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Mustang 40th Anniversary Article
Posted by mustangmuscle on Monday, February 23, 2004 12:53 PM
I have read the article on the 40th Mustang anniversary, and although I find interesting to have an history on the different kits that were produced along the years, I found disappointing that only a few lines in this artcile were dedicated to the current productions. I would have liked to have more on what we can find today in both kits, resin transkits, accessories, wheel options, a quick color chart (although this has been covered extensively in a previous issue) for the different years, etc....Also, a quick review of the kits would have been helpful in choosing the right one (thanks for pointing out the Revell '69 flawed front clip, though, it is SO true it is wrong...I am trying to fix it and it is not an easy task, in fact the whole side character line is too low, hence the "sad" look of the car)

I am a mustang fan, focusing on the early years, and I have built quite a few kits in the last 2 years (including some that are not mentioned in the article, like the Arii 1971 Mach1 kit), but I was hoping to find more sources for kits and resin parts. Perhaps in one of the next issues??

(by the way, the fact that I could read the main article from the april issue online almost discourages me from buying it!!)

I hope you don't take this little feedback as a negative critique, I like your articles, but sometimes a "little longer" would be really appreciated (especially now that we only have 6 issues per year!).
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Posted by funman1712 on Monday, March 01, 2004 8:18 PM
Mustang Muscle......

Read your comments with great interest. There seem to be two camps on this subject.....the approach you suggest was the one we followed to a large degree with a Corvettes kit recap we did a year or so ago....and more than a few people wrote and said they were more interested in historical Corvette kits. Either approach works well...though probably not together in the same issue!

Anyway, thanks for the feedback and the ideas. Regards.....TIM BOYD

"Funman1712" is the board name for Scale Auto contributor Tim Boyd. 

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Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Monday, March 01, 2004 9:54 PM
i liked the article, thought it was very informative. great job SA.Thumbs UpThumbs UpBowBow

Dave http://public.fotki.com/FIREMODELMAN/

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Posted by roadhawg on Monday, March 01, 2004 10:40 PM
Sign - DittoSign - Ditto
yeah, me too. it even got me interested in mustangs, i never cared that much about them before.

I went to a "gentleman's club" because the sign said they had all the hottest models. I thought it was a hobby shop. Man, was I ever disappointed.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 4:37 AM
I really enjoyed it, also eally liked the Real Detail article. Thanks for a look at a factory stock vehicle SA!
Lee

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Posted by Drackopolis on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 7:27 AM
For a 25th Anniversary Issue i think it was lame to be honest.
I mean look at the content, it was pretty much aimed at the Ford which means it made it to the recycle bin in record time in my house. I found myself confused on who was celebrating the anniversary, SA or Mustang?

I mean c'mon, there's the Real Detail Mustang, and article on Building a Mustang Pace Car. and then the New Age Merc article.............Ford, Ford, Ford...BORING!!!

I felt like it was a waste of my subscription funds and i'd have much rather NOT purchased this issue.
No offense but i don't think i'll be re-newing my subscription and go back to selecting the issues that interest me on the newstand.
Any money i saved by purchasing a subscription was spent on this issue as it was pretty much useless to me.

Write me down as one dissapointed customer this month..........
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Posted by jhaught on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 8:06 AM
Well, in a couple issues we'll salute the GTO, which is a counterpoint to the Mustang stuff in April. It's also 40 this year.

Jim Haught

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Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 4:52 PM
Looking forward to that!
Lee

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 5:17 PM
Hey Drack -

You're pretty clear on what you don't like, but you neglected to take the time to tell us what you would like to see. You don't like Fords - that's cool, many of us have our own favorite marques. Personally, I would be interested in hearing what your interests are. Could you share those with us please, in a constructive way?

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Posted by Boss_Hotrod on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 5:39 PM
I just wished there was more information about Mustangs. The articles were informative but I need more information. (No Im not an infomanic...Big Smile
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Posted by Drackopolis on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 8:02 PM
I like all cars pretty much, my favs are Mopars but i am happy with the coverage on those pretty much. no bias there, lol.
Pickup Trucks by all makes, I dunno, I like everything as long as one brand doesn't over power the other.
I would have liked to see equal coverage, even more pages to the mag would be great.

