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Model Power 0 Gauge

(Farmingdale, New York, USA)

Great Lakes Productions imported from Mexico to USA, late 1980s, a series of plastic train sets manufactured using the tooling which Marx had sent to Mexico some years earlier. The same tooling was used by Model Power for at least two sets, after Plastimarx ceased production and before the Great Lakes sets were produced.


Model Power Blue Comet set, made in Mexico using Marx tools

Model Power Christmas set, made in Mexico using Marx tools

Model Power Christmas set, made in Mexico using Marx tools

Model Power Christmas set, made in Mexico using Marx tools

Model Power closure announcement, April 2014 :

Dear Model Power Customers,

After nearly 50 years serving the hobby industry, our 3rd generation family business will be closing effective immediately to the public. We will be reaching out to our clients over the next few weeks to settle any demand needs that they may have.

In 2007, our banks began an aggressive deleveraging process. They no longer approved of a profitable and paying client such as ours, which had been reliant on inventory. This is why one of the industry's most extensive lines, had begun to see much of its products unavailable on the market. Now it will no longer be seen at all.

During these past 7 years, we had made changes to the business in order to accommodate and adjust to the changing nature of the business relationship with our lenders. We had offered multiple solutions to our lenders in order to "fix" our situation, all were rejected, came with different restrictions, or offered too little too late. In all our efforts, no arrangements by our lenders would allow for Model Power to arrive at a position in which we could get back to fill our customer needs.

We would like to take the time to thank all of those whom we have worked with the past 50 years.

To our customers and competitors within the industry, we thank you.

Sincerely,

The Model Power Family

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