March 1949 - Page 3
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Gordon K. Zern
Rita E. M:lza
Maybe iL's the spring weather and maybe it's just the way things nre, but every year about this time we gel an article or a com munication or a 'phone call or something that revives our spirits no end. After aU, they've been buried under a welter of snowy walks and muddy shoes for the last four or five months and they need some attention, our spirits, that is. Anyway, sure enollgh iL arrived today the annual letter that always makes us feel that there is hope for things yet. We won't tip the whole thing, but it's a leuer from L. A. Bartholomew aod it runs to four pages. It came too late to gel into the March issue, and it deserves so much altention tbat wc'lI cheerfully devote a whole I)age to it ncxt issue in April. WhaL it ofTers, in brief, is a long step forward in solution of problems for hobby. ists. And anybody knows that hobbyists have more headaches pcr cubic inch of brain than anybody else except maybe hobby edi. lors. Probably one of the things that depresses us most of all during the winter is the rash of cartoons that break out all over otherwise acceptable magazines just before Christmas. We will wager several used copies of Model Builder that next Christmas and the next and everyone thereafter, there will be at lensl three cartoons showing kids fending off fathers or fathers fending off kids from train sets. This is nIl very true to We maybe, and I'm sure that tbe first magazine which ap peared with tbe joke back in 1903 got howls of appreciative lnughter. But for us, we think it's been worked over enough now and can be bid to rest along with jokes about tnndem bicycles ;md Jack Benny's switch to wherever he switched to. Periodically wc use this space to air gripes and beefs of various sorts that all editors accumulate. Most editors like being editors, but all of them beef about writers, readers, ndvertisers, printers, not 1 0 men tion other editors. On the other hand, the readers retaliate \'I'ilh great pungency by writing letters to the editor, a surprising number of which start out by saying in effect, "\Vhat's the matter with you jerks." All this is as it should be and it keeps editors from getting adhesions to their c.hairs, but it poses some tough problems. The one we've tried to solve in this issue is the frequent question, "Why not do some houses?" Well, we shy nway from houses as nrticle material because most often you do one particulnr house and there you are. It won't fill up n town and it isn't very
LOCOMOTIVE GRAVEYARD .
Although this is the sad account of the prototype train's burial grounds, this story may supply some useful ideas for your pike.
HOW TO BUILD MODEL HOUSES
This article will give you the finely detailed, basic plans for building model houses that help make your pike look true-to-Iife.
YOLl can add fine realistic touches to your pike by constructing these roadside incidentals that are discussed in this article.
Here is a hobbyist who solved the worrisome problem of how to build a sturdy pike that can be demounted and set up many times.
AN L.C.L CEMENT CAR .
Some issues ago we promised you a cement car that is handsome as well as functional on your model railroad layout; and here it is.
Here are more photos of some of our readers' splendid layouts.
SUNSHINE BAKERS AT FILLMORE
Frank C. Ellison again comes through with the complete construc tion plans for a building that is sure to add color to your pike.
The experiences of this model hobbyist prove that you don't have to be an artist to make realistic, fine scenery for your layout.
HOW TO PAINT YOUR MODELS
What you, beginner or expert, will learn from this fundamental model article will prove invaluable in the finishing of models.
A New York Central locomotive near Rochester, N. Y. hauls ship ments of grain to maiket. A New York Central System photograph.
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