The O Scale Resource Magazine is a free to download digital publication that is a valuable source of modeling inspiration and product info. It covers the spectrum of two-rail modeling with mostly five-foot legacy gauge and some P48 when they can get the material.
O Scale Trains Magazine is a bi-monthly print magazine from the White River Productions family of publications.
Both magazines carry advertising from the major companies and suppliers that gives you a sense of what quarter-inch scale has been in the past and now is. Many of the vendors in this scale are very small operations, often just one to two people. Unlike the mass-market of HO or N, product runs are often limited in number and can come and go with little warning. If you see something that is useful, get it if you can, while you can. That’s the reality of the scale we enjoy.
An online resource from Gene Deimling that offers as complete a picture of P48 resources and supplies as you will find. Please do check it out.
May I also suggest OST Publications’ books, specifically Vol. 03 of The Missing Conversation, along with Mill Road and Detailing Track for their focus on P48 and finescale modeling.
Shows And Meets
There are several shows dedicated to quarter-inch scale that you need to know about. The March Meet is held in mid-to-late March in the Chicago area. Hosted at an area hotel, where many attendees book rooms for the weekend, this three-day show is a mecca for all things quarter-inch. Here you will see more products than you ever imagined, meet a lot of the vendors that keep the scale alive and get a good sense of what’s out there. If you can only attend this show once, it’s worth the experience.
A major show is the O Scale National Convention that is hosted at various cities around the country. Like the NMRA National this is a multi-day event with activities for modelers and family alike. All of these shows are good places to see and purchase products, attend clinics, meet people and learn about the scale.
For West coast modelers there is O Scale West, which has now been combined with S scale also. Even though I’ve never been to O Scale West, I’m told it’s similar to the others in size and scope. Do check out each of these websites for current show dates and times and, if needed, hotel information.
Two P48 Blogs of special interest.
Gene Deimling’s Blog
An informative and inspiring blog from one of P48 finest modelers. Well worth your time.
Shawn Branstetter offers excellent work with an artist’s eye for detail and color.