Paperback: 56 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (May 11, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #740,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #140 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Toys & Models > Model Trains
I really wanted to like this book, and given the price I didn't expect a full on Kalmbach treatment, but something I could sink my teeth into given the reputation of the author. Frankly it fell down in several areas the most glaring was the lack of content, what I felt were pretty pedestrian layout suggestions, photo's that didn't really add much to the atmosphere of the subjects and the use of large fonts in what seemed an attempt to take up white space in the book. I don't mean to come off harsh...really. Like I said, I didn't expect something from a mega publisher, my expectations were much higher. Maybe that was the problem, high expectations and little in the way of meat to sink my teeth into. Many of the layouts start and finish with a yard and that is very common, and not very interesting.Suggestions:Use a track planning tool like Anyrail or others that actually show us that the components you called out will work in that space. I see a few areas that might be a squeeze. We would also get locations of the sections you call out and what parts to order. Will these plans work with Kato roadbed track as well as Atlas Code 55? No idea.Give us reference to what kit structures we need to anchor the layout and who makes them. Not every building needs to be identified, but a few. I learned in Journalism school to never assume your reader knows what you do. If they did, they wouldn't buy your paper or book. Give the beginner and those of us salty veterans a starting place so we can get juiced about one of your layouts.HO modelers are not the only ones out there...give us minor scale modelers a bone or two with track plans we don't have to rig around with. You had plenty of room, smaller fonts, use empty pages etc.
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