August 20, 2019
Greetings Friends and Fellow Hobbyists!
As promised, we are making a concerted effort to keep our Website—and the information it contains—current and informative.
At this time, we are still working on editing our contacts list, so that we can re-launch our long dormant Newsletter. Some of you have already sent-in new requests for having your email address added to our mailing list, and we have already added you to the list.
Please do not be discouraged if you have not yet received a mailing from us. We are on top of it and hope to be up and running with the River Point Times by late summer.
With that formality dispensed, here is the current news:
The 1992 Ford models are on the way, and should begin to show up on dealer shelves by the end of August. This is our first venture into N-Scale, and we look forward to producing more models in this scale going forward. However, we need your assistance—let us know what you want. We can’t promise that every request will come to fruition, but we want to be responsive to modeler’s wants and needs, and that includes GM! We have an accord with GM, which together with the applicable licensing, will allow us to offer N-Scale models of many GM products.
At this time, we send our thanks to Ian Cooperstein and Jesse Weigand for their participation on this project. We also thank all the others who contributed to this endeavor. Special shout outs go to Bob Johnson and Carter Fritschle for their time and effort in making these N-Scale models a reality.
The E-Series was delayed for the umpteenth time. Production on the cargo vans had begun earlier this year with the injection processes. Unfortunately, because of the subsequent threat of 25% tariffs on some $350-billion worth of products imported from China to the USA—products which include all hobby and toy related items—we reluctantly had to halt the production cycle. It was a decision based solely on economics—had the tariffs been implemented, the additional 25% in costs simply could not have been ignored by RPS.
In the meantime, the threats of 25% have temporarily been taken off the table, but replaced with a likely tariff of 10% to be implemented in mid-December. It is our hope that an equitable, long-term accord can be reached soon between the USA and China. In the meantime, we annulled the production hold, but are now waiting for a new production slot to open with the vendor. Since a lot of companies were in the same situation, and took the same actions, it is a waiting game. Please be patient for more updates.
The Fleet Service/Mechanic’s Trucks and the MiniPumpers have encountered a minor delay due to some of the graphics being incorrectly rendered. A new set of pre-production, approval models should arrive in a week or two. Please understand that pre-production models are hand decorated and individually assembled from the production parts. This process is far more time consuming than when the models reach full production status. As soon as the revised models are delivered to us and approved, we will post photos of them. Early 4th quarter 2019 delivery of the production models is now anticipated.
New HO-Scale Product Announcements
While rumored for a while, we are pleased to now make it official that, production has started on our first GM product: the 2017 (2018) Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD/3500HD models. The trucks will be available in regular and crew cab variants with long pickup boxes, in both SRW and DRW versions. The following SKUs will be assigned:
|426-4057.xx (painted) and 428-4057.xx (decorated) for the Regular Cab SRW|
426-4155.xx (painted) and 428-4155.xx (decorated) for the Regular Cab DRW
426-4657.xx (painted) and 428-4657.xx (decorated) for the Crew Cab SRW
426-4555.xx (painted) and 428-4555.xx (decorated) for the Crew Cab DRW
The Silverado models are designed with a prototypical Chevrolet chassis, but with an interface configured to match our popular Ford trucks. This will facilitate bed interchangeability among all of our HO-vehicles. The Silverado models are expected for late 2019 or early 2020 delivery.
We are also introducing a new welding accessory set, 537-5253.25. The set will come prepainted and ready for assembly. It includes: (1) arc welder, (4) gas cylinders, (2) tool lockers, and a small fret of photo-etched stainless regulators and welding tools. The cylinders are molded with exposed valve heads for posing in active welding scenes. Our cylinders may be combined with safety-capped cylinders from other sources to complete prototypical accident, construction, and fabrication displays.
A new lightbar set, 537-5253.31, consisting of (10) pieces of an 18” version of our popular 52” lightbar will also be available soon. These lightbars are ideal for commercial emergency service vehicles. A single mounting lug makes for easy installation.
Notes from the Boss
At this point, many of you may wonder why only the E-Series was delayed—that’s a fair question. The E-Series models were in production, and a decision needed to be made immediately based on the circumstances. With a threatened 25% tariff, the MSRP for the models would likely have put them out of reach for many modelers. This would reduce the potential sales quantities, further escalating the unit price.
The other current products (with possible exception of the N-Scale trucks which were already too far along in the production cycle) were all still far from the point-of-no-return. There were other opportunities to make changes farther downstream. Additionally, we work with multiple vendors, and each has their own terms and stipulations.
Simply stated, the circumstances pertaining to each project were different, and will continue to be different from case-to-case. It is always easy to look back and second-guess a decision, but when dealing with significant investments of private funds, decisions must be made based on the contemporary events playing out at that point in time.
Several other new products and models are in various stages of development. However, in the current turbulence surrounding trade negotiations, we feel it is better to hold off any further announcements at this time.
Thank you to all of our customers and fans for your continued business and patience.
June 29, 2019
Greetings Friends and Fellow Hobbyists!
Welcome to the re-launched River Point Station Website. If you haven’t already noticed, the menus at the top of the pages have been simplified. Additionally, we have used the HOME page to provide information about the newest products in the pipeline. The addition of the HOME button will facilitate navigation to the start location from anywhere in the Site.
One of the more obvious changes that you’ll notice is the addition of our first N-Scale (1:160) vehicles to our product line. We anticipate completion of the first production run shortly and are eager to make these fine models available to hobbyists and collectors through our many dealers. As you can see, this group consists of a crew cab pickup truck and a regular cab service truck.
Hovering over the smaller images throughout the web site will project a larger image for better viewing, while clicking on the links will take you to more detailed information about the model. As in the past, scrolling arrows will allow you to move back and forth within specific product groups. New data sheets have been added in the Tech Data section under the References tab on the menu. For convenience, these data sheets have been hyper-linked, as appropriate.
We have also eliminated pages, such as diesel electric locomotives, which are no longer applicable to our future product development. By having cleaned up the site, we hope that you find navigating through the pages to be a more pleasant experience.
Please use the contact form or the Boss link to bring broken links and other non-functioning features and pages to our attention.
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