Re: Stellar Prices Paid for Classic Kits
- Jim - I think there will always be a few highly talented master modelers in our lot who will have all the right capabilities, resources and motivation to take on the hard work in creating the models we build. Jim Wild and Clint Crow are two such.
Everytime someone creates some significant modeling project a body of knowledge is also created. In the plaster model case it's the design and building of the kit, tooling and process. How much of that has been preserved?
Perhaps one of us could research the subject of developing these model kits, the history as well as the future. Or has that already been done?
We have an ongoing evolution of design and construction technologies that may if combined and tuned could offer a way to signifantly reduce the labor required to creat a mold for small scale plaster reproductions of masonry construction. I look at what you can do today with CorelDraw5 (street price $50) a 40 or 50 watt laser (OK, more than $50) solid modeling and CNC machining. Then layer on top of this a good retinue of model fabrication techniques. Maybe the master carving can be reduced to a small amount of artistic finishing touches and at the same time mold life can be improved with new mold materials. Just some thoughts........
--- In HOn3@yahoogroups.com, Jim Vail <akacoot@...> wrote:
> Jim Wild....Rocky Mountain Model Works - died tragically ....but I have never seen any of Jim's kits reproduced......likely will never
> be produced again.
> Clint Crow is still in business but his Ridgeway Roundhouse kit was a limited run - I think with the proviso that it will not be run again............. Jim Vail
> On 10/31/2012 2:31 PM, gippstrader wrote:
> > The stellar prices paid on Ebay for some Golden Age kits reflects the quality of what seems a bygone era for those pioneers of hand carved masters and dental plaster components. Rocky Mountain Modelworks ........... I would be interested in what folks think about who has inherited these master modelers talents in this field ......
- Hi Guys. High prices for these type of kits is nothing new. Just look at the prices being asked for other limmited edition
"Craftsman Kits", Like FINESCALE MINIATURES, and Simmilar. Soon as you class it as "Limmited Edition", you can bet
the "Collector/Speculator", types will begin bying them up, in the hope of future profits. The same thing happened, with the
Brass Market, but look how the bottom droped out of that, still thats what you get in a Free Market, so you`ve got to
accept it, or change hobby.
However, not to worry, as soon one of the major chinese manufacturers will start producing RTR cast resin Buidings,
just as they have here in the UK. Happy Modelling John the Railtoad
P.S. Thenew Peco HOn3 switches are now out and look great.
- Isn't Monster Modelworks duing the Durango (and maybe Ridgway) walls?
Seems with some drawings, it'd be far cheaper to have them cut a batch of
walls for all three (Rico, Ridgway and Durango) - and then you add your own
windows & roof. Monster also has some nice roundhouse doors now.
I love kits too - but can't justify $500 for a single kit of anything.
- Steven Haworth
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- I agree with you concerning this kit, but I did spend that on Ragg's wonderful Martha Rose Smelter. But I can justify that because it will be the central point of my mining layout.
Steve Haworth wrote:
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What you could consider is making a Rico 'roundhouse' using the Downtown Deco Engine shed walls which bear more than a passable resemblance to the Rico shed brick walls.
- If anyone is looking for a RICO Enginehouse, I have one built up and ready
"What you could consider is making a Rico 'roundhouse' "
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