Re: Foobies

Mike Fleming

Since my wife got sick 5 years ago I have little time for modeling. My first choice is for a model to be dead on exact or extremely close. So it takes me little time to tweak it. A good example is the Marklin/Trix NYC Caboose, Shorten the smoke stack and tweak the grab irons and it is there. Major modifications/kitbashing or scratchbuilding are out of the question any more. Fortunately for me, I like NYC coal and there are several good models or different hopper types out there. To me, foobies can be good to fill out a train and make it look right.
And another nibble for food for thought. You may know the shortcomings of each car you own but probably 99.99% of those viewing your fleet would not be able to pick out even one of those shortcomings. And I would say that would include the model railroaders.

Mike Fleming
Superintendent, Bluff City Div. SER, NMRA
President Emeritus, Memphis Society of Model Railroaders
Vice President, Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum Model Railroad Club, a 100% NMRA Member Club

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From: "eddie_walters" <eddie_walters@...>
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Foobies
Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 21:31:42 -0000

Absolutely. Frankly the way I see it is that if the foobies sell and allow "us" to get more prototypically accurate models made (because it's easier to amortize the tooling cost when you're selling the "near enough" cars), then all the better.

What is more frustrating (to me!) is when cars are produced that have a fundamental flaw that renders them inaccurate for anything (eg the infamous Tichy tank car). In so many of these cases the money involved to make it right


--- In STMFC@..., Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:

Even though we tend to be literalists about prototype models, I can
see how people who want to model prototype -operations- would be happy
to have an accurate paint scheme for their era on a model that is only
close-to, but not an exact copy-of, the prototype car. Especially when
the differences between model and prototype get increasingly esoteric.

In other words I guess I'm slipping towards "whatever floats yer boat"
when it comes to other folks' preferences.

Tim O'Connor

Example: When IM came out with meat company paint schemes on their ART reefer I rode along as two buddies picked up RTR models they'd ordered. When they dropped me off they asked to look at my color reefer book. They held the model's boxes up to the photos and were happy as pigs in slop when they saw they matched. I mentioned that the car was wrong, but they didn't listen.
Clark Propst

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