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Re: NTS Walthers head scratcher?

Aley, Jeff A
 

Wild speculation: Maybe this is the Branchline Yardmaster tooling???

 

Regards,

 

-Jeff

 

 

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
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To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] NTS Walthers head scratcher?

 

 

Walthers is reportedly doing the following:

Association of American Railroads 40-foot 1944 boxcar. Pre-production concept art shown. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Baltimore & Ohio; Canadian National; Canadian Pacific; New York Central; and Northern Pacific. Two road numbers per scheme; also available undecorated. All-new model with 4-4 improved dreadnaught ends, 6-foot Youngstown doors, Murphy panel roof, 10’-6” interior door height, AAR (tab) side sills, 33” metal wheelsets, and Proto-Max couplers. $24.98. January 2015. Ready-to-run. Walthers Mainline. Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770

 

Why would they do this when there are HUNDREDS of Branchline kits still out there for less than the price. Also, says this will be a Mainline car which would have cast on details so they would be competing with Accurail.

 

Brian J. Carlson, P.E.

Cheektowaga, NY

 


Re: NTS Walthers head scratcher?

Brian Carlson
 

Actually the link you provided is a pre-war “ARA” maybe based on the old TM X29. My point is why do a high priced low detail car when Branchline (better detail) and Accurail (better economy) are out there. There is still an opportunity to do a postwar car if you pick a welded car or early PS-1 for instance.

 

Brian J. Carlson, P.E.

Cheektowaga, NY

 

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
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Subject: Re: [STMFC] NTS Walthers head scratcher?

 

 

It¹s not a new car for them. This price is the same as the last run they did
of limited edition schemes. Example:
http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/910-1508

Thanks!
--

Brian Ehni

From: STMFC List <STMFC@...>
Reply-To: STMFC List <STMFC@...>
Date: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM
To: STMFC List <STMFC@...>
Subject: [STMFC] NTS Walthers head scratcher?

Walthers is reportedly doing the following:
Association of American Railroads 40-foot 1944 boxcar. Pre-production
concept art shown. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Baltimore & Ohio; Canadian
National; Canadian Pacific; New York Central; and Northern Pacific. Two road
numbers per scheme; also available undecorated. All-new model with 4-4
improved dreadnaught ends, 6-foot Youngstown doors, Murphy panel roof,
10¹-6² interior door height, AAR (tab) side sills, 33² metal wheelsets, and
Proto-Max couplers. $24.98. January 2015. Ready-to-run. Walthers Mainline.
Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770

Why would they do this when there are HUNDREDS of Branchline kits still out
there for less than the price. Also, says this will be a Mainline car which
would have cast on details so they would be competing with Accurail.

Brian J. Carlson, P.E.
Cheektowaga, NY




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Re: NTS Walthers head scratcher?

 

It¹s not a new car for them. This price is the same as the last run they did
of limited edition schemes. Example:
http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/910-1508


Thanks!
--

Brian Ehni

From: STMFC List <STMFC@...>
Reply-To: STMFC List <STMFC@...>
Date: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM
To: STMFC List <STMFC@...>
Subject: [STMFC] NTS Walthers head scratcher?







Walthers is reportedly doing the following:
Association of American Railroads 40-foot 1944 boxcar. Pre-production
concept art shown. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Baltimore & Ohio; Canadian
National; Canadian Pacific; New York Central; and Northern Pacific. Two road
numbers per scheme; also available undecorated. All-new model with 4-4
improved dreadnaught ends, 6-foot Youngstown doors, Murphy panel roof,
10¹-6² interior door height, AAR (tab) side sills, 33² metal wheelsets, and
Proto-Max couplers. $24.98. January 2015. Ready-to-run. Walthers Mainline.
Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770

Why would they do this when there are HUNDREDS of Branchline kits still out
there for less than the price. Also, says this will be a Mainline car which
would have cast on details so they would be competing with Accurail.

Brian J. Carlson, P.E.
Cheektowaga, NY









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NTS Walthers head scratcher?

Brian Carlson
 

Walthers is reportedly doing the following:

Association of American Railroads 40-foot 1944 boxcar. Pre-production concept art shown. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Baltimore & Ohio; Canadian National; Canadian Pacific; New York Central; and Northern Pacific. Two road numbers per scheme; also available undecorated. All-new model with 4-4 improved dreadnaught ends, 6-foot Youngstown doors, Murphy panel roof, 10’-6” interior door height, AAR (tab) side sills, 33” metal wheelsets, and Proto-Max couplers. $24.98. January 2015. Ready-to-run. Walthers Mainline. Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 414-527-0770

 

Why would they do this when there are HUNDREDS of Branchline kits still out there for less than the price. Also, says this will be a Mainline car which would have cast on details so they would be competing with Accurail.

