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64394Re: [Z_Scale] Re: D51 Japanese Mikado at show yesterday.

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  • Reynard Wellman
    Feb 6 12:02 PM
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      Hi Loren,
      As in horse racing, the old saw "competition improves
      the breed" should be applied to our Z manufacturing
      undertakings. Yes, price is a big, big factor when folks
      are considering an item. But the value of "quality" eventually
      enters into the equation. For instance, if you've bought yourself
      a nice cheap chair that one day busted out from under
      you (thus your hip got bruised) , you'll most likely never
      to buy a cheap chair like that again. Believe me there is
      some awful furniture out there!

      Doing the research and engineering, obtaining the right
      kind of tooling and using the talents of smart employees
      will always make for a positive ROI (return on investment)
      not only for the maker, but for the customer as well.

      I am so pleased that we now have an example in
      Z scale of a well made, cost effective STEAM locomotive
      with this new Tenshodo D51 Mikado.

      warm regardZ,

      On Feb 6, 2010, at 9:30 AM, David K. Smith wrote:

      > Loren, I think the solution here is to encourage Tenshodo to
      > consider American prototype steam. Perhaps if we could collectively
      > demonstrate enough interest in it, they may be open to suggestions.
      > Just a thought...
      > --David
      > http://jamesriverbranch.net/
      > http://pinecreekrailroad.net/
      > http://1-220.blogspot.com/
      > --- In z_scale@yahoogroups.com, "Loren Snyder" <ljsnyder@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Reynard,
      > >
      > > This loco does sound wonderful in comparison to many others,
      > however one
      > > statement you made will surely come back to haunt steam lovers if
      > > manufacturers take your suggestion below seriously.
      > >
      > > Don't get me wrong, I whole heartedly agree with you that steam
      > lovers need
      > > to make their wishes known regarding quality.
      > > I'd suggest that almost anything is a possibility when it comes to
      > > manufacturing, however, to design a beautifully running,
      > realistic looking
      > > steam loco here in the USA would end up costing much more than I
      > think most
      > > folks would be willing or able to pay for.
      > >
      > > Shucks, I'll bet that many would gladly take on the project if
      > they had the
      > > money and expertise to make such a loco and could be assured they
      > would
      > > recoup their R&D costs when sales of said product commenced.
      > >
      > > Now, if we were all rich, then money would be no object of
      > concern......
      > >
      > > Loren
      > >
      > > -------Original Message-------
      > >
      > > From: Reynard Wellman
      > > Date: 2/6/2010 7:38:17 AM
      > > To: z_scale@yahoogroups.com
      > > Subject: Re: [Z_Scale] Re: D51 Japanese Mikado at show yesterday.
      > >
      > > My first impression is that this might very well be the product
      > > to spur the steam runners to demand better engineering
      > > from our Z scale manufacturers.
      > >
      > > best regardZ,
      > > Reynard
      > >
      > >
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      > >

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