- I patiently awaited my copy. NO I DIDN'T! I wrote Chris Lane 3 days
ago to double check he had sent it!
I have scanned through the content of the annual and after reading the
feedback on these lists I would like to add my view. It is a great
magazine and I am proud to be part of it. With regard to paying homage
to the NGSL Gazette and asking why the HOn3 authors from their were not
more involved, I have to wonder why. The Gazette is a great magazine
and offers content that I find unique and valuable. The authors in the
Gazette are accomplished and I count several of them as my friends too.
But what the HOn3 has done is to bring more authors out of the closet
and created a greater pool of authors for all the magazines.
Instead of just the Gazette as it used to be, today we have NGDU, the
Carsten's Annuals, the Finescale Modeler Annuals, LID and CNGQ and also
the narrow gauge content in the major international magazine. For this
type of information we are far richer than we ever were.
In parallel our long suffering HOn3 kit manufacturers have been joined
by Blackstone, Micro Trains and Con-Cor!
To those who claimed we are a dying corner of a dying hobby I think we
can safely say they were wrong.
With regard to the lack of a "What is HOn3" article in this first annual
I notice the first two articles actually approached this from some
interesting perspectives. I would also suggest the web article posted
on the Annual 's website was a great booster and value add.
(off to read my Annual cover to cover)
- There can be some confusion with these titles. Carstens' HOn3 Annual comes out in late August to early September. Carstens' On30 Annual is usually advertised before the HOn3 Annual so I assume it comes out before the HOn3 Annual. I had ordered via the RMC/Carstens website the HOn3 Annual in June, I believe, and it came by FedEx while I was away on vacation (and at the NNGC), sometime between the 1st and 16th of September. This issue has been in hobby shops since at least mid-September and has a lot of useful modeling articles for HOn3.
Then, Westlake Pub., which formerly had a periodical called "Finescale Railroader", now publishes 3 annuals--a "Narrow Gauge Annual" by early August, a "Modeler's Annual" usually by December and a "Logging, Mining & Industrial Annual in the Spring. I highly recommend all 3 of these special annuals from Westlake. The Narrow Gauge Annual for the last several years has had a long (40 to 60 pages) informative article by Mal Ferrell on some RGS or D&RGW history with lots of great pictures. I see these articles as useful mini-books by Mal, who is a rather prolific author.