Re: model flat car weight was Union Pacific flat cars

Ted Culotta <tculotta@...>

On May 25, 2005, at 11:45 AM, Eric wrote:

What is the problem that model railroading has with multi media kits? The obvious solution is the do
a cast metal underframe to add weight to model kits yet we insist on doing them in resin or styrene.
The solution is not so obvious to those who would make the metal castings. Speaking for the resin side of the house, there is already a significant investment (for a small sole proprietor) in both capital equipment and learning for a small return on investment (read: labor of love). To add the equipment to produce metal castings for gons, flats and hoppers, when they comprise a small part of a line of offerings is not a further wise investment in equipment and or the time to learn how to use them. You could outsource this segment, but no one would like resin kits that would be even more expensive.

Ted Culotta

Speedwitch Media
100 14th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 787-1912

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