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View Poll Results: Do you think Model Railroader is worth the money?
Yes, I get both Print and Digital editions 1 5.00%
Yes, but I only get Print editions 6 30.00%
Yes, but I only get Digital editions 1 5.00%
Maybe, but I am considering not renewing 2 10.00%
Not any more, there are plenty of other places to find similar content online 10 50.00%
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:34 PM   #11
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I still subscribe........I enjoy the layout articles/features, and the tests. It also keeps my foot in the door for other scales since they cover most scales. My other 2 magazines are N scale. And surprisingly, I LIKE the ads.
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Old 12-24-2015, 10:15 AM   #12
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I agree. Not worh it. The articles also recyle content.
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Old 12-26-2015, 04:42 PM   #13
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Well, something like this is always going to be a matter of individual preference.

Personally, I like the mix of articles, excellent photography, track plans, and yes, I find the advertising helpful (most of it, anyway). Digital only is just a couple of bucks an issue. Well worth it to me.
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Old 12-26-2015, 05:14 PM   #14
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Is the digital version plagued with advertising?I'd buy articles and let advertisers buy the advertising.
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Old 12-26-2015, 05:17 PM   #15
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The digital version is pretty much identical to the print version.
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Old 12-29-2015, 08:36 AM   #16
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Only you can decide if its worth it for you. I think its a good entertaining read. I get the digital version which runs very well on my tablet.

I also used to get Continental Modeller published by Peco which is also good but it relies more on European outline (not British) and features more actual layouts than MR. Has at least one US layout per issue.
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Old 01-01-2016, 06:56 PM   #17
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Value of Model Railroader Magazine

Practically every idea used on my railroad can be traced back to a Model Railroader article. So yes, I feel it's worth the money, or I wouldn't keep renewing my subscription!
Even with decades of experience, I often find new ideas in MR. This would be even more true for newer modelers.

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Old 01-03-2016, 06:26 PM   #18
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I have 4 box's of MR issues from late 90s and early 2000s. They have twice the number of pages unlike todays. I have been out of the hobby for a long time and just recently getting interested again. So I am considering getting another subscription.

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Old 01-04-2016, 09:11 PM   #19
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I have YEARS of back issues of MRR and can find plenty of items that you can't find in the current format for projects or just old articles from a bygone era......DCC and plugging new product lines a 50/50 split...but my wife likes the pictures and at $42.95 for 12 issues she can't let me NOT have bathroom material...ergh reading material
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Old 01-06-2016, 12:07 PM   #20
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I left the hobby in the mid 90s and came back just a few years ago.
MR has been very helpful for me learning all the new techniques that have come into use in the time I wasn't in the hobby. I've learned a lot of new stuff and new/better ways to do things that didn't exist when I was still in HO scale.
So for me, yeah, it's been worthwhile.
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