Tracks-11-20 -- Model Railroading Newsletter
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New O Scale Laser Cut Structure Kits
WELCOME to the November, 2020 issue of Tracks - a monthly newsletter published by Building Your Model Railroad, devoted to providing breaking news and tips to model railroaders of all ages and all gauges in a quick and easy-to-read format. Resources are always credited where appropriate.
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Since this is Thanksgiving and also November - Model Railroad Month - I thought this would be a good opportunity to write up a list of all the things for which I am grateful within the world of model railroading. I have many other things that I am thankful for as well, but for this article, and since I don't have the space here for a novel, I will stick to model railroading. So, here is my Thanksgiving List...
Under the category of Thrill and Excitement:
Educational benefits: Where else can you learn so much about so many different things, like carpentry, electronics, architecture, computer software, civil and mechanical engineering, artistry, 3D sculpting and painting landscapes, not to mention becoming an author, writing blogs and publishing websites.
Social interactions: Friendships, comradery and sharing information among other model railroaders - definitely a plus and might be the best benefit of all.
Diversion: Helps to maintain sanity during viral pandemics. Keeps you from obsessing too much about the problems and stresses in the rest of your life, while you're obsessing too much about the problems and stresses with your layout.
Gifts: Helps your family and friends to know what to get you for Christmas.
Other Skills: Teaches problem solving, troubleshooting, prevention, planning, preparation, concentration, focus, conviction, perseverance, patience, recuperation from failures, humility, time management and swear words.
So, I am thankful that I received my first American Flyer at age six, that I re-kindled the spark at age 40, and now, at age 72, I am still enjoying it as much, if not more, than I did in the beginning.
Moral of the story: Buy your child a train set for the Holidays. You might just start up a spark that will glow forever; or, if not in your child, it may ignite something in you!
Ipswich Hobbies has announced that it has expanded its line of craftsman structure kits to include O scale. The first two O scale kits, from the Ipswich Lineside Series, are Kit #17 Crossing Shanty and Kit #18 Section House. Each of these kits has previously been released in HO and N scales. These laser cut craftsman kits are now available on our website.
The Crossing Shanty kit includes materials to build two shanties and is priced at $30. The Section House kit is priced at $45. These simple to build kits add great detail as foreground structures on O-scale model railroads or dioramas.
Add these to your notebook of favorite model railroading tips:
Is your workplace in your train-room a mess? Do you hate to even look at it, let alone try to work there? Even worse is trying to find something in that heap of stuff on your workbench that you haven't used for years, but "might need someday".
Here's what you have to do as soon as you possibly can, before you put another tree on that layout...
Set aside about 4 hours to do nothing but work on your workspace.
If you spend some time to do these things, once every month or two, you will enjoy going into your train-room so much more than you do now. The whole experience of working on your layout will be transformed to a new level. Also, this is very important to maintain in case your neighbors or friends come over for a surprise visit and want to see your trains. It will be much more impressive if everything is neat and organized. It's almost as important as making sure the trains are able to run well at a moment's notice. It's a little embarrassing to lead visitors into a messy, cluttered layout room and the trains don't even run! Don't ask me how I know this :)
You've probably seen this before, but it's so impressive and always worth another look!
If you happen to be in North Carolina or if you are traveling there on November 7th and 8th, consider stopping by the The Jim Graham Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, NC to see the largest train show in NC put on by the Neuse River Valley Model Railroad Club.
Check out our Hobby Central Train Station for all your train supplies - everything you need to build your own model railroad. (Also available: RC cars, trucks, planes, helicopters, games, puzzles, tools, gifts and much more.
Hope you enjoyed this issue of Tracks. Feel free to pass it on to your friends, family and other model railroaders. If you have a great tip or article that you would like to publish on the website, please let me know - The more, the better. Any comments or suggestions are always welcome. You can either go to the Comments/Contact Page and enter your suggestions there or contact me directly at [email protected]
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