Railroad Model Craftsman editor Chris D’Amato asked me for a few photos for his column in the June 2014 issue. He wanted to write some thoughts to go with a special supplement on S Scale, produced by RMC and the NASG. Click on the cover to read an excerpt of that supplement at the RMC website:
Chris ended up writing some very nice words about my layout. Thanks! I appreciate the shout-out, and I’m glad I could help illustrate your column.
If you’re here because you read the piece in the June RMC, then welcome! I hope you look around and enjoy what you see.
As for RMC itself…
There’s been a lot of discussion online in recent weeks about the magazine’s imminent demise. It’s a pretty open secret that the magazine has been late shipping to subscribers and newsstands and that authors – even regular contributors – have had to wait a long time and repeatedly pester the publisher to be paid for their work.
I was a regular contributor for about a decade – from 2002 to 2012 or so. I’m grateful for the opportunity I had over those ten years to share so much of my passion for the hobby through a magazine that always attempted to inspire readers to do better and never, ever talked down to its audience. In particular, I’m thankful that then-editor Bill Schaumburg took a chance on an unknown writer from Canada – and pleased that our business relationship quickly grew into a great friendship.
On a broader note, I would argue that the success of the prototype modeller’s movement is due, in part, to the awareness generated by the regular reports on RPM meets from Bill and various contributors. That, in itself, is a great legacy.
Like so many others, I hope the rumours are false. But if true, I hope magazine continues in some form. Either way, my thoughts are with the Carstens staff: It must be tough to find the enthusiasm to come into work when such rumours are swirling about – regardless of how closely they are to the truth.
I frequently get emails from people asking, “What’s up with Carstens Publications?” The short answer is, I don’t know – I was a contributor, not a member of the staff. But I think everybody can review the evidence and draw their own conclusions. And I’ll be sure to post something to my blog on this if and when I hear something official.