Good morning folks How was everyone’s weekend? We had a busy one as my son played in his first varsity football game for the Drexel Hill Raiders Pee Wee squad. They defeated the Ridley Park Parkers 33 to 7 in an exhibition game called the Raider Bowl. He is the starting center and the kicker. On his first ever kick, an onside kick, he recovered the ball! Hopefully we can get and keep his weight down. We play in a weight league and right now he is about 2 pounds over. Our first game is in two weeks. All the youth football excitement, grocery shopping, and planning and scheduling my daughter’s upcoming birthday party kept me away from the layout and work bench. I did make a few mental plans, however. We are starting a new tradition here with this post. We are having a good morning post with a topic to discuss as an added bonus. So take a few moments and say hello and tell us little something about what is going on. Oh yeah, the topic! I thought we would start off with a nice simple basic one. Yes I know it has been done before but that may have been a long time ago. We have new folks here on the Gauge and they may not have known that. So with out further ado: What scale do you model in and why? Myself I model in HO. I have dabbled in other scales such as N and O. My first train set was given to me when I was three years old by my father for a Christmas gift. It was a Lionel set. Now some 40 years later that locomotive still runs under the McIntyre Christmas tree with my son at the throttle. For where we lived O was too big and a few years later my father set up an HO scale layout in the basement. It was a simple oval and it remained active for some 25 years until we moved. I tried N-scale for a while but left due to the poor quality of equipment back in the early 1970s. When I got back into modeling a few years ago most of my equipment was HO so I went that way. The scale is just right for my clumsy fingers and it also seems to withstand the tests from an 8 year old. We are getting into G-scale. We have a small lop of track in the garden. It is half ballast and I would to get back to finishing it. This hot summer has kept me indoors. So how about you?