We have assembled a few links links and will be adding to these in the future. These include sites and ventures by various friends and associates, other interests, etc.
Scott Mason has been a friend of mine since I started South River Modelworks. He was an accomplished builder to start, so you can imagine what he has also picked up during the last 15 years. His how to videos feature the building of craftsman kits by several manufacturers, including SRMW. His "Volume Three" features yours truly doing my version of scenery techniques. Take a look at his site to see more.
Michael Tylick should be no stranger to model railroad buffs. His articles and photographs have appeared in the hobby press for over fifteen years, and he is a frequent clinician at NMRA conventions. He has been a model builder for almost all his life, and has several model layouts in his basement. In my humble opinion, Mike is one of the top Modelers in the U.S. More than many realize, his work has influenced the cutting edge of craftsman building and kit design. Lots of information on his site.
Dave is a Model Railroader extraordinaire - and then some. We were big fans of Dave and his friend Bob Hayden well before we started SRMW. His books are a standard recommendation of ours for new and accomplished builders. You have to visit his site to just to get a "taste" of what he offers.... and speaking of which, if you believe that barbecue is a major food group - then you have come to the right place. Visit his site and see. (and check out his barbeque interests!)
Northeastern Scale Lumber is the original (and longest in business) producer of scale lumber for modelers of all scales. If you like the variety of basswood sidings, plain and weathered that we have been putting in our kits, check these folks out. New ownership has brought many new & improved products to their line. Watch their site as they are always developing new products.
For realism, I am a big proponent of hand made switches - especially curved switches. In the past, many modelers have shied away from this process because of the skill and time involved to do a decent job. However, this fine company from up north has a fantastic system using jigs, laser cut ties and clear, instructional videos downloadable from their website. I'm a stickler for quality and good instructions and these folks have it. Take sometime to look over their extensive and well presented website.
Diecasts are the ulimate in ready made models. The two most popular scales are 1:18 and 1:43. These are hand assembled, and the detail on some of the brands, particularly CMC and Exoto, is amazing. You need another hobby, right? Replicarz is one of many reputable dealers for all the good brands. Great service and prices.
Model Factory Hiro in Japan makes some of the finest 1:24 model car kits available. These are multi-media kits in Resin, white metal and metal etchings. They are for the experienced modeler. MFH is a small shop, but is also tapped regularly by major manufacturers like Tamiya. Did I mention they do a lot of Ferrari's? Though the site is in Japanese, there is a lot of useful information. There are dealers here and abroad, not to mention Ebay.
The Fender Stratocaster is an icon unto itself. The favored guitar of Buddy Holly, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Stevie RayVaughn and many, many others in every venue from classic rock to punk to jazz. Capable of producing a variety of sounds and easy to customize, it is very comfortable to play for beginners and experts alike. If you are one of the hoard who has rediscovered an old interest, you can't go wrong with a Strat.
These folks, along with another company, Warmouth, are the premier manufacturers of custom replacement parts for many popular makes and styles of electric guitars. Ask any guitar tech and they will tell you what is possible.