Friday, June 7, 2024

All expectations surpassed

 As of today, Friday June 7, 24, advance sales of the helium tank car have ended.
The number of kits ordered has far exceeded the numbers I expected to of sold, and I wish to still have a few for sale at the table in St Louis.

My sincere gratitude to all who have committed to buying the kit.
Every new resin kit offering is a bit of a gamble these days. It's encouraging to see market confidence.

Deliveries will start late July

Again thanks to everyone for the support

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Now available on the website

 Three new kits are now on the website for immediate sale

Advance sales of the Helium tankcar have surpassed expectations.
If you have not made your purchase and intend to do so, I would act quickly. Only 100 kits are being made and over 70 have been purchased

Friday, May 17, 2024

Helium tankcar preorders

 In a departure from our usual procedure, it has been decided to accept pre-orders for the Helium Tankcar kit.
You can go to the website,

and order your kit effective immediately. Kits will ship out upon my return from the St Louis RPM.
If you wish to pickup your kit at the St Louis RPM, send me an email telling me that, and I'll refund the default shipping amount.
At this time only 75 kits are planned to be made. More maybe available later, depending upon demand. 

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Well I'm excited...

 I hope you are too.
It's finally done.

From this,

To this,

It's taken over 7 years and many iterations to get to this point, but this model is done!

I expect that the kit will be released for sale at the St Louis RPM in July, and then it'll be on the website.
And I'm pleased to report that the model went together with even less effort than I was anticipating. Careful, thoughtful design pays off in the long run.

A huge thank you goes out to Peter Aue, Rob Kirkham and Ryan Mendell for all their invaluable assistance is getting this idea over the finish line. Could not of done it without them.

And for fun, this photo was arguably the most useful photo I found in figuring out this model

Thursday, May 9, 2024

New kits for the NERPM

 These 3 kits will be released at this years New England RPM in Springfield

140.1  Great Northern 50' rebuild, Empire Builder decals $65.00

142.1 NYC Lot 858 40' boxcar Gothic lettering $65.00

142.2 NYC Lot 858 40' boxcar "Cigarband " lettering  $65.00

The Lot 858 cars were the last 40' cars built for the NYC. They used the Despatch roof and ends for a unique looking car
All 3 models feature custom decals from National Scale Car
The kits are pressure cast resin with photoetched details and include correct trucks
They will be available through the website following the NERPM

Monday, April 22, 2024

Progress this day

 It's more than a viscous rumour.
It's happening!

The parts for the helium car are in the house and work has begun on the pilot model.
The kit will be released later this year, either St Louis RPM or Naperville.
Watch online for annoucements

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Stop the Presses

 More like stop the model making.

Overnight it was pointed out to me that the domes on the winecar look out of proportion to the prototype photo.

And I realized that the individual was right.
The model domes are far too large.
I had been sent dimensions that are now clearly incorrect.
I had been told the domes were 48" in diameter, but I now believe that they are closer to 40".
An object lesson in tunnel vision. We were so excited to have figured out the underframe along with finding a feature in Solidworks that allowed us to make the dome collars in 5 minutes, that we didn't see what was right in front of our faces.

So it's a couple of steps back and try again
If it were easy, everyone would be doing it!