 

Brian J. Carlson, P.E.

Cheektowaga, NY

 


Re: Richard Hendrickson's Obituary

asychis@...
 

What a diverse set of interests! Truly a Renaissance man!  Jerry Michels


Richard Hendrickson's obituary

Don Valentine <riverman_vt@...>
 

Hi Jim,


I see Nolan or speak to him fairly often but it sounds like that has been covered. Additionally, however, we both also speak with Larry Grubb so I will be sure he knows by calling him over the weekend.


My best, Don Valentine


Re: Richard Hendrickson's Obituary

Tom Madden
 

Richard's public obituary, which gives more detail on his non-railroad activities, can be found here:

http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140708/NEWS04/307089998


A full life, well lived.


Tom Madden


Re: Richard Hendrickson's Obituary

Rupert & Maureen <gamlenz@...>
 

Bill

I’ve forwarded the obituary to Nolen.

Rupert Gamlen
Auckland NZ

 


From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Friday, 18 July 2014 1:03 p.m.
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Richard Hendrickson's Obituary

 



Thank you for sharing this with us Dick. It occurs to me that two people that would want to know about Richard's death are Nolan Null and Larry Grubb, both formerly w/Life-Like with large responsibility for their Proto 2000 line. I believe Nolan is a RR hobbyist—CB&Q fan I think—but Larry only minimally I think. If anyone knows how to reach them, I think they would really appreciate it. I know that after L-L Larry became a Project Manager for "Habitat for Humanity" in Baltimore. I checked their online directory and did not see his name.

 

Bill Welch



Re: Richard Hendrickson's Obituary

James F. Brewer <jfbrewer@...>
 

Bill,

I've forwarded the obituary to Nolen Null and asked he forward to Larry if he has that contact info.

Jim Brewer



From: "STMFC"
To: "STMFC"
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:03:04 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Richard Hendrickson's Obituary

 

Thank you for sharing this with us Dick. It occurs to me that two people that would want to know about Richard's death are Nolan Null and Larry Grubb, both formerly w/Life-Like with large responsibility for their Proto 2000 line. I believe Nolan is a RR hobbyist—CB&Q fan I think—but Larry only minimally I think. If anyone knows how to reach them, I think they would really appreciate it. I know that after L-L Larry became a Project Manager for "Habitat for Humanity" in Baltimore. I checked their online directory and did not see his name.


Bill Welch



Re: Richard Hendrickson's Obituary

Bill Welch
 

Thank you for sharing this with us Dick. It occurs to me that two people that would want to know about Richard's death are Nolan Null and Larry Grubb, both formerly w/Life-Like with large responsibility for their Proto 2000 line. I believe Nolan is a RR hobbyist—CB&Q fan I think—but Larry only minimally I think. If anyone knows how to reach them, I think they would really appreciate it. I know that after L-L Larry became a Project Manager for "Habitat for Humanity" in Baltimore. I checked their online directory and did not see his name.

Bill Welch


Three Weeks to 2014 St. Louis RPM , Aug 8 and 9

golden1014
 

2014 ST. LOUIS RAILROAD PROTOTYPE MODELER'S MEET


Meet us in St. Louis for the EIGHTH ANNUAL St. Louis RPM Meet on Friday, August 8th and Saturday, August 9th, 2014 at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville, Illinois.  Collinsville is 12 miles east of metro St. Louis on I-55/70.  The meet starts at 9 AM both days.  Expanded to 14,000 sq.ft. of high-quality models, displays, hands-on workstations in the modern, professional Gateway Convention Center. Presentations by nationally-recognized historians and modelers. Railroad Historical Societies and scale model vendors will also be in attendance. Attendee model displays.  Evening layout tours, fellowship, door prizes and much, much more!


**** NOW EXPANDED to 14,000 sq. ft, 35 vendors, 12 historical societies, 3 operating layouts, and more good times! ****


We are proudly co-sponsored by the Gateway Division, National Model Railroad Association.  Check out the Gateway Division website at http://www.gatewaynmra.org/default.htm


A hard copy of our latest flyer can be downloaded as a PDF at http://home.mindspring.com/~icg/rpm/stlrpm.pdf.

