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Athearn Blue Box Kit Made In China

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Athearn Blue Box Kit Made In China
Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, November 22, 2021 9:41 AM

What is this?

I thought the blue box kits were all only made in the USA. Were there later runs made in China? It looks like so.

-Kevin

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Posted by 7j43k on Monday, November 22, 2021 10:09 AM

I read it as the couplers being made in China.  Not the kits.

 

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Posted by RR_Mel on Monday, November 22, 2021 11:36 AM

Got this off HO Seeker.


 


 

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Posted by 7j43k on Monday, November 22, 2021 11:47 AM

So Athearn was still selling kits in 2007?

Any idea what they were?

 

 

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Posted by wjstix on Monday, November 22, 2021 11:51 AM

To me the unfortunate thing is Athearn quit making kits, regardless of where they're made. The old 'blue box' car kits are now only available as RTR "Roundhouse" cars.

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Posted by RR_Mel on Monday, November 22, 2021 12:17 PM

7j43k

So Athearn was still selling kits in 2007?

Any idea what they were?

 

 

Ed

 

I bought an Athearn streamline observation kit manufactured in 2009 according to the instruction sheet.
 

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Posted by Bayfield Transfer Railway on Monday, November 22, 2021 3:22 PM

wjstix

To me the unfortunate thing is Athearn quit making kits, regardless of where they're made. The old 'blue box' car kits are now only available as RTR "Roundhouse" cars.

 



Go to any flea market.  Blue Box kits are still in abundant supply.

For that matter, Scale Model Supply and Becker's both had a good bunch last time I was in.

 

Disclaimer:  This post may contain humor, sarcasm, and/or flatulence.

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Posted by doctorwayne on Monday, November 22, 2021 3:49 PM

SeeYou190

What is this?

I thought the blue box kits were all only made in the USA. Were there later runs made in China? It looks like so.

Kevin 

It's not at all surprising, as many model train manufacturers are taking advantage of the cheaper labour available in China.  Bachmann has long been there, and Rapido depends on them, too.  Rapido often shows videos of Jason Shron visiting the factories and chatting with the assemblers, mostly young women.

There was a time when much stuff out of China was junk, but they're very capable of making high quality items, and at a lower cost than manufacturers in North America can offer.

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Posted by Enzoamps on Monday, November 22, 2021 5:44 PM

China will make whatever you want.  If you want or accept junk, they will make it for you.  Dollar Stores are full of that.  But China also makes top notch stuff too, and high tech.  After all CHina has a space program, they even have a space station in orbit.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Monday, November 22, 2021 7:53 PM

Got me curious.  I have quite a few Athearn BB PS2 55' hopper kits, stil in the box.

Hip gets better each day.  I'll have to see what I have.

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Posted by dknelson on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 11:41 AM

A reminder if nothing else that Horizon Hobbies did indeed try to keep the Blue Box kit era alive for a while after they acquired Athearn.  I looked around and all my Blue Box boxes say made in USA and most of them have the "old" artwork on the cover at that.

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Posted by YoHo1975 on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 2:12 PM

Yes, Horizon moved the BB manufacturing to China. The margins on those kits were low so paying SoCal wages was making it hard.

It didn't take them long to realize that having the factory handle assembly would only add a few pennys and then they could charge a few bucks more for a fully assembled car. And so we are where we are.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 10:46 PM

YoHo1975
Yes, Horizon moved the BB manufacturing to China.

OK then. I guess I need to stop saying that all Blue Box kits were made in the USA.

Thanks for all fo the information everyone.

-Kevin

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