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Sad Day!
Posted by bourque88 on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:07 AM

Just recieved an email from SAE that the magazine is done!  The magazine has been a part of my life since the early 80's.  Best wishes and thanks for all who had worked for the magazine in the past decades!

Bob

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Posted by steveracer on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:12 AM

I always enjoyed receiving the issue in the mail.  Felt a sense of community and knowledge 

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Posted by ModelGuyPat on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:21 AM

I'll miss Tim Boyd's articles the most . . . the man is a walking encyclopedia of the model kit hobby.  Hopefully SAE will produce a DVD or download with all their back issues that is searchable. Will really miss this magazine.

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Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:32 AM

Whay a major bummer!Crying  I have enjoyed reading this magazine for years. This is just another indication that building models is a disappearing hobby.

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Posted by Dale Gribble on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:44 AM

Luckily we will still have the site for the foreseeable future ... 

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Posted by Blgrnday on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:44 AM

As a reader of Scale Auto Enthusiast since the first issue , I am grieving the news that it is going away . Thanks for all the enjoyment you gave me for all of these years . -GREG STRUHAR 

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Posted by Modeltruckbuilder on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:51 AM

Dale Gribble

Luckily we will still have the site for the foreseeable future ... 

 

Does that mean the forum as well?

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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:31 AM

I just happened to be on the phone with Kalmbach a minute ago and specifically asked if the SA forum would remain in operation and was told YES it would for now.

 

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Posted by horsepower on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:54 AM

I would hope so

. I'm really sorry about losing my favorite magazine. I literally just renewed my subscription for two years. And I told my wife when doing it that I was going to drop every other magazine I receive since in the last year I had two of my favorite magazines fold up and for the second time had my subscription folded over into the only Auto related magazine I still had a subscription with and it isn't near the magazine it was in the past. I used them mostly to see cars that I am interested in getting model ideas from and the one magazine left has gone to more of a technical format than covering events. I was going to drop it two years ago but the first magazine that I had been getting for years that had folded rolled my subscription over into it, and now it had happened again so now I have a three year subscription to Hot Rod Magazine since both Car Craft and Street Rodder were owned by the same large company that has been buying up magazines at an alarming rate. It had happened also a couple of years ago!when Circle Track was shut down and surprise it was the first that had been purchased by the same company. Luckily they don't own Scale Auto too, but Kalmbach DOES own Fine Scale Modeler and I don't have any desire for a subscription to to that magazine and am worried them since I have been getting offers to get a subscription to it for a couple of years and this past year they were almost giving it away with lower and lower prices. But I have no interest in what is basically a military based..building format. Truly a gloomy day, but maybe with the loss of Scale Auto Gregg can get enough interested people to buy subscriptions to Car Modeler to get it back in print.

I think that the editor of Street Rodder Magazine put it best when he said they are another notch in the belt of the interenet as it seems less and less people are interested in actual paper magazines that they can sit down and read. And that is sad since the internet isn't available everywhere I go and I can't get it when I'm traveling to a different location as it's not easy to get to while on the road.

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Posted by Aurora7 on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:09 PM

horsepower

Truly a gloomy day, but maybe with the loss of Scale Auto Gregg can get enough interested people to buy subscriptions to Car Modeler to get it back in print.

Yes, it sure is a gloomy day. I'm quite disapointed to be hearing about this.

As far as Gregg is concerned, I really can't believe he's the last man standing here. I have long expected this announcement coming from him. It's pretty sad that the hopes and wishes of die hard car builders rests at Greggs hands. I wonder how he'll handle this, will he use this as a wake up call and get his head out of his okle and meet the 6 issues per year that he claims or will he sit back and take his sweet time like he normally does meeting deadlines.

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Posted by Skelly on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:16 PM

NOW, I feel old.

 Skelly 

SKELLY

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:34 PM

Glad to hear that the forum will remain for the time being.

My biggest nightmare is facebook!

I have zero interest in participating on social media, so if and when the forums begin to disappear, it will be back to online obscurity and solitude for me.

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by cg_Bosun on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:38 PM

This really is sad. 

Anyone know how to find out how much is left on your subscription?

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Posted by TarheelRick on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 2:04 PM

cg_Bosun

This really is sad. 

Anyone know how to find out how much is left on your subscription?  Your subscription due date is on your mailing label, for instance mine says June 2022 - guess who just reenlisted.

