General News Updates 2024

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4/23/24 - I continue to receive inquiries from all over the modeling/collecting community about the status of projects other than just our Union Pacific Big Boy. I need to again provide reassurance that projects that have been under development, whether locomotives or rolling stock are being pursued on as timely a basis as possible. The Big Boy project has to be the priority for obvious reasons, but at the same time, a great deal of investment has already been made in several projects that have been awaiting their turn to be the focus of all efforts. The nature of my approach to get 'things' right with locomotive projects, typically means that one locomotive at a time is the focus, although background, research and basic design work can be advanced while a primary project is in production and rolling stock can be handled by secondary builders.

Rolling stock projects present a different challenge, historically, not many builders have been interested in producing such projects and many refuse to. Post pandemic, there are fewer fiscally sound competent builders still working and the no compromise standards I have set for my projects have only made it more of a challenge. Discussions and planning are ongoing with the original builders slated to produce my rolling stock projects which have already been developed while pricing is yet to be finalized. You may have read about some of the recently released HO scale brass projects reported on several of the forums, a brass caboose priced over $800 and a pickle tank car selling for over $900! Needless to say, I will be working to cooperate with trusted builders that I can deal with in order to deliver first-class models at realistic prices. My longevity in the importing business does provide some assurance that working with Kohs & Company is not a 'flash-in-the-pan' situation with over twenty-five years in business and going on forty years of experience including my Fine Art Models years.

I will be posting information pertaining to specific projects on the individual project sites when appropriate and general updates will appear here. Your continued interest is certainly appreciated!

2/11/24 - This post is essentially a PSA (public service announcement) for all current and future Kohs model owners. Based on support inquiries that I routinely receive and in-service models that I experience, I never cease to be amazed at the lack of care and concern some owners show for the Kohs models, and I assume others, that they own. Maintaining one's investment in an expensive brass model seems only to make sense. Keeping models clean and as dust-free as possible while retaining original boxes, paperwork, accessory packs and functional accessories such as sound control units will go a long way towards not only maintaining, but enhancing your investment. If a model is going to be displayed, it is best to have it covered with a case or in a closed cabinet. If left to the 'wilds' of the open environment, particularly in a location that relies on oil-fired heat, it makes cleaning a model to restore the original finish near impossible which seriously affects the value of the model.

Unfortunately, I have seen and heard of many models suffering the results of the above ending up on eBay and in auctions being delivered to unsuspecting buyers. Buy with caution if you don't know the owner or have not thoroughly evaluated the reputation of the business selling the model you are interested in. Lastly, make sure that you ask if the model has been rail tested, all features, and that a return for full credit is possible if the model does not perform as described.

1/01/24 - Looking forward to a new and better year, wishing you good health and happiness! I have encountered many business 'hurtles' in the past year, but my commitment to planned projects has never been more resolved. Thankful for good health and the support of numerous friends/clients, I look forward to even more exciting and rewarding developments in the months ahead. We have to be sure to remember friends of our modeling/collecting community that have passed on, their friendship and contributions to the hobby, whether large or small, will be missed.

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