Mailing Finished, Jim Vail

A couple of months before the O Scale West show, we mail a registration form to those who attended the last two shows and to a selected list (likely to come) of manufacturers. This year we included a brief pre-show newsletter, a sheet prepared by the S scale community that describes the activities for but not limited to S scalers, and the Diorama contest the S scalers are managing. The registration from can be downloaded HERE, the newsletter can be viewed HERE, the S scale activity side of the S scale sheet can be viewed HERE and the Diorama contest side of the S sheet can be viewed HERE.

Jim Vail passed away January 28. Jim was very well known particularly in the narrow gauge community and in the wider community of model railroading. A group of Jim’s friends, working with his daughter, will have his layout open and operating for visitors the Sunday after O Scale West; this will be the final run of the layout. In addition, Jim’s daughter will have a table at the show where she will have selected items from Jim’s collection – HERE is more information.

Very Busy

Because I started O Scale West, it has been my baby so to speak. As a result, as a proud parent I was pretty oblivious to the amount of time I spent on it. The way things have worked is that since I am organizer, I do almost all the up front work for each year’s show. Now, as I prepare to hand over the reins to my successor, John Hamilton, my perspective on the amount of time it takes has changed from that of a doting parent who happily serves their child to someone who is critical of how time is spent.

That’s another way of saying that this year I can see how much time I spend on the show. Some of that might be my own proclivity to want everything to be just right. Hope I’m not scaring John with this!

That doesn’t mean the meet will fall apart this year. No, it will be as always – well organized and easy for other to participate in and enjoy.

The most recent activity has been preparation of the bulk mailing. It went like this. I thought we had the outer sheet (flyer/registration form) ready to go, then realized that we need to show our commitment to all scales narrow gauge by adding that name to the banner section at the top of the flyer. Since the flyer is technically late now (March 7) this added stress. Russ Clover came through like a champ with the change. 32# paper had to be bought and shipped to Tom Dempsey who will do the printing. Then I wrote a pre-show newsletter for inclusion in the mailing. Next to last is the sheet the S scalers want to include, which should be done today. Tom will print all of that and ship it to the mailing service. Lastly, the address label file has to be prepared for the mailing service such that the mailing service can use pre-sorted postage; Tim Diebert and I will do this. The mailing service will print the postage,  print the address info, then collate the 3 sheets and fold in the middle, apply “wafers” to keep the sheets together, and mail them.

It is satisfying to see that quite a few folks are using the on-line registration that was added to the web site this year.

Time to get back to work. Have a great day!

Other Sources of Modeling Info – 1

I’ll point out in this post a source of excellent modeling information: Facebook. Facebook has groups, just like yahoogroups. Once you are logged in to Facebook, you can search for groups – try “O Scale” without the quotes in the search bar. People who post to the groups usually include photos, many of works in progress. Posting something is simple – take a photo of your work with your smartphone then post it immediately to Facebook with comments.

There is some nice modeling being done by folks who are new to O scale. Check it out. And don’t worry about getting bogged down in someone’s new pet trick – once your are in a group there is none of that and no advertising.

O Scale West Update

I’ll point out in this post a source of excellent modeling information: Facebook. Facebook has groups, just like yahoogroups. Once you are logged in to Facebook, you can search for groups – try “O Scale” without the quotes in the search bar. People who post to the groups usually include photos, many of works in progress. Posting something is simple – take a photo of your work with your smartphone then post it immediately to Facebook with comments.

There is some nice modeling being done by folks who are new to O scale. Check it out. And don’t worry about getting bogged down in someone’s new pet trick – once your are in a group there is none of that and no advertising.