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