5065Re: Kato In Z, A Different Approach
- Jul 2, 2001Without a doubt you're right John, we should harness our collective
influence and direct it at Kato first and foremost. Do any of you ex-N
scalers out there remember when Atlas/Kato brought us their RS-3 back
in 1982-83? Before that N Scale motive power was about as innovative
as a network TV sitcom plot. (addmittedly the Roco/Atlas stuff was
decent) Kato is beyond a doubt the finest MASS producer of model
trains in the world. My brother-in-law snagged a seven car bullet
train set in Japan for a price that would make us Z scalers cringe!
Considerably less than $300 USD bought the new "500" Bullet train and
a Tomix starter track set with auto switches and x-former (kinda like
Fleischmann's track). Accordingly, my thanks to all who can make it to
St. Louis to do the "dirty work". If anyone can pull up Z it'll be
Kato. Has anyone out there ever bought a Kato loco and NOT had it run
flawlessly and whisper quiet out of the box? I highly doubt it! Again,
thanks guys - our scale needs the competition!
--- In z_scale@y..., jcubbin@o... wrote:
> I don't know if it's been suggested yet, but rather than just a
couple of people approaching the Kato booth inquiring about Z, how
> some sort of petition from this group? There are nearly 400 members
after all, why not put those numbers to use? No matter how well a
> single argument can be crafted, I believe several hundred
individuals inquiring about a product would carry far more weight.
> This forum and Jeffrey R. MacHan are recognized by the NMRA's SIG,
this coupled with the voices of those several hundred Z_Scale
> members would, if not send the Kato folks running to the drawing
board, might get them to consider dusting it off.
> The topic has been kicked around, how popular is Z these days. One
sure acid test is right here. If only 5 or 10 people reply with
> then Kato is right to ignore Z. Let's find out definitively within
these ranks, how popular
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