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Pelle Søeborg ?
Posted by DAVID SMITH1234 on Thursday, June 18, 2015 6:45 PM

Let me preface this by saying I think Pelle is a truly gifted modeler and an artist, I like his stuff, but enough already.  Cover of the next MR issue once again.  If this keeps up we can change the title of the magazine to Pelle's World.  I might be alone in this but when I see another of his articles, I'm just like ....meh....seen it all before.  Rant over.

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Posted by chutton01 on Friday, June 19, 2015 9:44 AM

DAVID SMITH1234
Let me preface this by saying I think Pelle is a truly gifted modeler and an artist, I like his stuff, but enough already.  Cover of the next MR issue once again.  If this keeps up we can change the title of the magazine to Pelle's World.  I might be alone in this but when I see another of his articles, I'm just like ....meh....seen it all before.  Rant over.


Did we call Model Railroader "John Allen's World" in the 1950s?
Did we call Model Railroader "Tony Koester's World" in the 1980s?

Pelle's not so bad - he has some pretty good ideas for detailing and scenery, a few of which I have used to good effect. Maybe not what you need, but certainly not meh either.  Maybe you like Lance Mindheim better, another chap who writes a lot for MR?

To tell the truth, after I get my Magazine and skim through it once, the mag goes on a handy shelf in...a room with running water where Smartphones do not go, and most of the time it's left it open to the last article I read, so I rarely even look at the cover again. After the next month's mag comes, the old one goes in a stack with previous month's issues, and at the end of the year useful articles and hints are clipped out, and the magazine corpses deposited in the blue recycling bin, avoiding the problems found in the Donating Your Old Magazine thread. So summing up...most of the time I don't even remember what the cover image is, just that it's model-railroad related.

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Posted by softail86mark on Friday, June 19, 2015 11:27 AM

Pelle's stuff is good and he writes a lot for MR, true. That's because he shows a lot of how-to in his articles. If you want to see different articles, write one yourself. MR can only print things that people submit. Unless they're writing about their own projects, they'll print almost any well written project article...especially if it includes lots of crisp and clear pictures.

Good luck with that.

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Posted by csxns on Friday, June 19, 2015 12:46 PM

softail86mark
rticles. If you want to see different articles, write one yourself. MR can only print things that people submit

Their was another one that used to come here that models Union Pacific he tried he said but got turned down and his layout looks as good.

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Posted by DSchmitt on Friday, June 19, 2015 3:35 PM

DAVID SMITH1234
I'm just like ....meh....seen it all before

Since his new layout is set in the Midwest instead of the California desert, I an sure there will be a lot of new stuff.

 

 

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Posted by JoeinPA on Friday, June 19, 2015 6:41 PM

csxns

 

 
softail86mark
rticles. If you want to see different articles, write one yourself. MR can only print things that people submit

 

Their was another one that used to come here that models Union Pacific he tried he said but got turned down and his layout looks as good.

 

 

There is a difference between having a nice layout and writing an artical acceptable for publication. There is a lot of back and forth between the author and the editor before the product is suitable for the magazine.

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Posted by DAVID FORTNEY on Saturday, June 20, 2015 8:36 AM

I just like looking at his pictures, incredible modeling. He is a true artist. 

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Posted by stokesda on Saturday, June 20, 2015 8:56 AM

Before we call it "Pelle's World," I think we should give equal consideration to calling it "Cody's World" Big Smile

Joe(inPA), I think you nailed it... I'm sure MR will gladly accept articles they can publish, but not everyone possesses the right combination of a visually appealing layout, excellent photography skills, excellent writing skills, and good modeling skills - Pelle is one of the few out there that does. My impression from reading his stuff is that he's also fairly down-to-earth and not full of himself. I'd put Lance Mindheim in the same general category, but his stuff seems fewer and further in-between in MR (at least recently). I personally love seeing articles by either one of them, but that's just one guy's opinion.

The fact that Pelle is currently named as a Contributing Editor in MR, probably means whatever deal that's been worked out between him and MR probably gives his articles a lot more exposure than if he was just a regular guy submitting articles. Not sure if being a CE means that you owe the magazine a certain number of articles per year, and if he has deadlines he has to meet with them. I'd assume that's the case, but can't say for sure.

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Posted by Doughless on Saturday, June 20, 2015 11:04 AM

IMO, more Pelle is a good thing.  And we need more Lance.

Seeing more modelers like them would be even better.

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Posted by JOHN BRUCE III on Saturday, June 20, 2015 12:28 PM

One point I'd make about Pelle is that he often points out features of the modern scene that we don't see well covered elsewhere. He brought up conspicuity stripes on a well car, for instance, where these haven't been discussed in MR or other mags, as far as I'm aware.

In the 1980s and 90s, when MR seems to  have been aiming at a different readership, several other mags (most now gone) covered the modern scene on items like COTS stencils, intermodal, etc. It would be great if MR, now seeming to refocus itself to some extent, could cover some of these things a little more clearly. Pelle and Cody would both be great people to help with this.

I really liked Pelle's piece on scratchbuilding the Monolith cement plant, by the way.

