We live in an age where a simple declaration of belief or principle is well nigh impossible to find. Our politicians, business leaders and celebrities of every stripe are experts at clouding their position on the simplest of issues. I’m taking the opposite tack.

While I understand there are many approaches to scale railroad modeling, here are the principles that inform the work and philosophy of OST Publications Inc:

  • A scale model should be consistent from top to bottom, including the wheel profile and track gauge.

I realize not everyone will agree with this statement, which is fine. I consider this to be a fundamental aspect of scale modeling. Model railroading is at odds with this ideal as evidenced by the gross compromises adopted and considered as normal practice in every scale throughout the history of the hobby’s development.

  • If the hobby is worth doing, it is worth doing well.

In my view, this is self explanatory. Once again, I understand that people bring many different levels of skill and other resources to this hobby. What I’m saying is this: The quality of the hobby you ultimately craft for yourself is completely within your control. Why would you settle for mediocrity? There’s more to this hobby than “good enough.”

  • Quarter-inch scale can be ideal for a small space, if you manage your expectations realistically.

Quarter-inch scale suffers from the decades old stigma that says it requires massive amounts of space in order to be satisfying. That’s true only if the objective is a huge layout. We have an addiction to the idea of big: big engines, big curves, big train cars, big buildings, and so on. The stereotype simply isn’t true. I’ve proven it to be false to my own satisfaction and so have many others around the world.

Our publications reflect these fundamentals in their choice of subject matter and tone.

If these principles resonate with you, be certain to look over our Masterclass Modeling Series™ of books and our digital magazine, The Missing Conversation from the menu bar above.

Mike Cougill