Re: Oriental Models Inc

Mont Switzer

Andy and all,


This reminds me of Overland Models venture into Monon Steam.  They ran 3 variations of the Monon's 4-6-2's at the same time.  It was over a $1,000 to acquire all three.  I think some guys didn't buy one because they could not get all 3.  They therefore didn't sell well and there was a surplus. 


Some of the surplus were sold to a dealer "out east."   If you are from Indiana "out east" is defined an anywhere east of Ohio.


Overland had a method of disposing of overruns and defective models. 

1.    clobber each one with a hammer

2.    dumpster


I friend of mind had what looked like a half a refrigerator box full of the hammer stricken models.  He occasionally unsoldered various pieces and parts that he needed or wanted for projects.


Long time brass collector Tom Marsh who started and ran Overland Models as an astute business man, whether we hobbyist's liked it or not.


Mont Switzer 


Mont Switzer

From: [] on behalf of Andy Carlson [midcentury@...]
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2020 8:45 PM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Oriental Models Inc

I have a memory which is a bit different than yours.

Some importer had a batch of passenger cars made and the builder built the industry labeled"over runs" which were extra cars beyond the ordered numbers. After several years, these cars were offered to Tony and he bought them for an attractive price. I bought a few different cars for $60 each back then. Cars were nice and featured cast trucks and not the coined crap which a lot of the Japanese built passenger cars came equipped with. Over runs were a common practice is these earlier days, and the Train Shop in Santa Clara (San Jose), CA. sold many brass items which were boxed in TS boxes and labeled thusly. I did not know that Samhongsa left business from a suffered fatal law suit. I thought he simply wanted to retire. There were so many "sons of Samhongsa" Korean builders at the time. Markets are in a state of flux all the time.
-Andy Carlson
Ojai CA

On Friday, December 18, 2020, 12:42:56 PM PST, Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:

Anthony Wenzel

After Oriental he started a little brass importer called AWE - Anthony Wenzel Enterprises - using stolen plans
from the Shoreham Shops (around the time when Samhongsa let Lionel use someone else's plans which led to
a major lawsuit by MTH that put Sam out of business). AWE did import a nice early welded Pullman box car.

On 12/18/2020 11:30 AM, Schuyler Larrabee via wrote:

IIRC (debatable) the owner of OMI was T Wenzel.  T was for Tony or Tom, I can’t remember which, though I think Tony.

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