Len Carparelli where are you?

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May 1, 2012 7:40 PM

Does anyone know if Len Carparelli is still painting, and repainting, model trains? He repainted my 1954 Lionel Santa Fe F-3's several years ago and did great work. I have not seen his ad in the train magazines for some time and I can not find him on the internet. I have some more trains to reprint.

 

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May 1, 2012 7:57 PM

He is a TCA member. If you are, too, you can find him in the Directory.

 

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May 1, 2012 11:56 PM

Yes I am a TCA member and I have his phone number, but I don't want to bother him if he is not longer in business. I was hoping to hear from someone who knows the 411 on him. Thanks. Mike

 
 
 
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May 2, 2012 5:05 PM

I have his phone # & snail mail address in the "latest" ('08) TCA Directory. If you want to contact me by e-mail at: dkuehnem@stny.rr.com, I'll give it to you. Hope this'll help. DK
 
Originally Posted by MikeMcL:

Does anyone know if Len Carparelli is still painting, and repainting, model trains? He repainted my 1954 Lionel Santa Fe F-3's several years ago and did great work. I have not seen his ad in the train magazines for some time and I can not find him on the internet. I have some more trains to reprint.

 

Mike

 
 
 
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May 2, 2012 7:05 PM

Mystery solved, sort of....

I found Len's phone number in an old train magazne and I called it today. He was not in, but his recorded message said he was doing inventory this week and to call him back on Monday the 5th.  So, I assume his is still in business. 

 

I hope to speak to the actual Len next week.

 

Thanks for all your help.

 

Mike

 
 
 
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October 4, 2014 1:52 PM

I would like to talk to Len too.  A couple of years ago at York I paid him to purchase and paint the Lionel O-27 Alco "set that was never made", i.e. green to match the green O-27 passenger cars.  Last I heard from him was a letter saying that "humid weather" had prevented him from being able to paint.  That was at least a year and a half ago if not longer.  I've misplaced the letter and don't know how to contact him for a refund or delivery of the completed project engines.  Thanks for any help in advance for getting him to contact me or for contact information so I can call or email him to get this straightened out.  Several hundred dollars were involved in the transaction.

 

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October 4, 2014 2:42 PM

shouldn't take a couple of years to paint.

 

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October 4, 2014 2:45 PM

He is still in business and has done a few locos for me over the past two years.  I'll be picking up the latest one at York in a couple of weeks. He will be in the Orange Hall, aisle JJ, booth #5.   His website is www.llmodeltrain.com.  Hope that helps.

 
 
 
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October 4, 2014 3:04 PM

Originally Posted by Bearlead:

I would like to talk to Len too.  A couple of years ago at York I paid him to purchase and paint the Lionel O-27 Alco "set that was never made", i.e. green to match the green O-27 passenger cars.  Last I heard from him was a letter saying that "humid weather" had prevented him from being able to paint.  That was at least a year and a half ago if not longer.  I've misplaced the letter and don't know how to contact him for a refund or delivery of the completed project engines.  Thanks for any help in advance for getting him to contact me or for contact information so I can call or email him to get this straightened out.  Several hundred dollars were involved in the transaction.

 

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I've used Len for a number of projects over the years.  I think this is a business he runs in addition to other activities to support himself.  Each time, the work took a long time but if you call to check in he'll give you an update.  And when the trains are done, they look perfect. I got that same letter, btw, and I called him.  He explained the situation and I was satisfied.

 

Given that the stuff I had given him should have otherwise been trashed other than the fact it had sentimental value, the time involved was to be expected to some degree.  Moreover, I always pay on pick-up so what's the difference.  I think if you stop by to speak with him in person at York, rather than, with all respect, talk about it on the internet, you'll get a better sense of the guy and a good deal of confidence that the work will be done correctly.  That's more than I can say about a lot of folks with whom I've dealt over the years, both inside and outside of the train hobby.

 

Fwiw, I've also used JLM (Joe Mania) to restore some things too.  He also did a beautiful job, and it also took a very long time.  Again, this is consistent with my experience that this work is a labor of love and to a large degree there is artistry involved.  Patience will be required.  It's just the way it is.  HTH. 

 

 

 
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October 4, 2014 3:12 PM

Never delt with Len, but have never heard anything bad about him either.But I hear this with restoring old cars, they take years to get done sometimes. Bearlead said he paid in advance, a year and a half ago. Did Len give him this kind of time frame? I'd said almost two years is patience.

 

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