The following are actual comments that I have received.
From: Joe D. Sent: Monday, April 7, 2014 04:02 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: 3/4 scale Kozo A3 castings and Rail
Got my castings and rail, they are beyond what I expected with castings, they are outstanding, Look forward to buying again from you. Also found in my rail shipment an old faded blueprint for a 3/4 scale truck, readable but faded; before I knew it the wife had it in a frame hanging in my office!!! Thanks again, if my A3 project goes good I'm liking that little Dinky engine, but got to get this one going first, Have a great day,
From: Al Z. Sent: Saturday, October 26, 2013 07:34 AM To: john at friendsmodels.com Subject: RE: Tom Thumb
The Tom Thumb wheel castings are fantastic! Thank you for making these castings available.
Al > >
From: Jarvis Arp
Sent: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 08:36 PM
To: john at friendsmodels dot com
Subject: Thanks again
John, thanks for the castings. Once again these are awesome to work with! Thanks!
The 1" scale drive wheel for the H.J. Coventry TEN WHEELER. Rough casting by Friends Models. Machining and photo by Jarvis Arp. See his comments, above.
-----Original Message----- From: Paul B. Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 06:45 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: P7 Castings and Drawings
Just to let you know, I recieved both packages, but did not arrive together.
The drawings look easy to read, and the castings are nicely made, all together
I am very happy with them.
Thank you, Paul
-----Original Message----- From: Harry S. Sent: Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:26 AM To: john at friendsmodels dot com Subject: Re: Hudson tender waterbottom casting
Just a note to let you know I received the waterbottom casting this morning. All I can say is "WOW". What a hunk of bronze! Thanks for your service in keeping the 3/4" scale products alive.
-----Original Message----- From: George Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 10:10 PM To: john @ friendsmodels
Subject: Re: The castings are here!
Made time to open the box and look at the castings this morning. They are absolutely beautiful. The P7 cylinder* solves many problems machining the valve bore. Kozo's castings are very tempting but I will save them for my son in law. Have decided to press on with the switcher, having a lot of fun with it, and maybe someday if I am lucky I will see it run. You can be sure that I will buy either the B&A 4-6-6 or the friends Atlantic, which ever you make first.
Thanks very much for all you do for all of us. Please let me know as soon as you start work on either the tank engine or the Atlantic.
Good health to all and my best wishes to everyone.
*This refers to the P7 "President Washington" cylinder castings now being "fully cored" internally
-----Original Message----- From: Jim A. Sent: Friday, February 26, 2010 03:53 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Kozo wheels
John, The wheels arrived today. Don't know when I will machines them but the castings do look very nice. I look forward to ordering other castings from you in the future. Thanks.
From a customer who bought 1" scale 4-6-0 castings.......
-----Original Message----- From: Art Sent: Saturday, April 4, 2009 10:00 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: castings order
Received the castings yesterday and they are great. I especially like the tender casting, it is one beautiful piece of work.
From a customer who bought "New Shay" wheel castings in 3/4" scale.......
---------- Original Message ---------- From: "Danny S" To: Builders_of_Kozos_Engines@yahoogroups.com Subject: Castings for "New Shay" Wheels from Friends Models Received Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 17:07:00
I received the castings (8) - the quality of the castings are fine, dimensionally correct, and aesthetically pleasing. These should save a tremendous amount of build time....
I have not ordered from Friend's before, and learned of them through this forum; IMHO this alone makes this group a gem! I HIGHLY recommend the wheel castings from Friends Models for building the Kozo New Shay.
---------- Original Message ---------- From: Zach To: Builders_of_Kozos_Engines@yahoogroups.com Subject: Castings for "New Shay" Wheels from Friends Models Received Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2009 02:30:18
Anything ordered from John at Friends Models is SUPERB!!!!! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
What a first-time builder says about the Kozo Hiraoka "New Shay" wheel castings now available from Friends Models.......
-----Original Message----- From: Tim V. Sent: Friday, March 20, 2009 08:39 AM To: email@example.com Subject: Shay progress!
Finally had time to start machining the Kozo wheel castings you sent. They are now ready for the final steps of wheel and flange machining. What a pleasure to work with the castings! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
From a customer who ordered the 1-1/2" scale A3 drive wheel castings......
From: DEBBY B. To: Friends Models Subject: Re: Kozo drive wheels Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2009 13:54:34 -0800 (PST)
I got the wheels.
