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In Memoriam, Joe Giannovario

We would just like to take a moment to express our deepest sympathy to the Giannovario family, in the passing, Saturday, of Joe.  Besides publishing a great magazine, he was a good friend.  He will be greatly missed.

Dave & Thom Miecznikowski


Cannery kit bash from Robert Bruce

Wow, Just a fresh viewpoint and a specific need. Bob made changes to represent the time period he models (1880’s) and adjusted the dock narrow gauge height. Add a near perfect quality builld.

The suttle change in angle and height totaly works. Sincerely, I wish I’d thought of that.

No short cuts here. All the windows and doors have received individual attention.


Follow up to the Small layout Design meet in Findlay OH

Below is a link to some pix from the meet we just got back from in Findlay OH.

By the way, as you scroll down the pictures, you will see a highly animated one of me.  (Looks like I’m getting ready to flap my arms and get out of there.)  That layout is for sale.  Price to be negotiated.  In other words, make an offer.  It is Thom’s HOn30 layout that you have seen in stills and video before.  It is being replaced by the new smaller (more easily transported) HOn30 pike that you have seen glimpses of in this blog.  Size is 6’ x 3’.  Separates into 3 pieces.  All the Structures (except the original enginehouse that we started the business with) and landscaping included.  Minimum radius is 5”.  Power is straight DC.  All sidings are double gapped so adding DCC is no problem.   If you are interested, contact Thom at <>.


Findlay notes and contest closing.

First!  The name the download contest is officially closed.  We got an amazingly large number of names.  Don’t know if we will actually use one of them or still think about it a while.  We will, however, declare winners, no matter what we end up doing.  Probably take us a good week to decide.

The Small Layout Design Group get-together in Findlay Ohio, was better than I expected.  I’ll probably post some pix soon, but from the 15 or so layouts/dioramas that were there to the live steam outside the museum, it was a great time.

Everybody had fun running and talking about model trains and layouts and how and why they built what they built.

Next year is already being planned.