On Fri, 16 Nov 2007 17:10:00 -0600, Randy or Sherry Guttery
I was looking through my old MR's today and I found this
in the Jan 1994 60th Aniversary Issue. They asked
their readers what was the most profound change
in the hobby over those 60 years. One reader
"Athearn's introduction of the HO scale diesel in
1954 (under the Globe name), in my opinion,
changed the industry overnight in three ways.
First, it forever legitimized the use of styrene
plastic for locomotives. The detail of the
engine exceeded everything else at the
time, incluing metal castings.
Second, its low cost but high appeal probably
introduced thousands of budget-minded
people to the hobby.
Third, many a die-hard steam modeler probably
found a sudden need for diesels on their pikes
with this model!
More amazing is the fact that the Athearn F7 will have
been in production for 40 years in 1994 and
is still a great-looking, low-cost, popular model.
Happy Birthday Model Railroader and Athearn F7."
L. Ivan Potoski, Henderson, NV.