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Re: Essential Freight Cars

Dave Nelson
 

My comments are in-line, prefixed as [DHN>]

 

 

From: Ted



That said, I have discussed the idea of doing a book, although books is more realistic. My vision is 3-4 perfect bound (paperback) volumes.

[DHN>] The problem w/ perfect bound books is the spine is ruined when you make a scan or Xerox copy.  That… and the fact my wife would very much prefer my ever expanding RR reference collection be digital whenever it can.

 

The fly in the ointment in all of this is that a lot has changed since these articles were published. Many of the kits are no longer available, many have been superseded by one or more styrene (or resin) offerings, and several are ones where I (or others) are actively pursuing replacement kit offerings. I also have several subjects that were never covered that would need to be completed and incorporated into a latter part of the compendium. It's not that I don't see a value in this; it's more that it would be an undertaking well above and beyond just putting them together into book form.

[DHN>] I’ll suggest you publish the original articles pretty much as is with your marketing info stating those facts… and then come up with an additional volume that addresses replacement models(as-if you had written of them for RMC) plus any new stuff.  An errata could go in either edition.

 

IOW please don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good or this could be like Richard H’s missing tank car book – lordy, what a loss that is!

 

Cheers,

Ted

[DHN>]  Dave Nelson


Re: Essential Freight Cars

Jared Harper
 

Ted,

I am preparing a clinic for Collinsville to be entitled, "Building a Freight Car Fleet for the Alma Branch."  One of my sources is the articles on essential freight cars you did.  I razorbladed all those articles along with many other freight car articles for future reference.  Doing my clinic preparation would be much harder without them.

Jared Harper


---In STMFC@..., <speedwitchmedia@...> wrote :

I guess it's time that I reply to this. First, I do not ever recall stating that I would not entertain the idea of consolidating all of this into a book. It's possible I did, but I certainly don't remember it. However, I have read numerous times about things I have said and done that were not the case so it's possible that I stated something that was easily interpreted differently than I intended.

That said, I have discussed the idea of doing a book, although books is more realistic. My vision is 3-4 perfect bound (paperback) volumes.

The fly in the ointment in all of this is that a lot has changed since these articles were published. Many of the kits are no longer available, many have been superseded by one or more styrene (or resin) offerings, and several are ones where I (or others) are actively pursuing replacement kit offerings. I also have several subjects that were never covered that would need to be completed and incorporated into a latter part of the compendium. It's not that I don't see a value in this; it's more that it would be an undertaking well above and beyond just putting them together into book form.

To summarize, it's a project I heartily embrace. I just need to insert it into the queue.

Thanks for all of the positive input, feedback, and support. It is nice to read it all.

Cheers,
Ted


Re: Essential Freight Cars

Enzo Fortuna <babbo_enzo@...>
 

Yes, I'm also an N sclaer with very little time to work on scratch, but I also have read any article with great interest and ...
Just an Idea for you Ted...
Why not create PDf dedicated to each car and put on sell in your web site?
This way we don't have to wait long time for you create a Book collection of the same contents?
And, you can have an immediate return of size of interest generated.
Just a 2 cent from Italy!
Cheers
Enzo Fortuna
N scale Espee in Italy


Re: Essential Freight Cars

Pat M Duffin
 

What I have heard is that we are looking for a book.


On May 25, 2017, at 10:57 AM, jimbetz jimbetz@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

 

Ted (and all),

I suggest the following response to what I see as a

"hue and cry from your loyal followers".

Why not make the collection of articles available on
your web site - as is/as they were written - with sufficient
disclaimers as to the "currency" of the information.

And with each article being available as a separate item ...
that includes a link to what you do have available now
(the links should survive the ravages of time - perhaps
all of them are simply to your home page). I.e. treat
them as "completed work to be shared with others"
and used as an 'introduction' of your work to new
users.

Then, as time permits, start replacing/rewriting some of the
articles written from a current perspective ... or not.

Or perhaps even producing some new entries/articles in
this excellent series ... *G*
- Jim B.

P.S. I leave it up to you whether you provide the articles in
a form that they can/can not be downloaded and saved
on the modeler's computer(s)/device(s). I'm not sure
that it is even possible to prevent that no matter how
hard you try ...


Re: Essential Freight Cars

Jim Betz
 

Ted (and all),

I suggest the following response to what I see as a

"hue and cry from your loyal followers".

