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Thursday
Sep112014

Nice sand house build

Jerry Leeds sends us a couple of shot of the sandhouse freebie. Nicely done as usual.

A simple building that could be lots of things. Add a small ramp or a door in the back and it would make a good milk stop.

Wednesday
Sep102014

NEW PROCEDURE FOR FUTURE DOWNLOADS PLEASE READ

In this space previously and on the DISCUSSION page, I briefly mentioned that with all future products, we were thinking of providing them only in O scale and also providing you with instructions to print the kits out at your desired scale.  Well, we are no longer just thinking about it, with the release of the hotels, it is becoming our new way of making kits available.  For too many reasons to list, it make good business sense to us.  So, just to let you all know how this is going to work, here is what will happen with the release of the hotels.

The ADD TO CART button, will not mention scale.  There will only be one button that you can select.

There will be only one price.  Data is data.  You get the same amount of it no mater the scale.  Our new pricing model will be one price irreguardless of your final scale.  It will be lower than the historical O scale prices, but more than the HO or N pricing of the past.

Included with the kit download, will be a “PLEASE READ ME FIRST” file which will contain a lot of information about building paper model kits.  There will also be information about reducing with your printer to get the scale that you want.  With this information you will be able to produce kits in any size SMALLER than O. (1:48)  You will NOT be able to scale larger because you will run out of paper space.  This will not be difficult if you follow instructions.

I hope you all will embrace this new way of doing things.  It is what our competitors have been doing for some time and it will greatly help in streamlining our way of developing kits which should help us to get new things to market much more quickly.

One final thing about the “READ ME FIRST” file.  One of the problems of providing kits that can be scaled down is that any text on the kit pages is reduced also.  That becomes a problem when you are reducing from O scale to Z scale.  Very little is readable.  So the plan is to “Eventually” eliminate all of the text from the actual kit pages.  Any special instructions that may be needed for the kit will be included in the “READ ME FIRST” file.  Also a list of “conventions”, standards that will be used in displaying the kits, will be included.  This will be things like defining which way to bend a tab base on an icon rather than text.  Something that will be understanable, even though reduced.  I said the text will eventually be eliminated.  Until you all get used to the new way of doing things, some text will remain but you may have to view it on screen to make some of it out.

Sorry for changing things, but as we move into our second decade, we really need to move forward.

Thanks for you support and understanding.  Please send your questions to me at <mize1@sbcglobal.net> or use the “DISCUSSION” page.

Sunday
Sep072014

NNGC report

If you were fortunate enough to attend the NNGC, you got an eyefull of some of the best modeling anywhere. Obviously, the “Sundance Central” was a huge (literally) show piece, but the real prize was the competition room. I’ll try to post some pix, but I’m sure other forums will have coverage of it. Really fantastic. If you get a chance to go, DO. Next year is Portland, I believe. I was very happy with the reception of our “Madelin Island” demo layout. (pix soon)  Many folks commented that it would have been a contender had it been in the contest room. Flattery will get you a bigger discount apparently. Had an opportunity to talk with the Carstens guys and they assured me that they are still publishing our kit when the annual comes out. Had long talk with many other influencial figures in the industry. As always, everyone loves what we are doing. One trend I noticed is lots more animation and sound. Not just flashing lights but articulated figures and animals. The hotels we showed were a big hit with many saying they would download as soon as we put them up. (sometime in the next week)

Got these pix of the prototype of “Greezy Gus’s” frome someone who visits regularily. Guess they make a good burger. Pictures by Bill Hadley in Ft Worth

Still in business at 109 . Anglin, in Cleburne, Texas.

Tuesday
Sep022014

Kansas city Narrow gauge show

All packed up and later today I’ll be heading to the show in KC. I hope all of you who are attending will come by and say hello. The best part of these shows is meeting folks. Hope to see you there.

Thom