The heart of this event is YOUR MODELS!  Bring your models, finished or in progress, for display and discussion.  All scales, gauges, and models from all eras are welcome; bring locomotives, structures, freight cars, dioramas, vehicles or other models. There are no contests. The purpose of our event is to share and learn new techniques, and meet your fellow modelers from St. Louis and around the Nation. We had over 1,350 models brought by attendees in 2013! 

BRING YOUR MODELS FOR DISPLAY!

Hours: 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M both days. Admission: $25.00 Friday & Saturday, $15.00 Saturday only. Kids under 13 free with paid adult admission. Vendor set-up at 7:15 AM Fri. Sales end at 5:00 P.M. Saturday. St. Louis RPM Meet is a not-for-profit event.

CLINICS

St. Louis RPM features nationally-recognized modelers and historians presenting all-new clinics in a relaxed atmosphere. Presentations begin at 9:00 a.m. both days.


Bruce Smith

President of the PRR T&HS will present Modeling Maintenance of Way Rolling Stock.
 
Brian Banna
Will present Modeling Missouri Pacific SD-40-2 3320 in HO scale.  

Ed Hawkins
Railroad Prototype Cyclopedia publisher http://rpcycpub.com/ and author will present ACF Type 27 ICC-103A/103B Acid Tank Cars.
 
Nelson Moyer

Modeling the CB&Q Washington Subdivision in HO.
 
Tim VanMersbergen
40 foot Box Cars on the 1960s and 1970s plus Modeling Considerations.
 
Bill Schaumberg
Former editor of Railroad Model Craftsman discusses the Sierra Railroad and Modeling Considerations.
 
David Lehlbach
CEO of Tangent Scale Models https://www.tangentscalemodels.com/ will present a to-be-announced freight car topic.
 
Barry Karlberg
Modern Shortlines; How to Model Them.
 
Pierre Oliver
Owner of Yarmouth Model Works (www.yarmouthmodelworks.com), presents Wabash Freight Car Modeling.
 
Rob Adams
Freight Car Modeling in Proto:48.
 
Clark Propst
The popular author and M&StL model presents St. Louis a first look at his Allied Mills Mini-Layout.  Clark will have the layout at the meet.
 
Dave Roeder
St. Louis’s Master Model Railroader will present Operations: Getting Started

Mike Cougill
Prototype Track Modeling.  Check out Dave's cool site at .http://www.ostpubs.com/
 
 
HANDS-ON LEARNING STATIONS

 
Jeremy St. Peter and his crew from The Weathering Shop will demonstrate their amazing weathering techniques as seen on their website at http://theweatheringshop.com/.  Bring your models or buy models at the meet to weather and finish!
 
Dave Schroedle of Protoweathering.com will offer hands-on weathering clinics all day, both days!  Bring your own models or buy them at the meet to learn new finishing skills using chalks and weathering powders.
 
David Ward will demonstrate modeling open loads and steel weathering.  See more of David’s amazing work at http://www.protoloads.com/
 
BRING YOUR MODELS FOR DISPLAY!


VENDORS
 
A big part of St. Louis RPM is our "scale train show", which this year features 85 tables of hand-picked vendors, including Bob’s Photos, Tangent Scale Models, Cannon, Moloco, Plano, Yarmouth Model Works, Rails Unlimited, Funaro & Camerlengo, Railshop Ltd., ICG Custom Decals, Big Four Graphics, American Model Builders, Badger Airbrush, Protocraft, Mike Gruber Photos, Stan Rydarowicz Models, Moon Dog Railcars, Fox Valley Models, Lake Junction Models,  Joe Collias Photos, Norris Hobbies, Q Connection, Spring Creek Model Trains, ProtoLoads, Mask Island Decals, OST Publications, Weathering Solutions, Motrak Models, Iowa Scaled Engineering, Ed Stoll photos, Coffman Engineering, and more.  

RAILROAD HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

St. Louis RPM features one of the
largest annual gatherings of railroad historical societies in the U.S.  The New York Central System, Pennsylvania T&HS, Wabash, Missouri Pacific, C&EI, Nickel Plate, Illinois Terminal, Terminal RR Association, Milwaukee Road HA, and C&NW socieities will be present, along with the National Museum of Transportation and the Barriger National Railroad Library.  All this are more will be on hand to aid your modeling and research efforts. 
 
