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Will this magazine's competitor Model Cars Magazine survive?

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Will this magazine's competitor Model Cars Magazine survive?
Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Thursday, December 07, 2017 11:57 AM

Thank goodness Scale Auto magazine is stable. Model Cars Magazine  appears to be struggling since Golden Bell publishing closed their doors. My last article that appeared in their magazine back in November 2015 unfortunately remains unpaid two years on! I guess they must be having some cash flow and distribution problems.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, December 07, 2017 10:03 PM


What's that?

In this age, I don't think that I would get too attached to anything printed on paper.

Something tells me that there are very few "stable" printed publications anymore.




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Posted by High octane on Friday, December 08, 2017 8:58 AM

I hope the model magazines will survive, however that is a good question. When I go shopping I see less and less car related magazines on the rack. Looks like soon it'll be the end of an era for car magazines as I remember the boom of printed pages from the late 50's and into the 60's and beyond. Of course the internet has a lot to do with it as nowadays one can look up just about anything related to cars, yep even the screws that hold the glovebox in place.

High octane

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Posted by mmthrax on Friday, December 08, 2017 4:04 PM
I am glad that ScaleAuto is available in digital. I carried years and years of magazines, comics, and photo albums around for years. Hundreds of pounds of dead weight. After our "spore house" contamination, it ALL went into the trash. The photos were scanned into digital and I just took the hit on everything else. Do I miss moving and storing all that stuff? Not in the least. The digital magazine for me, is the way to go. I have been lobbying Kalmbach for a mongo DVD of all the ScaleAuto issues for a while, and someday if they make one, I can replace everything I had and I'll never have to lift it again.

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Saturday, December 09, 2017 3:13 AM

I believe that Kalmbach had a CD ROM available with all the content of Fine Scale Modeler on it from issue one running to about something like 20 years worth. Many auto related articles ran within it besides all the other subject material. Is it still available?  Yes, I agree that Kalbach has a good marketing opportunity to offer a mega CD ROM with all the back issues of Scale Auto (Enthusiast) on it as well as the FSM one. Reckon it would sell well.

Getting back to the main subject of this thread, MCM's difficulties. How many more authors like me are still owed money for work published in that magazine?

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, December 09, 2017 6:12 AM

I got fed up with Gregg and his excuses two years ago. He was late when he was editor of Plastic Fanatic. I quit my sub to mcm. Don't regret it at all. I hope SA doesn't stop print. I have no love for digital. Much prefer hard copy. I have a Kindle, over 1000 books on it, rarely use it. I will reread a hard copy book first.

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Posted by litespeedsae on Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:32 AM

For me, I think a big digital item would be great for research IF indexed but I will always prefer hard copy. Always readable, now low battery or access cost etc and you can throw it around where ever needed. My home and office computer is jammed with emails now.Of all the US Postal snail mail I get, everything stops when Scale Auto shows up!

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Posted by del austin on Sunday, December 10, 2017 12:13 PM

I used to be a fan of print, but when you are trying to downsize and realize that you have thousands of dollars in heavy magazines taking up a lot of space and can maybe sell them for $1.00 a piece, but they cost too much to ship...


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Posted by Alcopa1 on Monday, December 11, 2017 9:59 AM

I'd have to say I'm a major fan of the printed word and glossy pictures etc. I'm still the type that wants something tangible in my hand when I lay my money down ....paying for something "digital" doesn't sit well with me means temporary!  I wish Scaleauto all the best for the future as I still figure they offer a decent product to the scale auto hobbyist. I've seen a few issues of "Model Car " magazine and it was reasobably well done and it is a shame thats its not doing very well as I personally like to see variety in most things but if Scaleauto is the only one left then we should thank our lucky stars that we still have it. I enjoy checking out the newsstand and I will most likely remain a newsstand purchaser of my hobby mags .......We still have a number of stores that maintain a well stocked rack of magazines that I enjoy perusing of my small pleasures in life along with going to wrecking yards and checking out the plastic pile at one of the few Hobby shops we still have around here.  I view a magazine as kind of an old friend that I can revisit as many times as I like ...grab a magazine from the pile with a fresh hot cup of coffee and find a spot on the couch to sit and quietly read ....not having to sit in front of a computer monitor to read the latest "digital" copy .....thats not for me!


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