Greetings everyone, this will be my 1st post here. I started a thread over on Trains.com, about a project I am starting. I though you guys might ne interested as well. I'm not sure how many people on either forum bounce back and forth, but for those that have not seen it here's my little project. After some great advice, I decided to go with Gauge-1 for this train. Any additional advice or suggestions would be great !!! (coppied and pasted)
This is my 1st post here, so please be gentle.
I'm a scale model builder/fabricator by trade, and I have been throwing a few ideas around in my head for a while now. I've started to put pen to paper now, and have realized, I am getting my self in allot of trouble I think.
I have always loved the sleek design of the Japanese bullet trains, and have been thinking about building a BIG replica. The largest version of this train available is "O" gauge. It's a very well built, working brass train, that is available in Japan. After looking into importing a copy, I was quoted $32,000 to have the set shipped to me. BUT.. only 4 of the 12 unique cars are available so far, and I would have to wait till later this year, or possibly next year the other 8 cars to be produced. Needless to say, the price itself turned me off.
So here I am, back at the drawing board, thinking BIGGER IS BETTER !!
I have the skills, abilities, to build this train in almost any scale.
Right now, I am still trying to decide......
1:27 (scaled the the wheel diameter)
1:29 (more standard for scale)
1:33.3 (scaled to the 45mm track width, to = the Japanese truck width)
1:33.3 would be "G-Gauge" scaled to what a real "G Scale" would be, but he train will be quite a bit smaller, only 41 feet long, as where 1:27 it would be 59 feet long. Either way, it's going to be BIG !!!
Ok, here's my million dollar question.... Do any of you guys think that there would be anyone interested in buying a copy of this train if and when we got it done?
I am trying to justify the cost that will go into making this set, because I plan on making a custom profile aluminum extrusion, to get the body perfect, and as straight as possible. The up front costs on making a profile like this will be in the thousands, but I would also have enough to build 4-5 sets when I was done. Plus, the labor would be very minimal compared to trying to form sheets into a complex small curve.
So, I am trying to find out if you guys think there is any market for a G Japanese bullet train of this size.
Thanks for any help and advice.
Check out some of the work I have done over the years.
The Puzzle Box
Here's a quick link (reference material) to the $32,000 brass version, (that I will NOT be buying)
Pic of the real thing.
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