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  • #16

    I'll go against the grain. No Sn3 isn't dead. What does "dead" mean? To me it means no one is modeling Sn3. We'll they sure are. Look at the NG&SLG, last two issues covered and Sn3 layout. There's a magazine for just Sn3, there are two active Sn3 Yahoo groups. Wisemann carries several Sn3 items for the SP, so does PBL, etc.

    Heck, there's even a "convention" just for Sn3 modelers Look at the adds in the NG&SLG for two new Sn3 car kits. Yes, there still coming out with new stuff! Dead, heck no, less people working in the scale/guage - yes.

    Yes, it IS a smaller community. If you look at most Sn3 modelers, they are doing great work, fine detail and are willing to spend the time building what they need. You can find it on the web and in the NG&SLG.

    Is it harder to find stuff? Yes, it is a smaller community. However, you'll likely find a closer nit community. If its anything like the On2 community, you've got to be a part of it to even know who's making what stuff - a lot of time its not advertised in magazines and common model RR outlets. You gotta "know" - yes, that can be (is) frustrating.

    So, I would say if you like the SP and Sn3, there's some good equipment out there (Railmaster and PBL) and some good kits. Check out Trevor Marshall's blogg for a small SP layout. Based on one town on the SP. Yes the PBL SP loco's are hard to find, so I would suggest a Railmaster Kit. I bet you could even find a pro out there who would build it for you.

    Sn3 -It depends on what you like and what you are willing to do. If you want R-t-R stuff, its likely not the beast choice. If you want to have your local buddies over and share equipment, well that might be very difficult. However, if you like building kits and scratch building, don't need a huge inventory of equipment, like the size; then I would say it is a good choice.

    Will PBL and Railmaster be gone in 5 years? I can't say. Will there still be Sn3 modelers out there? I think so, you just gotta find them - check out the yahoo groups, ask questions and start building.

    Is it the right choice for you? Only you can answer that. I would suggest a list of pro's and cons and decide what you want to do.

    Just my two cents............

    Whatever you decide, I bet it will be fun.

    If I listened to all the negative thoughts on On2, I wouldn't have built my On2 Module. Man, I'm having a BLAST! Hard to find equipment -yes, small community -yes, have to scratch build -yes, few kits -yes. Did I have to wait and search for a loco - yes, Is it fun - YES!


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    • #17
      Thanks for your response Brian. I'm leaning towards On3, but Sn3 is very appealing. I bit the bullet and purchased a PBL SPNG #8 foreground. It's my least favorite among the three, but at least I'm in the game. Hopefully another will turn up the Denver at the convention.

      As much as I like the SPNG, I think I like the idea of freelancing even more, and that's why On3/30 is so appealing. I've even kicked around the idea increasing the vagueness of the location, assuming I can come come up with a credible name. I just need to develop a concept for a 20-30 common carrier that features mining and runs fro the desert into the mountains. LOL
      Travis Handschug

      Gilbert, Arizona


      • #18
        Those of us who are not that skilled in layout design, to see what Rob can fit in any space in On30 is to me truly amazing. Easy on the peepers also.



        • #19
          It's my opinion that Sn3 is doing fine and the rumors of it's death are highly exaggerated! If you go to YouTube you will see many Sn3 layouts. I don't think that mentioning On30 in this thread devoted to Sn3 is fair to Sn3, which should stand alone. Although P-B-L does supply built and ready to roll Sn3 rolling stock, for the most part I think Sn3 is for those people who like and want to build their rolling stock and layout. I have build a P-B-L steel underframe stock car to use to compare to my HO Stuff, to help me decide if I wanted to get out of HO and go Sn3. I found that size wise Sn3 was very close to HO, this caused me to back off on thoughts of going Sn3! However, knowing what I know now as a 30 plus year HO model railroader, where I to start over again, I would definitely go Sn3!


          • #20
            I recently decided to switch to Sn3/S from HOn3/HO and I agree - the scale doesn't seem to be dying, it's just a very small (and tight-knit) community. You could easily miss much of what is going on in 1:64 if you're not looking in a few specific places. As an example, people often seem to assume that Railmaster's excellent line of craftsman locomotive kits are out of production. In fact, John Agnew is still very active in his business - a large chunk of my future roster arrived from him recently. You just won't see much about products like that outside of the S and Sn3 Yahoo groups and a few other S-scale-specific forums and publications.

            I also agree that S really is the perfect size. I'm just getting started but I'm very glad to have switched!