a ModelersLife

Hey kids… Know what time it is… It's time for another round of the Kelly Questions, this time featuring that lovable N-Scaler… Toni Ryan !!!

 
Toni begged us to let him try the questions so eventually we gave in and here he is all the way from Vancouver, Washington.
 
Want to know why his name is spelled with an i instead of a y... Just ask his Mom.
 
Sit back play along and see how well you score.
Direct download: Kelly_Questions_-_Toni_Ryan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:33pm EST

Wait, wait I've just been handed this bulletin… Directly from AML world headquarters… Episode 22 featuring Washington state's own Mike Deverell !!!

 
Mike is a cool guy with a lot of cool STUFF and he tells us all about it here on ModelersLife. He tells us about his dedicated model railroad building in the Puget Sound area. He also describes his uncanny ability to land Huey helicopters without the motor running.
 
He has a great YouTube channel featuring his second layout the Colorado Front Range. Just search Mike Deverell on YouTube and you're there !!
Direct download: Episode_22__Mike_Deverell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35pm EST

Whew… I'm exhausted… It's part three of the Lex Parker chronicles. In this episode our hero tries desperately to figure out a way to wrangle a ride with Lex in his Corvette.
 
We continue to learn more about his layout building techniques and he tries to convince us his house is actually a rectangle on a pie shape lot.
 
There will of course be a quiz at the end so listen carefully.
 
Thanks for watching !! :-))
Direct download: Lex_Parker_-_Part_Three.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:17am EST

Stop the presses it's here !!! Part two of the Lex Parker Trilogy. Now find out all of Lex's deepest darkest secrets right here on ModelersLife. 
 
Plus learn some cool stuff about Lex, his model railroading and how he got his start in the hobby. 
Direct download: Lex_Parker_Part_Two.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:10pm EST

Well I got some good news and some bad news… First the good news, the long wait is over… Now the bad news, just like a bad cold sore on your lower lip that reduces you to a diet of strained soup for several days... We're back. 

 
That's right, it's time for another edition of Viewer Mail with those lovable muppets Jim, Bruce and Lionel.
 
Find a comfortable spot with a frosty mug of your favorite root beer because the mail was piled high at it's gonna take you a while to get through all.
Direct download: Viewer_Mail_18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38pm EST

I know what you're saying… "Hey, how come there's been no new episodes this month?"

 
The explanation is simple…  There was a disturbance in the force. I don't do anything without the force, Skywalker strongly advises against it.
 
But that's all been cleared up now so it's time for Part One of the Lex Parker Chronicles. Lex is a fascinating guy and an awesome modeler so we ended up doing a three part interview him with all crammed into the month of May.
Enjoy !!
Direct download: Lex_Parker_Part_One.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:39pm EST

You've heard about it from your friends, you know it exists and finally it's here. Round eight of the Kelly Questions featuring non-other than AML Superfan #2 Peter Burr. 

The score on this round was up and down but in the end Peter actually managed to get one and we were all thrilled. So listen in while this retired doctor from the hills of Tennessee dazzles us with his knowledge and witty repartee !!
Direct download: Kelly_Questions_-_Peter_Burr.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08am EST

Well it's time once again for another chapter in the never ending saga that is "a ModelersLife."  This time it's something just a little different, originally it was suppose to be Sara Kelly with an update on her movie Model Citizens followed by a chat with her executive producer but that didn't work out.

So the second have of this show is an interview I did one night with our very own Jim Rindt when he didn't even know it was happening. The whole episode turned out great and I know you'll enjoy it.

Direct download: Sara_Kelly__Jim_Rindt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:02am EST

Once again it's time for our illustrious heros to sort through the viewer mail and come up with intelligent answers. That being we'll just hope these guys can read and not waste to much of your time. This episode we introduce a new segment called, "Lionel Doesn't Get It."

Direct download: Viewer_Mail_Number_17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02pm EST

It’s the Scotty Mason show !!! Err… Wait a minute… It’s still ModelersLife, just episode 17 with Scotty Mason. Actually he’s more comfortable with Scott but Scott Mason.com was taken so we all know him as Scotty. So come along as we beam you up to the mothership and listen to us as we listen to Scott answer all those questions you’ve been dieing to ask him.

Direct download: Scotty_Mason.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

Otto Vondrak who's father's name is Ed but not the Ed you're thinking of, was our guest for the month of March. He tries his hand at the Kelly Questions on the last day of the month and does quite well for a beginner. Play along and see how well you score.

Direct download: Otto_Vondrak-Kelly_Questions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

You know them, you love them, they come to every operating session… It's the short fat guys that sweat. Once again your lovable trio of mouth breathers read viewer mail and try to figure out the correct answers. 

 

Direct download: Viewer_Mail_March_24th-2015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:12pm EST

The main thing we learned about Otto Vondrak during these two episodes is that his father's name is indeed Ed but he's not the Ed you're thinking of. It's all very confusing but well worth the trouble. So sit back, relax and discover why Otto is the guest so nice we had him twice.

