What's New for July 2013 - Update - July 25, 2013
BRAND NEW!!! State Tool & Die "Basic" Bottle Car. This car gives you the basic parts you need to make a neat bottle car. You will have to add handrails, piping, machinery covers, metal wheels (it comes with plastic wheels). We hope to have a superdetailing kit ready for the 2013 Steel Mill Modelers Meet in Pittsburgh, PA. , August 28th thru Sept 1st. List price is $49.95. Our introductory price is $35.95. Limit 2 per customer.
The summer months are usually slow for model trains. Model Railroaders crawl out of the basement into the sunlight and begin doing "family oriented" stuff. The safe and protected environment of the train room is replaced by the backyard where there are mosquitoes, lawn mowers, sunburn, screaming kids and your very inquisitive (and intrusive) neighbors. To make matters even worse, the model train manufacturers go into a period where they don't produce anything new. It is a sad and painful time for the model railroader, and the suffering is even greater for the N scale steel mill modeler.
N scale steel mill modelers are a hardy lot. They have to be for no manufacturer (well almost no manufacturer) makes new product for the N scale until he has tested the HO market and experienced success. Then, and only then do they venture into the realm of N Scale.
But wait! All is not lost! Walthers has announced three new items that will appeal to the N Scale steel mill modeler. These are items that have been made for the HO market, and proved to be very popular.
The Industrial Office (933-3834) list $19.98, PCS $15.95, is perfect for a variety of industries and has that typical look that makes you think you've seen the prototype, but you can't quite remember where.
Union Crane and Shovel (933-3826) list $29.98, PCS $25.95, is a great building for mid-20th century steel mills, foundries, construction companies, etc. The kitbashing possibilities are endless.
Steel Water Tank (933-3833) list $39.98, PCS $35.95, is the water tank you have seen everywhere. From small town water supply to almost every type of heavy industry, this type of tank was used. A very common element of the industrial landscape.
These are all in stock and ready for shipment.
The 2013 Steel Mill Modelers Meet
Everything is looking very good for this year's meet in Pittsburgh, PA from August 28 thru Sept 1, 2013. We have extended the meet by one day so that we could include prototype tours. In addition we have 14 seminars being presented by some of the finest steel mill modelers in the US and Canada. We will of course have the display/sales room open so that you can buy those scarce and hard to find items for your mill. We have a good stock of "The Magarac Society" polo shirts on hand, and you can only buy them at the meet.
We have just added a really neat workshop on the agenda. A lot of people are stymied by trying to design a steel mill for their available space. Trying to understanding how the material flows in a mill and what kinds of structures you need can cause design paralysis. The best way to attack this problem is to make a list of what you want. Do you want a blast furnace, a Bessemer plant, A BOF, rolling mills, etc? Then make a sketch of your available space and bring this info to the meet. Mike Rabbitt will conduct a hands-on workshop designing your mill. From simple shelf layout to full-blown basement designs are invited.
After a long day of steel mill tours it would be punishment to ask you to sit through a rigorous seminar where you had to pay attention. Such seminars are best when your mind is fresh. So on Thursday evening we will have a rather different type of presentation.
Do you remember when you were a very small child you would be bundled off with the family to visit your old maid Aunts? Remember? One of these old ladies had a last name of one of your parents, but the other lady didn't really seem to be related. When you asked your parents for details you didn't get an answer (?). This trip usually involved a long, for a kid; ride in the car with you bratty sister. When you got there all the adults started talking and completely ignoring you and your sister. After taking off your coat and checking out the place, (Where is the bathroom?) you and your sister would do what you did best. Get in an argument.
To quiet you down someone would drag out a stereo viewer and these old slides. Not slides that we all remember from the days of 35mm film cameras, but OLD slides with two identical (or so you thought) pictures side by side. You put the slide in the holder and moved the slide back and forth until one image cam into focus and much to your amazement the image was in 3D! Neat!
You spent the next half hour or so looking at 3D scenes from India, South America and some old European buildings. By this time you were bored to tears. Why didn't they have any airplanes, racecars or Army stuff?
Well someone DID take stereo photos of interesting stuff. Steel Mills. I came across a collection of about 60 scenes of old steel mills from the early 1900s. I've converted them all to digital format (anaglyphs) so that they can be viewed on a computer screen in 3D. You have to use a pair of the old movie type red and blue glasses but the effect is impressive. You do still have an old set of stereo movie glasses around somewhere don't you? No matter, you will get a pair in your registration packet. So comb your hair into a DA, put on you satin long sleeve shirt, peg you blue jeans, put on your saddle shoes and come join us for a 3D show!
Click on the "Steel Mill Modelers Meet" button for all the details of the meet complete with online registration form and schedule.
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