Re: Intermountain down the tubes?

Tim O'Connor <timoconnor@...>

Schuyler wrote

Don, I think the number 500 is amazingly low. And I think that there are
cars that, if done correctly, would sell about that many on this list. Some
of the suggestions here have been good ones, and you have the right guys
here to "vet" your work. I think I go with the "pick one and get on with
it" notion.
It depends what he picks. And also, he is not a "mainstream" vendor
and so there are marketing and distribution issues.

Don, if you're serious about 500 kits (in plastic? Is that economical?)
I like Guy's suggestion of the SP F-50-7, or even an SP steel cupola
caboose like the C-40-1 or C-40-3. Those are needed by every modeler
of the SP from 1940 to 1980 and are only available in brass. Or how
about some nice gondolas -- 48' foot NKP cars, 52' PRR G31D, 65 foot
welded cars of the late 50's. Since resin cars usually sell hundreds
of kits, I find it hard to believe that one could not sell 500 plastic
kits of desirable prototypes.

However, I am skeptical that anyone can economically produce 500 plastic
kits. Even if you do your own tooling, it's got to be pretty expensive!

I tend to agree that freight car kits are fading fast. Some dealers
won't stock them anymore.

Tim O'Connor <timoconnor@...>
Sterling, Massachusetts

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