Re: New Standards for Freight Cars Models

Larry Grubb <larry450sl@...>

I'm not kidding, but I guess I'm not explaining myself well.
By implementation I am not referring to the policing of the standard, I'm referring to the difficulty of making the transition in real time. Here's an example:
A resin kit manufacturer wants to produce a kit with bolster height & details that conform to the new standard. But he knows the best available trucks to use for this model do not conform to the standard. Does he violate the standard so the car sits at the correct height above the rail when using the best available trucks? Does he comply with the standard knowing that no accurate models of the correct truck exist that will allow the modeler to build the kit to the proper height above the rail?
I certainly am not trying to discourage anyone from working on new standards, what I am trying to do is show that developing the standard is only phase one of the process, and if you have not also worked on a plan for phase two, you may find all of your good work was for nothing.
Larry Grubb

Mike Brock <brockm@...> wrote:

"I understand the desire for these kinds of standards, and how much they
would simplify both designing products and the modeler's ability to kit-bash
easily. What prevents them from becoming reality is not coming up with a
good standard, it is the complexity of implementing the standard."

I'm not so sure. Who decides what the standard is? Implementing it? You're

Mike Brock

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