Why not make the collection of articles available on
your web site - as is/as they were written - with sufficient
disclaimers as to the "currency" of the information.

And with each article being available as a separate item ...
that includes a link to what you do have available now
(the links should survive the ravages of time - perhaps
all of them are simply to your home page). I.e. treat
them as "completed work to be shared with others"
and used as an 'introduction' of your work to new
users.

Then, as time permits, start replacing/rewriting some of the
articles written from a current perspective ... or not.

Or perhaps even producing some new entries/articles in
this excellent series ... *G*
- Jim B.

P.S. I leave it up to you whether you provide the articles in
a form that they can/can not be downloaded and saved
on the modeler's computer(s)/device(s). I'm not sure
that it is even possible to prevent that no matter how
hard you try ...


Re: Essential Freight Cars

Jack Burgess
 

I might be less than average. I have 45 built-up resin models on the layout, 45 unbuilt kits in my stash, and sold 7 built-up models and 6 unbuilt kits for cars that most likely would not have appeared on my prototype.

 

Jack Burgess


Re: InterMountain A.M.C. (Alternate AAR Standard) Hopper Undecorated Kit

Jon Miller <atsfus@...>
 

On 5/24/2017 7:35 PM, rwitt_2000@... [STMFC] wrote:
Question: Does the InterMountain undecorated hopper, kit #42199, come with the multiple ends available for this model?

    I think (can't prove) all undec kits that IM produces come with all the sprues for that model.  I think they learned their lesson years ago with the ATSF stock car kit when they tried to produce 5 or 6 different boxes with different parts.  Shops wouldn't stock them and it cost IM much more for the boxes than a few extra sprues.

-- 
Jon Miller
For me time stopped in 1941
Digitrax  Chief/Zephyr systems, JMRI User
NMRA Life member #2623
Member SFRH&MS


Re: InterMountain A.M.C. (Alternate AAR Standard) Hopper Undecorated Kit

rwitt_2000
 

Scott,

Thanks.

Bob Witt


Re: Essential Freight Cars

Douglas Harding
 

Like many I have a large stash of unbuilt resin kits. Purchased while available, stashed while building a large operating layout. The layout, and moving it multiple times, has occupied my hobby time. As operations commence, improving the quality of freight cars on the layout is taking focus, ie replace the Athearn, Varney, AHM, etc with prototypically correct and better detailed cars. What I need to do is look at my stash and determine if there are kits that do not fit the era and focus, for which this group has been highly helpful in furthering my education.

 

Doug Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2017 5:44 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: Essential Freight Cars

 

 

And I believe this is where the phrase, "from my cold dead hands" comes into play. :-)

Pierre Oliver
www.elgincarshops.com
www.yarmouthmodelworks.com

On 5/24/17 10:21 PM, 'Jack Burgess' jack@... [STMFC] wrote:

 

Ted…

Just a note that many of members of this list might have unbuilt kits for the cars that you covered in your series. So, even if those kits are no longer available, they probably reside unbuilt in many kit stashes.

Jack Burgess

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:36 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Essential Freight Cars

I guess it's time that I reply to this. First, I do not ever recall stating that I would not entertain the idea of consolidating all of this into a book. It's possible I did, but I certainly don't remember it. However, I have read numerous times about things I have said and done that were not the case so it's possible that I stated something that was easily interpreted differently than I intended.

That said, I have discussed the idea of doing a book, although books is more realistic. My vision is 3-4 perfect bound (paperback) volumes.

The fly in the ointment in all of this is that a lot has changed since these articles were published. Many of the kits are no longer available, many have been superseded by one or more styrene (or resin) offerings, and several are ones where I (or others) are actively pursuing replacement kit offerings. I also have several subjects that were never covered that would need to be completed and incorporated into a latter part of the compendium. It's not that I don't see a value in this; it's more that it would be an undertaking well above and beyond just putting them together into book form.

To summarize, it's a project I heartily embrace. I just need to insert it into the queue.

Thanks for all of the positive input, feedback, and support. It is nice to read it all.

Cheers,

Ted

Ted Culotta

Speedwitch Media

speedwitchmedia@... - www.speedwitchmedia.com

Blog: http://prototopics.blogspot.com

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Re: Essential Freight Cars

Ted Culotta
 

Jack,

That's an excellent point. I just wish I had a way to know the market for writing and publishing material about things that are out of production, but in peoples' stashes in large enough quantities to justify the effort! I am sure I could make some educated guesses about this give what Martin produced and my basic understanding of what sold. I could also put a list of cars into an online survey and see what wins out. Technology tools are easy to find to help with the research gathering.

