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Wednesday
Oct262011

Just put up a new kit. Enclosed Water Tank

Sunday
Oct092011

The future. Some changes coming soon.

November will mark our 8th year.  We haven’t made too many changes to the site in a while.  That’s about to change.  Partly because the site has gotten rather large. we realize that searching for kits can be difficult.  We are about to add many new kits that have not been available but on disk and as one off, custom jobs.  Additionally, I have over a half dozen never seen kits that are near completion.  Farther down the road are a couple of big new disks.  We remain dedicated to creating great models. so watch for the changes and let us know what you think.

Reality strikes a blow.  Due to increased web storage, paypal handling fees and taxes some prices will have to increase.  We haven’t raised prices in seven years.  As a matter of fact, we reduced prices when we switched from pre printed products to digital format.  In a couple of weeks, individual texture files will increase to $1.99 per download, still a great price.  Individual disks will stay at $29.95 and $39.95.  A few kit downloads will increase due to revised designs or additional options added.

As always we appreciate and thank you all for your support.  We are dedicated to making this a fun and informative site for card stock modelers and we are going to keep having fun doing it.

Thom

Tuesday
Sep272011

A couple of Indy Pix

Just a couple of pix of our good buddy Russ Haigh’s Model Contest entries.  All of his buildings are made with Clever Models materials.  What you see here is done in On18, which is O scale models on N gauge track. The train is custom designed by Russ.  Thanks Russ

Monday
Sep262011

Thoughts on the Indy National

Hi everyone.  Well, we’re back from the Indy, O Scale National (combined with the annual Fall O Scale Meet held every year in Indy) and while it was a financial sucess for us, I think I speak for alot of the vendors that this was not one of the best shows they have ever attended.

Please, these are just MY opinions, not anything I would attribute to anyone else.

While the venue was nice, one of the two rooms was VERY poorly lit. (The room we were in.)  That is something that show management should have realized and done something about.  They did bring in some big work lights on poles, but it didn’t help much.

My big issue was that there was no one there that was not a vendor.  Thursday and Friday, our sales were pretty good, but we didn’t sell anything to the public, because they weren’t there.  We (the vendors) were just selling to one another, which always happens to a certain extent, but this was extreme.

I think we were all hoping that Saturday would be the “big” day, since the public would be off and able to come to the show.  Instead, Saturday was dismal.  There were times when I counter less than 30 people in the room and 90% of those were vendors.  Many of the vendors just packed up and left.  The rooms were a ghost town by 3PM when the show was scheduled to close.

I realize that show management has little control over attendence, but I think they need to do a much better job of promoting the show.

I don’t mean to be so negative, but I just don’t have anything positive to report, other than it was great to see the usual crowd that travels the show circuit.

Dave