My copy of the back-from-the-dead Railroad Model Craftsman arrived in my mailbox yesterday – and what a return to life!
The first thing I noticed was the better paper. The magazine is heavy now, with terrific glossy stock that feels wonderful in the hand and makes photos look great. Regular features have also received design nudges – from the addition of colour to the column headers to a fresher look for reviews and new product announcements.
These are definitely steps in the right direction, and editor Chris D’Amato notes in his column that there will be additional tweaks in coming issues.
What I find really exciting, however, is an interesting bit of data in the letter from publisher Kevin Eudaly, who notes that White River Productions now produces 22 magazines – including publications for specific railway historical societies, the NRHS Bulletin, and the NMRA Magazine, plus of course Passenger Train Journal, Railroads Illustrated, Model Railroad News and The Railroad Press.
This represents a terrific base of knowledge upon which RMC can draw, as well as a great source for material. As an example of the types of synergies this enables…
If someone writes an eight-page modelling feature for their favourite historical society publication (for free, no less), White River could easily approach them to do a four-page version for RMC (and be paid for it). And of course the RMC feature could refer back to the historical society publication for those who wish to explore the subject in more detail.
I’m looking forward to seeing how RMC develops and grows in the coming months. And I’ll have to pitch some features to Chris…