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Saturday
Jun062015

Latest update on Carolina Castings (foundry)

As far as our request for permission to produce this kit, Kalmbach Publishing is “considering” our request.  This leads me to ask some maybe provocative questions.  From a  the comments on this blog and other places, it seems that the common understanding by you, my audience, is that “They have this statement in the magazine, or just call so and so and he will give you permission”.  I would really like to know if any of you out there have actually ever seen a kit, manufactured by anyone, that has secured permission from Kalmbach.  Personally, I don’t know of any.  The reason I am asking about this, is despite all of the information (rumors) you have heard,  as of our request, Kalmbach says that they have NEVER had ANYONE ask for permission to manufacture a kit based, loosly or otherwise, on ANY plans published in any of their RAILROAD publications.  So what does this mean?  Well, one thing is that again, we are trailblazers, like the crew of the starship Enterprize, boldly going where no one has gone before.  Another, and this is probably MORE IMPORTANT, we model railroaders, live in a world where many of our “facts” are based on rumors and “I thinks”.  Now if someone comes up with a kit based on a Kalmbach article that HAS recieved LEGAL permission to manufacture, I will gladly eat these words.  Just as a side note, did you know that there is an Administrative Assistent in the Copyright Department at Kalmbach, whose job is to deal with stuff like this?  Well, there is and he/she is a very nice person and very helpfull.  He/she (I will not divulge their identity, but it is public record on the Kalmbach website.) doesn’t think that there will ba an issue and thanked me for approaching this the correct way.  So in conclusion, when you folks suggest that we can do things faster, or you don’t see what the big deal is about this or that, just know one thing.  There is a lot more going on behind the scenes that you never see on this website.  We WORK (used to be a fun hobby) HARD to give you the best product we can at prices that JUST BARELY keep the doors open.  So keep the constructive comments coming, but if you have a better way of doing something, I encourage you to start your own business.  Then you can enjoy this hobbey even more.  OK, my soapbox has folded (it was made of paper) and I have fallen back to Earth.

Friday
May292015

Update on Carolina Castings. You guys gotta learn to relax.

O.K. Yes I said that C.C. would NOT be produced, you folks have to understand that as a manufacturer, I have to be careful.  And yes I know all about Model Railroaders usual willingness to allow copyrighted material to be manufacturered.  BUT, knowing you guys and how impatient you can be, I felt like I needed to take the chance and dash all your hopes and dreams until I had a signed piece of paper that said it was alright to manufacture.  And I’m sure I will get it, but you know what, it’s May and for the next 4 months our sales are going to be really lousy, so I will take my time, cross my T’s and dot my I’s and then we will probably release the kit.  We’ll see.  I actually haven’t seen it yet.  When I do, I might push it forward.  We’ll see.

Tuesday
May262015

Carolina Casting in NOT going to be produced. At least not yet!

Hi Everyone.  I hate to be the bringer of bad news, but as JT pointed out in his comment about the Carolina Casting post, the plans of the Carolina Foundry model are currently copyrighted by Model Railroader and as such, we can not make a kit of it (doesn’t matter what it is called) for sale.  I’d love to do it as a FREEBIE, and maybe we will, but I need to do some more checking first.

Tuesday
May262015

Carolina Casting from Dave Rarig

Dave sent this a while ago.  Pix of Carolina Casting.  I believe in N scale.

The other day he sent me his art in HO.  Well, I got a bug up my bum and with Dave’s permission recreated his model in O,  with a serious texture upgrade. Now it hasn’t been test built yet, so don’ t get in a bunch about when will it be available.  When it’s ready.  So go build a grain elevator while you’re waiting.