Speaking of high prices, does anybody know if there is going to be a licensing surcharge for either Erie, DLW or EL like the UP roads? Tim >From: "Paul R. Tupaczewski" <paultup_@_optonline.net> >Reply-To: "Paul R. Tupaczewski" <paultup_@_optonline.net> >To: "'Green Family'" <davandli_@_frontiernet.net>, "'Erielack'" ><erielack_@_lists.Railfan.net> >Subject: RE: (erielack) Rich Man's hobby >Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2005 23:20:54 -0400 > >Dave Green wrote: > > > I generally don't mind changes but the direction Athearn has > > gone, indeed the whole hobby, has me fed up. I find these > > new Athearn models discouraging. Yes, the detail is better > > and the newer models are more accurate, but it doesn't seem > > worth the money. Are people buying this stuff or are sales > > down? The old Athearn was about all I could afford. The > > quality was good enough and if I wanted to make it better I > > could choose to do that. My pocketbook can't justify a $100 > > RS-3 or a $140 SD45-2 and I don't make that bad a living. > > For aesthetic purposes I can see buying a single RS-3 for my > > layout but what good is a single SD45-2? You have to have at > > least a paired set and the higher prices put that further > > outside my reach. And, having become used to $5-$7 cars I > > can't buy a $15 - $20 Ready-To-Roll car that is all prettied > > up. If I did buy one it would mean less to me because I had > > no hand in building it. > > > > I miss the old Athearn. They made the hobby affordable for > > me. It seems the creativity of the hobby is disappearing and > > being replaced by the McDonald's "gotta have it now" > > generation. I have a new-found interest in military > > modeling, partly in response to the skyrocketing prices of > > model railroading. Trains will always be my first love, but > > for sheer economic reasons I foresee my model railroading > > activities diminishing with a corresponding increase in > > historical research (i.e. armchair) and the aforementioned > > static plastic models. I was just starting to get out of the > > armchair after years of struggling to establish a career. It > > is very disappointing to have to face this realization now > > that I have time to resume modeling. > > >Well, the "rich man's hobby" does seem to be true. Many modelers today are >either retired with a lot of disposable income, or professionals who pull >in >6-digit salaries. Truth be told, they're driving this new "high end" >market. > >There's also the axiom of "time is money" - in the good old days, you could >purchase a relatively inexpensive kit, and then superdetail the thing >wonderfully - all at the cost of a) detail parts, and b) your time. Today, >many people think their time is more valuable than that and are willing to >pay for the kit to come superdetailed (when you add up the price of detail >parts and your time, these "expensive" models might even turn out to be >cheaper in the long run) > >Although it does appear that some manufacturers are listening - Life-Like >has been doing their Proto 1000 series for a number of years, and now Atlas >has announced their "Trainman" series of inexpensive, high-quality >equipment >in HO, N and O scales (though sadly, their first group of HO equipment only >has ONE car that's correct for the EL timeframe, and none that are correct >for DL&W/Erie, though the O scale Trainman models do fit the earlier >timeframes). > >And by the way, you still CAN get the Athearn "blue box" kits. Harder to >find, yes, but they're still producing them. > > - Paul > >-- >No virus found in this outgoing message. >Checked by AVG Anti-Virus. >Version: 7.0.323 / Virus Database: 267.8.10/43 - Release Date: 7/6/2005 > > > > The Erie Lackawanna Mailing List > Sponsored by the ELH&TS > http://www.elhts.org The Erie Lackawanna Mailing List Sponsored by the ELH&TS http://www.elhts.org ------------------------------
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