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Does Bowser manufacturing still make stuff in the USA?

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Posted by tstage on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:06 PM

Exactly.

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Posted by IRONROOSTER on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:06 PM

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So essentially pre-ordering is telling the manufacturer that you'd be interested in purchasing "X" quantity of a product.  I'm guessing when they get enough interest they produce a run?  So, generally, no real guarantee the product will be available in the near future?

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Or if they don't get enough in some limited time frame they cancel the project altogether. 

If it's something you really want, you need to pre-order and hope they get enough.  Otherwise you wait and take a chance. I have only pre-ordered twice and both times it was for something I really wanted.  In both cases a limited number were made and never repeated - nor do I think they ever will be.

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Posted by PRR8259 on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 11:27 PM

I respectfully disagree.  The better manufacturers have a modest number of extras made to cover last minute buyers.

Preorders are essentially firm orders.  The manufacturer sets a preorder cutoff date.  If Bowser who has a preorder date either looming or past, does not receive enough orders for Santa Fe blue and yellow warbonnet F-9's by that date, they will not get made, period.

Unlike some brass importers of the past they do not sit around waiting for enough orders to come in and then say ok lets make it, years later.

Bowser, Atlas, and Intermountain are now sharing at least one factory.  Production slots have to be filled.  If there are not enough preorders then the production slot will go to someone else.  Last time I preordered it must have been a bad time for dealers as 4 different F-7's did not get made due to lack of orders.  This is also Walthers' problem:  announce cool passenger train at wrong time of year, or for delivery at wrong time of year (summer, when dealers are cash poor) and watch entire project crash and burn.

The one F-7 I wanted got all of 20 orders, far below minimum build quantity, and was never made.  I am hoping the Santa Fe F-9 does well enough.

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Posted by JEREMY CENTANNI on Friday, March 17, 2017 12:17 AM

Bowser makes kits still.

Purchased several that came out last month.

I'm dying for my order of Challenger scheme UP express cars to come in, should be next couple of days.

They might have the best detail of all the "kit" cars out there.  I have been very impressed by the last few releases.   Outside of cleaning up some casting flash here and there, the pieces fit together immacuately.

I like variety and the ability to switch stuff out and change it up. $40 cars don't help me out and due to traveling because of no home layout, less detail works out better for me due to transport and handling.

We also need ScaleTrains to offer more in their Kit Classic line as well.  Nice pieces for the money.

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Posted by BMMECNYC on Saturday, March 18, 2017 7:13 AM

tstage
I've been waiting for nearly 4 years for True Line Train to release their NYC 19000-series wood cabooses.

American Model Builders makes a kit of that caboose.

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Posted by tstage on Saturday, March 18, 2017 7:26 AM

Yes, and I have thought about purchasing one from time-to-time.  I also have four Waterlevel Models and one Gloorcraft kit that I still need to put together, paint, and/or detail.

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Posted by Bernd on Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:21 AM

The Bowser Hobby Shop and manufacturing shop.

Last year I was looking at their web site and came across a page describing how they were going to make the details parts. They described a 3D printer. I did a search for that 3D printer and came up with this link.

https://www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/projet-1200

After about a month or so that page was no longer available. So I'm asuming they may still be making there prototype parts this way. These 3D printers are used by dentists for designing a single tooth for implant technology.

Bernd

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