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RE: PC: New HO C628 coming from Bowser

  When Atlas came out with the N-Scale FGE boxcar painted for Penn Central back in the mid 90's, everything was messed up between the lettering and the logo.  I e-mailed them and told them of the blatant errors, making note that Microscale has the correct font and logo... why shouldn't they?  They told me that they didn't have any official lettering guides and asked if I knew of any.  I simply sent them the template that was on Jerry Jordaks' site and the new releases started coming back much better.  Perhaps someone should send Bowser the same schematic from Jerrys' site?  Of course, now I can't find that large schematic that used to be in the "clipart" section of your webpage, Jerry...
-Gregg B.


From: DECOOKIEMAN -AT- aol.com
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 10:14:09 -0500
Subject: Re: PC: New HO C628 coming from Bowser
To: penn-central@smellycat.com

Well said Gene. I often wonder how many of the other road names they also mess up. Since joining this group I have seen a lot of complaints considering the art work that has come out. Of course me personally I am not as fussy as some of you but I still want to see it get done right. There are enough people here that will give them, help if they just ask.
Darren J Ernst
In a message dated 2/17/2008 11:07:51 A.M. Atlantic Standard Time, nh370 -AT- comcast.net writes:
> Every  time something new comes out comes out there's always a pick it apart 
> party.

Not always.   Some manufacturers invest the time & effort to get it right and are
rewarded for it.


If a manufacturer screws it up, you bet we'll have a lynching.  The point is that there
is no reason to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on tooling and then apply
sub-standard artwork.  Especially when the information is out there for the asking
and the manufacturer is capable of doing better.

This attitude that the manufacturers should be allowed to "wing it" and then give
them a pass when they screw up a paint job is just wrong.  Without feedback, we
will continue to get incorrect models.  If they are willing to do Penn Central equipment,
those interested must provide the information to help them do it right, and then call
them on it if they choose to go it alone or ignore the input.

> If you don't like the lettering, buy a bottle of black paint &  a pack of Microscale
> decals and change the lettering.

This is not an issue for those that can paint & decal and want to.  However, there is a
large segment of the hobby that "have a life" that prefers properly decorated locos &
rolling stock. 

Without feedback, a manufacturer can't tell if slow sales of a particular road name
are due to a lack of interest, or if the modeling community has rejected the execution
of that particular scheme. Slow sales for a road name can be the kiss of death for
that road name when the next product release comes around.

Then we will all be back to painting & decaling for everything.

Gene Fusco

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