
Jack devoted his time to tooling the Piru,
California, SP through truss bridge, which became a
huge hit. Jack was able to take his new wealth and
move to a ideal spot for a Model Railroad Supply
company, close to the coast, south of Pismo Beach,
George Hook's freight car kits had long been
dormant before Jack's purchase of the line. He had
zero interest in resurrecting the kits.
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