 

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Posted by Modeltruckbuilder on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 2:34 PM

Scale-Master

I just happened to be on the phone with Kalmbach a minute ago and specifically asked if the SA forum would remain in operation and was told YES it would for now.

 

 

Thanks Mark

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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 4:22 PM

Aurora7

 

 
horsepower

Truly a gloomy day, but maybe with the loss of Scale Auto Gregg can get enough interested people to buy subscriptions to Car Modeler to get it back in print.

 

 

Yes, it sure is a gloomy day. I'm quite disapointed to be hearing about this.

As far as Gregg is concerned, I really can't believe he's the last man standing here. I have long expected this announcement coming from him. It's pretty sad that the hopes and wishes of die hard car builders rests at Greggs hands. I wonder how he'll handle this, will he use this as a wake up call and get his head out of his okle and meet the 6 issues per year that he claims or will he sit back and take his sweet time like he normally does meeting deadlines.

 

 

I seriously doubt anything changes with him and mcm. Very very sad to see SA go. They brought me back into the hobby with the June 1992 issue.  Havent missed one since. We no longer have a Magazine  servicing model car builders. Very sad. I would really like to know why.

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Posted by 60Buick on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:19 PM

Not happy about this at all. Looked forward to every magazine over the years. My subscription runs until Feb. 2022. Now I get a magazine I have never wanted, until then. This isn't right!!! I think reimbursment is in order for those that do not want Fine Scale Modeler.

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Posted by cg_Bosun on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 6:07 PM

TarheelRick

 

Great.  I remove the label from it as soon as I get my hand on it.  I guess I email support.

 

 
cg_Bosun

This really is sad. 

Anyone know how to find out how much is left on your subscription?  Your subscription due date is on your mailing label, for instance mine says June 2022 - guess who just reenlisted.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Skelly on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 6:54 PM

First Jerry Garcia, and now this. 
Since my retirement five years ago, SAE has been the only thing I would look forward to receiving in the mail. Not only has it been informative and very entertaining, but also, thanks to this wonderful mag and its websight, I have been forced to finishing my cars. Here's why.... as a boy, I bought over fifty kits, and finished six. But thanks to SAE, I was forced to actually finish a car so that I could submit a Gallery photo of the finished product before I could start on the next kit. I always thought seeing my model in a car magazine was perfect. Having it critiqued in the Gallery comes awfully close. Thanx SAE. 

AND, thanx to all the people who contributed over the years to make this mag #1. 
Later tonight, I will pour a glass of wine (while I whine) and toast to the memory of this fine publication. Feel free to join me.

Love ya all!!!

 Skelly 

SKELLY

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Posted by tachyonbb on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 7:09 PM

 Remember going to an auto show in the late 70's and seeing 2 guys at a card table hawking a new model car magazine. I took a chance and subscribed. I had every issue from the beginning  but gave a couple back to SAE so they could complete their DVD. I enjoyed Tim Boyd the most and i also enjoyed early contributor Hank Borger.  there are a couple of contributors over the 40+ years I could have done without but it was my favorite publication. I looked forward to each issue.  I hope someone comes in and fills the void. 

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Posted by Papajohn on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 7:18 PM

Bummer. I dropped FSM because of it being so wide open in terms of modeling genre - way too much 1/35 armor and 1/48 jets. SAM was thin but generally nearly every page was of interest to me. Will really miss getting it in the mail.

Glad to hear this forum will be left up, it's the only auto modeling forum I've been able to access and participate on. I've tried multiple times trying to register on the MCM forum with no success....guess they checked my postings on here and my builds failed to meet their high bar! 

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Posted by nick63 on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 8:29 PM

Skelly

NOW, I feel old.

 Skelly 

 

Skelly

NOW, I feel old.

 Skelly 

 

Skelly

NOW, I feel old.

 Skelly 

 

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Posted by Skelly on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 8:59 PM

Please say the Gallery is staying up too.........

Skelly

SKELLY

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Posted by ford fan on Thursday, July 16, 2020 7:35 AM

Just like Goofy, I hate social media. I have never been & will never be part of Facebook & the like... But unfortunately I'm pretty sure that this forum will close too in no time... Running a forum like this one takes time & costs money, so I doubt that they will continue to make it last while the magazine no longer exists.

