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Wed Feb 4 23:06:11 EST 2009

What scale? 1:32, 1:29, 1:24, 1:22.5, etc. Different set of people in each
of these scales. In a gross generalization, scale modelers can be found in
1:32. Standard gauge equipment is the big draw for 1:29 - look at the ads
for Aristo-craft and USA Trains. 1:24 and !:22.5 is LGB centric with narrow
gauge prototypes and some non-scale equipment. Larger scales typically do not
model Class 1 railroads. IMHO, there probably is a market in 1:32 and 1:29
for detailed, scale plastic models. Scale steam models are well represented
there. But making production runs (and sales) large enough to hit those low
price points may be problematic in today's economy. If the initiative is
actually "G" scale (1:22.5), it would be a long shot.

Bob Lang

In a message dated 2/4/2009 4:50:46 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
nw-modeling-list at writes:

I am investigating an opportunity presented to me and would like the NWHS
lists input please. I unfortunately am not currently a member of the society,
but have been a subscriber to the lists for a couple of years. Input I am
looking for is would these sell well? Is there a market for G scale of these
locos? Licensing the products?
I have an investor that came to me about the possibility of manufacturing
highly detailed plastic G scale steam locomotives. By highly detailed he stated
he wanted to offer a level of detail equal to proto200 and Broadway limited
HO scale. He wants to do the A, J and K classes. The A and J class will of
course include excursion version of #1218 and #611. The K class would be the J
with the trailing truck change to two wheel. He also would like to offer
service and excursion auxiliary water tenders. Also he is thinking of offering a
limited run of the war baby J’s the other would not be limited run. They will
have sound and smoke as well. He does not want the retail price to exceed
the following for each class.
A class - $999.00
J & K Class – $799.00
Water tenders - $249.00
All input is welcome good or bad. You can send me emails offline if
P.S. I have made note of prototypical functionality of the articulation for
the A class. I have seen this mentioned on numerous threads here.
Thank you in advance
Jon Kelley
norfolknwestern1218 at

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