Re: New Walthers USRA based cars
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It is a real shame because at one time they did, or at least attempted. That is one reason they purchased the PK2 line from Lifelike. Obviously folks have retired who used to be concerned. The aggravating thing is the “toy” train crowd doesn’t care as long as it has their railroad name on the car. So why can’t Walthers do a prototypically accurate car and then plaster it with bogus names for those who will purchase and at least allow those who do care to get an accurate car? Cutting the die is about the same.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of bill stanton
Sent: Thursday, May 2, 2019 11:03 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] New Walthers USRA based cars
fwiw i once asked my local hobby shop owner to query the walther's rep about why they were so indifferent to prototype accuracy, even with easy stuff like car numbers.
the response was that walther's doesn't believe those who would buy their cars care at all about such things.
i have come to just assume walthers is going to be inaccurate and don't give their stuff a second look...(i really don't understand their outlook...just too lazy to do the research or don't think its worth the expense...i'm sure they are losing a lot of business and its a marvel to me that they don't know that!) just sayin'...
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of Tony Thompson <tony@...>
I note that they don't actually call their single-sheathed car a USRA, which is good because of course it isn't, much more like the ARA design, though pretty poorly rendered. In looking at these, and thinking how far we have (mostly) come in model freight cars, I'm just glad Richard Hendrickson isn't here to see these Walthers things.