Richard Hendrickson wrote
>> Not true, Dennis.
I read Dennis's post differently Richard. I think you are in
agreement -- there were alternatives, people tried, but Hundman
and Gould didn't listen.
>> if it had not been for Gould's obsession with secrecy ...
Based on stories I have heard, an "obsession" with secrecy may
be the key to survival for small businesses making large investments.
The classic example is the R-40-23 tooled by Jerry Porter, who made
no secret of his work, so Intermountain rushed in with the exact
same model (instead of reducing their O-scale R-40-10 to HO scale)
simply to run a torpedo into his side... and IMWX's boat sank very
rapidly. Rapid replication and preemption and commonly used tactics
in the hobby business.