Ted Culotta


Re: Essential Freight Cars--What size stash?

Pierre Oliver
 

It's been suggested that easily 70% of Sunshine kits and likely other resin kits remain unbuilt

Pierre Oliver
www.elgincarshops.com
www.yarmouthmodelworks.com
On 5/25/17 8:58 AM, 'gary laakso' vasa0vasa@... [STMFC] wrote:

 

Anyone have an estimate of the size of stashes of resin unbuilt kits?  Is 30% a good number or does it depend on the model?  I would guess that the Sunshine vinegar car kits have many more unbuilt than built.

 

Gary Laakso

south of Mike Brock

 

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:22 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: RE: [STMFC] Re: Essential Freight Cars

 

 

Ted…

Just a note that many of members of this list might have unbuilt kits for the cars that you covered in your series. So, even if those kits are no longer available, they probably reside unbuilt in many kit stashes.

Jack Burgess

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:36 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Essential Freight Cars

I guess it's time that I reply to this. First, I do not ever recall stating that I would not entertain the idea of consolidating all of this into a book. It's possible I did, but I certainly don't remember it. However, I have read numerous times about things I have said and done that were not the case so it's possible that I stated something that was easily interpreted differently than I intended.

That said, I have discussed the idea of doing a book, although books is more realistic. My vision is 3-4 perfect bound (paperback) volumes.

The fly in the ointment in all of this is that a lot has changed since these articles were published. Many of the kits are no longer available, many have been superseded by one or more styrene (or resin) offerings, and several are ones where I (or others) are actively pursuing replacement kit offerings. I also have several subjects that were never covered that would need to be completed and incorporated into a latter part of the compendium. It's not that I don't see a value in this; it's more that it would be an undertaking well above and beyond just putting them together into book form.

To summarize, it's a project I heartily embrace. I just need to insert it into the queue.

Thanks for all of the positive input, feedback, and support. It is nice to read it all.

Cheers,

Ted

Ted Culotta

Speedwitch Media

speedwitchmedia@... - www.speedwitchmedia.com

Blog: http://prototopics.blogspot.com

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]



Re: Essential Freight Cars--What size stash?

Benjamin Hom
 

Gary Laakso wrote:
 "Anyone have an estimate of the size of stashes of resin unbuilt kits?  Is 30% a good number or does it depend on the model?  I would guess that the Sunshine vinegar car kits have many more unbuilt than built."

Who cares?  More wasted bandwidth and less time spent building.


Ben Hom


Essential Freight Cars--What size stash?

gary laakso
 

Anyone have an estimate of the size of stashes of resin unbuilt kits?  Is 30% a good number or does it depend on the model?  I would guess that the Sunshine vinegar car kits have many more unbuilt than built.

 

Gary Laakso

south of Mike Brock

 

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:22 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: RE: [STMFC] Re: Essential Freight Cars

 

 

Ted…

Just a note that many of members of this list might have unbuilt kits for the cars that you covered in your series. So, even if those kits are no longer available, they probably reside unbuilt in many kit stashes.

Jack Burgess

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:36 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Essential Freight Cars

I guess it's time that I reply to this. First, I do not ever recall stating that I would not entertain the idea of consolidating all of this into a book. It's possible I did, but I certainly don't remember it. However, I have read numerous times about things I have said and done that were not the case so it's possible that I stated something that was easily interpreted differently than I intended.

That said, I have discussed the idea of doing a book, although books is more realistic. My vision is 3-4 perfect bound (paperback) volumes.

The fly in the ointment in all of this is that a lot has changed since these articles were published. Many of the kits are no longer available, many have been superseded by one or more styrene (or resin) offerings, and several are ones where I (or others) are actively pursuing replacement kit offerings. I also have several subjects that were never covered that would need to be completed and incorporated into a latter part of the compendium. It's not that I don't see a value in this; it's more that it would be an undertaking well above and beyond just putting them together into book form.

To summarize, it's a project I heartily embrace. I just need to insert it into the queue.

Thanks for all of the positive input, feedback, and support. It is nice to read it all.

