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 Posted: Sun Feb 13th, 2011 11:27 am
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http://www.historicrail.com/search_results.po?product=&category=&search=%22Figarti+German+train+models%22

I just saw the ads for these static WW2 German military train cars & loco models.
They are static models, but could undoubtedly be converted into running trains. They are finished models and are way too expensive for my wallet. The scale of 1:30 is pretty close to the 1:29 popular in the USA for G gauge. But at 1/5 to 1/10 the price I'll stick with the 1:35 scale plastic kits by Dragon, Trumpeter and others.

I'm sure that they will sell because there are wealthy people who can afford them. I'll bet some modelers will buy some and convert them into running G gauge trains. It must be nice to have a large disposable income, sigh.:f:

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 Posted: Sun Feb 13th, 2011 12:47 pm
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Well the trains are expensive-- but the cost of the figures-

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 Posted: Sun Feb 13th, 2011 01:44 pm
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It is a strange world we live in.
Well, if the guy can afford the trains he can afford the figures. We modelers do not mind building the models and painting the model figures. But a lot of guys with money to burn do not build these things and prefer to throw plastic at the seller and then put his goodies on display in his home or office.
I know some modelers who build models for these guys.  The modeler enjoys making the kits and the buyer enjoys buying them. 
But this Historical Rails site offers a lot of kits at higher prices that we can obtain them in hobby shops or from on line dealers. They overprice their books and other goodies, too.  Their customers are not  modelers but people who are looking to decorate their home or office or who just like to collect certain things without spending the time to look up other dealers.  I get the printed catgalogs because I am on their mailing list. I seldom buy anything from them but the catalogs are good for seeing what is new and interesting. Then I look for a dealer who sells these things at reasonable prices.
Whatever floats their boat, I guess.
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 Posted: Wed Feb 16th, 2011 10:18 am
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I just don't understand why these models aren't offered in 1:35 scale instead of the offbeat 1:30 scale? I am not interested in any of this stuff, just wondering why this is so.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 16th, 2011 11:46 am
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Pockets? What are pockets?

Yeah...nice models...strange scale...can't see paying $30.00 per figure though.



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 Posted: Wed Feb 16th, 2011 09:23 pm
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There is a company called King and Country that started making  toy soldiers in 1/30 scale in 1984. They have become very popular since then and have quite a reputation in Europe and parts of Asia.
Here is a link to their web site.
https://www.kingandcountry.com/workshop.jsp

They make their cast and hand painted toy soldiers for collectors with deep pockets. Apparently they are not for model makers.

In other words, they are giving the 100 year old British toymaker Britains a run for their money. Britains makes painted metal toy figures in 1/32 scale.
http://www.britainstoysoldiers.com/

Essentially, this collector stuff has very little to do with us model railroaders. We have enough trouble trying to find the money to buy our model railroading stuff, without getting involved with military toy collectors. But I thought I'd show everyone the "new kid in town". Since most of these 1/30 scale trains are available in 1/35 scale as model kits at 1/10 the price, there really is no reason to buy the finished 1/30 models.

By the way, a number of armored trains and railroad guns are available in 1/25 scale as paper card models. Which is good for those of us who like to run 1/24 scale trains.

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Some interesting thoughts on 'cheque-book modeling'


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couldn't get the link to work

http://kingandcountry.com/

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southpier wrote: couldn't get the link to workMaybe that has something to do with link having been posted 6 years ago?
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I'm sure those trains were made for the toy solider market...
I have a few of their WW2 GI ones and have been to their retail store in San Antonio a few times, really cool to look around.



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