An aside on Rapido: Jason is a great guy. I never felt I was able to express my appreciation enough for featuring the SW1200 in the Rapido Newsletter (#49 if you're interested: https://www.rapidotrains.com/newsletter-archives/
). Opened up a dialogue in which we discussed a few TT scale projects. He was open to it. After all, he has a toy train factory and I was paying; a match made in heaven (insert romantic violin). I remember having to send track samples to Jason in China so they could get some drawings started. I'll tell you, express posting things last minute to random factories in China is quite the rigmarole. Anyway, there have been several other productions made by Rapido, but paid for by other groups. Additionally, given the troubles of late with the Chinese model manufacturing industry, he has offered up his factory as an alternative. So, this is a thing his company does. (Hope you enjoyed that name drop. I have many more stories.)
ConducTTor wrote:I believe Rapido requires a 300 count for production. Someone mentioned crowdfunding earlier. If Rapido is willing to do a run of 300, we can do a crowdfunding. Everyone "donate" the cost of however many examples of the model they want. If we reach the magic number, Rapido does a production run and everybody gets their model(s)... If the crowdfunding doesn't reach its goal, everyone gets their money back.
Crowd funding is a good approach. This is a much more realistic conversation as opposed to using junk data to “convince” a manufacturer to make something for us and being all charity case like. The best thing is it takes the debate out of it. This I can get behind. I might even help. Depends who’s going to spearhead this one. Guess we’ll see if there are any volunteers. 1-2-3 not it!
RDC is an inspired choice, by the way. I can get behind that too.