Thank you VERY MUCH!!!
They look great.
Here's another buyer of the 1-1/2" scale A3 "Kozo" castings.....
-----Original Message----- From: Jerry W. Sent: Friday, January 9, 2009 06:42 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: 1-1/2" Kozo Wheels
Received the 4 drivers today. Neighbors ( retired machinists etc) are impressed with the fineness of the castings.
Jerry > >
-----Original Message----- From: john h. [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Friday, October 31, 2008 08:59 AM To: 'K, John' Subject: Castings
The cylinder castings (3/4" scale USRA 0-6-0) came, along with the much appreciated extras, and they are all superb. The cylinders are exquisite. Finest castings I've ever seen.
Thank you, John H. Colorado, USA
John H., a builder of the 3/4" scale USRA 0-6-0 from Colorado USA, says that these cylinders are the finest quality castings he has EVER SEEN. Keith Taylor, a former Brotherhood of Live Steamers Secretary (and a fan of the designs of HJ Coventry), says these cylinders are as good as ANYTHING Mr. Coventry ever sold. His comments may be seen below.
-----Original Message----- From: Paul A. Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2008 07:09 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Pennsy A3 Driver Castings
My castings just arrived, and I've had a chance to start machining
them. I wanted to send you an email and compliment you on the
excellent quality of the castings. I am very pleased with them. It
seems it's getting harder and harder to find really good castings.
Paul A., Ontario Canada
January 28th, 2008
The castings arrived this afternoon; they are beautiful. Thank you very much. Work is continuing on the brake rigging and suspension of the engine. I will start on the main frames soon. I will send an order for more castings soon.
Thank you once again for the wheel castings and also, thank you for making this beautiful engine available again.
George W. Green Valley, ON Canada
(Comments from a customer after he ordered, and received, the 3/4" scale USRA 0-6-0 wheel castings).
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2007 11:40 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Great castings
I wanted to compliment you on the fine wheel castings you provided to Jim C. I am his machinest and am very impressed with the accuracy of your castings, and the high quality of the cast iron. I will be sure to recomend your castings to others, and hope to one day build one of your models.
Hi John, I went to the web site and the cylinders for the 0-6-0 are gorgeous! They are absolutely every bit as nice as anything HJC (H.J. Coventry) ever sold!
They should be a dream to machine, and you will end up with something superb, and not “fake” piston valves. I sure hope folks wise up and start supporting you before you get fed up and quit.
(E-mail received from Keith Taylor, Jefferson Maine, USA on Oct. 31st, 2007. Keith is a former Brotherhood of Live Steamers East Coast Secretary)
Sent: Saturday, June 23, 2007 09:24 AM To: matt (at) homerailwayjournal.com Cc: john (at) friendsmodels.com Subject: Friends Models Yankee Shop Castings
I just purchased some of the 0-6-0 castings from John at Friends Models and they are superb. He is getting more and more castings available for it and I am certain they will be equal to these. They are well worth the money and will make for a beautiful steamer. Please pass this along in your next issue.
Best, John H. from Denver, Colorado (Letter written to new magazine "The Home Railway Journal" on June 23rd 2007 and carbon copied to Friends Yankee Shop Models)
John, these castings are BETTER than the ones I bought from Mr. Coventry in 1969. And...the addition of the chucking spigots to the dome castings are sure a welcome addition to the casting. When I did mine, there was no spigot and I had to turn a wooden holder, ram the dome into it, do my machining, turn it down on the outside, bore my steps on the inside, and then get it out of the holder. That little spigot thing you've added is going to be a joy for people.
And your cast iron....beautiful. It's BETTER than what Coventry sold me; it's better iron and it's more cleanly cast.He would be proud that you're carrying this on for him, and doing it so well.
-Clint B., Connecticut USA (H.J. Coventry customer from 1969; comments made to John Kurdzionak August 25th 2007 at Holliston, Massachusetts USA)
In 1969, Clint B. received a dome from H.J. Coventry such as the one shown here on the left. In 2007, Friends Yankee Shop Models will supply you with the one on the right.
Summer, 2007: The new magazine HOME RAILWAY JOURNAL has published a review of Friends Yankee Shop Models' castings for the 1" scale 4-4-0. Click the link below, to read the review.
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