Is there a market for US TT?

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Re: Is there a market for US TT?

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Whilst, I have spent a considerable amount of money trying to bring a few items to the US TT market I have deliberately stayed out of this conversation, noting that it has gone all over the place.

I will give one piece of info for those looking at doing a drive chassis - stay away from belt drives.

I bought a Hollywood Foundry drive for one of my GP38's and it gave an unexpected problem. On the long hood end the belt rubs on the inside of the body casting. It took a while to figure out why the loco was slipping on curves and it wasn't until I took the body off I found the cause with the rubber marks on the inside of the shell. On the cab end with the wider clearances it is no problem. A geared drive would have had more clearance and not be a problem.

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Bernd wrote:Well Gentlemen I leave you to your designs. I'm off on my own. Good luck on a committee designed drive.

Bernd
As the old expression goes...

When everything is said and done: There's usually a lot more said than done.

Nothing ever gets done by committee.

My advice:

Everyone needs to stop waiting for someone else to step up and build 'it'.
Get busy and build 'it' for yourself.
If 'it' works, build another and sell it to your brother.
If that was profitable (Or at least you break even) make a couple more. And so on...
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TinGoat wrote: Everyone needs to stop waiting for someone else to step up and build 'it'.
Get busy and build 'it' for yourself.
If 'it' works, build another and sell it to your brother.
If that was profitable (Or at least you break even) make a couple more. And so on...
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Re: Is there a market for US TT?

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TinGoat wrote:
Bernd wrote:Well Gentlemen I leave you to your designs. I'm off on my own. Good luck on a committee designed drive.

Bernd
As the old expression goes...

When everything is said and done: There's usually a lot more said than done.

Nothing ever gets done by committee.

My advice:

Everyone needs to stop waiting for someone else to step up and build 'it'.
Get busy and build 'it' for yourself.
If 'it' works, build another and sell it to your brother.
If that was profitable (Or at least you break even) make a couple more. And so on...
That's all very well for those who are that way inclined. But what if you are the brother wanting to buy 'it' when it's finished?
Not everyone wants to do it the hard way, though I admit it's looking as if that's the only option with American TT locos for the foreseeable future.

But can anyone explain the recent rise of AZL and suchlike with American Z scale? Not a month goes by without at least one new product appearing. They obviously hit a sweet spot that just isn't there with TT, and it's not cheap.

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Z scale was fortunate enough to have a couple of manufacturers willing to put up some of the investment $ to get started.

Bill in FtL

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