The fact that it is SA's Anniversary Issue i would have liked to seen a timeline sort of deal taking the reader from issue one to issue present and at the very least, One less Ford article.
How about some articles on making damaged panels, or how to's on weathering. Even articles on super detailing and general customizing.
Drag Cars, Movie Cars, Concept Builds etc.

I don't mean to sound like a jerk, i just think this issue was overkill with the Ford's given how long we have to wait between issues. I like the mag to last awhile, this one didn't and it was retired in 3 days.
I tried to like it but found it could have used more diversity article wise.

Sorry if i rubbed anyone the wrong way, i just speak my mind sometimes and was only being honest....
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Posted by Boss_Hotrod on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 9:13 PM
I wold like to see an article about detailing drag and/or stock motors. It might be able to clear a few things up for those of us who can not get access to old muscle cars, street rods, and dragsters. By this though I do not mean the real detail stuff. Im talking about models. Kinda like a how to.
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Posted by jhaught on Wednesday, March 03, 2004 8:26 AM
In the same issue we announced the "Be an Author" winners, and the third-place article was one about engine-bay detailing.

The April issue was intended to celebrate our 25th and the Mustang's 40th. Whether you're a Ford person or not, I think you have to acknowledge the impact the Mustang had when introduced, and that's why I chose it for the sub-theme instead of one of the other cars that turn 40 this year (like the GTO, which will be featured much the same way in August). None of the others had the Mustang's immediate effect.

More diversity? In the April issue we had features on a custom; a factory-stock; brake rotors; a tuner; a Sketchpad with some concept-car thoughts; and reviewed WRC, NASCAR, and Indy racing vehicles; a motorcycle; a pickup; and a latter-day Mustang. Add in our array of columns, and there's still a pretty good mix of topics.

Jim Haught

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Posted by dag65 on Wednesday, March 03, 2004 3:08 PM
Hey Jim , I thought the articles were great. Kudos for linking the real deal to a model article, thats some smart thinking
I want to be a race car passenger: just a guy who bugs the driver. "Say man, can I turn on the radio? You should slow down. Why do we gotta keep going in circles? Can I put my feet out the window? Man, you really like Tide..." http://public.fotki.com/BigPoppa/darins_stuff-1/
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Posted by Drackopolis on Wednesday, March 03, 2004 10:29 PM
Sorry im such a moody guy, folks......I have been reading my posts and i can clearly see when it's time for my meds, lol...

Being a Gemini doesn't help much either.... :)

It's all good!
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Posted by karbuildr on Friday, March 05, 2004 6:40 AM
Jim, great issue. I really enjoyed the Mustang stuff and I'm a Chevy guy. Nonetheless, one cannot discount the impact the Mustang has had over the years. Models are models, I try to learn something from every article, especially those involving history and/or build ups. I'm still enjoying the New Age Merc articles too, but found the illustrations and text in the second installment a bit confusing and unclear about what was happening. Either way, the techniques and design of the Merc are superb info. My own opinion is that SA has definitely added the Enthusiast back to the magazine. From a long time subscriber, thanks for making a concerted effort to refocus things. Great job.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 12:34 PM
QUOTE: Dracopolis wrote "How about some articles on making damaged panels, or how to's on weathering. Even articles on super detailing and general customizing.
Drag Cars, Movie Cars, Concept Builds etc"


I've been asking for the same things, Drac. These types of vehicles represent almost completely untapped subject matter with many, many interesting vehicles that could be featured. What could be more timely than a Starsky and Hutch Gran torino?

More pages could also be dedicated to show coverage.

That said, I found the latest issue of SA to be outstanding. Although I'm no fan of the Real Detail (or what ever it's called), the Mustang convertible photos were great. I found the previous subject matter - customs - to be a waste of precious space.

The Pace Car article and Gustovson's Merc article were excellent.

As a long-time reader of SA, I find it disturbing to see so many familiar names leaving the magazine, only to turn up in the competion's. Terry Jessee is the latest. Many of these authors/builders are what made Scale Auto great. To see so many of them turning up in another magazine's pages is a bit of a disappointment. Sure, I can and do buy the other mag to read the people I'm familiar with, but I'm partial to SA - at least for now.

And why don't we see any more articles featuring the work of Juha Airio? He's a god in this hobby! No, he's THE god of this hobby.

