N Scale specific magazines.

NIevo

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I am just getting started in N-scale after I realized I will never be able to accomplish what I want in HO. I am subscribed to Model Railroader but, have seen there are quite a few N-Scale specific magazines as well. They seem to all be bi-monthly and quite expensive though so I want to get some opinions before subscribing to any of them. Which are the best ones out there as far as getting your moneys worth. I love seeing reviews and layout tours. Scratchbuilding and kitbashing articles are ok but not something Im hugely into. Scenery clinics I do enjoy though. I also don't want one that costs $30 a year and you get 6 50 page magazines. SO what are your opinions about them and are they really worth the price? Thanks.
 

GWoodle

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I understand not wanting to spend $31 for Nscale or N scale Railroading Magazines.

Both are very similar. NS is the older of the 2, published since 1989. You can order 2 discs of back issues from 1989-1994 & 1995-1999 for $40. some of those old mags may be dated now.

Both are 6 issues/year, coming out at the same time Jan-Feb 09. NS has new owners, that seem to do a better job of keeping NS on track. Some NS issues arrived later than advertised.

Frankly, I hope you have a LHS that lets you try an issue at $6.00 before spending $31. They are available at some Nscale ELHS. (Electric Local Hobby Shop). You won't find them at Border's, Walmart, etc.
 

Mountain Man

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Browse the magazines first - but only what you want to keep, depending on your specific purpose and interests.

I don't subscribe to any mags, but I do often by the major Narrow Gauge Gazette mag because it usually contains the best info on scenery and structures for the period of my choice.
 

kishonadish

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Can't find anything this side of the pond unfortunately. All mainly OO/ HO, but N is gaining interest only because of how much you can get into a space compared to the larger gauges.
 

GWoodle

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For your side of the pond ypu may have to use one of the Peco publications. You may be lucky to find Trains? Guess you can save some $$ and use the net. I suggest checking out Trainboard, Atlas, or Bachmann sites.
 

TrainGuyRom

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I exhibit with an N scale group at train shows in my area. If you go to a train show, you are bound to find a booth that sells cheap, 1980s-this year RR magazines, that you can flip through. once I found a booth selling magazines for 5/$1.00. that was a great deal.

Another word on train shows: look for good deals, but don't buy something that looks to-good-to-be-true until you know it is what you want. I have fell in that hole a few times & now I have junk I need to get rid of.

So, find out where the nearest shows are, make plans to go there, and go. you may even find ideas from the layouts.
 

umtrr-author

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I have subscribed to both since the beginning of each one. I don't find "must read" articles in every issue but on balance I find them well worth the price.