LAYOUT TOURS

The Litchfield Train Group, featured in the July issue of Railroad Model Craftsman, will be open for visitors on Thursday, August 7th from 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Contact Lonnie Bathurst at bathurst@... (217) 556-0314 for directions and information.  Three home layout tours will be offered on Friday evening from 6:00-10:00 for registered RPM guests only.  Featured this year are Don Morice's beautiful transition-era IC HO scale layout, Herb Koenig's completely finished HO-HOn3 Colorado Rocky Mountain Railroad, and finally Eric Brooman's famous Utah Belt Railroad as see in Model Railroader and Great Model Railroads.  Maps and directions and more information will be available at the meet on Friday.

PRE-RPM BBQ SOCIAL

Meet us at Bandana's BBQ at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday for our not-so-famous pre-RPM get-together and bull session.  Bandana's is located a half-block from the Gateway Center at 4 Commerce Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234.  Phone is (618) 344-4476.  No reservations necessary.

PHOTOS FROM PAST ST. LOUIS RPM MEETS

 
2013 Meet photos can be found at http://www.pbase.com/golden1014/2013_st_louis_rpm_meet&page=all.  Photos from our previous meets can be found at http://www.pbase.com/golden1014.  Also check out the St. Louis RPM 2012 video produced by Ken Patterson for Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oins4ipx68E
 
ST. LOUIS AREA ATTRACTIONS

 
While you're in St. Louis, check out the National Museum of Transportation (http://www.transportmuseumassociation.org/exhibits.html), the John W. Barriger National Railroad Library at the campus of the University of Missouri (http://www.umsl.edu/barriger/), St. Louis Union Station, and some of the best railfanning in the world. More area attractions can be found at http://www.stlouisattractions.com/
 
SEE YOU AT ST. LOUIS RPM!

 
ACCOMODATIONS

Four hotels right next to the Gateway Center are the Doubletree, Fairfield Inn, Super 8 and Extended Stay America:
Doubletree (618) 345-2800 (we're still working a deal here...)

Fairfield Inn (618) 346-0607
Super 8 (618) 345-8008 (reserve by 01 August and get king bed for $66.60/night)
 

Within a 1/8-mile of the Gateway Center are five additional hotels:
Comfort Inn (618) 346-4900 (has doubles available at an RPM rate of $83.20/night) 

Days Inn (618) 345-2000
Drury Inn (618) 345-7700
Hampton Inn (618) 346-4400 (has double available at an RPM rate of $82/night)
Motel 6 (618) 345-9500
 
Four-star hotels in the area, approximately 6-7 miles and convenient to shopping, are:
Sheraton Four Points, Fairview Heights, IL (618) 622-9500

Hilton Garden Inn, O’Fallon, IL (618) 624-4499
Drury Inn & Suites O'Fallon  (618) 624-2211 ‎
 
Printable hotel information can be found at http://home.mindspring.com/~icg/rpm/STLRPMHotel.pdf.
More hotel information in metro St. Louis can be found at http://www.hotels.com/de1426966/hotels-st-louis-missouri/
 
DINNER DEALS

Mention St. Louis RPM at Zapatas Mexican Restaurant next door and get 10% off your bill all day Friday and Saturday.  The Sunday RPM rate is full price!




DIRECTIONS TO THE GATEWAY CENTER

Address: Gateway Convention Center - One Gateway Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234.  The Gateway Center Website is available at http://www.gatewaycenter.com for additional information and directions. Call 1-800-289-2388
- Traveling North on I-55/70: Take Collinsville Exit 11. At traffic light, turn left onto Highway 157/Bluff Road to Eastport Plaza Drive, turn Left. Continue to Gateway Drive, turn right. Gateway Center is located on your left.
- Traveling East on I-40 or 44: Take Interstate 55/70 North, to Collinsville Exit 11. At traffic light, turn left onto Highway 157/Bluff Road to Eastport Plaza Drive, turn Left. Continue to Gateway Drive, turn right. Gateway Center is located on your left.
- Traveling East or West on I-64: Take Exit 9 and then drive North on Hwy 157, approximately 7 miles, to Eastport Plaza Drive which is located off Hwy. 157. Turn left on Eastport Plaza Drive, then right on Gateway Drive. Gateway Center is located on left. and then left onto Gateway Drive. Gateway Center is located on right.

SEE YOU AT ST. LOUIS RPM!

Contact John Golden at Golden1014@... (812) 929-7181 , Lonnie Bathurst at bathurst@... (217) 556-0314 , or Loren Casey at Ljcasey@... (618) 578-1589 for meet info. 

