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February March 2019

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The S Scale Resource February/March 2019 3 From the Publisher's Desk Happy New Year! I hope everyone is enjoying 2019 so far. This issue has a link to an online survey that we hope all our readers will take. The intent of the survey is not to compile personal information, but to provide us with information regarding the state of S Scale and what modelers are looking for. We keep hearing there are no young people entering the hobby, it's just "grey hairs". We know this not to be true, as this magazine continues to attract younger readers and authors. By completing the survey, you will be helping us to determine what the real demographic is along with what S Scale modelers are looking for. We will publish the results in a future issue, and hope that these results will encourage manufacturers, show producers and modelers. So please, take 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to complete the survey. Now I am going to get on my "Soapbox" and ask (once again) for submissions from our readers. We can't continue to produce a quality magazine without your help. We now pay for articles, and are always looking for new authors. If you don't want to write an article, but have a layout (even if it's not completed) and some pictures, we can write the article for you. We are also always looking for pictures and a brief description for "What's on your workbench today?" Please ACT NOW and send an email to daniel@modelrailroadresource.com or amy@modelrailroadresource.com so we can include you in an upcoming issue. Don't forget to register for the O & S Scale Midwest Show September 20-22, 2019. We've got a new schedule and a new website, so be sure to check it out. We hope that the schedule change to a Saturday/Sunday show will increase attendance as we continue to improve the show. As in the past, there is online registration or you can print a form and mail it in. Be sure to get your vendor table reservations in early. We sold out of tables last year, and hope to do the same again this year. We will continue to take attendee registrations online up to 2 days prior to the show and walk-ins are always welcome. We are still finalizing the contract with the hotel, but will make an announcement when the room block is open. We encourage you to stay at the host hotel, the Wyndham Indianapolis West. There are a couple of reasons for this: one is convenience; but the other reason (as I explained in my December/January 2018 note) has to do with hotel revenue. The amount of space utilized needs to be in proportion to the number of sleeping rooms a group consumes. Do we as the promoter save money on meeting room rental if our room block is sold out? No, the price is the same regardless. However, if our room block is not sold out, there is a penalty clause in the contract. So I encourage you to stay at the host hotel. In order to continue to provide this show in the future, we need to back it up with consumed room nights. This issue has some great building articles, along with some talented mentors and a contest from Rail- Scale-Models, so sit back and enjoy! Happy Reading & Happy Modeling, Amy Dawdy

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