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5087Re: [z_scale] Re: Kato In Z, A Different Approach

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  • Reynard Wellman
    Jul 3, 2001
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      Hello John,
      Sometimes I wish I had never heard of KATO, they've
      spoiled me. The quality of the track and locomotives, the ease
      of assembly, wiring, etc. has caused me to make unfair comparisons.

      When N scale first started out (actually in the mid-60's) up until
      the 80's, it was mostly junk, stuff that wouldn't run,
      terrible turnouts, lumpy looking buildings and freight cars.

      KATO lit a fire under the other manufacturers -- get better or starve!

      Z scale needs someone like this to show the others the way.
      I couldn't agree with you more. I've yet to see a KATO product
      perform poorly, unless I threw it accross the room or something.


      zerstoererx@... wrote:

      > Without 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!
      > Regards,
      > John Stueber
      > --- 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
      > about
      > > 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
      > emails,
      > > then Kato is right to ignore Z. Let's find out definitively within
      > these ranks, how popular
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