The quality of the molds and the details of the Star Line AAR boxcars were excellent. The kits, when initially issued (sometime in 1949), were state of the art, considering the use of the plastic sides, ends, roofs and detail parts (the plastic technology was relatively new). I believe these kits were equal in quality to the Varney HO kits at the time.ctxmf74 wrote:"The quality of the mold was better than GoldCoast! "
I wonder if the molds are still around lost in some old basement or barn? .........DaveB
The Star Line TT molds and tooling were acquired by Larry Sayre in the 1980's and John Harmon (AMP models, Allegheny Model Products) had the Star Line TT molds and tooling in the early 1990's. Harmon used the molds (or the excess Star Line parts inventory that he acquired) to produce the AMP B-28 boxcar kit.
AMP B-28 boxcar primary kit parts. The kits were supplied less trucks and couplers. GN (Great Northern) 2514, built from the AMP B-28 kit This is the first TT kit that I built in 1991. I used Kemtron trucks, MTL couplers, and an HP decal set for the roadname and number, and a Champ HO decal for the "See America First" herald. The HO herald was listed as 54 inches in HO, which scales pretty close to 72 inches in TT. (120/87)*54= 74.4 inches, the GN used 72 inch heralds on many boxcars, not sure if the "See America First" herald was used in the 72 inch size.
I believe the TT scale Star Line molds and tooling (and possibly parts and kits) are located in storage somewhere in Chicago. John Harmon in 1993(?) sold his TT line to some gentlemen in Chicago who has since passed away. The gentlemen's family has not been willing to sell any of the items obtained from Harmon.