101. Sometimes referred to as the starting point or base line experience, the origin I believe from within the US education system. An introductory point. NGI 101 breaks a few rules right from the start in terms of UK magazines, for a start its got foreign muck on the cover, which uses Peco track and is HO. Inside there’s an unofficial guide to rivet counting, so that’s Bob Barlow booking his place behind Roy Jackson in the queue for ‘The Wicker Man Experience’ at your local internet. To compound things for Bob he’s put more standard gauge in there too, with a brief overview of a chap using melted metal to join other bits of metal in a bizarre ritual known as ‘making something’. It will all end in tears, there’s pictures included that haven’t even been colored in, let alone run through the graphic design teams ‘Add Turbo Color’ App.
I’m looking forward to No.102 which promises to show wrapping your model in dung and leaving it buried in your back yard for six months. This being the start of the Modelling the Inuit Broad Gauge Lines of the far north series. I’m looking forward to that, even though I’m unlikely to model Inuit railways, but I’m confident like the rest of the magazine it’ll be written in an engaging enough style to keep me going back for more.