64396Re: D51 Japanese Mikado at show yesterday.
- Feb 6, 2010It would be interesting to see just how many pieces Tenshodo made in the 8 variations of the Z-scale Mikado.
Tenshodo has been making models in various scales for years going back further than WWII. They were the superior brand in the 80's for No. American brass engines. As for R&D that is one place where they have already done it. This engine has been previously produced in 3 scales that I know of by Tenshodo in Brass in Japan. They may even have a vast resource of R&D from their HO and O gauge North American production days.
I think it is this vast resource of engineering data they have amassed long before these engines died coupled with a good Chinese partner that have made this Z-Scale D51 possible at the price it is being offered at. If you are not familiar with the Japanese N-scale Market this engine came out at about the same price break as Kato and Micro Ace steam engines have been selling for in Japan for several years.
I do not know how many are produced in a run but I know that with few exceptions they do not last for really long periods of time on the shelves of the hobby stores in Japan. In many cases the really popular releases reappear again after a few years.
It was interesting to note that when I tallied up the total production of the various Steam Engines types produced just by Micro Ace in Japan since the late 1990's to the present, that it exceeds the total number of models produced for whole North American Market since the start of N-scale with Treble O in England in the late 1960's.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Loren Snyder" <ljsnyder@...> wrote:
> 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......
> -------Original Message-------
> From: Reynard Wellman
> Date: 2/6/2010 7:38:17 AM
> To: email@example.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,
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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