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Paige Enterprises HO sawmill kit ... anybody familiar?

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Paige Enterprises HO sawmill kit ... anybody familiar?
Posted by crossthedog on Saturday, October 29, 2022 10:06 PM

Calling all craftsman kit build- and bashers, come in please.

I happened across a dark blue box in my local, a box about the size of a Campbell Scale Models kit only even narrower, labelled Paige Enterprises, with a small sticker on the end of the box saying HO Sawmill Kit 1002, and an address in Wilmington, Delaware. That's all. No picture of the assembled kit. Looks like it might be a few decades old.

Have any of you built this kit? Do you have a photo of it? All I can find on the interwebs is the diagram showing the plan view, not much to tell me what the model really looks like.

I'm considering a sawmill, and I like the idea of a craftsman kit. And this would be one I could afford. Just need an idea what it looks like. I imagine it's small.

Any clues appreciated.

Thanks,

-Matt

Returning to model railroading after 40 years and taking unconscionable liberties with the SP&S, Northern Pacific and Great Northern roads in the '40s and '50s.

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Posted by rrebell on Sunday, October 30, 2022 11:10 PM

These are knockoffs of FSM kits. I think Paige he went to jail for his misdeeds. With the cost of FSM kits way down it is better to buy one of them as the casting are much better as Paige made molds of FSM stuff and others and recast them but the recasts were of generaly bad quality.

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Posted by PennsyLou on Monday, October 31, 2022 8:52 AM

Cost is a relative thing, EBay is showing 5 FSM Old Time Sawmill Kits offered at prices between $120 and $230, seems quite a bit to ask for a kit that was $40 back in the day.

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Posted by rrebell on Monday, October 31, 2022 9:58 AM

Kit # 140 for $118.99 is a very good price for the real thing, seen them go $80 on the low end  but not at the moment. Not a whole lot of wood sawmill kits on e-bay at the moment.

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Posted by PennsyLou on Monday, October 31, 2022 1:08 PM

rrebell

Kit # 140 for $118.99 is a very good price for the real thing, seen them go $80 on the low end  but not at the moment. Not a whole lot of wood sawmill kits on e-bay at the moment.

 

Indeed, I was thinking about $85 or at least under $100 would be a good price for that kit on EBay, supply and demand at work.

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Posted by crossthedog on Monday, October 31, 2022 2:37 PM

Gosh! I'm astounded that such caddish behavior would occur in the world of model railroading. Well, this sawmill kit was being sold for 16.99, new old stock, so quite a bit of a drop from the $118 to $199. But I don't truck with scoundrels. I can do without, or wait for something to show up at a swap meet.

Case closed.

Thanks for the heads up, guys!

-Matt

Returning to model railroading after 40 years and taking unconscionable liberties with the SP&S, Northern Pacific and Great Northern roads in the '40s and '50s.

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Posted by rrebell on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 8:38 AM

You know for that price I would buy it anyway, you can buy good castings from the new owner of FSM as he sells just the castings normally.  Now you didn't mention what Paige kit it was but he copyed a lot.

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