August 12, 2017. Issue #204 was sent to printer this morning. Yes, it’s late. With the passing of Harry, we lost not only a friend, but he was the one putting the mag together while I have been “down.” We lost a lot of files, and we had to do a lot of last-minute tweaks to get this issue out. Thanks for your patience.
Saying goodbye to a friend… On Monday, April 3, 2017, our friend, ohana, and the guy who made Model Cars Magazine look so good has left us. Harry Pristovnik passed away surrounded by his family in Chicago last night. You will be missed my friend!
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CHANGES AT MODEL CARS MAGAZINE (click title to read full story)
First off, no, we are not shutting down Model Cars Magazine. Yes, it probably would be a lot easier, less headaches, and the smarter thing to do, but we don’t quit. What we have decided is to restructure and overhaul the printing/publication schedule for Model Cars.
Since 2001, we have printed nine issues a year. We had started off the first two years doing only six issues, but the magazine took off, and we went up to nine issues a year. With Golden Bell Press in Denver shutting down in December 2015, the magazine was dumped in our laps, lock, stock, and barrel. There were over 2,400 subscribers, about 1,900 dealers/hobby shop copies, and at that time, around 500 copies sent for distribution through major newsstands/bookstores with a distributor (Ingram). So with a print run of 5,000 copies, it looked like it would be something we could do. About a week after the turnover, Ingram increased their order from 500 copies, to 1,800 copies, literally overnight. This would be great for the circulation/numbers for the magazine, but there was of course increased costs involved. So from a normal print run of 5,000 copies, we were now at 6,500 copies.
UPDATE: We will no longer be sending out replacement copies for any damaged magazines. Why would we say or do this? With the printing done before by GBP, they did not poly-bag the magazines, and as they say, they took their chances on the damages that may, or may not occur, from the friendly folks at the post office. We have gone one step further, and have invested, or rather paid for, poly-bagging of the magazines, so that they will hopefully arrive in pristine condition in your mailbox. Also, if our mailing list shows that your magazine was sent, well, it was sent. We cannot afford to send out replacement copies due to them not showing up in your mailbox. When we send them, we send them. We have no control over them once they are shipped. Yes, once in a very blue moon something happens, and we will do our best to remedy that, but we can’t afford to send out replacements. We are not pinching pennies. We don’t have any pennies to pinch. Either you understand this, and support us, or you don’t. Sorry to sound so negative, but we are doing are best to get the magazine out there, but it’s still a one-man-shop in the admin side of everything, and that’s really not even half-a-man!!!!
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We are working on getting more of the back issues of Model Cars available on the Magzter site. It will take a while, but it will get done. We have a lot of requests for digital copies, and we are doing are best to get caught up.
Thank you for your patience!
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Some recent new kit reviews:
Revell’s 1966-1977 Bronco
Well, this is one you could have knocked me over with a feather. A few weeks ago, my friend Gil sent me a screenshot of Revell’s new releases for 2016, and lo-and-behold, there in full color was a 1966-1977 Ford Bronco. So what’s the big deal?...Read More »
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Tamiya Acura NSX
We got the new Tamiya Acura NSX kit today, and man-oh-man, what a great looking model! Once again Tamiya has done a superb job on this new 1/24 scale plastic model kit. From the crisp and clean body, to all the parts, window masks, decals, everything...Read More »
MENG Ford F350 Super Duty Crew Cab
We got a sneak peek at the new 1/24 scale MENG Ford F350 Super Duty Crew Cab kit. It is a beast! The box itself weighs over 2.2lbs, and it’s a big and thick box too boot! The kit is fantastic. We...Read More »
Revell ’68 Volkswagen Beetle
Revell has released their latest VW kit, a “1968” VW Beetle. There are quotes around the year, 1968, for a reason. It’s hard to tell exactly what year it is. For one thing, it’s not a stock US ’68 Bug. It may be stock...Read More »
Tamiya’s New LaFerrari 1/24 Kit
Tamiya sent their new, and gorgeous, 1/24 scale kit of Ferrari’s newest supercar, the LaFerrari. This kit is incredible. It is on par with their earlier Enzo kit, but with a more beautiful body and shape. There is also available separately a photoetched detail...Read More »
Revell ’49 Mercury Wagon
Revell’s new ’49 Mercury Wagon was just released, and it’s a great one! Check out these photos for a quick look.