Re: cars that sell; was BLI vs. Walthers express reefers

Jim Scott


I agree that the 6-Dome wine car would sell very well.
If I remember correctly, wasn't there a Roma Wine
6-Dome car made in the 60s or 70s that was metal. i
always wanted one of them but never got around to
buying one.

I have four of the DA GS gondolas that i want to build
and figure that I can use the Chooch sugar beet loads
and hide some additional weight under the load to get
the car to the proper weight. You are right, though,
they are more intricate to build than the ones from
Red Caboose.

Jim Scott
Lompoc, CA.

--- timboconnor@... wrote:

Jon, not to be argumentative, but I think a 6-dome
wine tank
car would not only sell, but it would sell very
well, if it were done
properly. Which do you think would sell more: the
GA-Pfaulder milk
car, or a 6-dome wine tank car? My bet would be on
the latter.

I think it was one of the Gerstley collection photos
that shows a
string of 20 or 30 wine tanks in a yard in
California... Fresno or
Bakersfield, I forget where it was. And that
collection includes a
number of photos of wine tanks. Heck, we've had a
dozen models
of vinegar and pickle cars, but when was the last
time someone
did a wine tank car?

The Detail Associates gondolas were quite time
consuming to build
AND were much too light when completed. Personally,
it was their
light weight that turned me off. But Red Caboose
saved the day
and I think they've done quite well with them.

Anybody want to buy 20 DA gondola kits?? :-(

Tim O'Connor

I don't know about tank cars as LL and IM (and
Tichy) have done a bunch
with a new LL one coming. Maybe a better
statement would be small (4K or
6K) as well as multiple dome cars, don't sell.
The problem with multiple
dome and small tanks is that the prototype had
very few of them. Modelers
would have to buy a few orders of magnitude more
than the prototype had to
make it worth while. The makers would also have
to do a lot of bogus paint
as the norm might be one or two cars. I
personally think (with a few bogus
paint schemes) that a two dome 6K tank would be
very popular. So what if
only one or two of the paint schemes are correct,
as long as we know!
There have also been quite a few flats done
and even one or two gons.
There was a really nice gon (SP kit by DA) but it
didn't sell very well. LL
also had a gon (I think or was it RC).

All and all there are many good injected cars
available. I buy RTR
because sometimes that's all I can get. I build
resin but really prefer
plastic. Reason, I can work with a brush of MEK
easier than with ACC<VBG>.
The best of all worlds would be a resin that will
bond with MEK!

Jon Miller

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