Re: Atlas 40' USRA rebuild

Stokes John

OK, I have been reading the threads relating to the lack of fidelity to prototype when various manufacturers issue new or revised production runs. If it is true (and I have some questions about this), that it would not cost much more, if anything, to do it right, why do the manufacturers persist in their illogical behavior? I think it is correct that the average model railroader wound not know the difference, and would purchase the better made model if it were price. Is there such a disconnect between modelers who could and do supply the correct information and the manufacturers, what can be done to close the gap? If it would take the same effort and capital to produce an accurate model, what is the problem?

A glance at the other model building fields would show that in car, ship and airplane modeling, for the most part, the models produced are much more accurate than the railroad models. Why can't we have the same standard of excellence and care in this field?

Just wondering.

John Stokes
Bellevue, WA

To: STMFC@...
From: b.hom@...
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2009 03:13:05 +0000
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Atlas 40' USRA rebuild

Tim O'Connor wrote:

"any particular prototype?"

No. This is the same abortion as the earlier S Helper Service, Atlas O, and Atlas N scale models now in HO that doesn't model anything. See my post #23214 from 2003 for detailed discussion about this model.

"i'm guessing this is the CMO/RI car..."

You're guessing wrong. Wrong roof, wrong ends, wrong height.

Ben Hom

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