Direct download: Otto_Vondrak_Part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:03am EST

Well it's a little late but it's still fresh because I've kept it in the fridge. So join us as our intrepid explorers wander into the dark crevices of the viewer mail bag to see what our viewers have to say. Whatever the Podfather, Mailroom boy and Steve talk about you'll eventually realize the time you've spent listening to viewer mail can never be recovered.

 

Direct download: March_9th_2015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

Do you find yourself sitting at your desk, staring blankly at ceiling tiles, trying to come up with the next great idea, wishing there was a way to make them pop into your mind faster?
 
If you said yes, the AML Network has great news as we announce the release of "Elevator Music - The Compilation" on high quality audio CD.
 
All your favorite elevator music as heard on a ModelersLife, Viewer Mail and the Kelly Questions.
 
Catchy tunes by anonymous musicians guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing,
 18 minutes of your favorites at the low low price of just $9.95 plus shipping and handling. 
 
 But wait!  If you act now we will throw in "Elevator Music II" at no extra charge because you can never have too much elevator music.
 
 A value of $9.99 absolutely free, just pay separate shipping and handling.  
Don't wait, order now and change the world!
Direct download: Elevator_Music_Commercial.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06am EST

This month we talk with Otto Vondrak best known as an associate editor of Rail & Railroad magazine. Otto joined Carstens in 2011 after several years of freelance work for them. He's a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and a founding member of the RIT model railroad club.

After an hour or so of talking with us, Otto politely asked if could leave but we refused and duck taped him to the nearest support column in the studio. Eventually he stopped screaming and we explained we merely wanted him to do a second hour with us before we'd let him go. Once he agreed not to call the police we recorded part two of Otto's interview to be presented later this month. 

Otto has since been seen wandering the streets of Rochester mumbling to himself.

Direct download: Otto_Vondrak_-_Part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

It's another round of the Kelly Questions with Craig Bisgeier... We think he was using Coles Notes to study up for the exam.

Direct download: Craig_Bisgeier.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:29am EST

This episode of viewer mail is brought to you by Jim Lincoln Chevrolet home of the Lincoln Homer. So come on down for a great deal, just past Fuller Field on the High St. Extension in Clinton, Mass. 

Direct download: Viewer_Mail_Feb._24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:08am EST

Episode 14, is all about FastTracks and it's owner Tim Warris. Tim explains how and why he started his very successful company. We also learn about his interest in photography and Port Dover's Friday the 13th. 

Direct download: Tim_Warris_Episode_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52am EST

It's time to answer viewer mail or as we like to say around the ole' AML headquarters... An hour of your life you'll never get back. Listening to Jim, Lionel and the mailroom boy Bruce answering viewer mail is just like a Slinky, it's not really good for anything but it still brings a smile to your face. So sit back relax and join us as we sift through all our mail and try to make sense of world events. 

Direct download: February_12th.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:54am EST

Clark Kooning, longtime NMRA member tells us why he'd be best suited for the position of NMRA President. Clark has held many offices in the association as well as running the succussful Modeling with the Masters program. So take a listen and cast a vote.

Direct download: Clark_for_VP.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

This month we talk with the creator of TrainMasters TV which can be seen on Model Railroad Hobbyist. Barry is an avid modeller who decided one day to build his own train station. The story's far to complex to tell here so listen in and find out all about it.

Direct download: Barry_Silverthorn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:37am EST

Once again those loveable mouth breathers Jim and Lionel answer viewer mail with the help of their trusted mailroom boy Bruce. Various subjects are discussed and apologys given in the never ending quest to educate and entertain the worldwide model railroading public.

Direct download: Viewer_Jan_21st-2015_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

Our very own Jim Rindt's son Peter takes a crack at the Kelly Questions. Good luck Pete !! 

Direct download: Peter_Rindt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:44am EST

Lance Mindheim is owner of The Shelf Layouts Company and a great guy.  He speaks nationally at a variety of prototype modeling conferences and is author of numerous articles for the model railroad press. An engineering graduate of Purdue University, he is a strong believer in the value of simplicity when it comes to model railroad design. Visit his website at www.shelflayouts.com.

 

Direct download: Lance_Mindheim.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

It's been said Viewer Mail from a ModelersLife can bring drywalling to life. Never let it be said those lovable mouth breathers Jim and Lionel can't make household chores less of a chore. So sit back with your favorite beverage kick off your slippers and let us put you to sleep.

Direct download: Viewer_Mail_-_Jan_8th.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13pm EST

In this episode we meet Ken Patterson a well respected model railroad photographer. Ken has published more than a hundred magazine covers as well as over a dozen Walthers catalog covers. Ken also builds custom models along with several courtroom models for the BNSF.

Direct download: Ken_Patterson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:47pm EST

Clark Kooning talks about the NMRA and trys his hand at the the Kelly Questions !!

Direct download: Clark_Kooning_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:41pm EST

Once again those lovable mouth breathers Jim and Lionel answer their volumous viewer mail. They discuss religion, commuter trains and even get around to talking about the mail. But as can be expected our heros was again forget to mention the e-mail address.