Jim

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Posted by jhaught on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 2:06 PM
Interesting that you say you liked the April issue, yet lament the turnover in writers.

As for Terry Jessee, he's no longer a columnist, but he can and has submitted freelance work to us. And it's just a fact that many authors will shop pieces around, looking for a home for them, so you'll always see some writers in both publications.

Alex Kustov is a case in point. He builds a lot of great models, but many are Ferraris, and I can only run so many of them. I know where some of the ones I can't use will end up, and I'm sure that door swings both ways. There's a certain degree of mercenary activity involved, and must be realized and dealt with.

And getting quality writers is always a challenge. There are plenty of good modelers out there, but not nearly as many who can/will commit the time and effort to produce magazine pieces about their work.

As for detailing and customizing, we just ran the three-part Merc; we have a cover story for June on foiling; we have a feature coming on engine-bay detailing; and we have or will run how-tos on things like shocks, brake rotors, seatbelts, etc. And we hope to feature some how-to projects on weathering (by Shannon Dimaulo) as soon as she is able to spend a bit more time modeling -- her new baby is pretty much 24/7/366 right now.

Point is, we are giving a good mix of what readers are asking for, and you will see more of it in coming months. We may have a different mix of authors than you're used to, but it will be good stuff anyway.

Jim Haught

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, March 11, 2004 11:34 AM
In my personal opinion, the April issue is the best
EVER
if you wanna know why..look on page 67.
I'm trying not to read too much into the appearance of my model in an April issue.
Hmmmmm.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 12, 2004 5:45 AM
Mr. Haught,

I couldn't agree more with the points you made concerning content. You ARE indeed giving a good mix of what readers are asking for and some of the upcoming articles are much anticipated. The engine bay detailing, weathering techniques, and GTO articles in particular sound great.

And please let me clear something up. While it's true, I do lament the turnover in writers I am used to seeing in your pages, I did not mean it as a knock on anyone who is currently contributing to your fine magazine. In my opinion, Scale Auto remains the best looking, best laid out and best written magazine focusing on our hobby. I was merely expressing my concern over seeing so many well respected, long-time contributors move on in such a short period of time.

Your April issue was a knockout. I look forward to the next issue.

Jim
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Posted by jhaught on Friday, March 12, 2004 12:52 PM
Thanks for the clarification, Jim.

The idea is that we're trying to raise the bar -- and keep it there -- in terms of producing quality issues with good content that covers a variety of subjects. Doing that will include tapping some new or underused author resources, so yes, you may see some new bylines from time to time. Remember, even the Boyds, Gustavsons, etc. were "newbies" at one time.

Jim Haught

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 12, 2004 1:29 PM
Loved it! The best issue in recent memory. This one is a workbench tool for sure. I love when you guys have "theme" issues like this. The Tim Boyd article alone would have made it a keeper, but it was followed up with a well done Build feature for the 1964 1/2 Pace Car and excellent photo reference for a factory stock 'stang.

I was not a fan of the previous installments of this photo reference feature because the past subjects were a custom and a hotrod. It is not that custom or Hot rods do not appeal to me, they do. It is just that both these genres are very much a function of individual taste and expression. Unless you replicating a famous Hot Rod or Custom such as the American Graffitti 5 window Deuce Coupe or the Hirohata Merc, the kind of information that the photo reference feature provides is of limited use in my opinion.

I feel that these two Genres are better served by build up features such as Mark Gustavson's on the Mercury in the same article that EXPLAIN why things are the way they are. Such as explaining what "sectioning" is and how it is accomplished for example. An additional obstacle to Hot Rods and Custom photoreference features are that some of the parts depicted may be unavailable or hard to duplicate in scale. If you were trying to replicate the car depicted in scale, that could be frustrating if it involved intensive scratch building or extensive body modifications. I know, I know challenges like these are what make the difference between modelers and kit assemblers; but face it, some of us are kit assemblers and proud of it.

My only complaint about this issue is I could have used MORE. If one word or picture was edited out of the Tim Boyd article or the Pace Car build up, it was a crime. Also, although someone else mentioned it, I did not see any commemoration at all of the SA anniversary. Is there someting plaaned for a later issue? Keep it up and I can't wait for the GTO issue

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