Re: Product and Model Reviews


This is a good web site; however, it does not look like it has been
updated since early 2003. There are no new products after then and
there is no way to contact the webmaster since Mr. Culotta is no
longer accepting email at the address listed in the site. For
example, there is no way to send in a classified ad.

Wayne Whitlow

On May 26, 2008, at 11:49 AM, Eric Hansmann wrote:

I have enjoyed reading the many posts on standards, product reviews,
the color of freight car
red, and even the banana bunch. I believe we already have a place we
can call home for much of
this information. Someone mentioned the Steam Era Freight Cars web
site earlier.

This was originally started by Ted Culotta as a repository of
prototype detail for railroad
freight cars. There are reviews, techniques, prototype photos,
prototype data, and many more
items that assist in our modeling efforts. I vaguely recall Ted
handing this off to someone
else a while back (Rob Adams, maybe??). It is a huge undertaking to
maintain and improve a site
like this as an individual. Collectively, we can make contributions
to move the information
forward and make it an even more valuable resource. Kurt sent some
guidelines used in military
model reviews. Content guidelines are a first step towards funneling
detail to the Steam Era
Freight Cars site. A monthly message encouraging submissions from
STMFC members may also help
in getting new content to the site. Additionally, many of the
threads here could be edited and
combined to post on the web site to better document prototype
discussion points. I have over
two dozen threads like this saved to my hard drive as Word files. If
I have that many, then I'm
sure many others have done a similar exercise to save some of the
nuggets that have shown up

We have a vehicle in place to further share details on model kits
and prototypical accuracy. We
do not have to reinvent the wheel here. We just need to reactivate
our relationship with the
site and move content forward again. A few people need to help the
web master manage incoming
content. I'll stand up and volunteer to assist as best as I can.

Eric Hansmann
Morgantown, W. Va.

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