Newsletter-April 22, 2016

Posted by Blog Master on 4/22/2016 to Newsletters & Updates

DEBenLLC Product Update!

If you have or are thinking of having an Enginehouse or Engine Shed as part of your empire, the one thing that is most important to this facility is an Inspection Pit. Now we have had these Scale Model Masterpieces Inspection Pit (#SMM5005) for HO Scale and adaptable for On30 for some time. But what wasn't included with this Two Pit Set was the cross-over Bridge Plates.
  Ta Da! Also available separately, we are now including the Roundhouse/Enginehouse Inspection Pit Bridge Plates (2pcs) in with the Inspection Pit Kit set. And in case you're wondering, yes, the Inspection Pit Kits do include the handrails and instructions for assembly, finish and weathering--using Doctor Ben's, of course!

Pickerings Sugar Pine Railroad (used)

(Pentrex VHS 62 Min. video)/No Longer Available in VHS

This VHS FEATURES: Geared locomotives were used by the Sugar Pine Railroad between 1909 and 1965 to haul logs from the Stanislaus River Canyon to the Pickering lumber mill some 70 miles away. The challenges facing this operation led to what may be considered the most spectacular logging railroad show in California's history... Free Shipping! Only 1 Available!


Detail Casting Update

This just a few of the hundreds of SMM details!
  Last year we mentioned that our good friend & resin caster Tom Muella had passed away. Tom had been casting many of our SMM resin details ever since we purchased the Cal Freight & Details Co parts line a few years ago. Since Tom's passing our hopes have been to find another reliable, local resin caster to assist us in continuing the product line. We're still looking!

Detail Casting *OOPS!* Seconds 
  As we mentioned in our Newsletter last year, after our return from our Holiday trip we began making room for the van of "stuff' retrieved from Tom's workshop. As we have sold out of the resin Detail Parts Tom had already cast, we've had great success casting the detail parts in Labstone. And, they are turning our near perfect! This is amazing news!
  Let's just back to the phrase, "near perfect". Those of you who know us well know of our high product standards level-i.e. if it isn't as close to perfect as humanly possible; we don't sell it. 

  But then a new dilemma emerged; what do we do with all these imperfect "Seconds"?
  We have always had a policy that we do NOT sell less than first quality castings. Why not give the "Seconds" away to customers who make purchase weighing several pounds or more (you know who you are!). And since the USPS & UPS/FedEx always rounds up the weight of a package to the next pound, we have included "freebies' of Seconds ever since we purchased Thomas A. Yorke Enterprises a almost six years ago.
  The castings may be Seconds and NOT good enough to include in a kit or sell, but the Seconds still have amazing detail and are great castings to practice Staining & Weathering Techniques!
   For the record, I personally prefer the Labstone cast detail parts because just like the Labstone gypsum and natural wood, I prefer to "stain" vs. paint. This is because I feel that I have more control over the colors and finish. Also, I like not having to worry about filling in the minute details and grains of the castings with having to paint a resin or metal casting detail to get stains to stick or cover the color of the resin casting. Just my preferences here; I'll get back off the soapbox.
  So, just exactly how do you get these free Seconds? Lucky You! You don't have to do anything special. This message is just a heads-up for those who wondered and did not know why they were receiving these goodies as well as sharing with the rest of you this opportunity. The next time that you purchase that Stain or Solution Set and find a little package inside the package, now you know why & what for. All we ask, is that maybe you will take a moment to flash a quick picture of your practice Second so that we may share it in our 
Customer Photos section on the website. Thanks for watching and Happy Modeling!

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