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Submission Suggestions to Speed Publication

  • Drawings
  • Photography Think like a rail enthusiast, get down to track level. Bean bags make great tripods!
  • Text
  • Style Our favorite tips.

From a Computer

  • "Grayscale" or "Color" Art should have a resolution of no less than 300ppi and no greater than 1200ppi.
  • We recommend 900ppi or more for "Bitmap" (pure black-and-white) images.
  • Preferred format: TIF (300ppi or greater) or JPG (high/maximum size).

Drafted by Hand

  • You don't have to be an artist and OSN will be happy to professionally redraw your "sketches". Still to ensure that the finished drawing is suitable, do try to use ink & include measurements/
  • Use ink, please!
  • Include measurements: in the drawing or in an attached, printed, table.

Photographed with a digital camera

  • No flash.
  • Set camera for FINE or the highest/largest file size available.
  • Best if you can lay drawing on flat surface and photograph artwork from directly above the center of your subject.
  • JPG, TIF, or RAW formats supported.

Digital Cameras & Electronic Files

  • JPG, TIF, or RAW formats are all supported.
  • Set camera for FINE or the highest/largest file size available. MUST use at least a 3.1MP image setting, but we prefer the largest/highest setting available on your camera (that isn't "Normal").
  • Lighting and white balance… use these. Add extra light from lamps if necessary to avoid images where dense shadows obscure a model's wheels and detailing.
  • We prefer un-adjusted images in most cases. i.e. Please don't crop or change the color balance. In most cases, we have to adjust that here as well and, especially with JPG images, an overly-corrected photo is never an improvement. If you wish to add special effects or modify the image, please talk with us first so that we can achieve the best possible photo reproduction.
  • Digital photos may be submitted with an article (or photo captions) on CD or DVD OR you may email them as an attachment to oscalenews@sbcglobal.net. Please include the article or captions with your photos along with your name, address, and phone number (including the best times to contact you) either in the body of the same email or as another attachment and please specify the word processing program you used for the attached DOC or other files.

Manual Cameras & Prints

  • Glossy paper always (never matte). We prefer Kodak processing.
  • A 4-color photo is preferred even for photos that will be printed in black and white.
  • All cameras work, but when photographing models we've found that adding light from one or more extra home or office lamps with their shades removed will often give you a better photo of your with fewer dense shadows. Best of all, you will then be able to see all of the underbody and track detail, not to mention a model's wheels, which often disappear into a dark shadow in flash photos,
  • Captions should be sent with each set of photos. If writing on the back of a print, please print and use a soft-tip pen or pale marker. Some people attach a "Post-It" note with a printed caption to the back of a print; others mark or attach a number or letter on the back of a print and include a list of captions that we can match up with the photographs.
  • No photocopies or plain-paper prints.


With a Computer, electronic files

  • Send your file on a CD, DVD, flash drive, or you may send it as an attachment — E-mail oscalenews@sbcglobal.net
  • Please specify the program that created the text file to save us time.
  • Do not include your photos within your text. We would prefer these to be delivered separately to ensure the best photo quality.
  • Always print your name, telephone number, and email address on all CD or DVDs mailed to us and include name, address, and phone number in all email correspondence.

Without a Computer, written or typed

  • Type or print, but don't print or type on BOTH sides of the paper.
  • When printing, use INK (quick drying white out is available).
  • Number the pages.
  • Put the date along with your your name, address, and telephone number on the cover page. Best to include your name and a date with each page number.


What We Buy

  • Our readers enjoy REVIEWS (of just about everything) as well as HOW TO articles and stories about a LAYOUT or your favorite PROTOTYPE.
  • We support Bill Mosteller at Great Decals! and his continuing program to have his decals mentioned in magazine articles (details on his website at  http://www.greatdecals.com/). This is a wonderful opportunity for you to gain an added $50 payment for your article, and all we ask is that you include the product number and name for your decals if you specify that you used Great Decals! for your project.
  • Or break into print with a feature article that focuses on a single modeling technique or a short interview & photos of a friend's model(s) or layout.


  • Keep your writing simple and direct, but give lots of detail. Our readers need a clear description of what you did to the model, how you did it, and what tools and materials you used. Be specific. Did you use sheet or tube styrene? Tell us the size. What brand/color of paint did you use? What sort of putty, epoxy, acrylic, did you use? Tell us how you did it, step-by-step.
  • The best way to do this is to write as if you were telling a friend how to duplicate your project. The best method for organizing your text is in chronological order, from the start of the project to its completion.
  • Be sure to provide a complete list of materials you used (supplier, part numbers, description, quantity) and a list of article references, if applicable. If the part came from your general scrapbox, say so. If you fabricate it, explain.
  • The first two or three paragraphs (the "lead") must grab the readers' attention and tell them what the article will be about. The article should contain a thread, or argument, that develops in a coherent direction as details supporting the lead are delivered, and which ends in a meaningful conclusion that summarizes the article content.
  • The body is where the main discussion of your topic takes place. Give detailed descriptions and how-to steps.
  • Your conclusion should sum it all up in a short paragraph or two. Repeat the most important points. Give encouraging tip(s) and/or acknowledge other people who have helped you.
  • Use active verbs and avoid passive voice.
  • Vary the lengths of sentences and paragraphs, but on average keep them short.
  • Your best articles are likely to be about subjects with which you have had first-hand experience. Please be thorough with technical info, and assume readers have no knowledge of your topic.
  • Do not hesitate to provide information on specific products, supplies, or equipment, along with name/address/telephone number of respective suppliers, if such information is relevant to your article.
  • All submissions should provide readers with specific information which they can apply to their own works or methods of operation.
  • How-to articles are best accompanied with photos in a series which illustrate the different steps/stages of the process.


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