RE: [HOn3] Re: Blackstone engines
- This subject has been discussed to death and reappears every few months. It
costs a lot of money to put a model into production and they have to sell
enough to break even to make it worth while. That limits what is likely to
come on the market. If you want some of those rarer items you will have to
buy existing models on the used market - many are available in brass - or
scratch build one or have someone custom build one for you. Blackstone has
done several surveys to test the market potential of various models and I
think they have as much as said that the only two locomotive models that
have any real sales potential to justify making at this time are the K28 and
the K36, not necessarily in that order.
They have to make hundreds, if not thousands, of models in composite to
break even. You can do brass models and break even with much lower runs. But
the brass models will cost much more than the composite ones. So any
manufacturer has to be realistic, and we the buyers have to be realistic as
well. There is lots of stuff we would all like to see, but the chances are
slim we ever will.
From: HOn3@yahoogroups.com [mailto:HOn3@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Craig
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2013 4:07 PM
Subject: [HOn3] Re: Blackstone engines
Yup...I want another D&RGW engine because that is what I model. And we know
that other states had narrow gauge. But it doesn't seem (from my limited
time on this earth) that the other roads have as much as a following as the
D&RGW/RGS/C&S have. Not meant as a bash, but just my opinion.
Remember, there are still a bunch of EBT cars available from Blackstone.
That is a start, but seems that they haven't done that well in sales. Again,
just my opinion from what I still see available on the website. A lot of the
D&RGW and RGS stuff they have done are sold out or are on their 2nd and 3rd
They simply have to go where the $$$ is.
That being said, I'd love to see a Shay as well, but I'd love to get my mits
on a K-36 first :)
JOHN SPRATLEY <john.therailtoad@...> wrote:
>Horizons a little!. Say an EBT, or W.P.&Y.
> Hi Guys, Another D&RGW loco? How about Blackstone Widening their
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