MDC Got Bought (we all know)

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by jon-monon, Aug 28, 2004.

  1. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

  2. jmarksbery

    jmarksbery Active Member

    :wave: Jon, have you ever noticed how Walthers has a big sale when they are all sold out? hehe :cry: Jim
  3. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Maybe since Walthers won't be an autherized Horizon dealer they want to unload and wash their hands of the whole lot.
    If I was a smart dealer I would make Walthers a reasonable offer for the whole lot, and stash them in the back room for a few years.

    If by some chance these lines become discontinued, Would anyone be interested in buying stock in a company that intends to buy discontinued molds and the production rights and start reproductions of these classics?
  4. NYC-BKO

    NYC-BKO Member

    They would have to do this when the train fund money is low, I'm sure there are some things I can use. -:cry: I will have to peruse the list and maybe go in debt!!!!:eek: Who knows what Horizon has planned for the line.:confused:
  5. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Looks like a fire sale. Fred
  6. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    It does indeed look like a fire sale, but there isn't anything there that I want, and what I want isn't there. Isn't that the way it goes?
  7. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Guys,Not to sound mean but,I never did like the MDC line of cars except for the bulkhead flat car and the Railgon...I am sure we will see these cars again. :thumb: I wonder if Athearn will produce these cars as a new line of RTR cars?
  8. petey

    petey Member

    Why will Walthers not be an authorized dealer? Standard Hobby Supply is strictly, according to their claim, mail order only , yet they continue to solicite, and have my pre-release order, for an Athearn Challenger.
  9. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Because Horizon is going into direct and open competition with Walthers and Horizon now owns MDC and Athearns. Kind of like how you can't buy Cornersone kits from Horizon. Fred
  10. trainworm

    trainworm Member

    well, i couldnt pass up the deal on the twin pack set of bulkhead flats. :D 24 cars for 135 bucks aint too bad
  11. RioGrande

    RioGrande Member

    Certainly it has been a mixed bag with MDC - but I have found selectively that a goodly number of cars are useful to me:

    -FMC 3-bay covered hopper
    -bulkhead flat
    -50' FMC modern box car
    -3-bay coal car
    -Hi side gon
    -Bath tub gon
    -5-bay rapid discharge coal hopper

    Unfortunately, many of MDC's cars were "generic" freight cars and don't match any real car.
  12. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    Well, I do like the MDC line of old-timers and logging cars. I have several that fit into my branch-line themed layout. with some work and weathering they look good to me.
  13. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I don't know what Horizon is going to do at this point with MDC. They have moved everything to Athearn's facility here in So Cal, but Athearn was already using their facility to capacity. It looks like "blue box kits" & MDC kits are both gone.
  14. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    With most folks, it was a love/hate relationship with MDC, because they made what we needed.

    I'm guessing, what survives will say "made in China" on the bottom.

    I wonder why the model 40 "Critter" seems to have dissappeared
  15. AIGI

    AIGI Member

    yes the old time cars were great, especially for those of us modeling pre-1900. they had a great selection and wide enough variety to cover most aspects of old time operations. I do hope Horizon's keeps making the old time stuff, otherwise we'll be stuck with very limited choices.
  16. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Jon,Rather then start another topic I will piggy back Walthers other sale for those that might be interested.If you don't mind since the two goes together.
    Very interesting sales don't ya think? Who would have ever thought that one day Walther's would no longer carry MDC and Athearn seeing that both brands are the stable for the majority of the hobbyist...Yes,sad times indeed. :(
    But,I fear we have not seen the last of the buyouts.. :(
  17. Alan B

    Alan B Member

    Indeed we are. I won't speculate about who is next, because I wouldn't be speculating. But, look at the age of the owners of most model manufacturers. None of these are public companies. If there are is not a second/third generation interested in the business, a sale must take place sooner or later. Either, the IRS will force it when the owner passes on, or his/her own retirement will mandate it. That's the way good small businesses go.

    Alan Bradley
  18. RioGrande

    RioGrande Member

    People have been saying the blue box kits will be discontinued but Athearn has repeatedly said "not so". So don't draw conclusions yet - my guess is Athearn my keep some blue box kits on the market, but it will be on a very limited basis. Time will tell.
  19. mykroft

    mykroft Member

    I'm suspecting that Blue Box will get thinned down as the better stuff gets moved over to RTR, and will eventually be comprised of the cheap stuff they'll never get more money for (Widebody loco's, F7's, Cabooses in all those incorrect roadnames and three-dome tanks for starters)

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