Carl Miller

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Sun Feb 20 13:21:41 EST 2022

Typo of course.  The Westerfield kit is a GKa.  Says so on the box.


On Sun, Feb 20, 2022 at 1:20 PM Frank Bongiovanni <fbongiovanni at>

> Jim, old friend, I'm not arguing.  And your disbelief is understandable.
> A very reliable source talked to Westerfield himself and was told that he
> did make a Gkd, and that after about a dozen the mold broke.  I take
> legends like that with a grain of salt.  But just as a check on my senility
> I ran down to the basement and found the one that I have.  I don't know if
> the new owner has redone them or plans to.
> And if you browse the 'net you'll see an outfit called-IIRC--Concept
> models that catalogued VGN and N&W battleship gons.  We got some.  They are
> absolutely awful.  I got Summers and Munson to review them with me and they
> turned purple.  After looking at them carefully--okay, even from two feet
> away--they are a redo of the old Red Ball N&W battleship gon.  I doubt
> anyone would find them useful, unless majorly bashed, nowadays.  [Now that
> I've said that, I'd bet a cup of coffee that Jim Nichols has done that, but
> for most of us......]
> Frank Bongiovanni
> On Sun, Feb 20, 2022 at 1:05 PM NW Modeling List <
> nw-modeling-list at> wrote:
>> Mr. Miller,
>> I don't believe Westerfield ever produced an N&W battleship gondola.  As
>> Mike Shockley has pointed out, Westerfield has produced several variations
>> of N&W hoppers.
>> Funaro & Camerlengo did produce a Virginian battleship gondola; is this
>> what you are looking for?
>> Jim Brewer
>> On Sun, Feb 20, 2022 at 10:35 AM NW Modeling List via NW-Modeling-List <
>> nw-modeling-list at> wrote:
>>> Westerfield still makes N&W hoppers. As far as I can tell, they can be
>>> ordered on their website.
>>> There is a link to the secure store.
>>> Mike Shockley
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