Model train magazine

Mo-Pac Sep 29, 2020

  1. Mo-Pac

    Mo-Pac TrainBoard Member

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    Well, everyone that who knows of me from my post and replies. Know that I was living in France for a couple of years.
    While I was over there I did come across a couple of different model train magazines. One of them in which I have come to like. I subscribed to while I was over there.
    It’s not the typical HO and N scale model train magazine showing the new French model train products that are on the market or to preorder. Or do they show just layouts from around France. They are into how to build up scenery and buildings on layouts. They show details on how they did and how to use up as little of space as possible. Also every issue they have cutouts in the center of the magazine of buildings and other railroad structures for both HO and N scale. If any of you have been to France before, you might remember on how small of living areas that they have. For example a sizable apartment over there is a two bedroom apartment sometimes three with an average of less than 1000 square feet of living space.
    Well here’s some photos of the magazine. Yes, obviously they will mail to the USA. They are very nice to deal with too. I had an issue with my transfer of address from France to here. I wrote them in French. Yes, I did use google translate to verify my message. Anyhow they got my mail sent to me. Now since I have received two of the magazines here in the USA. I will resubscribe to them for here on out. Here’s some photos of the magazine and below is the website. If you are using google on your phone. The top of the page should give you the English version. The price for six magazines a year is 25.50€ or about $30.
    If you are into modeling techniques and wanting to see how France modelers are doing their work. Maybe order something that you can use for your layout. Or just wanting to brush up on your French. Check them out. They do have the digital subscription too, though you will not have any of those nice cutouts in the center of the magazine.
    Best regards
    Clayton



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    Good idea, my French is Zero, but since I am Italian I may understand enough. The cutouts are a great idea (are the cutout images also on the digital version?, so I can print them), also I think I can make these buildings "Italian style" without much effort.
     
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    I am not sure if they are available on the cutout version. Contact them and ask if they are. If so this would definitely be worth the money.


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    I think I have a old copy of this french mag somewhere. As I recall it had a lot of narrow gauge stuff in it for small home layouts and a lot of how to build articles. It may even have had an article on how to model grape vines. It was definitely focused on structures and scenery a lot!

    European model mags, continental ones, can be a bit wonky. The ones I have found really cater to the museum quality model crowd.

    MR was very clever back in the early days up to about 1980 by showing a lot of 'Good Enough' type layouts. Can't tell you how many times I'd spot a Tyco truck loading platform in a photo spread back then. Last I checked they were more on the "this is how it is done' attitude and I got tired of it.

    It's funny how different countries have definite tastes in layout style. i.e. The Brits love their tiny self contained switching layouts with sector plates.

    I still think Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette is a good mag for US small gauge historical stuff.
     
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