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#61 midnightprowler

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:43 PM

The best way (and the cheapest) to get the magazine is to subscribe. The per issue cost is a lot less when you subscribe.

But not neccesarily the way to get it in mint condition! :P



#62 Harry P.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:20 AM

But not neccesarily the way to get it in mint condition! :P

 

I knew somebody would say that!  :lol:



#63 Tom Kren

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:37 AM

WHATS ON THE DEC COVER?



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:40 AM

Never mind I just picked up the Nov issue so wheres the December issue???? thought id join in LOL



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:44 AM

A little birdy tells me that in the January issue there's a cross-dressing article that finds Mr. Donn Yost kicking up some rusty goodness, and he does it all with enamels! :D  :D  :D



#66 Tom Geiger

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:28 AM

I agree that Gary Schmidt and Scale Auto Enthusiast resurected the then dead hobby of model car building. Without Gary taking that chance, the hobby may not have had the comeback and the ride we've all enjoyed the last 25 years!

 

I read BOTH magazines and will say that both entities are doing a fine job working in a market where there is no money to be made. I just read in the last posted circulation statement in Model Cars that paid circulation is around 6000 copies. How do you make money at that number?  Both magazines are at the mercy of hobbiests, who are poorly paid if at all, who aren't the best at honoring deadlines or coming through at all. If you've suffered the stress of putting out a club newsletter, multiply that angst by 100. 

 

Both magazines can only print what the faithful submits, along with what the one guy, Greg or Jim, can produce themselves. There is no newsroom with 100 reporters like Time Magazine here!  If people send in kit reviews, they get printed. (BTW, I saw a ton of them in the last 2 issues of MC too!) If we all were to submit dynamite build articles both magazines would be all the better!

 

The market has changed drastically.  How can a magazine that needs to have a 3-6 month lead time compete with the Internet on contest results?  Why spend 8 pages on photos of a long past contest when hundreds of photos were available on the Internet that very night?  As far as tips and techniques, there are only so many things we can do. And the elementary how-to articles are there for those coming into the hobby.  They weren't around the last time the magazine did an article on airbrush techniques, and that article will sell the issue.  If all the how-to articles were at a very advanced level, we'd lose the newbies. And we can't afford that at all.

 

And remember that advertising dollars have all but disappeared. Everything is sold on the Internet now. I'm amazed that they can continue publishing.

 

If you really want to see where both magazines are at, go find an old issue of Model Car Science.  Talk about elementary! The magazine is written for kids, with heavy influence from manufacturers and is maybe 25% slot cars.   The current magazines are light years ahead of that!



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:11 AM

I've had subscriptions to both magazines and for me, neither one offered anything that I

 

(1) couldn't do without or

 

(2) couldn't get from any of the various forums/sites on the internet

 

Not to mention the price for a subscription to either one and that one was always notorious for being late and/or mangled. :rolleyes:  To quote an old saying "why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?"



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:25 AM

I've had subscriptions to both magazines and for me, neither one offered anything that I

 

(1) couldn't do without or

 

(2) couldn't get from any of the various forums/sites on the internet

 

Not to mention the price for a subscription to either one and that one was always notorious for being late and/or mangled. :rolleyes:  To quote an old saying "why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?"

 

 

I disagree. Both magazines offer content that is organized and edited better, in digestible sections, than on the forums, plus special material that doesn't exist here, such as MCM's tutorials, straightforward build journals without interrupting comments, diecast reviews, kit reviews by experienced professionals, clear photography and much more. I think the publications are very helpful and not as redundant as you suggest. People who are not interested in all that do not need to subscribe.



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:31 AM

I've had subscriptions to both magazines and for me, neither one offered anything that I

 

(1) couldn't do without or

 

(2) couldn't get from any of the various forums/sites on the internet

 

Not to mention the price for a subscription to either one and that one was always notorious for being late and/or mangled. :rolleyes:  To quote an old saying "why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?"

 

Maybe we should start charging you for the "free milk"...



#70 midnightprowler

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:08 PM

WHATS ON THE DEC COVER?

Model cars! :lol:  :D



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:10 PM

 

 

I disagree. Both magazines offer content that is organized and edited better, in digestible sections, than on the forums, plus special material that doesn't exist here, such as MCM's tutorials, straightforward build journals without interrupting comments, diecast reviews, kit reviews by experienced professionals, clear photography and much more. I think the publications are very helpful and not as redundant as you suggest. People who are not interested in all that do not need to subscribe.

I agree with you Skip!



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:34 PM

We all ought to be happy that our hobby has 2 magazines.  Many hobbies have absolutely NONE.



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:57 PM

 

Maybe we should start charging you for the "free milk"...

 

:lol:  :lol:  Good luck with that idea! :P



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:14 PM

Model cars! :lol:  :D

 

 

Are you sure?

 

 

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:17 PM

I don't drink milk.  How about free Jim Beam?



#76 Harry P.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:13 PM

 

:lol:  :lol:  Good luck with that idea! :P

 

It's not as crazy as you think.



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 05:10 PM

 

I completely disagree.  I think having a classic kit review is a cool way to bring to mind to those who may not be aware, where our hobby was at one time, and how new issues of old kits may or may not differ from older ones.

I hear some guy dug up an original issue of the MPC Fire Truck and compared it to the recent Round 2 reissue- that might be in the December MCM if I'm not mistaken...



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 05:16 PM

 
It's not as crazy as you think.


Or that far off , for that matter ! Money for nothin' and your chicks for free is a line in a rock song , period ! Wanna play ? You're going to have to pay , sooner than later !

Online magazines , newspapers , etc , all exist and continue to grow at a rapid rate and they aren't free ! Nor should they be !

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 05:19 PM

I don't drink milk.  How about free Jim Beam?



We'd be broke in a month trying to keep up with you , Jim ! Lmao !

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:23 PM

Okay.  It's now January, 2013. 

 

 

Now the December issue is late (23 minutes late). 

 

 

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