Count your blessings - Re: [z_scale] Re: Happy New Year!
I agree, but I wish to amend your observation:
"I cannot help but be amazed that I have been able to reach a life style where
one of the big disapointments of this day is that I cannot
afford an AZL GS4 with those beautiful Daylight cars . . . nstead of worrying
about their next meal or a warm place to sleep."
I added the YET because, as we all know, if the perceived need is strong
enough, we will find a way to get our "little toys."
One of the biggerst complaints I have about Marklin is that their models all
seem to be "limited editions" in order to create a false market, and the
Insider cars usually end up in a slightly modified production run. It makes
kit-bashing a real mental struggle: If I weather the cars, do they go up or
down in value? The only way to answer that question is to ask another
question: Are we talking about resale value, or hobby value?
Some of the limited editions are wotrthwhile, though. We bought a gondola
car a few years ago for three reasons:
1) It was a "Limited Edition"
2) It was unique in design because of the open load - a brass bell in a
"wooden" support frame that helped tell a story when coupled with the
Coppingen church model we bought earlier.
3) A part of the proceeds actually went to the repair of the prototype
church bell that the car depicted - I've always been a sucker for a good
story, especially if it's true.
Now, the price of the car wasn't expensive (unless you compare it to the
occasional "buck-a-car" prices I sometimes paid when I modelled in N), but I
had to laugh at myself for trying to justify a purchase by seeing it as
partially an act of charity.
Happy New Year to all Z-nuts: May we always be able to afford the time and
money to pursue our hobbies.
First United Methodist Church wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bill Hoshiko" <billhko@...>
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> Sent: Thursday, January 01, 2004 11:25 AM
> Subject: [z_scale] Re: Happy New Year!
> > To all Zers from all over the world,
> > Happy New Year from a cool California morning.
> > I cannot help but be amazed that I have been able to reach a life
> > style where one of the big disapointments of this day is that I
> > cannot afford an AZL GS4 with those beautiful Daylight cars.
> > Today is a day of appreciation and hope that all the other people of
> > this world can achieve a life where all they need to complain about
> > the lack of Z scale trains instead of worrying about their next meal
> > or a warm place to sleep.
> > Bill
> > El Toro, Ca
> Amen, Bill, amen. Sometimes, I need to have my perspective adjusted.
> Thanks!! Happy New Year to all!
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- Dear Z friends,
We are indeed fortunate to have the time and resources to indulge
ourselves in our hobbies. Our concerns have evolved in recent years
from "wondering 'IF' such and such a loco etc. will every be
produced in Z" to "wondering 'WHEN'... It's been quite astonishing
to see the rapid developments in our hobby. And it looks like
things will only get better and better.
I strongly feel that, because we are so fortunate, we should try to
find ways that our hobby interests may contribute to greater and
more important causes than our material desires.
The first train shows that I attended were organized by a local
youth charity and food bank (Sun Youth). For as long as I have
lived in Quebec and Montreal, I have taken part in their shows (9 in
total so far). When I lived in Vancouver and Toronto, I supported
the local Lions Clubs who put on train shows as fund raisers.
Of course, I have indulged myself exhibiting at commercial shows
around the USA, Canada and Europe but I have always given priority
to shows put on by non-profits and charities. Now that I have once
again taken up permanent residence in Montreal, my plans are to
become an active volunteer at the Canadian Railroad Museum.
But my activities are really not much compared to the work of people
like Terry Sutfin who goes much further by organizing a food drive
whenever the Great American Train Show (GATS) is in Portland or
Salem, OR or in the Seattle, WA area.
So, at the dawn of another great year for Z, my message is an
invitation to all of us to try to give a little back to our
communities through our hobby interests. Support your local charity
train shows, offer to organize a food drive or a clothing collection
as part of the admission price, or volunteer if your time allows.
No matter what our cares and woes may be, we still have so much to
be thankful for.
Health, happiness and serenity to all in this new year,
- In einer eMail vom 02.01.2004 16:16:06 Westeuropäische Normalzeit schreibt
> One of the biggerst complaints I have about Marklin is that their modelsRick,
> seem to be "limited editions" in order to create a false market, and the
> Insider cars usually end up in a slightly modified production run. It makes
> kit-bashing a real mental struggle: If I weather the cars, do they go up or
> down in value? The only way to answer that question is to ask another
> question: Are we talking about resale value, or hobby value?
doing limited run is a wide known practice on the MR market. You are right,
Märklin of course is trying to convince potential buyers by the "limited"
versions. Here in Germany a lot of collectors are buying sometimes incredible stuff
from Märklin, just to have the collection complete.
The "limited runs" are normally that big, that the items will never get
really big value increase. I personally buy only the stuff I really like and do
what I want with this purchase and feel good! Don't worry - be happy!
Happy New Year!
The Redrock Railroad - Home of the Desert Hog
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- Rick Saviano <saviano@w...> wrote:
<snip> Some of the limited editions are wotrthwhile, though. We
bought a gondola car a few years ago ...... A part of the proceeds
actually went to the repair of the prototype church bell that the car
depicted - I've always been a sucker for a good story, especially if
it's true. <snip>
Actually the story is even better than that: As a part of a major
effort, Märklin donated 5 DM for every one of those gondolas sold to
the reconstruction of the Dresden Frauenkirche (Church of Our Mother).
The church was destroyed during one night of massive and terrfying
bombing near the end of world war two. Only one corner of the rather
unique square footprint was left standing amid a pile of ruins. The
church is now being rebuilt -- I believe almost entirely from private
donations. The project is a civic effort to restore something and
make a bridge to the city's past
Märklin's effort coincided with the delivery of a newly cast bell for
the church's tower. This occured about the same time as a major train
show in Dresden, in which Marklin was a major player. Hence, a small
bell was the gondula load. Thus, your purchase helped heal a scar
from over 50 years ago.