Thursday, January 11, 2018

The threat of the demise of NAFTA

Normally I would not bring international politics into this blog.
But this issue will potentially have huge impact upon me and my businesses.
If the current American Administration decides to pull the plug on NAFTA, and it`s looking more likely now then ever before, the free movement of goods between Canada and the USA  maybe severely restricted.
The short and long term impact upon Yarmouth Model Works and Elgin Car Shops remains a giant question mark. But I am concerned.
Duties maybe imposed on both sides of the border, forcing an increase in pricing.
Additional paperwork may slow the flow of items through the mails.
Now I appreciate that model trains are not a major item in the grand scheme of the global economy, but it is a large part of how I earn a living. And many you have come to enjoy the products and services I offer.

So I ask my American neighbors, friends and customers to send a word to their Congressional and Senatorial representatives and ask them to rethink the notion of throwing back up trade barriers with the country that still remains your largest trading partner.

And I'm also asking on behalf of all of the workers on both sides of the border whose livelihoods rely upon the free movement of goods. There are a lot more of us than you might first think.

Monday, January 1, 2018

It's been quite a year

Well it's behind us now and today's a new day.
Here at Elgin Car Shops and Yarmouth Model Works  it's been roller coaster ride of a year.
Much of the first part of the year was taken up with my mother-in-law's cancer treatment and finally her passing.
One of the consequences of the "distraction" is that custom model building as fallen further behind.
With a little luck, I hope to be able to catchup some in the next few months. Fortunately, the vast majority of my clientele are very patient and understanding people.
Thank you all for your patience.
Yarmouth Model Works , on the other hand has had a banner year.
4 all new HO scale kits and 2 S scale kits were released with great success.
Regular readers will know that the S scale cars had an unfortunate demise, but the success of the initial sales have encouraged me to consider more S scale cars in the future.
In 2018, HO scale modelers can look forward to 4-6 new kits.
More of the ACF built boxcars, some rather unique North Eastern road cars, and if we can ever get the pattern finished, the Soo line stock car!
And beyond that who knows!
Yarmouth Model Works started out as small idea. It has now blossomed into the 3rd largest model railroad resin kit manufacturer in North America. And that success is in large part due to the support from you the modelers.
So I'd like to thank all of you have supported me in this endeavour with your hard earned cash, and your moral support.
Looks like you're stuck with me for another year!

Finally, finally, finally!

It's only taken me 7 months to get this done! It's been that kind of year folks.
The boxcar parts from CRMPG(Canadian Railway Parts Manufacturers Guild) are now finally on the website.

The HO scale NSC-1 shown here.
This selection of parts was originally created by Stafford Swain and the late Dan Kirlin, to allow modelers to better recreate the unique looks of Canadian built '37 AAR design boxcars.
Extensive articles were published in Railroad Model Craftsman back in the early '90s documenting the CNR and CPR prototypes and how to model them.
The parts will work on IMWX, Red Caboose, Branchline trains and Intermountain Railway Company boxcar bodies.
Some of the parts have application for US road cars as well. The roofs in particular.
I'm thrilled to finally have these up on the website.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

And coming to you in early 2018!

The paint scheme I should have offered first.
In Jan, I hope to have available our ACF built BAR boxcar with the "as built" paint scheme.

Shawn over at Minuteman Models is working away to get the right shades of red and blue for this car as well.
Ted Cullota has developed the artwork for these decals for us. So you know they're going to be great!
As much as I detest masking, I am very much looking forward to getting this car built.
One of my favorite postwar paint schemes.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Another speed bump!

One of the things that sets Yarmouth Model Works HO scale resin apart from the other manufacturers is that we try and include the correct trucks in all our kits.
In the case of the AC&F 50 ton boxcars that would entail the inclusion of the Kato ASF A-3 truck.
One of the nicest set of trucks on the market!
Too bad I and the rest of North America are out of stock on these trucks!
And my last communication with Kato indicates that I won't be seeing any more trucks at least until April.
So until then I'll be refunding a small amount on each kit sale that doesn't have trucks in it.
Really not liking this stocking practice. I know all the majors are doing it. Doesn't make me feel any better.

Ya just can't make this stuff up

It has to be seen to be believed;
Somebody took this very nice Samhongsa  brass model and did a very good application of this outrageous colour scheme.
The next step is to strip this paint

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Back in the Saddle again

Here's the thing about custom building;
While it is my job, it's also a labour of love. I'm as enamoured with those models as the owners are.
And I'm honoured to be entrusted with those little treasures.
But it happens, from time to time, where I loose my "will to build".
For reasons not completely clear to me, I've been inactive since the Chicagoland RPM.
That is until this past week. Where I've gotten back into the groove and am building again.
Here's 2 fun little projects;
A Branchline Sleeper and a Bethlehem Car Works Horse car.
There are other projects on the go of course.
So to my clients who are waiting, thanks for your indulgence, I'm back at it.