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Re: Did any of you see this?
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2013, 08:01:23 PM »
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The term "museum quality" is subjective. I've seen a few museum displays lately that put that whole "quality" thing to the test.
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Re: Did any of you see this?
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2013, 09:57:16 PM »
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Carharts Mill and the Gas Station look pretty believable. The rest look like they are off a 90's Steam era super layout.

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Re: Did any of you see this?
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2013, 03:35:34 AM »
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Yeah, narrow walls, sharp angled roofs... they look a bit off.

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Re: Did any of you see this?
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2013, 10:20:10 AM »
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I'm considering Carhart's Mill because, well, Carhart is spelled right!  :D
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Re: Did any of you see this?
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2013, 11:10:04 AM »
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I was more interested in the no longer selling to distributers note, the buildings themselves are not what I'm looking for.
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Re: Did any of you see this?
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2013, 11:12:53 AM »
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I was more interested in the no longer selling to distributers note, the buildings themselves are not what I'm looking for.

That's sort of what I was referring to.
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Re: Did any of you see this?
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2013, 12:44:23 PM »
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Well, if their sales go to hell in a handbucker (always wanted to say that in a post), let's see how fast they change back.  Lot of companies sell building so they have compitition.

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Re: Did any of you see this?
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2013, 10:45:53 AM »
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The term "museum quality" is subjective.

I concur.  And I've worked in exhibitions for museums.

It's curious how some of the larger e-tailers are trying to position themselves against Walthers and gain ground as distributors for smaller manufacturers to smaller retailers who can't meet Wally's requirements.  I know conversations with an employee at Kleins has netted it is taking such a tack.  But combining the distributor and retailer into one sole source is never a good idea without guarantees.
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Re: Did any of you see this?
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2013, 12:31:12 PM »
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The term "museum quality" is subjective.

Quite agree. I have some Micro Scale kits, and they're not much different from those offered by a number of other manufacturers. Not to mention that "museum quality" is highly variable: some displays I've seen are incredibly well done, while others are easily bested by prefab plastic structures. When I see the phrase "museum quality" applied to a product line, I automatically think in terms of a marketing ploy used in an effort to differentiate themselves from others, when all too often the only real difference is in the price.
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Re: Did any of you see this?
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2013, 01:33:11 PM »
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I'm probably out to lunch, but I've never even heard of Micro-Scale Models until now (unfortunate name since it's easily confused with the decal company).  These look like nice enough kits, but how many quaint wood factories can the market bear?

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Re: Did any of you see this?
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2013, 01:45:59 PM »
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These look like nice enough kits, but how many quaint wood factories can the market bear?
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Re: Did any of you see this?
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2013, 02:01:42 PM »
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These look like nice enough kits, but how many quaint wood factories can the market bear?

On the surface I might've agreed with you, but I really do think the market can bear quite a variety given these are not extremely mass produced models.  It seems the path to market with laser-cut structures is shorter/easier/less costly and coupled with the ability to produce smaller batches I would *think* that variety would survive.

I have the same bias...wooden factories are (almost) completely useless to me....but, I think about grain elevators...I think we could easily have 20 varieties announced right now and all would be successful.   We have bits and pieces and parts and some almost acceptable scratchbuilding fodder, but man could I spend a large pile of money on some good quality 50's-90's grain industry structures.   If I were ever to get into producing something that would be one of my starting points I think, along with a couple of key freight cars.

And speaking of no longer selling to distributors....how IS Exactrail anyway?   Anybody have the scoop?   I'm sure the HO guys stew about this more than N-scalers but I would be curious how sales are going.   I know with me they've left $300 on the table, easily.
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