If you can't attend St. Louis this year, try to make another RPM meet near you.  Other venues include:

Bay Area Prototype Modelers http://www.bayareaprototypemodelers.net
Central Ohio Prototype Modelers Meet https://www.facebook.com/groups/438383252883060/

Mid-Atlantic Prototype Modelers https://www.facebook.com/groups/MARPM/
Mid Continent Prototype Modelers Mid Continent Prototype Modelers

New England/Northeast Prototype Modelers http://www.neprototypemeet.com

Northeastern Fallen Flags Prototype Modelers http://groups.yahoo.com/group/neffrpm
Pacific Northwest Railroad Prototype Modelers http://www.northwestrpm.com/
Prototype Rails - Cocoa Beach http://prototyperails.com
Railroad Prototype Modelers East http://www.hansmanns.org/rpm_east/index.htm

Railroad Prototype Modelers Valley Forge http://www.phillynmra.org/RPMMeet.html

Rails by the River - Pacific Northwest http://railsbytheriver.com

Rocky Mountain Prototype Modelers http://www.rockymountainprototypemodelers.org
Saint Joe Valley Prototype Modelers Meet http://www.sjvrr.com/pmm.php

South Eastern States Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet http://www.rpmcarolinasgreensboro.org
Western Prototype Modelers Meet http://www.westernprototypemodelers.org

  
The event list above and much more information is available at the RPM Website at http://www.railroadprototypemodelers.com/other.htm.  


See You in St. Louis!


Signed,
Lonnie Bathurst

Dan Kohlberg
Clark Propst
Loren Casey
Dave Roeder
John Golde


Early steel days on the MC

David
 


Re: Nice VGN gon in this photo

David
 

And for anyone who's curious, here's the business end.

NWHS VG00557-Photo

 

David Thompson


Re: Fallen Flags Site

Germain Golembowski <golembo@...>
 


The Fallen Flags Site  appears to be up and running..
 
G A "Jerry" Golembowski
Grandy, NC


Microscale decals

Rosalie and Bob Deis
 

Hi I am in need of the following Microscale decals MC-4235 Northern Pacific double sheathed boxcar HO scale. Anyone have some extra or can lead me in the right direction to find some? Many thanks for your time.
Robert Deis



Re: Basic Boxcar Decals

Andy Sperandeo
 

It's been years since I visited MicroScale, but when I was there they were creating artwork by flattening prototype photos on a computer screen, enlarging the image to show the lettering close up, and tracing around the lettering. They were producing letters and numerals as close as possible to what was painted on the prototype, and using that art to make the silk screens that printed the decals. They probably have newer technology now, but as far as I know they have the same objective. That's why they look for prototype photos for any lettering or paint scheme they want to produce.

So long,

Andy


Richard Hendrickson's Obituary

Rhbale@...
 

Richard Hendrickson 1931-2014.
 
Dr. Richard Hendrickson, prolific author, noted historian, and long-time promoter of prototype modeling passed away unexpectedly on June 28. Hendrickson died of a heart attack and subsequent fall at his home in Ashland, Oregon. He was 83 years old.
 
A native of Glendale, Calif, Hendrickson developed an early fascination for trains in general and more specifically the Santa Fe. As a teenager summering with family in Oceanside, Calif., he gained the confidence of a Santa Fe crew who allowed him to drive a 2-8-2 on the branch line to Escondido. Decades later he was still remembering the fun of that seminal experience.
 
Hendrickson amassed a huge library of photographs and information about American railroads which he willingly shared with manufacturers as well as like-minded hobbyists. In addition to serving as an inspiration to railroad prototype modeling at meets around the nation, Hendrickson was an active technical consultant to authors and numerous manufacturers of model railroad equipment. A partial list includes Balboa Scale Models, Train Miniature, Life-Like Proto 2000, Walthers, Atlas, Branchline, Kadee, Tangent, and others.
 
Hendrickson was a marvelously well-informed historian and modeler who authored more than 400 magazine articles on freight car history and modeling. For five years he wrote a column critiquing commercial models in Rail Line News. He authored or co-authored four books about the freight cars of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, and co-authored 'Billboard Refrigerator Cars' with Ed Kaminski. He figured prominently in the creation and development of the current Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society and its predecessor organizations.
 
Arrangements have been made for his railroad library, photographs, and collection of reference material to be donated to the California State Railroad Museum at Sacramento.
 
