Editors Corner

Editors Corner #170

This issue will hopefully wet your appetite with some painting tips, tricks, and features. Nothing grabs your attention more than a shiny, flawless paint job on the contest table or at your model club meeting. Unfortunately, there is no resin column this month. Things just got out of hand, and I didn’t want to rush getting the article together. I do have some new resin products to feature; I will try to post them on the web site soon.

Speaking of the web site, I was racking my brain (what’s left of those two remaining brain cells) trying to learn Drupal, the Content Management System (CMS), and I just hit an impasse. So, I did the next best thing; I switched over to the other easier CMS, WordPress. This has been a lot easier for me to learn, and I will have everything migrated over soon. Sorry, David, I tried…

This year iHobby will be held for the first time in Cleveland, which is close to the Toledo NNL, also in October. Thanks to my friend Doc Maydak, I may be close to getting some help at the Cleveland Clinic, but that is still being worked on as I write this. Yes, the troubles are not going away, and if anything, it’s getting worse. Simple things that we all take for granted like sitting, standing, and walking are next to impossible for anything longer than a few minutes. But heh, I get free parking, yeah?

The only thing I am really able to do comfortably is read. I read about a book a day, and that’s no joke. In my online pursuits of authors who pen the novels I like, such as who-dunnits, detective stories, and murder mysteries, I met Marshall Karp, a best-selling and incredibly gifted (and phunny) guy who types out the Lomax and Biggs detective stories (www.lomaxandbiggs.com). He has inspired me, and hopefully push me, to get some of my own stories down on paper, which is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I think most of us have aspired to be a writer at one time or another. With the way I am now, it may be the only thing I can do and be physically comfortable at. I am able to work on models every day, but it’s usually during a ten minute or so spurt of energy and that’s it. Laying over the edge of the bed and building kind of makes my head hurt, if you know what I mean!

Enough of the sad sob stories; on to the good news! I have been working with a forum member, Joe Phillips, and along with Dave Pye and others are really pushing to get younger builders back in our hobby. I used to see a lot of great young builders at the shows that I went to, and the work they do now blows away everything we did when we were younger, without a doubt! The paint jobs, detailing, scratchbuilding, it’s like a builder with decades of experience built the model, not some 15-year old! I like to think that we here at MCM had something to do with that. We try and share what we know with everyone, young or old. We have nothing to hide, and everything to gain by sharing our love of our hobby with the younger generation. Look what our friend Oscar Koveleski is doing with his KidRacers.com site and youth racing program.

On a sad note, we lost a dear friend recently. Many of you may have met Bill Lastovich at shows across the country, and if you didn’t know him, you were definately touched by him if you ever purchased a Revell/Monogram kit. Please see Ed Sexton’s tribute to Bill on page 12. Bill, my friend, you will be missed. Yes, you can tell everyone up there that Pepermill story, you have my permission :-) Aloha for now, it’s time to lay down… again.

Editors Corner #169

I had this column all done a while ago, but then a good thing happened–I lost it! Well, it’s more like it got misplaced during my recent upgrade/updates, but that’s another story. So why is this a good thing? Well, I was getting everything all ready for the July issue, when I got the news that I have been waiting for almost 13 years to hear: Barnes & Noble said yes!

That’s right, boys and girls. After almost 13 years, your humble editor has finally got himself on the shelves at Barnes & Noble. This makes Harry really happy, he is the one who has been pushing me to get this done, and it finally happened. So, I figured I better redo the Editor’s Corner to be a sort of e komo mai (welcome) to all the new readers–and hopefully new subscribers–at all the B&N stores (yes, you, there in middle aisle, reading this copy, I’m talking to you!).

So what’s going to change? Well, you can rest assured that the “lazy days of summer” are gone (I have been habitually late for all you new recruits), due mainly to having to deal with severe case of spinalanoworkagood–five back surgeries), and nowadays most, if not all, of my time is spent laying down, writing and doing the web site from my trusty Tempur-Pedic bed. Not much fun, but heh, look at the alternative, yeah?

