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    Marvin Gardens

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  1. LOVE the color, very subtle indoors and I bet it would explode in the sunlight!
  2. Noel, Please don't take my comment about makin' here pay as anything more than just a suggestion. As to the digital rag versus pay forum differences: while I do tend to agree with your thoughts, my counterpoints: 1) If this forum was pay, there'd likely be a higher level of content quality (as no longer would most freeloaders with no real skill contribute), 2) Since there's already a great content of knowledge here, what possible benefit would a digital rag give over what's already here? (realize this ain't a slam, but a real honest question) 3) If you have some real skin in the game (payin' for forum access), you will likely be more aware of what's up and try to police it and actually positively contribute. Several of the 1:1 forums I do frequent also have a 'donate' function, which also opens up a private area of the forum just for the donaters (and also increases their personal setting storage/PM capacity, and even gets you some real, tangible swag). Let's say the forum doesn't go pay and dies a sudden death, and the 'rag never gets printed because options weren't explored. Who actually loses? Personal opinion from 'troublemaker', but we ALL would lose.............. just keep that thought in the back of yer head!
  3. A thought on digital magazine: Don't we really already have access to that (this forum)? If that were the case, Gregg could make this a pay-forum and not have to ever worry about a digital or print magazine again. Since more builds, tips, tricks, and general information are exchanged here than what a monthly magazine could produce/distribute (even in digital flavor), why even bother? Refund the subscribers their monetary investment and make here a pay.
  4. Hey Mike, Ya' got a source for the 'ROAD RUNNER' roundels on the tail uprights? I see all the newer re-issues don't have 'em.
  5. Given the color of the car body, it's an opinion o' mine that the wheel centers would have been killer in Dark Charcoal. As it is, you've got a good lookin' Ford there!
  6. Ya' just don't see these old Mopars out there anymore! Love the subject and glad ya' showed it the love it deserves!
  7. Tom, I'd like to thank ya' for your concern as to my real name. Pretty sure my full name and birthday are listed, per Greggs rules, in my profile! So it appears you and I share somethin' in common, our screen name pretty much is our real name!! Model on and be happy, Tom. I can appreciate your vigor, Tom, but resortin' to a personal attack (such as questioning my name when it is in my profile) is a known way to get a thread locked. Nice to see a typical tactic bein' employed.... waitin' for the rest to pig-pile in. Oh, and if a spade is a spade, might wanna' see it for what it is. Any other concerns can be taken to PM, Tom, as it don't need to be muddin' up a perfectly useful thread calling for a perfectly good reasoning for the rag STILL not bein' on track (even though Gregg himself stated funds are now available (through the sale of lifetime subs) and that he had several issues already in the pipe!).
  8. Got some signs of life (as of 13 hours ago, anyway), Mike. Da' Big Man himself, after not bein' on the forum since June 15th; came on last night to announce the latest standings on his personal life, and why the rag has yet to make it to print. The list of reasons is long and distinguished (and has been every time someone has asked about the rag), but the basic rundown is: Back surgery fail (yet he is able to sustain a 7hr flight each way to/from Hawaii to Salt Lake City), dementia-ridden in-laws for which he provides care (I'm pretty sure that hasn't been a recent development), and some other small issues. Now, before anyone goes and takes everything I type all wrong, and before his supporters dogpile this into lock; take a REAL look back at all the times nothing but excuses and "I won't give up" have been uttered with no actual physical developments happenin'. This is not one guy startin' trouble (me), this is some hard-core and honest examination happenin'. Look at the money bein' collected with no sign of tangible return. When does even the staunchest of supporter start scratchin' their head in wonder? I loved the rag and news-stand purchased every issue (as that's also supportin' the folks who make the brick'n'morter gatherin' spots happen). My concern is for the well-bein' of this magazine and what it represents to the hobby. Enough politicin' and get the rag out on the racks for Christs-sake! The below is DIRECTLY COPIED FROM GREGGS post 13hrs ago: have contemplated posting this before, but I think you guys need to see what the whole situation is here at home. The long/short story is, this 8th back surgery in February has been a failure. Plus, for the past year and a half, I've been the full time adult day care provider for my wife's 87-year-old parents (both of them), with dementia, and other health issues. She does the night shift, and by the time she get's home, I'm literally dead to the world. We have now gotten some daytime hospice care for them, so it frees me up some during the day. I know, hospice, that's a bad sign, but actually, it's the term the providers use so that they can provide the care they need before they really go downhill. If any of you have done this, day care for your parents, you know what it's like. Doing this for both of her parents, well, let's just say there are days that well, just suck. Still finishing up Contest Issue, #206. I know I may get a lot of negatives on the lateness of some of the shows, some are from 2017, but it's been passed around, and we think that with all the effort that went into covering the shows, we should include them. I will try and work on another Contest Issue as soon as I get up to speed. Thanks again for all of your patience, and support, and not giving up on me, or the magazine. I'm not going to give up. I have way too much invested in this to give up, and I don't quit. Gregg Hutchings Editor GateKeeper da Big Kahuna Model Cars Magazine
  9. I'm thinkin' your wheel choice is fine. It's the tires bein' so tall on the rim that makes 'em look a bit 'off' on the build. Use a slighly shorter sidewall with the whitewall and (in my worth nuthin' opinion) I think the wheels will look even better under your build.
  10. Funny you say the Red seems thin, Snake. I found it to be a bit thick-feeling when I build the Red hardtop. The fit of the chassis, with the engine installed, is pretty finicky as well. I managed to score two of the original AMT kits, so these went back in the box.
  11. No offense, Luke; it's one thing to do your own thing and enjoy it. It's something all together to do something that rough and pretend to be good enough to teach others. Others learn from your mistakes and think they're doing good, then they come up against someone with real skill and get butt-hurt when they get tromped. I learned long ago that I sucked at building contest models, so I turned to building for my own enjoyment. And I also learned to NOT try and teach others my crappy build skills........
  12. Stopped by my local paper-pusher today and asked about the rag. I know the guys behind the counter pretty well as I buy a bit in the store, and we brought up the hobby related magazines. One of the guys is also a hobbyist, and the subject of model magazines was talked about. Funny thing about that conversation: store purchasing agent told me that even if Gregg does ever get the rag up and running again, they won't carry it as they won't tolerate a willy-nilly/hit-miss publishing schedule. They have a business to run and an unreliable vendor won't make them any money. Hate to say it, but Gregg wantin' to be a 'somebody' in the hobby instead of actually investing in the hobby has pretty much turned him and the mag into the joke of the hobby. Sad really; taking peoples money and not returning a product..................wonder when the forum will come crashing down. No hating, just some cold, hard observations from MONTHS of waiting...............
  13. That's the crazy thing I see, Mike. Gregg pops on to tout the next way to get the mag back on the shelves and then vanishes. Seems kinda odd. Heard he was at GSL. I'd thing the expenditure of getting to/from and staying at GSL would've been better utilized for our hobby by gettin' the mag on the shelves. Lots of us been waitin' forever for the next installment and are bein' left with empty hands...... Just wonderin' when this here forum might just 'POOF' into non-existence one day..........it'd be bad for the hobby for sure.
  14. No, Chris, shoelaces is too in-scale. Better use jump-rope and keep it real!
  15. Anybody know what happened to the 'Cat who started this mayhem? He had some pretty tits projects going and seemed to be pretty up on FOX/FOX4 Ford chassis cars.
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