American Models Has Reformatted Their Website

I stumbled across new American Models website as well. Nice looking site but yes, a work in progress until all the "kinks" are worked out. Not all of the links seemed to work yet. And anything "new" takes a bit to get used to. The inventory reduction sale page appeared to be absent. Also, out of stock or no longer in stock items were gone. Is there an archive of past AM products other than NASG? I'm sure Ron will get things sorted eventually. Hey, if he can afford the IT time and cost, business must be good!

Bill

Kelso, WA

I saw that post on Facebook, but there nothing to indicate it was new tooling for a new product. Ron has all the tooling for his line as it was returned from China some time ago so he has tons of tooling to photo.  Guys here are so pleased with American Models stuff I think that they look for any indication of new items.

The RS11 was new tooling, and while AM is poorly represented in any form of social media, and does not communicate information any better than MTH, they have said that there are new products in the works.  I had a conversation in 2016 at the S Fest with them and they indicated as much.  For that matter, so have the folks at S Scale America.  And as we all know, AM does not really let the cat outta the bag until the cat is made, and available for purchase.  

Bill could be right, but he could be wrong too....

Ben

NASG&CASG
NotInWI posted:

The RS11 was new tooling, and while AM is poorly represented in any form of social media, and does not communicate information any better than MTH, they have said that there are new products in the works.  I had a conversation in 2016 at the S Fest with them and they indicated as much.  For that matter, so have the folks at S Scale America.  And as we all know, AM does not really let the cat outta the bag until the cat is made, and available for purchase.  

Bill could be right, but he could be wrong too....

The flyer AM sent in December about the Seaboard sets also indicated they are working on some new products, but got delayed because of their move.

Ben

Roundhouse Bill posted:

I saw that post on Facebook, but there nothing to indicate it was new tooling for a new product. Ron has all the tooling for his line as it was returned from China some time ago so he has tons of tooling to photo.  Guys here are so pleased with American Models stuff I think that they look for any indication of new items.

And exactly what's wrong with that?  While waiting 4 years for MTH to deliver the F3's, AM came out with the Budd dome and RS11's.  While the domes are built on existing Budd frames, the body was new.  The RS11's were entirely new.  Also freight cars lettered for T&P.  AM also delivered GP9's new roadnames: B&O and T&P along with GG1's in Conrail, Amtrak and Penn Central.

One thing about AM, when they announce a new product, it's either ready to ship or will be available in weeks, not years. 

Rusty

 

NotInWI posted:

The RS11 was new tooling, and while AM is poorly represented in any form of social media, and does not communicate information any better than MTH, they have said that there are new products in the works.  I had a conversation in 2016 at the S Fest with them and they indicated as much.  For that matter, so have the folks at S Scale America.  And as we all know, AM does not really let the cat outta the bag until the cat is made, and available for purchase.  

Bill could be right, but he could be wrong too....

The flyer AM sent in December about the Seaboard sets also indicated they are working on some new products, but got delayed because of their move.

Ben

Roundhouse Bill posted:

I saw that post on Facebook, but there nothing to indicate it was new tooling for a new product. Ron has all the tooling for his line as it was returned from China some time ago so he has tons of tooling to photo.  Guys here are so pleased with American Models stuff I think that they look for any indication of new items.

And exactly what's wrong with that?  While waiting 4 years for MTH to deliver the F3's, AM came out with the Budd dome and RS11's.  While the domes are built on existing Budd frames, the body was new.  The RS11's were entirely new.  Also freight cars lettered for T&P.  AM also delivered GP9's new roadnames: B&O and T&P along with GG1's in Conrail, Amtrak and Penn Central.

One thing about AM, when they announce a new product, it's either ready to ship or will be available in weeks, not years. 

Rusty

Not a bad way of doing things.

Note to MTH:   One more missed date on the shipping of the 2016 S Fest cars, January 2018!

Ray

Another big fan of American Models here. 

I think if AM offered their locomotives with TMCC boards and Railsounds from Electric Railroad, they would rule the S gauge world.  The biggest deficiency with AM trains from this operator's viewpoint is no factory command control option and basic/primitive sound systems.  But they sure do run well.

Scott Griggs

Louisville, KY

While I like steam, it doesn't matter to me if AM does another steam locomotive or not.  Particularly when the Legacy Berk MSRP's for 50 bucks less than the AM AC Northern with sound (of which all roads are sold out and AM's sound doesn't even hold a candle to FlyerChief let alone Legacy sound.) 

Besides, there's still plenty of diesels needing to be made in S.

Imagine if AM did an SD40-2...  I don't think they'd be able to produce them fast enough.

Rusty

sgriggs posted:

Another big fan of American Models here. 

I think if AM offered their locomotives with TMCC boards and Railsounds from Electric Railroad, they would rule the S gauge world.  The biggest deficiency with AM trains from this operator's viewpoint is no factory command control option and basic/primitive sound systems.  But they sure do run well.

Scott Griggs

Louisville, KY

Scott,

That's the nice thing about AM's offerings.  If you get the straight DC option, you can install (or have installed) the control system of your choice, but it DCC, TMCC, or whatever. 

 

 

Rusty Traque posted:

 AM AC Northern with sound (of which all roads are sold out ......

 

Funny you mention that. I was looking at the AM revamped website and noticed that nearly all the Northerns are sold out.

I'm thinking of selling my AM AT&SF 4-8-4 Northern #2920  AC/ with sound.

I now have the FlyerChief Frisco Meteor 4-8-4 and will order the Legacy RF&P Berkshire (if they get the correct cab number issue resolved).

So if anybody here on the S gauge forum is wanting an AM Northern contact me at banjoflyer1952@gmail.com before I put it on the For Sale forum or send it down that Ebay road. That way you get first shot at it.

Mark

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