A Teaser (for trucks) from Trainworx

cfritschle Aug 4, 2017

  1. SecretWeapon

    SecretWeapon TrainBoard Supporter

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    It's seems to me that these trucks are a nice addition to any layout. Especially my KW W-900. But as Pat pumps out more & more of these exceptional models, collecting them is becoming a hobby on its own. I'm going to be building a new layout soon. I'll be including a few highway bridges to show off all the trucks.
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  2. cfritschle

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    Here is an attempt to try to keep everything in perspective. Most U.S. based model railroad companies, with the notable exception of Showcase Miniatures and Micro-Trains (except for locomotive mechanisms), rely on an overseas factory to produce their products. This means the company must contract in advance with the overseas factory for the number of units that will be made for each production run.

    Unfortunately, model railroad items are not made in sufficient quantities to allow any significant additional cost savings per unit between a run of a few hundred units and a run of a few thousand units. So, it is really the overseas factory that sets the MSRP (aka list price) of the model assuming the company uses the typical markup percentages to set the MSRP.

    This also means that the company must pay for all of the models produced, even if only a portion of the models are sold shortly after they are imported. Therefore, in order to have the money to produce a new run of models, the company cannot have many leftover unsold models for any length of time. Sometimes these unsold models will wind up on "liquidation type" sales with deep discounts that may not even let the company recover their cost of importing the models.

    While the concept that the more you make will result in more sales is technically true, if the company over produces a model, and some of that production is sold at or below cost, there may not be enough overall "net profit" made on the model for the company to finance the production of another product. In other words, selling more units does not always mean a higher profit for a company. The company needs to accurately estimate the demand for the model, and adjust their production accordingly.

    Also, most companies have a product in development for a couple of years or more, so everything they make has to be profitable in order to keep new products coming out the end of that "pipeline" in the future. While over production has some benefit to modelers being able to get big discounts now, it probably will also mean fewer products from that company down the road a bit.

    I am now getting off my soapbox. :)

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  3. MRL

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    Can we see the Timpte hoppers released just by themselves? Maybe a 50' version with a tag axle like I used to pull? or hycube with commodity traps? (High side hopppers like for DDG, Sunflowers, cotton seed etc.)
     
  4. cfritschle

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    Here are what the pre-production models look like:
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    I did not like the "crooked" landing gear look, so I came back and took better pictures that can be found here: http://nscalevehicles.org/news.php You will need to scroll about halfway down the page.

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  5. jpwisc

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    I'm sure that will be fixed for the production run.
     
  6. WFOJeff

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    I guess I don't understand why there are not more Hopper type trailers produced from anyone.

    Surely there has to be a combined interest in N scale layouts. With grain type hauling and light and dense products in our industries.
     
  7. jpwisc

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    You are right, these are long overdue. I've been using some resin cast ones as fill ins. I can't wait to replace them with the TrainWorx ones.
     
  8. cfritschle

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    Karl,

    The landing gear was just press fit (rather loosely) into the holes, and I was able to straighten them for the photos on the NSVA web page. I am sure the production models will not have any issues with the landing gear. :)

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  9. MRL

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    Those Holland's get bent if you drop a loaded trailer and it leans, or hit one too hard picking it up, especially if loaded.
     

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