Well I have to say that you bring up some points, but let me share my
experience and why I no longer bother with the kits.
Years ago, I bout a great deal of Roundhouse kits for N-Scale. Yes
they were cheap but I got what I paid for. Most od the trucks were not
the right style for the cars, the wheel axles were all warp and
wouldn't roll true. In the end, I had to repalce the trucks and
couplers with Micro-Trains and that ended up adding $5.00 a pices to
the cars. So now my kit was just as expensive as the product from
Atlas and even Micro-Trains, in some cases. So what is the sense in
not getting the quality product a a slightly higer price?
Cost conscience is one thing, but never short change on quality. I
have Kato engines that I have had since the early 1990's, and thanks to
some lubrication advice, they are still running well. I can not say
the same for Life-Like, Model Power and others that I purchased. I
have not spent a great deal, but spent wisely. Sometimes over the net
and sometimes at going out of business sales. Or sometimes at the end
to train meets as another suggested. If this is a lifetime hobby,
doesn't it make sense to invest in the future?
Dan Merkel wrote:
It seems strange that someone who has more cars and kits than they'll ever
really need would start a thread about the cost of this hobby.
I can think of an obvious way to rein in costs if it really bothers you.
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