So with that introduction out of the way, on to the good stuff! I received the new Moebius Hudson Hornet convertible, and I like it! I also received their Chrylser 300 that Bill Coulter and Len Carsner did such a great build up article on in MCM #167. Revell sent some more of their new releases (check out the web site for those pics: www.modelcarsmag.com), and I tried to spend more time on the new kits from Simil’R: a new Ford Focus WRC rally car and a Ford GT. Check out the new products on page 8 for more on these great new kits and company. The resin column is on vacation this issue, I couldn’t do the physical work needed for all the pouring and casting. Hopefully I can get back on it next issue (pardon the pun).

I also tried out our friend Donn Yost’s painting tricks from his video, and let me tell you what, I was doing it all wrong! And this comes from someone who not only had a body shop before, but just so happens to have the best model car magazine out there! Thanks, Donn, you have shown me the light!

We have a couple of great features coming up from builders all over the country, and a special treat for all you Facebook followers as well. Speaking of Facebook, I am working with them on trying to set up the Facebook page as it’s own separate place/page, and then that will separate me from the magazine page, which is what I should have done years ago when I set it up. We will also be doing more builds of the current kits that are released. I have a local builder here in Hawai’i, Damian Fontes, who has agreed to help me out with this, so we will have built up versions of the model to go along with the great reviews by our own Larry Greenberg.

Well, that’s all for this issue. Time to get the ball rolling, we got deadlines to meet! a hui ho!

Editor’s Corner #168

Well, it’s the middle of March, and I’m writing the May/June 2012 Editor’s Corner. Can you believe this? Yes, it’s really cold somewhere, somewhere where that guy with the red suit and those funny things on his head lives. Okay, enough of the jokes and trying to be punny… See what happens when I’m not in control anymore? What, you’re not in control anymore, who is? And why are you talking to yourself? Have you lost your mind? Okay, I don’t know where that came from, but let’s just say it happened, and be done with it.

With summer almost here, the real car shows are going to be getting a lot of attention, and those who were hibernating over the cold and blustery winter months can come out of the basement or hobby room and start enjoying the sun and warmer days. With all the building that got done over the winter, I hope everyone has been getting ready for sensory overload at the car shows. One thing I have been doing is creating folders for different projects on the computer, and dragging or copying everything I find or photograph into those folders. Every once in a while I will print out a small 4×6 sized print for reference, or maybe an extra push or inspiration to get that project back on track. Most of the time I look at all the reference materials on the computer. Even most of my magazines that I subscribe to (over 25 per month) are now digital versions, either with Zinio, or the other platforms.

Yes, I am still putting the final touches on the digital versions of the magazine, it’s a lot more complicated than just creating or using the pre-press PDFs that are created by Auggie and Joe at the Denver office. There are some steps that we have to do before the PDFs are made to make the digital versions work a lot better and easier. The hard part now is deciding how to deliver the digital versions. Should they just be simple PDFs that can be downloaded, or should we go to a platform/service like Zinio? Or maybe use another option or service? There is too many variables out there right now, it makes the brain hurt.

I will be putting together a lot of the best of the best articles from the back issues of MCM, and hopefully we can have a great collection of how-to articles, features, and other stories available for downloading soon. So it seems that this month I’m dwelling on the digital side or aspect of our hobby. I remember not too long ago I was getting yelled at every time I even mentioned the “D” word, now I’m being asked when are we going to be not only available in Barnes & Noble, but on Zinio as well! Soon, my friends, soon! Good things come to those who wait…

Like I have said before, with all these back problems I have been going through these past couple of years, I have had a lot of time to build models, and I love it! I have so many projects on the workbench it’s not even funny. I have been posting them on the forum when I can, and even on Facebook every once in a while. Okay, I pau for now, time to get back to that ’48 Ford Custom from Revell that I just painted.