Re: Sierra Scale Models

Matt Bittner (
Thu, 11 Jan 1996 11:06:23 -0600

On 11 Jan 96 at 10:46, Charles Hart typed diligently:

> The last note I received from him in late November was
> pessimistic about the future of Sierra Scale Models. Basically
> sales are low and certain businesses distributing his kits owe him
> money for products already delivered and are slow in paying. This
> is not unheard of among others in the model kit "cottage" industry.
> Bob has put a lot of effort into producing his kits and has done a
> lot of nice work. However whenever a new release is announced, you
> can figure that he probably has had a production run of 200 shots
> or less. The message is, if he has a release that you like, buy
> now, who knows when, or if he will make more. I think that this is
> particularly true at the present time. He really needs a shot in
> the arm, and from personal experience January is a slow time of
> year for sales, so I encourage members of this list to act on their
> desires for any of his kits. Their future availability is less
> than certain. Bob would appreciate your support also.

Do you, Charles, have a complete list of all his offerings -
currently in production?

I want to stress that Sierra vacs are some of the best on the market.
Although I have yet to build mine, you can tell that the quality and
workmanship is high. He - Bob - has done some tremendous work.

Another problem I see is when the injected folks release kits Sierra
already has out. I've heard this complaint from Koster, when Eduard
came out with their 1/48th "same kits". Too many people would rather
build injected than vacs. Kind of understandable, but there's no
reason to be shy about vacs.


Matthew Bittner WW1 Modeler, ecto subscriber, semi-new dad, PowerBuilder developer; Omaha, Nebraska
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