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Modeler's Corner


| October/November 2004



Model Engine

Hello again everyone. I've been pretty busy this past month attending some of my favorite shows, and one thing I've noticed is it seems there are more models being exhibited.

It is very interesting, and it's hard to decide what I like best in terms of how they're exhibited. One show has most of the models exhibited in a separate building. That's been tried a couple of times at the Portland, Ind., show, but not with much success. It has its benefits, as your models are locked and secure when you leave them at the end of the day, and it gives you the chance to talk with fellow model makers. This is a great time and place to exchange plans, ideas and thoughts about models and the model hobby.

One possible drawback to this approach, however, could be if you take a model or two along with a full-sized engine - I sure don't want my engines in two different areas.

Many shows put modelers outside with the rest of the exhibitors. Those shows consider you an engine enthusiast, just another branch of the hobby. I have seen some people camp with their models and others keep their engine trailers close by to secure their models when they're done for the day.

I have also seen some very beautiful woodwork, as some modelers build boxes to cover and transport their models while others just throw a towel over their models at the end of the day. I have seen more and more models with custom-made tarp covers. The covers can be stored with little effort and do not distract from the model, and if you get caught in a quick summer downpour the covers are quick and easy to use. One fellow built plywood boxes and has covers that fit on them.

Last year in Portland, a fellow had some of these covers for full-size engines. I talked with him and got the name of a company that makes these box-tarp covers. I ordered one, and with the dimensions I gave them on the phone, it fits like a glove. The cover was very economical ($10, plus shipping) and they come in a variety of different colors.