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 on: March 16, 2018, 01:14:11 AM 
Started by Ray Dunakin - Last post by finescalerr
I definitely understand why Craig feels as he does. I'm not crazy about scratchbuilding absolutely everything, either. Here's an interim idea:

I was talking to Jeff Saxton earlier, a professional modeler with whom I've been friends since I first began publishing. He was a frequent contributor to my magazines and created some of large scale railroading's most inspirational early models. When I told him about Grandt he said something about having used a laser to create large scale NBWs. I guess I'll get more details from him tomorrow but it seems it would be possible to create those parts with a laser by cutting circles and squares, each with a hole through the center and then stacking one over the other and sticking a round or square rod through the holes. It might be a little fussy but you'd have an NBW feasible for the larger scales.

If Jeff could do that twenty years ago, somebody now may come up with a way to provide the details we need using whatever technology is currently available. Or someone else might tool up for limited production injection molded parts. While I also miss Ken Kidder, Grandt, et al., and while nobody lasts forever (including me), substitutes usually appear.


 on: March 15, 2018, 10:56:08 PM 
Started by Ray Dunakin - Last post by Ray Dunakin
Grandt Line RIP - and Thank You for all the great things you've done for the Modeler.

Yep, end of an era. They did a lot for the hobby, especially narrow gauge.

 on: March 15, 2018, 03:45:39 PM 
Started by Ray Dunakin - Last post by detail_stymied
could we at least, if not agree, acknowledge that we're losing a piece of "hobby history"?

if you have a friend that dies, will someone stand at their grave and say "you guys can go out and make another friend".

just like Ken Kidder, Rollins House Miniatures, and many, too many, more, the Hobby has lost a contributing member.

Grandt Line RIP - and Thank You for all the great things you've done for the Modeler.

 on: March 15, 2018, 03:00:08 PM 
Started by Design-HSB - Last post by 1-32
hi Helmut love the bricks in the tunnel regards kim.

 on: March 15, 2018, 02:53:56 PM 
Started by Ray Dunakin - Last post by Mobilgas
Sad  Sad I for one DONT want to have to scratch build EVERYTHING  on a project I'm doing.....and 3D is nice....I don't know how to do it and don't want to put in tons of TIME to learn how to use it at my age 63  Grant Line made lots of stuff for O scale narrow gauge and to be able to just BUY what I wanted was NICE a hell of a lot better than making it yourself or in my case PAYING someone to do the cad work for me.....I tried it once on doing some 1/2 inch stuff years ago on my gas station build.....it was costly. So with all the company's dropping  like FLY'S I believe it makes things harder on all of us 

 on: March 15, 2018, 12:47:47 PM 
Started by Ray Dunakin - Last post by finescalerr
As I understand it, Grandt produced plastic parts for the "medical field". I know nothing more than that. Whatever the parts are or were, they provided the family's income and covered overhead for producing the modeling parts. It makes perfect sense when you consider how few small businesses actually do better than break even in the hobby industry. -- Russ

 on: March 15, 2018, 11:50:43 AM 
Started by Ray Dunakin - Last post by Barney
 Grandt Line closing  - I Have used Grandt bits for well over 30years but it has become obvious that there standards have dropped especially the last few years - many discontinued items / the lower the part number the the worse the quality (Due to age) but no signs of starting again to improve the finish of the part - small parts/ nuts /bolts and rivets being the worst !! - Most kit producers often state "now with new moulds " because of the age of the kit or the bits - while others just sit there and take the money ! - I know the size of the company goes a long way and investing in stuff now days is a risky game - but there is nothing wrong in cutting back and concentrating on the stuff that sells and being interested in your business  it goes a long way to please the punter - there is still some very nice Grandt
products / casting and I can only hope that some one will take it on but introduce a new range of nuts /bolts and rivets
 Russ - whats the "Medical side of Grandt Line Products ?   

 on: March 15, 2018, 10:55:11 AM 
Started by Ray Dunakin - Last post by Lawton Maner
I hope that Tichy can pickup some of the slack.

 on: March 15, 2018, 07:09:03 AM 
Started by Ray Dunakin - Last post by lab-dad
Sad but not a surprise... Embarrassed

Helmut posted exactly my philosophy when I switched to 1/16th scale.
By making the change i have to make nearly everything.

I have been helped GREATLY by Chuck, Volker, Ed and Unc. and many others.
If anyone ever want help - please just ask.
I'm glad to do whatever i can as a mediocre machinist and a very green 3D drafter...


 on: March 14, 2018, 05:46:37 PM 
Started by Design-HSB - Last post by Design-HSB
Meanwhile, the small dioram has been installed in his box and I have made a first light test with RGB LED lighting in the box.

What do you mean too blue or?

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