Re: model magazines

Eugene Deimling <losgatos48@...>

As one who labored in the production of a magazine, you know all too well
that what appears in print is what is submitted. Articles on Rio Grande
rolling stock and operations have been hard to get. While but has a
fondness for the broken down small operation, he has not turned away
material of quality on the Rio Grande, RGS, EBT, C&S or any major narrow
gauge operation. The material is not being generated by the readers.

You observation is quite correct about narrow gauge modelers being the first
on the scene with prototype freight car modeling. They were building exact
replicas of equipment during a period when most HO modelers were happy to
have Athearn or Roundhouse models. I believe that early narrow gauge
modelers were a driving force in the concept of accurate prototype modeling.
Companies like Grandt Line, Thinfilm, Back Shop, Coronado Scale Models,
Cannon Scale Models and later San Juan Car Company and PBL showed what was
possible. Bob Brown's magazine and its predecessor, Fine-lines were the

Gene Deimling

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Tony and all:

I am an admirer of Lane Stewart, and it's certainly true that
Bob Brown has done and still does a superb job in quality of
magazine. No one, not even MR with all its resources, does

I agree -- I love Lane's stuff, and Joe Crea's as well although I
don't want to model that way myself. (that said, I like Malcolm's
stuff for it's folk-artsy bizzare quality -- but, no, it's not the first
thing I'd point to if someone asked me to show them what a
detailed freight car looked like.

Narrow gauge modelers were really, in many ways, the first
prototype modelers, and the best way to learn how a wood car
was built is to build a PBL or San Juan DRGW box or gondola kit.

I have no specific objection to narrow gauge per se, but I
have to say that article after article in the NG&SL Gazette
to single out funky and moldy and rundown aspects of the
narrow gauge
as well as short lines. Whether it's the natural constituency of
magazine, or Brown's preference,
One of the only negative comments I've ever heard about the
Gazette (and I admire Bob as a friend and modeler) is the way
the magazine ignores, or seems to ignore, even to the point of
denying it existed, Colorado narrow gauge. Maybe Bob figures
he covered a lot of Rio Grande in the early days of the magazine,
and doesn't have to now. Personally I'd rather see a detailed look
at Rio Grande rolling stock, or operations on Marshall Pass, than
another funky little 22" line that was used to deliver mud to a dam

Marty McGuirk

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