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Model Information: From 1969 to 1994 this model was made for Con-Cor by Kato under contract. The early Katos were a bit sketchy, but they were extensively re-designed in 1975 and the newer version runs a lot better. While not of the same caliber as Kato's later 2-8-2 Mikado, this 1975 steam engine engine is till an impressive model, much better than its contemporaries from Lima and Rivarossi. In 1994, Con-Cor started production of a new model in China that is of similar quality to the 1975 Kato model and runs quite well. The Kato made models are stamped 'Con-Cor Japan' on the bottom.
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Brand/Importer Information: Con-Cor has been in business since 1962. Many things have changed over time as originally they were a complete manufacturing operation in the USA and at one time had upwards of 45 employees. They not only designed the models,but they also built their own molds, did injection molding, painting, printing and packaging on their models.
Currently, most of their manufacturing has been moved overseas and now they import 90% of their products as totally finished goods, or in finished components. They only do some incidental manufacturing today within the USA.
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