Maybe even the actual largest, anywhere, at any time. They appreciate what our show is doing to advance the hobby, and they have pitched their tent, with us. We could not be more honored.

The Craftsman Courtyard will have its own special place at the October 26 & 27 show: 50 tables and a special clinic area.
When we have made an exact determination of the place, we'll update this page.

These vendors produce built up models and kits and details which are like nothing you'll get from the usual suspects with a big advertising budget. No, they operate from basements and workrooms and small spaces, creating models based on real-world examples or imaginary structures which closely resemble the same. They work from photos and blueprints of the real thing, to create, in miniature, structures which really, really exist, or at least did at some time. Railroad, mercantile, institutional and habitational scenarios which make layouts unique and alive.

Kits Are Easier to Assemble Than Ever: Although these masterpieces reflect the most scrupulous attention to detail, the craftsman who produce them have manufactured such exact parts and have written such clear diagrams and instructions you should have few problems building the models.

Pricing May Pleasantly Surprise You: Why? Because advances in production technology, such as laser-cutting, have enabled the producers to assemble their structures more quickly and more accurately than ever before. Even though these craftsmen work in small batches, production economies still apply.

Plenty of Help, on Skill Level and Budget: Talk to these skilled craftsman, one-on-one. If you are new to the hobby and now ready to venture beyond the plastic models everyone else builds, they will help you select projects most suitable to your skill level and budget. Or if you are in speed-mode, and need to enhance your layout ASAP, select the built-up models ready for placement on your layout.

Clinics: The Craftsman Courtyard will run continuous clinics throughout the show to demonstrate the tips and tricks and methods to assure your success and satisfaction and confidence. Sit in on one or two if you are timid, and gain some confidence to move ahead. This is the way to have the top people in the industry look over your shoulder and guide you. Perfect!

Contest, Prizes! These are for YOU, whether you are a casual or serious modeler. Bring your best stuff, to be judged by the world's best modelers. The winnings are NOT TRIVIAL; in addition to plaques and certificates, there is serious value involved, including merchandise certificates you can spend like real money at the show; passes to future shows, and even life-time passes to any show, and more! Don't think you're good enough? Think again. Select from categories below, and brings us you best stuff!

  • Dioramas of 144 sq in. or less depicting any subject matter.
  • Dioramas of 145 to 288 sq. in, depicting any subject matter.
  • Rolling stock and vehicles
  • Locomotives, critters, rail busses or rail trucks
  • Structures

So, Who Are These People, and What are Their Specialties? Glad you asked, see this:
Vendor Specialty Web Site
Al JudyCraftsman Kits, Scratch-Builder, Kit-Basher. No website, yet
BEST Scale Models Craftsman Kits and Metal Detail Castings.
Carolina Craftsman Kits Craftsman Kits - Specializing in Unique Prototype Structures with Historical Significance.
City Classics Scale Model Kits and Detail Items.
Conowingo Models Unique Scale Structures for your Model Railroad.
Foggy Mountain Scale Models Craftsman Kits in HO and On30.
FSM Kits Re-Seller of Scale Craftsman Kits - Specializing in the Finest Collectable Craftsman Kits.
HO Scale Customs Lengthy Series of Scale Modeling Podcasts.
Ipswich Hobbies Craftsman Kits - Specializing in the Boston & Main Railroad Prototype Structures.
Medford Trains Craftsman Kits - Specializing in Western Maryland Railway Prototype Structures.
Micro-Lumina Electrical and Animation Solutions for Scale Structures and Dioramas.
Mine Mount Models Craftsman Kits and Scratchbuilding Details.
Motrak Models Craftsman Kits and Detail Items.
Nick & Nora Designs Craftsman Kits and Scale Modeling Detail Items. Craftsman Kits and Fine Scale Miniatures Detail Castings.
Rail-Scale-Models Laser-Cut Detail Components and Craftsman Kits in All Scales.
Seaport Model Works Fine Scale Marine-Related Craftsman Kits - Boats, Hulls, Deck & Pilot Houses, and Waterfront Structures.
The Electric Wallpaper Co Detailed Interior Kits for Scale Model Structures.

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