Direct download: Viewer_Mail_December_26th_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:47pm EST

We finish off the year with Joe Fugate, the founder and owner of the online magazine Model Railroad Hobbyist. Joe explains why he decided to start the magazine and some of what to expect in the future. This a very insightful interview and one we're sure you'll enjoy.

Direct download: Joe_Fugate_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05am EST

Once again we answer our voluminus viewer mail and try not to insult to many people.

Direct download: December_12th_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:05am EST

This month we talk to North Coast Engineering (NCE) owner and founder Jim Scorse. Jim has had a fascinating life as well as contributing greatly to the hobby of model railroading. He also tells us about his musical career and why the major cities along Interstate 90 are 60 miles apart. 

Direct download: Jim_Scorse_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:18pm EST

It's the end of Marty McGuirk month. So sad. We decided what better way to end a very successful month on the AML Network with a special edition of the Kelly Questions featuring none other than... Marty McGuirk !!

Direct download: Marty_McGuirk_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:15am EST

The sound quality was a little rough and the viewer mail was a little thin because we forgot to tell people where to send it. But we still manage to entertain ourselves for thirty minutes while checking out some Facebook posts and discussing the Canadian monetary system.

Direct download: November_26th_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:35am EST

This is part two of an extensive interview with Marty McGuirk. We learn about Casey Kasem, what influence the Bee Gees and Debbie Boone had on his modeling. The removal of a second deck from his layout and the fact he was once assigned to the U.S.S. Wisconsin an Iowa class battleship also affectionately known as "Wisky"

Direct download: Marty_McGuirk_Part_2_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42pm EST

Jim and Lionel celebrate 10,000 downloads in just three and a half months. Super fan Bruce Kelly stops by to discuss his favorite parts of the show.

Direct download: 10000_Downloads_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:56am EST

We answer some more viewer mail because we can. The mailroom boy Bruce joins us for this issue of viewer mail after an extended stay in the basement.

Direct download: Viewer_Mail_7_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:32am EST

Ron decided to try his hand at the Kelly Questions and did okay. We found out about his connections to the mob and his love of the Pennsy railroad.

Direct download: Ron_Klaiss_-_Finished_Large_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

This is an interview i wanted to do right from the beginning. Marty is an old friend who's seen all sides of the hobby as well as spending time in the Navy.

Direct download: 13_Marty_McGuirk_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:24am EST

Once again we answer our voluminus viewer mail. Jim and Lionel apologize to Rhode Island and talk about the Lone Ranger's missing tent.

Direct download: October_26th_Viewer_Mail_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:38am EST

A ModelersLife goes international with Jim Gifford. An accomplished modeler from Australia, Jim gives us an insight into the hobby from the southern hemisphere.

Direct download: Jim_Gifford_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:33pm EST

Bruce tries his hand at the Kelly Questions while enjoying the tin foil helmet.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:52am EST

Live from Sturtevant, Wisconsin it's uhhh... Thursday.  Mike Slater is the second victim of the Kelly Questions.

Direct download: Mike_Slater_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

Another Viewer Mail review launches itself into cyber space as we stand back and admire it.  Topics range from the demise of Rocky Point in Rhode Island to the Bass-O-Matic 2000. Enjoy !!

Direct download: Viewer_Mail_October_9th_-_Finished_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:16am EST

Super fan Bruce Kelly who originally suggested we ask viewers a series of questions, is the first person to answer the "Kelly Questions."  As an added bonus, we talk to Bruce's wife Yonti and find out she's been painting some of her stools.

Direct download: Kelly_Questions_Round_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:24pm EST

Sara Kelly a journalism professor has been shooting and reporting on model railroading for a forth coming documentary entitled Model Citizens. She discusses all of what's happened up until this point and what she's hoping for in the future. 

Direct download: Sara_Kelly_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:22am EST

In this version of viewer mail Jim and Lionel discuss all of the e-mail they've received, the new Facebook fan page, Kelly questions and of course Mighty Mouse.

Direct download: Viewer_Mail_Number_4.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 8:33pm EST

Peter is a very interesting fellow with a facinating background, aside from being an accomplished architect and model railroader. He's also a sculpture, farmer, mover of furniture, world traveller, friend of the planet and all-round great guy.

Direct download: Peter_Stempel-_Episode_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

This episode we answer more viewer mail, discuss our logo, podcast categories, Oshkosh U and the desire to please the french.

Direct download: Viewer_Mail_Episode_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:50am EST

Jason Reis: Model railroader or boy genius you be the judge. Jason tells us about designing layouts, learning to drive at an early age and using his wife's phone for the betterment of the hobby.

Direct download: Jason_Reis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12pm EST

Direct download: Viewer_Mail_August_22nd.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

In this episode Tom discusses travelling by train his work with Nople Ape and his love for King of the Hill.

Direct download: Completed_Barbalet_Part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:31am EST

We examine our viewer mail from the first episode of "a ModelersLife."

Direct download: Complete.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57pm EST

The lost Barbalet tapes. This is part one of a two part interview with Tom Barbalet founder of Model Rail Radio.

Direct download: Completed_Barbalet_Part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25pm EST