Update December 12, 2020
Fellow modelers, collectors, and hobby friends,
As 2020 draws to a close, it is fair to say that, it has been a year for the history books. So, it is our sincere hope that you and your loved ones have been able to remain well despite the ongoing pandemic and its consequences. So far, the RPS team has stayed healthy and safe, and like everyone, we now look toward 2021 for eventual improvement and better times.
As River Point Station enters its 16th year, we have had to consider making some changes, including streamlining our product focus going forward. Immediate changes include:
1) After just one run of our fine 1:160 scale model trucks, we have recently decided to leave the N-Scale market, and
2) We have decided to end production of our HO (1:87) accessory kits, which we have offered since our humble beginnings.
The diversity of accessories, which are offered today in 3D-printed form by a plethora of vendors, continues to proliferate. This leaves our finely detailed and decorated, injection-molded parts at a competitive disadvantage; so, remaining inventories will be liquidated.
Consequently, we have authorized our master distributor to sell all their RPS inventory, including at their request, all remaining vehicle models in both N-Scale and HO-Scale, along with the remaining accessories. Everything is being offered at special retail-direct pricing until the supplies are exhausted. These offers are available only through their special website, rps-vehicles.myshopify.com, specially set up for this purpose. Please note: They can only accept orders originating from and shipped to the USA.
These items are no longer available from RPS; so, if a desired SKU is not shown in that special Website, it is already sold out. Only SKUs shown on that Website still are available, and quantities of most remaining items are very limited—in some cases down to just a handful or so. Orders will be accepted first-come, first-served; there will be no backorders or rain-checks. All items are new, but at these prices sold as is, with all sales final—make your selections carefully.
We are currently reviewing our options with our suppliers, and after the New Year, we will post more information about future production plans. In the meantime, we thank you for your loyalty and patience, and take this opportunity to wish you and your family the best for the Holidays and for a Healthy and Happy New Year!
The RPS Team
Update July 9, 2020
Dear Friends and Fellow Modelers,
At this time, we hope that you and your family and friends remain well during these medically and economically challenging times. Despite often conflicting information, it has become clear that the current novel coronavirus outbreak is not going away soon, and effective treatments and vaccines are still months out from reality. As a consequence, many of us have had to justifiably put our hobby and discretionary spending on hold.
Similarly, we have decided to adjust upcoming project deliveries to reflect consumer demand. Sadly, at this time, pre-orders for the Type 1 ambulances, E-Series vans, and Silverado pickups have failed to secure enough quantities to proceed with production. We had anticipated ambulances by the end of 2020, but at this point all projects will be delayed for at least another 6 months. The ALF-Eagle fire trucks, along with several other unannounced models have now been placed on indefinite hold.
These decisions didn’t come lightly, but to provide continuity once matters settle down, we feel that it is the most rational course for RPS. Our goal is to preserve capital so that we can quickly ramp up, again, once the current crisis is over.
In the meantime, we continue to ship in-stock models, such as our mini-pumpers and N-Scale trucks, as well as accessories to our dealers and distributors. We ask that you kindly support them to the best of your economic abilities. Rest assured that all needed precautions are taken during in-house handling of shipments.
We thank you for your patience and continued support.
Stay safe and well!
The Staff and Management of RPS
March 19, 2020
We are continuing to monitor the novel coronavirus, and its resulting disease, COVID-19. This illness is taking a toll on everyone and it is our sincere hope that all of you and your respective families are well, and doing your best to remain well.
As you can imagine, since the time the virus broke out late last year in China, the toy and hobby business has been very frustrating. In China, many factories were closed and some are now slowly re-opening; delays are widespread. Unfortunately, some factories have gotten out of the toy/hobby business while others have closed altogether. This includes one of our suppliers, who has left the hobby sector and decided to pursue their other business interest.
Finding new suppliers has always been a challenge, and it is even more challenging in the current state of affairs. Deliveries of new products are still very tenuous, and we hope to have more definitive news in the coming weeks and months.
Now, with the virus spreading throughout the USA, we are working to keep our employees and customers healthy and safe. We continue to ship products to our dealers and distributors from our warehouse; however, there may be delays resulting from staffing availability.
Like many companies, we also are allowing workers whose jobs can be performed remotely to do so. Nevertheless, we will continue to staff the facilities as necessary since many tasks cannot be performed outside the facilities. With the reduced staffing, it may take longer to answer calls, respond to emails, and fulfill orders—please be patient.
We will closely observe the ongoing situation, and continue to follow the guidelines and updates provided by the CDC, as well as local, state, and federal agencies. We hope to return to a more normal situation during the weeks and months ahead.
We thank all of you for your continued support, and wish all of you and your families the best through these difficult times.
The Staff at River Point Station
January 10, 2020
Happy New Year to Everyone!
We hope that you have enjoyed the recent Holidays and that you are welcoming the New Year with new vitality.
Similarly, we, too, look forward to 2020, which has left the threats of new tariffs on our industry in the rearview mirror. According to the Federal Register, Volume 84, Number 243, dated December 18, 2019, Section 301 Modifications to Actions on China, the tariffs that were due to be imposed on hobby products, et al, were vacated. This action is to be codified with an Agreement to be signed by China and the USA on January 15, 2020.
That said: We have been working with our suppliers for the last few weeks to secure production capacity for our products. There has been some attrition in the industry because the Chinese economy has been significantly impacted by tariffs, both effected and threatened; so, it will take some time to find production slots, and new product development capacity. We’ll continue to keep you informed on the Latest News tab.
In other news, we’d like to take this opportunity to advise our friends and customers that we will not be displaying at the annual ARS Show in West Springfield, Massachusetts, this year. Preparations for the show take a lot of time and effort, and though we have enjoyed the one-on-one interaction, time has reached a premium.
Nevertheless, Bob Johnson (1/87 Vehicle Club and Masterbilt Models) has offered to provide space and his time to display our products at the Vehicle Club’s large display in Section 140 of the Mallary Building. The show takes place at the Eastern States Exposition Center on January 25 and 26, 2020. We hope that you will stop by at the Vehicle Club’s display to see our products, and to see the wonderful displays provided by the Club’s members.
As always, thank you for your continued patience and support.
The Staff of River Point Station
October 17, 2019
Greetings Friends and Fellow Hobbyists!
We have posted pre-production images of the new Fleet Service/Mechanic’s Trucks and the MiniPumpers. The graphics are now correct, but please note that these are pre-production models and some changes are being implemented during the current production phase.
Among the changes that will be made:
MiniPumpers: The red hoses on the take-down reel will be matte red not glossy as shown. The siphon hoses will be matte black, not silver. The various dials on the pump housing will be detailed in silver, and striping and other graphic details will be cleaned up.
Fleet Service Trucks: Striping and other graphic details will be cleaned up and adjusted as necessary.
As is the case with the hobby industry as a whole—at least the segment that is dependent on Chinese manufacturing—we are still in limbo on numerous projects due to the potential for high tariffs. At this time, we are sad to advise that we have had to delay production of the new Silverado models, as well.
By now, we had expected some clarity from the Trump administration regarding the tariffs—clearly that has not happened. The matter is still in limbo, and as a result we have decided not to exercise our option to fill a production slot, which recently became available, with the Silverado models. There is no revised schedule at this time.
Thank you to all of our customers and fans for your continued business and patience.
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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