Re: Bang for the buck department
- I have to agree too. It wondered me somewhat, seeing full page size,
four colour advertisings for models built up from warped parts. At
least it gave you an idea what you get for the buck.
The best example that it is possible producing high quality cast
resin kits for a reasonable price are the ones from Foothill Model
Works. Accurate, crisp details and delivered with trucks and all the
other hardware. Not to mention the best assembly instructions I have
seen so far.
Check them out!
--- In email@example.com, ebtnut@... wrote:
> Can't argue with a thing Marc.Â I agree that if you are paying
a "premium" price for a model, you would expect it to turn out
well.Â We in the hobby have been burned this way in the past, and
not just in On3.Â Recall the Arbour Models loco kits in HO?Â You
MIGHT get one together, but it was almost impossible to get one to
run well (if at all) if you did.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Marc Reusser <marc@...>
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Sent: Wed, 30 May 2007 6:42 pm
> Subject: [on3] Re: Bang for the buck department
> Absolutely true (though I can think of an On3/On30 kit maker that
> has beautifully done product at less than half the price). But
> brings us back around to the original issue...these $124 kits are
> second rate quality....and as such...should cost nowhere near that
> amount. The embarassing thing is, that the model railroading
> community is led to beleive, or believes, that that these are high
> quality kits.
> BTW... there are highly detailed, accurate, armor resin kits
> from "boutique/cottage" mfrs. that cost in the $140-200 range...so
> also a limited market, and production run before the molds
> these are generally still far superior than what is being passed
> for the $124 and $144 by Cimmarron.
> ...At the very least, Cimmarron should have hired a skilled,
> qualified and compitent model builder to build the cars that are
> for advertising on the web page.....then they could at least
> us into believing it's our lack of skill that is causing us not to
> able to build them properly...rather than their poor castings.
> > Well, one has to consider that the tank model was likely done
> the prospect of moving maybe 5,000 pieces, which would cover the
> 70,000 cost of cutting those dies and still have some profit
> potential.ÃÂ Same thing with folks like Bachmann.ÃÂ They can
> excellent On30 pieces because they expect to sell in the tens of
> thousands.ÃÂ On3 kit manufacturers might be thinking in terms of
> moving a couple hundred kits, and that isn't going to pay for
> precision die-cutting.ÃÂ Yes, you can turn out good work without
> spending buckets, but it's a lot more work, and at some point you
> say, is this really worth it?
> > DM
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