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The S Scale Resource December/January 2018 3 From the Publisher's Desk Thanksgiving has kicked off the holiday season and we here at have many things to be thankful for. First and foremost are the advertisers and readers who continue to support us and spread the word about the magazine in the model railroad hobby, along with the authors who make it a premiere magazine. Secondly, Dan and I made it through a couple of firsts – our first year of owning and managing both and , not to mention hosting our first O and S Scale show in Indianapolis. Last issue had a brief overview of the show, and this issue brings you the promised, more detailed "behind the scenes" look in an article entitled "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly". This issue also has a few corrections and additions to some articles in last month's magazine with respect to the 2018 NASG National Meet and the Indianapolis show, so be sure to check out the "Mea Culpa" article. Nobody's perfect, and we are most definitely are not, although we try to be! While on the subject of shows, Jim Kindraka tells us about the recent Chicagoland RPM show which highlighted a lot of display models, both finished and unfinished. Last issue, we also promised to get back to modeling and construction articles, and are delivering on that promise with a great article by Dick Karnes on scratch building a New York Central Class K-3q Pacific. While magazine articles are a great way to learn, so are club layouts where you can learn from like minded individuals in the hobby. That being said, we continue our discussions with The South Jersey S Gaugers and an article on their history. We also have an article from Jim Kindraka & John Henning on the Northern Ohio S Gaugers. Be sure to check out the Reader Classifieds in the back of this issue. This is a new addition beginning with this issue. People have been requesting it for some time, so we decided to try it. If we continue to get submissions, we will continue to publish these monthly. To submit yours go to: Last year at this time, I highlighted some lessons we could apply to the hobby from Scrooge. This year, I'd like you to think back to your childhood (or maybe more recently) with a lesson from "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Remember that spindly little evergreen? With a little help, and and some encouraging words from Linus, it became a beautifully decorated tree. The same can happen with your models. What starts out as just a shell or thought in your head, can become a nicely detailed model, especially if you turn to your peers in the modeling community for some advice and encouragement. Also, be sure to embrace the happiness and cheer of the season, and share it with others! Happy Reading & Happy Modeling, Amy Dawdy

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