PO Wagon kit in S Scale

Discussion in 'EM/S4 & S scale' started by Joe's Garage, 13 June 2016.

  1. Joe's Garage

    Joe's Garage Western Thunderer

    I have been reading the latest issue of the BRM and there was an article on the new full kit for a PO wagon available from the S Scale society (Parkside etc.). Having looked at the S Scale society's website I cannot see any mention of this. This particular forum has been a little dormant of late so I thought I would stir some thought on this? I have seen some very esteemed S Scale folk on this area as well so maybe someone may enlighten me. Is this only available to members or is it on special as an incentive to this wonderful scale.

    Here I go again on another tangent............

    Julian
     
  2. JimG

    JimG Western Thunderer

    Julian,

    At the moment it is members only and it is detailed in the Parts List which is only available to members. :( One kit was supplied to Phil Parker to do his "Build a kit in every scale" article in BRM. This was tied in with a bit of publicity for the 70th anniversary of the S Scale Society which was published along with the article.

    There has been a fair bit of discussion about making the kit available to the general public as a taster for the scale but we would have to gear up to cater for modellers who might expect kits to be to the standard of these available in 4mm and 7mm scale - i.e. with full instructions, etc. At the moment members requiring a kit get all the bits in a Jiffy bag with a reference to basic instructions published in our Gazette and they are on their own. :)

    If we do sell to the public then we would have to provide all the bits in more sophisticated packaging with good instructions and we would also have to have a fair stock of kits available for sale at any time. This would mean quite a change in attitude in the way we finance some of our parts, and, for a small society of around 100 members with comparatively limited financial resources, it would be quite an important step.

    Some people are also a bit worried about a false impression being given about what is available for the scale. The parts the society supplies start with basic requirements, like track components and rolling stock wheels. Other parts are aids to scratchbuilding. We have no more complete plastic kits for anything.

    However, the discussion goes on. :)

    Jim.
    (Parts Officer, SSMRS.)
     
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  3. Joe's Garage

    Joe's Garage Western Thunderer

    Hi Jim

    Thank you for your reply and yes I have always understood the philosophy of the society so do understand the thoughts behind the "kit" I belonged to the society many years ago through meeting the lovely late Sam Bonfield, Len White and Trevor Nunn I even made some wagons including the early white metal PO wagon. Sam said have a go and that led me to some dabblings. I was distracted by O gauge and other scales.

    I still believe it is an ideal scale and is very independent, no fear of a manufacturer making a compromised model. I am also drawn to the Hull and Barnsley Railway so there are some temptations.....very tempting!!

    We shall see.....as my late father used to say.

    Julian
     
  4. Joe's Garage

    Joe's Garage Western Thunderer


    Hi Jim, just as a pure enquiry what is is the price of this wagon to members? I can find details on the membership but the parts list has no price. Are you able to divulge?

    Thank you

    Julian