Re: Who Produced the First Resin Kit in HO?


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Dennis,I think that Ted has a Frisco in his line.Armand Premo

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From: "Dennis Storzek" <destorzek@mchsi.com>
To: <STMFC@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 11:27 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Who Produced the First Resin Kit in HO?


> --- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, Richard Hendrickson <rhendrickson@...>
> wrote:
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>> On Feb 7, 2007, at 12:27 PM, gary laakso wrote:
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>> > I think William Clouster introduced resin in O scale, ages ago, at
>> > least per Model Railroader. Who produced the first resin kit in HO?
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>> The earliest ones I'm aware of were produced by Dennis Storzek, now of
>> Accurail. Dennis, who is on this list, may know if there were earlier
>> examples.
>>
>> Richard Hendrickson
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> At the time I started, Al Westerfield was already in production, and
> had produced several kits. Al was using polyester resin; miserable
> brittle stuff that made the molds swell, so if one wasn't careful to
> not re-fill the molds too soon, each successive set of parts would be
> bigger. I was aware of Clouser's O scale work with aluminum filled
> epoxy, and decided that was a better way to go. My problem then became
> mold life, as the epoxy tried to do a good job of bonding itself to
> the silicone RTV rubber, and eventually succeeded. Both Al and I
> independently found the urethane that has become the standard for
> resin kits ever since.
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> While William J. Clouser had already done epoxy resin kits for O scale
> AAR boxcars, traction equipment, and even a narrow gauge car, I can't
> think of anyone who had an HO resin kit on the market before Al
> Westerfield.
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> I find it interesting that people keep asking Al when he is going to
> do the Frisco "sawtooth" car. Before I started in the business, I
> corresponded with Al, offering to measure and draw a Soo Line
> "sawtooth" boxcar if he'd do a kit of it. Al's reply was that drawings
> of the Frisco car were already in the Car Builder's Cyc, and he could
> just do that car. That wasn't good enough for me, I wanted a Soo Line
> car, so I decided to go it alone. Now, twenty-five years later,
> apparently the Frisco car still isn't done.
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> Dennis
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