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track! The new diesels...even the plastic ones!...work great no hesitation at all on the layout. Thats an important issue when you entertain as many visitors as the F&SM gets! N ow that some of the older s tructures in Manchester and D overtown are beginning to show their age, are you planning on replacing any of the structures with newer ones? Not likely, although it does happen on rare occasions. Ive been f ocusing more on mini-projects in the older areas...especially redetailing the roofs. Ive replaced a lot of my original signage with the new laser-cut variety of billboards that seem to add detail in itself. Any structures removed will be replaced by scratchbuilt efforts only. When you are designing a new building for the layout, do you design the structure to fit the location or simply find a location to place the structure? I n ever make a mockup of a structure to be built. T he exception would be my F ine Scale Miniature kits; t hey always have a mockup produced before making f inal decisions. A cardstock f ootprint dictates the size and shape of the structures I a dd on the layout. I wing the designs, determining the amount of floors and rooflines I need to make a scene work. W hen all is said and done, was the F&SM all that you hoped it would b e? And what would y ou like to be remembered for? I h ad no idea how the F&SM would eventually turn out. I think most modelers have the same experience in that regard. Ive always built to the best of my potential, and I really cant believe how things have progressed. The F&SM is more than I could have ever hoped for. As for how the layout...and myself...are remembered? I dont know. I would guess that my line of kits is probably the single most important contribution I could have made to the hobby. As for the layout?...of course, to me, I feel gratified with all the nice comments I get about it, but each modeler seems to see something different in it. Id like to feel that Ive helped share a lot of creativity with other modelers. I was inspired by Frank Ellison and Earl

Smallshaw; I hope Ive been able to inspire the next generation of modelers in similar ways. My advice to a new modeler would be simple: Have fun according to your ability...if youre not of professional quality, so what? Big deal! I remember reading a magazine called Scale Model Railroading with Frank Ellison and at the time I was building structures out of cigar boxes and painting on the windows! Dont let the work of the more serious guys discourage your modeling efforts, and enjoy the hobby!

SEPTEMBER 2001

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