Re: Kadee hopper


Wow Tim, we could have several steam era freight cars out in just a few
months, they might have painted on details but we could do it. Two molds
instead of 20 or 30 sounds good to me. :-}

Sam Clarke
Kadee Quality Products

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Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 12:28 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Kadee hopper

Sam, I think I know how to save you a whole lotta money and bring
down the cost of the second car. You make two molds! :-)

No charge for the advice.


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Hello Tim,

Actually we never thought of that but now that I have, there are a
of reasons. The biggest is the added costs both tooling and labor, we
took a $40 car and made it into a $70 to $80 car.
To do this, there would be only two orientations of the stakes and
a multi cavity mold. Then the labor of attaching the stakes either semi
automated or by hand. Since the shell is very thin at the top it would
extremely difficult to make the peg holes where they wouldn't be seen on
inside but be enough to hold the stakes firmly. We spent great pains to
the shell one piece and make the offset interior so adding peg holes
adds to the complicated mold. Also, there is absolutely no glue or
on any of our cars so the side stakes would have to be a press fit (pegs
into tight holes).

Have you seen one of these cars yet?

Sam Clarke
Kadee Quality Products

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