….what better place to Honor our Vets than South Korea, where I am as we speak. I have been having good talks with my builders and we have some exciting news coming up. I’ll try to take it a builder at a time:

Diesel News: The newest run of RS/RSD’s is in and gone..completely. Check with your dealer, I know of very few available.
Good news is, you have my list from last “Hot..” on the Mini-run of new models due in May/June. I am not going to do very many, and my shorted customers come first….so check the list and let me know soonest. Don’t forget the Center cab DT6-6-2000’s (Diesel Transfer 6 axel 6 cylinder 2000 HP) units coming along in the same run! These have been hard to get models in the past (we last did them in 2004) and I expect a sellout….just sayin’. Today I’ll be discussing the E/F unit combined project with my trusty diesel builders. More info (and DP numbers for you haters…(Roland):) as soon as I get home next week. We will also discuss the C&O Turbine and the FM “Trainmaster” series I want to start, and some additional goodies I haven’t told you about yet.

Steam News: Boo-Rim is now ready to start the C-48 project in S and HO scales for me! We have had to postpone the O scale version for now until I can see who might be interested. The S scale versions (2 types, 3 paint jobs) will be awesome and done with the help of my long time friend Jimmy Booth from PBL. Expect these to be companion pieces to the beautiful K series engines they have done for Sn3, and finally a piece to bridge the gap from narrow to standard gauge in S scale! I will probably look to do the mixed gauge Idler switching car used in Salida and other Narrow/Standard gauge meeting places on the D&RGW.
HOn3 Fans delight!! Boo-Rim will finally complete my “K” series HOn3 project series with the K-36 and K-37! The plans were purchased from PBL many years ago and will be used in these models as they were for the K-27 and K-28 of the early 2000’s.
Those are highly prized models, and hard to find! These will be their equals! and built to run right along with them to the exacting Boo-Rim/DVP standards. Offerings up on the next “Hot”….(yes Roland with DP numbers) I kid Roland, but you all know I’m not much of a bookkeeper!! No…I haven’t forgotten the SooLine and RI Northerns…we’ll get to them next year, along with the VERY short re-run of the Late 3 piece model of “Jawn Henry”.

Passenger Cars / Cabeese: We are closing in on the next Passenger car project due in Nov of next year. Sammodel will be the builder…and TA DA! I have decided to add some “Expo Flyer” Sets we did and sold out about 2 years ago! The D&RGW Lightweight “Prospector” in Gold/Silver will be done along with the Heavy weight “Prospector” in Black/Gold and Gold/Silver coupled with the Early and Late “Exposition Flyer” with the add on sets for the Western Pacific and CB&Q. All of this beautiful stuff is due in December of 2018. To bring up the “Rear” so to speak…Sammodel is also doing 2 runs of Cabeese! The first is the D&RGW wood and steels cabs I showed you in one of the last “Hots” due in August, and a run of FW&D/CB&Q/C&S cabooses for our FW&D Fans and the Heavy Pacific and Mikes we will be doing next year. Lots of stuff going on at The Division Point! I added another print from the wonderful collection of Joe Kline https://joeklineart.com….this is the way I remember it guys and gals! A bunch of high school kids (I was the “old man” at 20) sitting on the floor of my Huey wondering what was coming next…

A final parting shot from my last Viet Nam Reunion this past summer….it’s the best I’ve ever read.

Why Veterans Reunite

“I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not to tell stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh or weep. Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted at their best; men who suffered and sacrificed together, who were stripped of their humanity.

I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate and the military.

But I know them in a way I know no other men.

I have never given anyone such trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life. They would have carried my reputation… the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another.

As long as I have memory, I will think of them all, every day. I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thought will be of my family and my comrades…Such good men.”

By an unnamed Soldier

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