BLI K7A: Why and Wherefore? (was Essential freight cars in RMC)

benjaminfrank_hom <b.hom@...>

Doug Brown wrote:
"Reading this thread makes me wonder why BLI made the K7[A]s. The same
logic should apply, strengthened by the fact that the K7 was unique to
the Pennsy."

It should, but I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth, in spite of
the model's shortcomings (which are reasonably corrected). I was
completely surprised that a manufacturer would do this car, and have
bought my share of them, especially as I can buy four of these for the
price of one Precision Scale Class K7A model.

Tim Gilbert is correct in stating that the number of SPFs who will buy
a PRR stock car is irrelevant to the what is or isn't an "Essential
freight car", but they are relevant to whether or not a manufacturer
will take a risk on a "single road model." This gives cars such as
these or the Intermountain Santa Fe stock cars a fighting chance of
being produced. (One can argue that you can letter a brick PRR or
ATSF, send it to China to have a pair of trucks put on it, and you'd
have a car that would sell to the unwashed masses.)

No idea on how well the non-PRR cars are selling.

Ben Hom

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