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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 11:29 PM
I rather like the current SA, but although the fad is leading towards tuners, race cars, muscle cars and customs, is there any room for the return of an old friend, like let us say Light Commercial?

When I first started to read the original SAE from issue #98, Terry Jessee the author at that time, had every issue some amazing articles and awesome photos of emergency vehicles. It actually was the reason I started to read SAE in the first place, and now light commercial has almost practically vanished.

Even before Terry Jessee, you had "Model Firehouse" which was a column devoted to fire engines mainly and even there, there was some incredible photographs of unique and unusual scratchbuild and kitbashed apparatus.

Basically down the road is there room for more of these kinds of articles or sections?
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Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, July 15, 2004 5:06 AM
Sign - Ditto Count me in on that one!
Lee

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Posted by jhaught on Thursday, July 15, 2004 8:13 AM
The reason you don't see much of this in the magazine is quite simple: We receive little or no material on this subject.

Jim Haught

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Posted by SoCalCarCulture on Thursday, July 15, 2004 11:06 AM
Terry Jesse, who writes a column for another hobby publication, was given an ultimatum by Kalmbach to the effect that he couldn't write for two hobby publications if he wanted to have a column in SAE he had to write exclusively for them. Of course that exclusivity clause came without any extra compensation. So Terry declined to continue his column, they did offer to accept freelance articles from him though.

Maybe this will give you some insight on why a number of writers have moved on in the past few years.

I don't mean for this to be a slam on Kalmbach, I'm sure they have their reasons for doing business the way they do - just pointing out why things are the way they are.


Dave Lindsay http://www.socalcarculture.com
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, July 15, 2004 1:20 PM
I think the two things I miss most in Scale Auto are Larry Greenberg's Strictly Stock column and Terry Jesse's Light Commercial column. Both were favorites of mine. I know who they write for now, but I just can't warm up to that magazine. When SA comes out with a new issue, I buy it without exception. Period. And I've never felt like I didn't get my money's worth. I buy the other mag only once in a great while. The design, the photo quality, and the writing are all quite inferior to SA.

Jim
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Posted by jhaught on Thursday, July 15, 2004 3:15 PM
Dave,

Your statements about Terry's departure from Scale Auto are inaccurate.

Terry was advised that he could not be on the masthead -- as a staff member (columnist or editor) -- for both publications. This is pretty standard publishing practice and is not the product of a Kalmbach "ultimatum." And I know of no instances where columnists are compensated extra for exclusivity; it's more likely that you'll see a noncompete agreement as part of the arrangement with a columnist. I've been a columnist, and I've been on both sides of that fence.

We ran freelance articles Terry wrote -- including a cover story -- after the column flap, and would do so again.

Jim Haught

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, July 18, 2004 12:22 AM
First I know of Terry's departure and secondly I understand because Mr. Jessee explained in his final article. Essentially I am not asking for Mr. Jessee to return but if at some point maybe emergency vehicles brought back. It seems a little unusal that at so many shows I've been to there are always copcars and fire apparatus and even in some of the shows you ladies and gentlemen and S.A. have been to you have photographed some of these emergency in show coverage.

Mr. Jessee I think was writing for Toy Cars and collectibles but I have not even seen him in that magazine for some time. As for Mr. Greenberg, he writes a review article for Scale Auto's competitor Model Cars but his reviews I think are something like 3 per issue and they are strictly plastic kits.

Nonetheless Mr. Jim Haught you have an incredible magazine and hopefully down the road maybe emergency vehicles may make a return. Who knows what is tommorow?
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Posted by jhaught on Sunday, July 18, 2004 10:51 PM
We do try to capture a bit of all vehicle types present at shows we attend. As for coverage of emergency vehicles, it takes someone willing to cover a buildup or how-to start-to-finish. That's the hard part; many times folks build first, then wish they'd have covered the steps involved later.

If anyone cares to do this, and has a good subject that's done well, I'd certainly run it.

Jim Haught

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, July 19, 2004 9:58 PM
Thank you.
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Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Saturday, July 24, 2004 4:01 AM
thanks for the insight jim, and i'll keep this in mind on some of my future builds.

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