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Posted by Modeltruckbuilder on Thursday, July 16, 2020 8:33 AM

midnightprowler

 

 
Aurora7

 

 
horsepower

Truly a gloomy day, but maybe with the loss of Scale Auto Gregg can get enough interested people to buy subscriptions to Car Modeler to get it back in print.

 

 

Yes, it sure is a gloomy day. I'm quite disapointed to be hearing about this.

As far as Gregg is concerned, I really can't believe he's the last man standing here. I have long expected this announcement coming from him. It's pretty sad that the hopes and wishes of die hard car builders rests at Greggs hands. I wonder how he'll handle this, will he use this as a wake up call and get his head out of his okle and meet the 6 issues per year that he claims or will he sit back and take his sweet time like he normally does meeting deadlines.

 

 

 

 

I seriously doubt anything changes with him and mcm. Very very sad to see SA go. They brought me back into the hobby with the June 1992 issue.  Havent missed one since. We no longer have a Magazine  servicing model car builders. Very sad. I would really like to know why.

 

Gregg posted a July 2020 update on the websites homepage, not the forum, explaining what his daily life and routine consists of. I agree with Lee, more than likely  nothing will change there. He makes mention of now needing 2 surgeries before his hit and run case can be resolved. He's already behind the 8 ball and the balls haven't been racked up yet.  
As many have stated, I too will miss SA. Unfortunately this is really a sign of the times, life as we knew it has changed. Perhaps the forum at FSM will be expanded in order to allow for more automotive subjects, and eventually the SA forum will be merged with the FSM forum. Personally I'm willing to wait and see how all of this plays out, with both the fourms and magazines.    

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Posted by glenncon on Thursday, July 16, 2020 11:49 AM

Me Too, I've been watching to hobby die for quitew some time now. I have enough models to last me, but the paints have been turning to sh1t and every time I settle on something that works for me, they change formulas or go out of business. contests have dried up and I hope this web site remains open, still a lot of fight left in this dog. I'm an FSM subscriber too, but I really enjoyed this community.

http://photobucket.com/albums/v242/glenncon/ Glenn Conigliaro

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Posted by freakshow on Saturday, July 18, 2020 5:51 AM

Disappointing but I can understand why.

To my favourite author/contributors,

Pat Covert, Tim Boyd, Bob Downie, Mark Jones, Dave Thibodeau, Clay Kemp, Chuck Kourouklis, Rod Maskiw.

Thankyou very much for all the work you put in over the years, you guys taught me most of what I know when it comes to building scale auto's.

 

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Posted by DAYTONA on Saturday, July 18, 2020 9:17 AM

...as a collector of real muscle cars and a builder and collector of model cars for 60 years it has been a sad time this year for several of my favorite automotive magazines....no matter how busy I was, there was always time for my Scale Auto Magazine when it arrived in the mail, it stopped me in my tracks and transported me back to a simpler time....I still build some and have a huge stock pile of unbuilt vintage kits from 1958 forward, enough to last several life times, I will always be a fan of car modeling.....I have every issue of SAE except 1 or 2 and still enjoy looking at them from time to time, they are never out dated, at least to me....sign of the times I guess, things change, life goes on.....as a friend used to say, “ the music stopped and your monkey‘s on fire”...thank you to all involved in the production of the magazine, past and present, you will be missed,

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Posted by Aurora7 on Saturday, July 18, 2020 11:11 AM
Perhaps the forum at FSM will be expanded in order to allow for more automotive subjects, and eventually the SA forum will be merged with the FSM forum.
Presently SA has 9 boards for automotive subjects. FSM has just ONE board for automotive subjects. If they have any idea of merging these 2 forums then somethings got to give here
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Posted by Sunalta on Monday, July 20, 2020 11:34 AM

I really liked this magazine and would occasionally buy FSM for ships, SCiFi, and cars. Someone posted a reply about younger modellers.

Part of the problem IMHO is all the reboxes with just new decals and rubber tires. The gap between Tamiya and the others (AMT etc) is so wide. I know some will say it's all about price, the build, or kitbashing but the others have done nothing (no LED, opening doors/trunks, engine wiring harness, interior upgrades) since 1960. For that you have to buy 1:18 or diecast like Jada. Even LEGO has upgraded their products.

Revell has expanded their product line to include LED/photoetch/wood decking on some of their Level 5 kits.

I used to subscribe to FSM then switched to SA and finally went digital because the magazines had so far to travel and arrived in poor shape. I am hoping they will have some deals on the SA CD Library.     

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