SRMW PRODUCED IT'S LAST CRAFTSMAN STRUCTURE KIT IN LATE 2015
FOR THE 2016-17 MODELING SEASON WE ARE CURRENTLY SELLING THE LAST KITS FROM THAT RUN.
YES, WE ARE ABSOLUTELY RETIRED...
THE FAQS BELOW SHOULD ANSWER MANY QUESTIONS AS TO SOME PAST POLICIES
AND THE CURRENT STATUS/POLICIES OF SRMW.
During the 25 years I designed and produced kits I was often asked: "Can you do something for my area/era?" Well, we all have our favorites, and to remain inspired I have found it best to stay within my area of interest. Fundamentally, the focus had always been east of the Mississippi, with an emphasis on the Northeast, the upper Midwest and the "near south" (Maryland, Virginia & West Virginia). This is our "stomping grounds" and there is a wealth of undiscovered subject matter. That's the way I always operated ... unless I saw something really catchy...
Why did you only produce only a limited number of each kit? It always took a full year to design, produce and sell a kit. Each year was like starting from scratch. Kits were advertised in runs of 350 to 500. In reality, we made anywhere from 400-550 of each kit as demand was always very high.
Below is a list we came up with of our kits, year produced and numbers of each run - both published & actual
Will you now sell parts or plans? Sorry, we will not be selling any plans or parts of our past kits. Our remaining raw materials, windows, and other inventory will suffice only to address our own needs to stay in the hobby. Grandt Line products has and can sell you any windows you may require.
If your kits are out of production, can anyone now make them or sell parts & plans? Absolutely Not! SRMW kits, plans and all contents remain registered under US Copyright law, which prohibites the use of plans or any parts of the kits without the permission of the owner of SRMW. It is necessary to do this to protect the integity of the business, regardless of who the owner is.
Will the SRMW kit busines ever be sold? NO. Limited Edition means exactly that. Parts of the business are being sold, but not the rights or ability to reproduce the limited edition kits.
If you buy a second hand kit & it is incomplete or has been started, can SRMW it ? We do not fix kits bought on the secondary market that have significant parts missing (the box of castings) and in particular the instruction book or entire instruction set. If you purchased a kit on Ebay and it is missing these, return it to the seller and demand your money back. It is the responsibility of the seller to be forthright in the sale and also the responsibility of the buyer to scrutinize any kit before purchase.
- Almost all the problems we have seen involve "missing" instructions or instruction cards (this has happened dozens of times with the Roundhouse kits).
I am the original owner of my kit. What can I do if I lost/misplaced the instructions? Unfortunately, we cannot replace them. The instructions are printed in a very limited amount and most if not all are used in the kits. There are a couple kits we do not even have at hard copy of - and the computer files are too old to work. Sorry, but SRMW will not copy or lend a file copy. Because of problems with copyright infringement, our lawyer has insisted that we do not make digital (PDF or DVD) copies. This policy has been in place for many years. Our apologies at having to make these policies. We can sometime supply a small part, but at some point the customer has to take personal responsibility for their property. To search for a copy of the instructions, we recommend checking Ebay or joining one of the very fine forums that serve as a resource center for the Model Railroading Community. Many people have found a copy this way or been able to borrow one.
If you are the original owner of a kit we sometimes can replace a small part that has been lost or ruined. However, we do not keep an inventory of parts for every kit that we have made.The best we can do is possibly replace a window or metal casting that may have been missed in packing.
- Occasionally a kit that has been started, but not completed. We do not get involved in these projects as it can take hours of shop & correspondence time for us to make this right.
- Sometimes select parts have been removed from a kit (chimneys, etc.) prior to being sold. To the credit of everyone in the hobby, this does not happen too often (except with instructions books and sets). We do not maintain an extensive replacement inventory and many patterns and molds just do not exist any more - so again, be careful with your purchase.