American LaFrance has closed.

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American LaFrance has closed.

Postby traumahawk05 on Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:43 pm

As of Friday, January 17th, American LaFrance has closed its warehouse, production, and service facility doors and is currently looking to establish a third-party distributer warranty and replacement parts. The facilities include Monks Corner, SC; Ephrata, PA; and Los Angeles.

I wonder what this means for the future of the Trumpeter and AMT ALF kits? Will they ever be re-released?
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Re: American LaFrance has closed.

Postby EdselDan on Wed Jan 22, 2014 5:34 pm

Well, Since the AMT kits are of 1000 series rigs, which have not been manufactured in
20-30 years, I would say, that Yes, The AMT kits will continue to be re-issued occasionally
IF they sell when issued that is!!

I have No idea if Trumpeter ever re-issues a kit.
But, Since that is a Fairly New and Current model, I would not be surprised to see it out again too
I bet we see the real ones for 20-30 years in service like the 1000's were!!
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Re: American LaFrance has closed.

Postby jimb on Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:30 pm

The problem with reissuing kits on defunct manufacturers if who owns the copyright to the name (like Diamond REO or White). So, the reissue of the American-LaFrance kits will come down to who actually owns the name, & who gets paid for Round2 or Trumpeter using the name.
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