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The November 2017 “N-Scale” issue of the YouTube Model Builders eMag is now available! Download your FREE copy here: http://www.youtubemodelbuilders.com/emag/download/YTMBeMagR18.pdf

I cannot believe that three years have gone by since the very first issue of the YouTube Model Builders eMag! They have been most enjoyable ones because we truly enjoy putting this magazine together for you. The holidays are upon us once again, and it is a great time for us to get some rest and to explore our model railroading curiosities. It is also a great time to catch up on the past issues of the eMag.

In this issue, we explore N scale. Many modelers are curious about this scale and are reluctant to model in it because they continuously hear from others in the hobby that it requires much patience, a higher degree of skill, nimble fingers, and 20/20 vision. While some of these fear factors may be true to some extent, they should not forge a blockade in front of your willingness to at least explore it. In fact, many of the problems that plagued N scale models in that past such as lack of quality, lack of detail, lack of parts, or lack of capability are no longer an issue. I believe that is what you will surmise after reading the articles in this issue.

Before we get into discussing N scale, we begin this issue with a special visual essay from Kay Wong, an artist in Hong Kong who loves trains and railroads (both old and new). This pictorial essay showcases a handful of Kay’s beautiful drawings and watercolors. He certainly has talent. We call this essay “Eye Candy” and it is our special thank you gift to you.

Ron Marsh and Bob (Da’Bob) Olson discuss their N scale layouts and give their perspective on N scale, including advantages and disadvantages they have experienced while constructing their layouts.

The Track Planner explores the advantages, the disadvantages, and the challenges of designing an N scale track plan and provides many useful tips when designing a layout for this scale.

In the “Food for Thought…” column Blayne Mayfield explores why N scale is gaining in popularity and Harry Haythorn tells us about the history of and how his club came to acquire the famous N scale Hump Yard layout developed by Union Pacific to train engineers how to manage operations at a real hump yard. Lucky guy!

We switch gears with “Jack’s Junction.” In his column, Jack Hykaway takes you on a journey aboard the Glacier Express in Switzerland and discusses how it traverses the steep mountainous terrain of the Alps by leveraging a unique rack-and-pinion gear and rack rail system.

Ralph Renzetti discusses the use of chalks, pastels, and powdered paint pigments and ranks them based on his experience and preferences in his article entitled “A Chalky Situation.”

We wish you a safe and wonderful Holiday season and a very Happy New Year!

JD (Loggin’ Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag
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The November issue of the YouTube Model Builders eMag is going to be all about N-Scale. Now, we know there are a lot of N-Scalers out there and we would love to hear from you!

So please don't be shy and share your N-Scale experience by submitting either an article with photographs of your layout or provide 15 to 20 (or more) photographs for the Community Collage. Or provide both!

Only one layout will be featured for the Community Collage. However, we may use the other photograph submissions we receive elsewhere in the eMag - you never know, it might become a whole expose or even make it on the cover?

If you would like to share your N-Scale layout or write about your N-Scale experience, here is a suggested outline:

1. Background about your modeling experience (number of years, other scales you have modeled in the past, etc...)
2. Discuss your layout or modeling progress (era, line/flag, geo-region modeled, etc...)
3. How did you get into N-Scale modeling? Why N-Scale?
4. What is so special and/or is most important to you about this scale?
5. What are the advantages you see about modeling in N-Scale?
6. What are some of the things you would like to see improved in N-Scale (availability of product/parts, etc.)?
7. Are there any objections you have to modeling this scale (Difficult to handle, hard on the eyes, difficult to weather or install decoders, etc... )?
8. Would you recommend this scale to a new modeler or someone new to the hobby?
- Why or why not?
9. Describe your layout - tell us about the highlights
10. Tell us about the future direction of your layout
11. Summarize above or provide a closing conclusion.

And of course, at the end of every article, we feature the "About the Author" section. For this section, tell us about yourself in one to two short paragraphs. Also provide any links to your G+, Facebook, YouTube channel, or web page.

The above is just a suggested outline and you can choose to address all or parts of it - whatever makes sense for you and your situation.

Submission deadline for articles is Friday, October 27th, with final updates due by Friday, November 3rd. We will try to work with you to get it into the issue and to get it just right, so don't panic ;)

Submisdion deadline for photographs for the Community collage is Friday, October 27th.

Please contact us at YTMBeMag@gmail.com - we would love to hear from you!!

Thank You!

JD (Loggin' Locos)
Editor-in-Chief
YouTube Model Builders eMag

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More stuff! The warehouse is new and in the process of being assembled, same with the company house. The containers are finished and released products on the www.nscalelaser.com website
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If nobody minds, I'll share photos of my kits as I build them. Virtually all of them are first runs from my cutter shop, so you'll get to see warts and all!!

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Hi, I've modeled N scale since 2006, but have been involved with British N gauge for 30 years. I don't have room for a layout of my own at the moment so vent my creative side by designing and selling laser cut kits. I can't describe the feeling of seeing one of the kits I have designed on an exhibition layout, or in a photo of Facebook or Google+. It's awesome :) I sell my kits on www.nscalelaser.com and do commission work, but I don't charge for the time put into designing the kit - only the cost of materials and the cost of the kit to cut (plus a tiny profit). It's my hobby, I enjoy it.

Simon

Only 3 members including myself? Is this a new group, or just no interest?
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