Athearn, manufacturer of N scale and HO scale model train products as well as 1:50-proportion die-cast models, has announced that it will discontinue its line of Blue Box kits. This action is effective immediately. In a press release the firm cites that increased manufacturing and labor costs have caused it to no longer be able to sell the kits at competitive prices compared to its assembled products. Athearn will continue to support all service and warranty needs for Blue Box kits. More information can be found at the Athearn Web site.