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Posted by stokesda on Saturday, June 20, 2015 1:09 PM

JOHN BRUCE III

I really liked Pelle's piece on scratchbuilding the Monolith cement plant, by the way.

 

 
Yeah, that was a good one. I also really liked his article on the asphalt transfer terminal a little while back, even though it was based on / inspired by another MR article from several years ago. I liked Pelle's article so much, I immediately decided I had to have that industry on my layout in the future. That article was the reason I bought 4 black Atlas tank cars, for which I currently have no real destination on my small switching layout Embarrassed  Thank goodness for the team track!!! Big Smile

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Posted by Bayfield Transfer Railway on Saturday, June 20, 2015 9:28 PM

The 1960s called, they want their "Too Many John Allen" articles B.S. back.

 

 

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Posted by groundeffects on Monday, June 22, 2015 2:31 PM

I've got no problems with all the Pelle articles, especially since he has effectively modeled an area of the Mojave Desert that I used to live near (Mojave, eh not Daneville) as a boy. 

I've bought a couple of the Kalmbach books he's done too. 

I guess the only thing I wish he would spend some time on was modeling the wind farms that surround Mojave, the Antelope Valley and the Tehachapi Mountains.

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Posted by oldline1 on Thursday, July 2, 2015 5:09 PM

I think he's a very talented modeler. Personally, I don't care for UP and modern railroading so his stuff leaves me cold. I think having so many similar articles gets boring. On the other hand he puts out quality stuff very unlike what Cody uses to take up space in the magazine. His "fluff" articles just don't offer much except to add pages to each issue.

Just my 2¢,

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Posted by cedarwoodron on Thursday, July 2, 2015 6:04 PM

Being a bit more humble, I am grateful that we have a number of excellent author/modelers such as Pelle, Lance and that youngster named Cody. They may be a constant presence in the pages of MR (with Cody's being an obligitory one!), but they inspire others and that keeps the inspirational fires burning in those of use who are active hands on modelers.

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Posted by MidlandPacific on Thursday, July 2, 2015 9:08 PM

I'm not terribly interested in modeling anything after, oh, about 1930 at the very latest- but I saw the cover and thought, "wow, that really looks like the NS main in Goshen, Indiana."  Not perfectly like any given spot, mind you- but the atmosphere was amazingly reminiscent of a town and a railroad I know reasonably well.

Pelle models something I'm not intrinsically interested in - and it's an accomplishment to create a model that is still eye catching, even under those circumstances.  

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Posted by RR_Mel on Friday, July 3, 2015 12:14 PM

Here comes my input from standing upon my soapbox.  I’ll start off with I’ve been at this hobby for a long time and have with a few exceptions all MR issues in binders back to 1963.  Over the years MR has gone up and down from what I like to see in an informational hobby magazine.
 
After I retired in 2007 I came close to not renewing my subscription because the magazine had changed directions from what I expected in model railroading, it had been going a different route for several years.  It just wasn’t as interesting to me anymore.  My wife always gave me my subscription as a birthday present and I didn’t tell her early enough so she re-upped it for three years.  Now I’m glad she did.  Over the next year or so the magazine gradually shifted back to earlier formats to what I was missing.
 
Articles about general model railroading construction like the ones done by Pelle Søeborg with great pictures, good descriptions and excellent writing skills really work for me.  His article on How to Model super-realistic roads in the August issue is better than great as far as I’m concerned.  Personally I don’t use his technique but he is very good at what he does and I really like his article.
 
I don’t care who puts together an article like Pelle’s but I’m all for that type of presentation with that quality.  As long as the MR staff doesn’t get locked into a specific era, manufacturer or scale I’m a happy camper.  My thing is HO 1950s era but I enjoy model railroading regardless of scale and one more thing, John Allen is my model railroad mentor and he was the very best at what he did!
 
 
 
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Posted by reklein on Friday, July 3, 2015 5:23 PM

I like Pelle's work. His last cover photo is wonderful,check the depth of field, and the detail. I'm just jealous that a guy out of Norway can outmodel us. He has great powers of observation. If you want to look at a different era modeled check out Troels Kirks modeling. Also out of Norway. Good stuff.

note: I see that Pelle models with a nice shirt on and doesn't even use gloves even while working with plaster.   Bill in Lewiston where its 105 today

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by andrechapelon on Friday, July 3, 2015 7:00 PM

reklein

I like Pelle's work. His last cover photo is wonderful,check the depth of field, and the detail. I'm just jealous that a guy out of Norway can outmodel us. He has great powers of observation. If you want to look at a different era modeled check out Troels Kirks modeling. Also out of Norway. Good stuff.

note: I see that Pelle models with a nice shirt on and doesn't even use gloves even while working with plaster.   Bill in Lewiston where its 105 today

 

Don't wanna rain on anyone's parade, but Pelle's Danish.

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Posted by markie97 on Saturday, July 4, 2015 11:04 AM

I find his articles very interesting and would use bits and pieces of what he recommends. However, I would never have the time or willingness to carry things to the extreme that he does. For example, I have made roads from spackle compound in lieu of mixing two different consistencies of plaster. Use one maybe two coats of paint and some powdered pastels with good results.

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