5087Re: [z_scale] Re: Kato In Z, A Different Approach
- Jul 3, 2001Hello 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.
> Without a doubt you're right John, we should harness our collective[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> 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!
> 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
> > 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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