Cheers,

Ted

Ted Culotta

Speedwitch Media

speedwitchmedia@... - www.speedwitchmedia.com

Blog: http://prototopics.blogspot.com


Re: Essential Freight Cars

Pierre Oliver
 

And I believe this is where the phrase, "from my cold dead hands" comes into play. :-)

Pierre Oliver
www.elgincarshops.com
www.yarmouthmodelworks.com
On 5/24/17 10:21 PM, 'Jack Burgess' jack@... [STMFC] wrote:

 

Ted…

Just a note that many of members of this list might have unbuilt kits for the cars that you covered in your series. So, even if those kits are no longer available, they probably reside unbuilt in many kit stashes.

Jack Burgess

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:36 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Essential Freight Cars

I guess it's time that I reply to this. First, I do not ever recall stating that I would not entertain the idea of consolidating all of this into a book. It's possible I did, but I certainly don't remember it. However, I have read numerous times about things I have said and done that were not the case so it's possible that I stated something that was easily interpreted differently than I intended.

That said, I have discussed the idea of doing a book, although books is more realistic. My vision is 3-4 perfect bound (paperback) volumes.

The fly in the ointment in all of this is that a lot has changed since these articles were published. Many of the kits are no longer available, many have been superseded by one or more styrene (or resin) offerings, and several are ones where I (or others) are actively pursuing replacement kit offerings. I also have several subjects that were never covered that would need to be completed and incorporated into a latter part of the compendium. It's not that I don't see a value in this; it's more that it would be an undertaking well above and beyond just putting them together into book form.

To summarize, it's a project I heartily embrace. I just need to insert it into the queue.

Thanks for all of the positive input, feedback, and support. It is nice to read it all.

Cheers,

Ted

Ted Culotta

Speedwitch Media

speedwitchmedia@... - www.speedwitchmedia.com

Blog: http://prototopics.blogspot.com





Re: InterMountain A.M.C. (Alternate AAR Standard) Hopper Undecorated Kit

Scott H. Haycock
 

The plain arched end is included. The 6th end is the flat end with U channels instead of angles.

Scott Haycock


 

Thanks for your reply.


You list three ends included in the kit. By "peaked" do you mean the "arch" or "radial" ends or the angular heap shields. The Dreadnaught end is based on the arch end. They also list a notched arch end. By my count there are five different ends: flat, arch, notched arch, arch with Dreadnaught and angular heap shields. I am looking for the plain arch end

Bob Witt



Re: InterMountain A.M.C. (Alternate AAR Standard) Hopper Undecorated Kit

Scott H. Haycock
 

Yes,

It comes with 6 different ends.

Scott Haycock


 

I looked in the archives and couldn't find the answer.


Question: Does the InterMountain undecorated hopper, kit #42199, come with the multiple ends available for this model?


Bob Witt





Re: InterMountain A.M.C. (Alternate AAR Standard) Hopper Undecorated Kit

rwitt_2000
 

Thanks for your reply.

You list three ends included in the kit. By "peaked" do you mean the "arch" or "radial" ends or the angular heap shields. The Dreadnaught end is based on the arch end. They also list a notched arch end. By my count there are five different ends: flat, arch, notched arch, arch with Dreadnaught and angular heap shields. I am looking for the plain arch end

Bob Witt


Re: InterMountain A.M.C. (Alternate AAR Standard) Hopper Undecorated Kit

Charles Tapper
 

Mine did.

Charles Tapper
OKC 


On May 24, 2017, at 9:35 PM, rwitt_2000@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

 

I looked in the archives and couldn't find the answer.


Question: Does the InterMountain undecorated hopper, kit #42199, come with the multiple ends available for this model?


Bob Witt




Re: InterMountain A.M.C. (Alternate AAR Standard) Hopper Undecorated Kit

Rich C
 

Yes it does, Bob. Upon brief inspection it has peaked, C&O Dreadnaught peaked and regular flat ends.

Rich Christie


On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:35 PM, "rwitt_2000@... [STMFC]" wrote:


 
I looked in the archives and couldn't find the answer.

Question: Does the InterMountain undecorated hopper, kit #42199, come with the multiple ends available for this model?

Bob Witt





InterMountain A.M.C. (Alternate AAR Standard) Hopper Undecorated Kit

rwitt_2000
 

I looked in the archives and couldn't find the answer.


Question: Does the InterMountain undecorated hopper, kit #42199, come with the multiple ends available for this model?


Bob Witt



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