Model Advisory Team statement
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Mon Jul 2 08:36:00 EDT 2018
Obviously I've missed something HUGE, (and readily concede that the fault is most likely all mine), but this is absolutely the first time I've heard anything about "projects for us such as the HO scale N&W one story
section foreman’s house".
I would definitely wanted at least a couple of these, but never heard or saw anything about them, and they appear nowhere in any part of the commissary that I can find.
Can someone at least fill me in on the details of what I missed out on?
Dr. J. Brent Greer
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Subject: Model Advisory Team statement
Norfolk and Western Historical Society Model Advisory Team
I would like to talk about some things that are happening in the Society as a whole and the modeling side. Everyone has
heard about the latest release from Rapido Trains. This is a wonderful thing for N&W modelers and the society as I will explain
later in this email.
Let me start by saying that the oﬃcers and directors of the society have a big job ahead of us. In a sense, we are trying to play
catch up in one regard and invoking a new business/marketing plan in another. It is the latter that I will be speaking of at this
I have been the team leader of the Model Advisory Team (formerly the Modeling Committee) for almost a year now. We have
made contact with several major manufacturers and I have signed Non-Disclosure agreements. Hence, I am the primary point of
contact for the NWHS pertaining to these agreements. It is important that manufacturers of modeling products have a place
that they can obtain correct information, drawings, plans and anything else that they may need to complete their projects. I
have heard from a few companies that stated that they don’t deal with historical societies in part because most societies do not
have an archive set up to do business with. There are at best three or four as well organized and cataloged as our very own. The
successful state of our archives is due to excellent work by the volunteers that dedicate their time each month.
In less than a year we have been able to have smaller manufacturers do projects for us such as the HO scale N&W one story
section foreman’s house and an HO scale Mahone depot kit. Alex Schust was kind enough to let Southern Heritage Models have
some drawings of coal camp houses that we should have before the end of the year. We have some very nice NS/NW GS-50
woodchip cars. These are resin kits by Crosstie Models which is owned by fellow member Josh Clark. I have asked Josh to do
some N&W/VGN hoppers. These are more than likely a couple of years away, at best, because this young man is currently in
The Commissary is going to have some pre-sale items coming very soon. Ordering them from the society will illustrate to the
manufacturers that the NWHS has a customer base. The next time they consider something it could be an N&W model. That is
what helped with the RS-11 project. We have an item on order with Rapido (which we will announce when it is released for
sale) that opened the door to inquire with us about the N&W ALCO RS-11. Pre-selling the RS-11 will highlight the
number of N&W modelers within our society in addition to the modelers outside of our society. This will hopefully lead to
another run with different paint schemes. Ordering the items from the Society supports the Society and its continuing operation
and allows us to order more from the manufacturer and shows them that our members support N&W/VGN products.
The MAT (Model Advisory Team) has been working to get products in your hands. We all look forward to see what can happen
in the years to come. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to call me (540) 613-0683 or text me at this
number. Please call me between 5pm and 7pm or email me at taylor at nwhs.org<mailto:taylor at nwhs.org>
Dean Taylor, Vice President, NWHS
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