As I’ve been migrating the photos for this blog off Photobucket, I’ve had the opportunity to re-read all of my posts. It’s been an interesting review.
Today, I came across my post from May, 2012 about MTH buying S Helper Service. At the time, I wrote:
Perhaps MTH will have the clout to overcome S scale’s manufacturing challenges, too, and bring fresh product to market.
Well, that sure hasn’t happened.
In hindsight, the MTH acquisition has turned out to be pretty disappointing. It’s been more than five years, and we’ve seen little out of MTH to support scale 1:64 modellers – or even those doing American Flyer. As an example, S Helper Service offered almost a dozen locomotives, offered in both scale and hi-rail:
Today, MTH’s S scale locomotive offering is the F3 – and that’s it.
I realize we’re a niche of a niche, but S Helper Service’s Don Thompson seemed to find a way to support us (and thanks for that, Don!)
Fortunately, at least for those willing to build kits, other manufacturers are stepping up. There are rolling stock kits in resin, laser cut wood, brass, and other media. I’m happy to do my part to support those manufacturers who are supporting my hobby…