Eric Petersson asked:
"What happened to the Proto 1000 car? Are they still available? I
can't find them even mentioned on Life-Like's website."
This model looks like it has come and gone, though the Life-Like
insiders on this list probably have the full story on this. M.B.
Klein (aka the Life-Like outlet in Baltimore) was moving deeply
discounted P1K USRA composite gons out the door last year and no
longer lists them in stock.
For some reason, Life-Like never went all in on this model. Only
two paint schemes were offered - CB&Q and C&O. Speculation - the
model represents these cars as built (with the exception of the
trucks, which need to be swapped out with Andrews trucks). Perhaps
Life-Like realized the limited commercial potential of this model
and pulled it from the market, especially in light of the
Like the other P1K freight cars, this model had molded on grabs, a
molded on lever action handbrake, and simplified underbody detail.
One nice thing about this model is that it's weighed vice being too