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More unconventional thinking

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In this episode…


Ed Loizeaux, a coordinator for this year’s National Association of S Gaugers convention.

Jeremy St. Peter, weathering artist and member of The Weathering Shop.



NASG National Convention: July 3-9, Sacramento CA


In Episode 10, we provided an overview of this summer’s NMRA national convention. But Extra 2011 West – “The Unconventional Convention” – is actually two conventions in one. That’s because the National Association of S Gaugers will hold its national convention concurrently with the NMRA’s get-together.


One of the coordinators of this year’s NASG National Convention, noted S scaler Ed Loizeaux, tells Jim what’s in store for convention-goers … in all scales.


(Remember, there’s still time to register and The Model Railway Show will see you there!)


Related Links:

Ed’s layout featured in Episode 705 of the Tracks Ahead program (YouTube).

Some photos of Ed’s S scale New York Central layout (Webshots): Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3.



Weathering as an art form


Here’s an unconventional idea…


If the canvas, paints, brushes and other tools add up to $50, yet an artist can command five-, six- or even seven-figure sums for a painting… how much would a piece of art painted on a $32.95 freight car* be worth? And at what point does the finish and weathering on a freight car transcend the hobby to become “art”?


Most experienced modelers weather their rolling stock to some degree. But for some, extreme weathering has become the hobby within the hobby. A small group of these observers and interpreters of rust, dust and grime have formed an artists’ collective called The Weathering Shop – an online gallery where visitors can admire and, yes, purchase these model works of art.


Trevor speaks to Jeremy St. Peter – a founding member of The Weathering Shop – about weathering as an art form.


(*MRSP on the new ExactRail TRINCool 64′ Reefer. For the answer, check out The Garemy Project.)


Related Links:

Examples of Jeremy’s work on our Flickr Gallery
Model Trains Weathered