February March 2018

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The S Scale Resource February/March 2018 3 From the Publisher's Desk The new year is here and brings with it "New Tracks". As I mentioned in the last issue, "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.". That's exactly what we are trying to do with the "New Tracks" addition to The Model Railroad Resource publications. We hope that it will take off and encourage modelers to share ideas and expertise. In addition, we are also having a contest to help get more people interested in building, so be sure to enter. Everyone has to start the road to expertise somewhere. While there are "geniuses born with talent", most of us need to learn through trial and error and develop that talent before we can call ourselves experts. That's where mentors come in to help you get to that point, and we've featured some mentors in this issue, including Jim Kindraka and Dick Karnes. This issue also brings you a highly-detailed styrene building article by Peter Vanvliet, entitled "Scratchbuilding a PRR GLa Twin-bay Hopper". The photos take you step-by-step through though this build allowing you to recreate the hoppers in the article. If you've ever wanted to build something in styrene, but didn't know where to start, then this article is the perfect tutorial for you. "Car Spotters" is another new addition to the magazine that was suggested by Tom Lennon. Readers send in a picture of a modified, layout-quality car, along with a brief description of what they did and what they were trying to achieve. We thought his was a great idea, so send your picture along with a short description to: Also, don't forget about the Reader Classifieds in the back of each issue. This new addition that began with the last issue is a great place to get the word out to over 1000 like-minded people that you are buying or selling something. If we continue to get submissions, we will publish these monthly. To submit yours go to: I always wish everyone a healthy and happy new year, and this year is no different. With respect to my own health, 2018 will bring some challenges. I was diagnosed with breast cancer late last year, and underwent surgery earlier this month. We caught it early and I cannot stress enough the importance of mammograms. As a result, the new year will be full of appointments and treatments, but I will beat this! I hope to see you all at O Scale West - S West - Narrow Gauge West in California May 24-26, 2018 and at the Indianapolis O Scale and S Scale Midwest Show September 20-22, 2018! Happy Reading & Happy Modeling, Amy Dawdy

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