Re: Kits? Yep...they're still with us


armprem
 

Ambroid too.Armand Premo

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Sent: Saturday, February 03, 2007 10:40 AM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Kits? Yep...they're still with us


> And Armand, you forgot Quality Craft, Suydam and Penn Line to name a few more.
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> Robert Federle
> ---- "A. Premo" <armprem@surfglobal.net> wrote:
>> Tony,You forgot to mention Silver Streak , Central Valley ,Globe and
>> Mantua to name a few others.Armand Premo
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Anthony Thompson" <thompson@signaturepress.com>
>> To: <STMFC@yahoogroups.com>
>> Sent: Saturday, February 03, 2007 1:25 AM
>> Subject: Re: [STMFC] Kits? Yep...they're still with us
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>> > Another point worth making is that there really wasn't all that
>> > much scratch building 50 years ago or so. You just made do with what
>> > you could get. Layouts were full of Athearn and Ulrich metal cars,
>> > Varney plastic, and some paper-side cars. You could visit layouts all
>> > over the country and see the exact same freight cars (and structures
>> > and passenger cars and . . . ) because anything else was far too much
>> > trouble. Sure, some talented and energetic people were building great
>> > models, but I'd guess there were no more of them then than now. And
>> > what they built wouldn't be that impressive today. Just go back and
>> > look at the magazine photos.
>> > Layouts like Jack Burgess's YV were really inconceivable then.
>> > Jack has had to scratch build an awful lot, but 50 years ago you
>> > couldn't even get sheet styrene (nor would you have known what to do
>> > with it), and the very first brass engines were just coming into view.
>> > People thought Ambroid kits were "too hard," and hey, those Bowser
>> > locomotives didn't look THAT odd with Belpaire boilers on your
>> > free-lanced short line. And there was hardly any serious prototype
>> > information being published; practically no modelers had discovered the
>> > Cyc and other resources.
>> > The progress to today is really qualitative, not just
>> > quantitative. Richard Hendrickson is right when he says "THIS is the
>> > golden age." When we have one of these discussion about where the hobby
>> > is and where it's going, let's not forget where it's come from.
>> >
>> > Tony Thompson Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
>> > 2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 www.signaturepress.com
>> > (510) 540-6538; fax, (510) 540-1937; e-mail, thompson@signaturepress.com
>> > Publishers of books on railroad history
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