In addition to a compelling interest in railroads, Hendrickson pursued other activities with equal vigor, including fine food, wine, travel, skiing, hiking, bicycling, sailing, and the theater – particularly Shakespeare. He also loved flying and occasionally performed aerobatics in his classic Citabria airplane. He remained interested in sports cars which he raced competitively as a young man.
 
Hendrickson served his nation during the Korean War as an electronic technician aboard a destroyer.
 
Following his service in the U. S. Navy, he studied at the University of Connecticut where he earned his Ph.D. in English linguistics. His 31 years of teaching at the university level included time at San Diego State before transferring to Sonoma State University where he and his wife made their home in Cotati, California.
 
In addition to his wife, Sandra, Richard is survived by his three children, Graham, Kimberly, and Karin; plus grandchildren, Blake and Camile.
 
Richard Bale, News Editor
Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine


Re: Nice VGN gon in this photo

David
 

Virginian class G-6B, home built in 1948-9.
Larger pic of the group:
NWHS VG00263-Photo

 



David Thompson


Re: Basic Boxcar Decals

Tim O'Connor
 

John

Printing is one thing, but silk screen is another. I believe that Microscale
still uses silkscreen. That means making a high resolution photo (or photos
for multiple color decals) and using that to make a mask. It sounds like you
are describing printing directly from artwork.

I talked with George Bishop about his artwork for decals. He used dry transfer
lettering or whatever else was available to make a "paste up" piece of artwork.
No computer was involved. This was photographed at high resolution and turned
into a silkscreen mask. Only for his later decals (MLW, not Accucals) did he
use a computer to create the artwork -- The artwork was professionally printed,
then photographed to make a mask. No Alps were harmed in the process.

He also did some custom large scale "decals" with vinyl tape -- the cutter was
a 2-D printer type machine with razor blades instead of ink. It cut the sheets
of vinyl directly from computerized artwork. The resolution was not nearly as
good as silkscreen, but for G scale it was dandy.

Tim O'Connor

It is no problem at all to work from print outs or photos (pixilated files) PROVIDED these items are only used for the background over which the artist draws all new, vector format, artwork. What it is is a fair amount of work that consumes a fair amount of time and for which the artist will never get properly compensated. To recover what the artists time and skills are worth would mean never selling any decals as the cost would be prohibitive unless a large production run is envisioned.

This is why it is so difficult to find decals for, say, the CNW narrow gauge line in SW Wisconsin (the �Dinky�) coaches. There just is not enough interest to cover one�s costs, let alone make any money at all.

And as time goes on there are less and less people doing such work as the supply of Alps MD series printers dies off. These are fragile, cantankerous beasts who can only be repaired by sending to one company in Japan making repairs run in the $1,200.00 - $1,600.00 and up range due to very expensive shipping. Sure the actual printing can be farmed out to such as Microscale or Kadee but, again, for small runs the costs are huge. And, while the costs per set can be much less for a decent size production run, the seller still ends up with a probable 50 year supply for which he/she has already paid.

So if you can find one of the remaining artists that are willing to do a short run at a reasonable price go for it. If the artist is good, ambitious and know how to properly use an Alps (not all do, believe me) you can get quality decals at affordable prices.

John Hagen


Re: Basic Boxcar Decals

John Hagen <sprinthag@...>
 

It is no problem at all to work from print outs or photos (pixilated files) PROVIDED these items are only used for the background over which the artist draws all new, vector format, artwork. What it is is a fair amount of work that consumes a fair amount of time and for which the artist will never get properly compensated. To recover what the artists time and skills are worth would mean never selling any decals as the cost would be prohibitive unless a large production run is envisioned.

 

This is why it is so difficult to find decals for, say, the CNW narrow gauge line in SW Wisconsin (the “Dinky”) coaches. There just is not enough interest to cover one’s costs, let alone make any money at all.

 

And as time goes on there are less and less people doing such work as the supply of Alps MD series printers dies off. These are fragile, cantankerous beasts who can only be repaired by sending to one company in Japan making repairs run in the $1,200.00  - $1,600.00 and up range due to very expensive shipping. Sure the actual printing can be farmed out to such as Microscale or Kadee but, again, for small runs the costs are huge. And, while the costs per set can be much less for a decent size production run, the seller still ends up with a probable 50 year supply for which he/she has already paid.

 

So if you can find one of the remaining artists that are willing to do a short run at a reasonable price go for it. If the artist is good, ambitious and know how to properly use an Alps (not all do, believe me) you can get quality decals at affordable prices.

 

John Hagen

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