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Model Information: AHM contracted Roco to use the create the "jumbo hopper" in the late 1960s. The model scales to a prototypical length of about 60 feet. It was marketed in early AHM catalogs as simply a "Covered Hopper", which distinguished it from the "Center Flow Hopper" which is also made by Roco but has a distinctly different appearance. After AHM stopped ordering these from Roco, Con-Cor started releasing the same mold.
Road Name History:
When 20 year old Harold Warp chugged his Model T into Chicago from the Nebraska farmlands in 1924 with a patent for Flex-O-Glass® and $800 in his pocket, his hope for the future lay in a special window material he had developed for his family's chicken coops, a desire for success and a willingness to work hard. A storefront factory/living quarters on Chicago's unpaved Cicero Avenue provided the start of Flex-O-Glass and Warp Bros. Today the firm has grown to fill three large plants and place the company among the leaders in the plastics industry. .
When AHM went out of business IHC picked up some of their line. Also, at least one body style was taken over by Eastern Seaboard models.
On July 15, 2005 ROCO Modellspielwaren GmbH was declared bankrupt. From July 25 the company continues as Modelleisenbahn GmbH, but still uses the Roco brand and associated logo. On October 1, 2007, distribution of the 'Minitank' product series was assigned to the German model car manufacturer Herpa.
Since February 2008 Modelleisenbahn also owns Fleischmann, which like Roco had gone bankrupt. The two companies continue as separate brands under Modelleisenbahn GmbH, while benefiting from economies of scale through joined development projects, marketing and procurement.
Item created by: gdm on 2016-11-30 09:30:29
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