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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!