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It's snowing

As I write this it’s snowing outside. looks nice and fresh which is odd for the city. I’m sure that won’t last long. In just 3 days we will begin packing and pushing off to go to Springfield, (Likely a snowy slow drive)

It’s no fun, It’s a long expensive trip with no guarantees of success. BUT getting there is great. the energy of the set up is like a circus with people trying to manuver their vans inside the exhibit hall. In a days time a dozen layouts get built. Lots of “good to see you” and hand shaking. Everyone wishes each other luck. It’s a pretty amaizing thing and I’m glad we are a part of it.

It always surprises me that after 7 years there are still people who have not seen our kits. That’s a good thing because it means there is still untapped market out there. It’s time once again to go forth to convert the plastic and wood heathans to the light of paper.

I think we get better at it each year. Generally people tell us if we screw up and we haven’t heard much negitivity lately. Oh, there are always the ones who insist that you can’t build with anything but wood, bless their closed minded little harts. They are a hoot. Sometimes you just gotta shake your head and wish them well.

I like introducung the new products. last year it was the “Critters and rolling stock” DVD (in St Louis). It was a surprise when they sold so well. I thought after all the flack we got for Paper structures that paper trains would cause a lynching. But people voted with their wallets and I can say there will be more trains later this year (standard guage this time).

So now we have a new disk and it is the best one ever. Thats not empty hype. We have learned and gotten better at designing these kits. Each time we do this i say never put that much on a disk again but  before we know it the collection is packed. It goes like this, Well, if you have that kit and this kit then you need to add a kit like this and woulden’t it be cool to do a whole block. (My brother, the company president, who builds all this stuff,  fills a table with them and its a complete act of providance that “wow they sure look good together”. I look through the inventory of kits in the works and sure enough, we have enough kits close to being ready to test build and though we didn’t plan it that way, there’s a whole block of buildings. The “First street, commercial buildings” DVD is the best collection ever. it tempts me to go back and retool some of our early kits but thats just crazy talk. Forward, ever forward.

Get the snowshoes out and head to Springfield, I’ll get the coco on.


PS. As I’ve said befor the actual disks woun’t be ready but we are preselling and it will only be a couple of weeks till we ship.


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Finally one of our press releases hits. This one from model railroad news




At Springfield we are doing 3 clinics.  Of course we are hoping that the better people understand cardstock, the better our community will be and we will be a better more successful business.  I’m thinking about all the other things I might be able to share.  I’m a landscape guy.  I love building mountains and lakes and waterfalls etc.  I’d like to share that info as well so you might be seeing a tutorial on sculpting stone and rock.

I came up with this method because I don’t really like the accidental results that are usually good but sometimes not. Guess I’m a control freak but I like to sculpt my rocks. Now I’m not going to have time for this till we get back but my plan is to video tape it and publish it here. We are also going to attempt to video tape our clinics.  If we are successful I will post those as well.



getting ready for Amherst/Springfield

Springfield is our big show for the year. It’s great fun and packed with great layouts. It’s also very costly to exhibit at and is a crucial show for us. This year we will be introducing a new product and it’s the first time we will have the critter DVD’s there. The new disk that we will be announcing and taking orders for is called “First street“  It’s a commercial city block and a total knock out. At least 8 kits, most with interiors plus awnings and signs. Is it worth the $39? NO! it’s worth over $90 sold as individual kits. At the show it will be $35.

We will have an O scale diorama at the show, showing 6 of the kits. Those who purchase advance copies, will be able to down load the kits from our website and then will receive the DVD a couple of weeks later. We are just waiting on a couple of test builds so we can add the photography to the disk.

So whats on the DVD?

The coal vender, beautiful painted brick signs, concrete bins, scale and coal loader w/interior. reproduction of a real building.

Skippy’s hot dogs. wierdly cool w/interior. reproduction of a real building.

Rudy Co printing. 2 story brick, side walk up, water tank, interior.

Hoosier mama’s pies, A 3 story brown stone bakery. Ghost signs, interior, reproduction of a real building.

Harvy hobby’s, a wood commercial store front with wood frame insulbrick rear, interior, reproduction of a real building.

Habbaker’s garage, A design from John Kosma. Re engineered and re textured by us. A large commercial garage with a second floor office. A great roof line.

And to anchor the block, A classic White Castle’s hamburgers, in either white brick or enamel sheet metal.

This is the best collection yet.

Sorry for the blatent sales pitch.