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

Thomas M. Olsen <tmolsen@...>


The Precision K7 was so bad that they did not sell well! In fact, when the NMRA had their National Convention at Long Beach Ca. a number of years ago, Precision brought several skids of them into the train show and was selling them for peanuts to get rid of them! I passed on them when they came out due to the slats that made up the sides were too small to add lettering and they suffered from the usual problem with a lot of Precision freight and passenger cars: cold solder joints. Handle the stuff once and have a partial kit.

Tom Olsen
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Newark, Delaware, 19711-7479
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benjaminfrank_hom wrote:

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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