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How do you screw up that bad in the 21st century?
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 Posted: Tue Mar 25th, 2014 05:53 am
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Question: How do you screw up that bad in the 21st century?

Saved up for a number of months last year out of my Social Security Disability income to buy 2 of the new Seaboard Air Line GP40 when they finally got released after several delays. Ordered them through our little, struggling, getting near dead, local hobby shop to help Mike out.
When the real ones left EMD in 1966 they were in a lime green instead of Pullman green in use on previous freight diesels and got nicknamed the Jolly Green Giants.
See photo of real #626
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=145916

Now, see photo of Bachmann's brand new model next to Walthers/LifeLike GE in the lime green.


And that brings us back to the question, How do you screw up that bad in the 21st century?
28 seconds in Google would have gotten the right color.
And then there's the ACL SAL Historical Society.
And then there is this book from 15 years ago

And plenty of other web, book, and periodical references out there, it isn't like the color info is arcane knowledge reserved for twenty millionth degree Masons.

Anyway, Mike mistakenly ordered just 1 of the locos where I had put in for 2.
so, what's going to effectively happen here is that since I am so disappointed in Bachmann and not going to get the second one, Mike is effectively getting fined a hundred dollars for Bachmann's gaffe. Not fair to him, but some days retail sucks, I know, I did retail for 23 years.
Still have 2 of the Atlantic Coast Line GP30 on order, we shall see how badly Bachmann fubars those: or should I just go ahead and cancel them and fine Mike another two hundred dollars for someone else's screwup?
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Forrest



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 Posted: Tue Mar 25th, 2014 05:57 am
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And then there's that it came fresh out of the box with a crushed left rear handrail.
http://s196.photobucket.com/user/FSW4picts/media/HO%20Trains/IMG_663433_zps4cb9fe25.jpg.html?sort=2&o=20
I had a conversation with Bachmann on Facebook and they said return it to your dealer. I replied, actually, I think I'll keep it and scrap it for parts to fix a Chessie GP40 with a smoked DCC board and a GP30 with a dead motor.



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 Posted: Tue Mar 25th, 2014 03:06 pm
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Maybe some heavy "weathering" would help? I understand the poor mom & pop hobby retailer, I was one years ago. If I had my life to do over, I WOULDN'T EVER go into retailing or hobby shop ownership.Next time I might try selling hot tubs or mutual funds...Naaaaaw!

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 Posted: Tue Mar 25th, 2014 03:47 pm
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Not the first time that the B'mann screwed up.

Personally, I would repaint the green part the right color, cussing all the way.

Not to defend B'mann in any way, but think of how much time it would take to scratchbuild a model of that level of detail (neglecting the paint color), and figure out what the builder would be making per hour at the price that you paid.

But it is a darn shame that they muffed up the research.

And a hearty second to Woodie's comment on the commercial side. Was at one time a mfgr. for a fringe part of this hobby. Great way to make a lot less than $1/hour!

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 Posted: Wed Mar 26th, 2014 04:13 am
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It is bringing to mind the thoughts and feelings from a number of years back when I said, fergit HO, too frustrating, and went over to the dark side of On30 and Gn15.
For the last 5 to several years have been returning to HO so as to participate in our little farming burg's then-new local/regional model RR club with its HO modular layout.
I have 4x 4ft long modules in it for A 16 foot long town, a hair over 1/4 mile in HO, with 11 places to switch industries, a passing track, and a run around track on the passing siding.
While I have been putting what health and money I have in to that, my personal On30 and Gn15 have gone nowhere.
Having grown up in mid-atlantic & southeast, I have bought somenew and used HO, engines and cars, Chessie, SAL, ACL, N&W, to have to run on club layout since what of the old HO I kept other than some traction and a couple steamers, is now under On30 and Gn15 projects, almost all only partly done to greater or lesser degree.

In 1980s and 1990s I made some pretty decent pocket money doing custom painting, and some custom building like N&W hich nose conversions and BN fuel tender cars, but on account of health, those days are long finished; is open question as to if my narrow gaugers will ever get any further.

Kathy had wanted the new Katy GP40 for her birthday so I also got one of those, it looks grand, probably some imperfections, but in the overall, quite nice. The new Chessie GP40 road number GP40 also looks good. But that Seaboard one ...



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 Posted: Mon Apr 27th, 2015 10:05 am
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I model Seaboard Air Line (HO, O scale 3-rail/2-rail, and now "O" 2-rail BPRC) and am always amazed at how SAL items are treated (ACL too).

When I was in HO there was very little offered in SAL/ACL paint.  I stopped modeling for a few years and when I got back into it I was bitten by the O scale bug (saw a MTH SAL RS3 and had to have it).  As I began acquiring O scale stuff for SAL at train shows I noticed an increase in HO on the vendors tables, just my luck :bang:

I've been able to buy several accurate items for SAL in O scale, but my modified or scratchbuilt items equal or exceed them.

I was fortunate enough to receive some samples of Lionel's command control system (CAB1-L and Base1-L) to test and they even sent me a GP9 to test and keep.  I already had an Atlas GP9 and was going to sell the Lionel model (it was in Wabash colors) until I found that SAL owned a single GP9 (1912) painted in the "Lime Green" paint.

I ended up repainting it:


Attachment: 1912 001.JPG (Downloaded 61 times)



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