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  • Member since
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magazine topics
Posted by noname on Sunday, May 3, 2009 7:29 AM

Just wondering how the topics for the magazine articles are decided. I haven't been getting the magazine for all that long myself. About two years now I think. But I've heard other subscribers complain before about alot of articles repeating themselves.I wonder if it would be good if people had a place to say what they would like to see for articles in the mag?

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  • From: Canada
Posted by noname on Thursday, May 7, 2009 1:09 PM

Okay, no one responded so I'll put my thoughts out there and see if anybody is thinking anything similar.

I really enjoy reading my SA mags. However: I find alot of stuff doesn't interest me. Thats okay, I realize I'm not the only reader and you do have to try to please everyone. I enjoy the detailed builds and especially when the authors reveal some sort of tip that others may not of thought of. I think everybody enjoys a good scratchbuilding tutorial ( or any other too I suppose). But I personally find there are too many exotic builds, modern race cars (i.e. stock cars ) , factory stock muscle cars and customs.. I myself looove old cars. I'd like to see more of them. And no, not just drag cars either ( although I do love them so).  I think it would be nice to see a little different subject matter in the mag.

I thought Juha Airio's articles in the last two issues was really fun to read and inspiring. Even if one doesn't like to build cars like that, there was something for everyone to draw from it in scratchbuilding and kit bashing terms.

Thoughts anyone?

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  • From: Cincinnati,Ohio
Posted by weasel on Friday, May 8, 2009 10:04 AM

ya mean like this months '57 Chev Black Widow build??

now, i agree that some models are 'mega detailed' but, WE gotta learn how to do some of this stuff, right??

http://photobucket.com/albums/v470/weasel221/
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  • From: Galveston, Texas
Posted by Nivlac on Sunday, May 10, 2009 8:05 PM

   Yes, sometimes it may seem like articles get repeated or the same type model is featured over and over again but everyone reading the magazine has different likes and dislikes in model types.  I, for one, would love to see some stock builds (yes, like the 57 chevy in the curent issue) like 20's and 30's, more old drag cars and High School rides from the early 60's but I understand I am in the minority.   This dosen't make me like SAE any less, I have been building for 40 years (off and on) and I learn something from every issue.  I also have an extensive collection of back issues of SAE and Car Modeler to refrence if I build an older kit ( I really love reading the old issues and compairing the kit reviews of then and now on reissues).   I guess my point is "be thankful we have a magazine for model cars".

  I will now get off my soap box and get back to a really neat 1931 Cadillac roadster.  Bye for now.

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Posted by noname on Monday, May 11, 2009 7:43 AM

I'm not saying I think the magazine is horrible . I'm trying to give a "suggestion". The people who buy and read should have a say in what they would like to see featured in the articles. Is this unreasonable??? I'm pretty sure SA is not run by model nazis. And.. I'm pretty sure they're first line of business is to please the readers. Give them what they want, which for the most part I think they have been doing. I'm SURE the staff at SA is open minded enough to take some subscribers suggestions. Isn' t that what this section is for?

I'm REALLY surprised that hardly anybody has made a post here. Are they shy about making a little healthy criticism? A few people have told me they were not happy with the magazine's content, thats why I decided to start this thread. I don't know the statistics if there ever were any. Maybe the vast majority of readers DO want to see Ferraris  and Stock cars for example. I don't really know. But I do know for a fact I'm not the only one with this on their mind. Maybe most unsatisfied people would just rather not say anything and not resubscribe to the mag.Confused

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Posted by jhaught on Monday, May 11, 2009 7:50 AM

We're glad to have readers who stick with us for quite a while; however, that does mean that those people will see topics repeated, because all magazines have a fair amount of turnover in readership, so topics need to be revisited for the benefit od newer readers.

There are also topics for which there is sustained interest -- muscle cars being one -- so as long as our issue surveys show us that people are still reading and wanting those stories, we'll devote space to them.

Jim Haught

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  • From: Cincinnati,Ohio
Posted by weasel on Monday, May 11, 2009 1:31 PM

and, if i may, your articles were on the money!!  i really like the 'bloopers', i CAN relate!!

mad me chuckle to myself..

oh, yeah, brakefluid WILL strip Tamiya paint!!

http://photobucket.com/albums/v470/weasel221/

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