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Vendors are caught between a rock and a hard place.
If they (mostly) offer only kits at the inception of a model and
once those are gone, that's it,
then that causes people to stock up IMMEDIATELY, and the supply
But if vendors offer kits all the time (as INTERMOUNTAIN did
when they were injection
molding the cars in Colorado) then people are less anxious to
get one so the cars take years
to sell a single undec batch!
Tangent and Moloco have tried very hard to cater to kit builders
but they have so many permutations
of features for their cars that it must be getting difficult to
offer all of them - and for modelers to keep
track of them.
On 7/24/2021 11:50 AM, Andy Carlson wrote:
After decades of my getting Intermountain kits
with nearly 100% fill rates, around 2010 the out of stock
non-shipped kits started increasing for my purchases. This
continued getting weaker until about 5 years ago the only
kits I got were the inventory queens, and those too have now
gone away. I have not received any of the 100's of back
ordered kits since then.
I am now coming around to realize that most of
those back ordered kits may never be shipped. Looking at
Intermountain's list of HO undec kits, the only offered and
in stock kits are some plastic containers. Not a single
undec freight car kit is shown as being in stock and
available for purchase. A select few kits are shown as
"Reserve Now" which means that IM is taking reservations for
those and probably intend to have these available in the
future. In this list is both versions of the 1958 cu ft
covered hoppers, along with several other covered hoppers
and oddly, the former RC X29 cars and post-1955 40' box cars
in welded/riveted and 6'/8' door configuration.
Intermountain seems to be showing us that
their future selling of kits is in jeopardy. So no parts and
undecorated kits of the 1958 Cu Ft hoppers with no
cutout on backorder for almost 5 years.