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The Chama report

I thought I’d give a quick update on the Chama project.

Structurally the coal tower is complete. All the framing timbers (most models fudge the timbers. if you look you will see that there are thick round posts and a cross beam in 2 corners) are completed. The building and pully house are complete. What remains are the fiddely bits, the skiff tracks and bucket, the under track dump and conveyor and the coal chute. We are planning to release it at the Springfield show.

More soon.



Unfortunately, I have nothing to report.  There was nothing really new or interesting going on.  Again, this was one of the most disappointing shows of the season.  After the O scale national convention fiasco, of last year, we decided that we probably wouldn’t prticipate this year and that proved to be a good decision.  It was bad enough that we had to give up $40.00, (plus gas and time) just to see what was going on, but it would have been really bad if we would have leased tables.  It was advertised that there were 200 tables.  There were 196, but most were relatively empty.  Just one fairly small room.  We spent maybe an hour and a half talking to friends and then came home.  Chalk it up to market research.  We won’t bother next year.


Sn3 modeler

Jim Gore shares his considerable experience with card stock model building in the just released fall & winter issue of Sn3 modeler.  The Sn3 modeler has become a very slick quarterly with excellent articles and photography. You don’t have to be an S scaler to find value there.

Thank you Jim G and Don Heimburger for the spotlight. All of us card stock folks can be proud.


Another free model !!!

BUT not on this site. Sometime this weekend in partnership with “Shortline Modelers Lounge”  We are making available another exclusive kit in conjunction with a full construction tutorial. This kit “General Rope and Wire” will not be available anywhere else. (for 6 months or so at least).

The quality of articles at SML impressed me and I knew everyone here would enjoy it too. We are proud to be a part of it so go check them out this weekend.

The free model and tutorial are now up.

It’s a small but very nice industry. same footprint as our last free kit “Wright’s repair” I know you will like it and hopefully the tutorial will be ok too.