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.