Here’s news from RCW honcho Frank Hodina.
Resin Car Works is going on hold until the New Year. The holidays are compounding our commitments with family activities and a vacation for a couple of weeks.
We had the best of intentions, but the UTLX Class X kit is a bust! No additional models will be produced. I don’t know what it is about the model, but I just don’t like how it has turned out. If I had known what I know now I would have saved many people a lot of work. I don’t like wasting time. We apologize if you were looking forward to these kits but there have been too many difficulties in the production process and additional product will not be released.
Would you like some good news? We are working to produce a mini kit similar to the car kit that was given away to RPM Chicagoland attendees. We have heard from many folks who did not get one of these. Parts and decals are coming together for Chicago Great Western and Chicago & Eastern Illinois versions. We will make an announcement here on the blog when these are ready to purchase but it won’t be until January or February 2018.
After that, Resin Car Works will focus on kits for the 2018 Santa Fe Railroad Historical & Modeling Society convention. Their July event will be held in Chicago. We expect to have HO scale SFRD Rr-35/36/39/40 reefer and Santa Fe “Whalebelly” 50-foot auto car kits ready for the event.
For the 25th Anniversary RPM Chicagoland meet (save the dates -October 18-20, 2018), we are starting early on parts gathering and production. The target model is a modernized InterMountain SFRD steel reefer with a six-foot sliding plug door as the Santa Fe started installing these on the older USRA rebuilt reefers in 1953. For those who model an earlier period new 4/4 Dreadnaught ends with “W” corner posts will also be providedto convert the IM model into a Rr-33 or -34. I’ve started the patterns and one of the RCW minions has been playing with the decal art.
As for additional kits, here are some possibilities that are in no particular order.
- CB&Q XM-32 steel boxcar
- ACF Type 27 8K insulated tank cars
- UTLX X-3 6.5k tanks
- Several open loads either complete or nearly so
Decal art is complete for a couple of these already.
That’s the full scoop on Resin Car Works production. We look forward to better kit runs!
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