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This article was published May 17, 2012.

Before we present ourselves, I want to express my gratitude to:

Lucas Gargoloff,
owner of MAITÉN SHOPS in Buenos Aires, who introduced and guided me through my first steps with laser kits.
Henrik Laurell,
the crazy Viking without whose full support FCALV Models would not be more than a nice fantasy.
FS32NGModelrail Yahoo Group,
that bunch of geniuses who not only inspired, supported, and advised me but also provided a lot of needed humor.
My friend Woodie Green
and his marvelous Mogollon Ry, who did his best to keep me from starting all this but once I started, provided mountains of support and inspiration.
Otto Schouwstra,
the silent Dutch master.
John Vogelaar and Leon Van Grinsven,
also Dutch modelers whose support is now being felt to the upmost.
And the many, many others,
who, knowing it or not, have contributed enormously to the birth of FCALV Models.





I am Daniel Osvaldo Caso, born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1950. After running for many years on what one could call the crazy track, I have lived in Amsterdam (Holland, the Netherlands) since 1979. I graduated from the Arts Academy (1993) and then followed up on my training as a Bio-Energetics therapist.

I started modeling at five. Trains came into my life in 1957-58 after I'd found a couple of Frank Beatty articles in old issues of my father's "Popular Mechanics" collection. Since then, I've built several layouts in H0, N, H0e, 0e, 016.5, 0n30, and have finally settled (I hope) in 1n20.

Just in case you are wondering why the name FCALV Models; the alternatives were either ETEDD or ETHLY so I thought most people would prefer FCALV.





I am Henrik Laurell, born in Gothenburg (Sweden) in 1963. I've been interested in trains since I was a teenager. I started with a Marklin 3095 steam locomotive, a few rails, and a couple of wagons. In 1978 a friend and I visited Ohsabanan with my Dad and I was hooked on narrow gauge for life.

In Sweden, "real" narrow gauge usually means 600mm gauge as are the Ohsabanan, the FMBBM, and the OSLJ. So, I made new superstructures in 1:36 scale on top of the Märklin chassis. Eventually girls, motorcycles and computers took over and I became an armchair modeler for many years, with a few exceptions in different scales.

I started more serious modeling in 2000, first model boats and then trains in G and Gn15 scales. I finally switched to 7/8in scale in 2004 after reading an article in the NG&IM Review. Since October 2010 I switched to 120mm scale (1/17 ratio) and some occasional Gn15 ..

I am a software developer and the wiz behind this site.



I am Otto Schouwstra, I was born in Amsterdam in 1939. My first model train was a Märklin that continuously ran in circles. After my study I became involved in narrow gauge, in which my interest narrowed to the narrowest, 60 cm and under. I began modelling two foot in 1:35, was perhaps one of the early birds in that subject in that scale.

But then music and film took over. I made films of all sorts of n.g. railways all over Europe. As a result of what I had seen while filming, I became fascinated by industrial internal transport, especially n.g. railways and loading and unloading techniques. And began modelling that in 1:35 and 1:87. To make the models more lively I designed electronics for sound and control.



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Politics without principles.
Pleasure without conscience.
Wealth without work.
Knowledge without character.
Business without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice
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