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Skymonster

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  1. Sadly she doesn't race anymore, but having watched her at close quarters going round the pylons in Reno at <150ft and 350mph+ - along with as many as seven other former warbirds - she was a true sight (and sound) to behold, something I will never forget. The model captures the essence of the Super Corsair very very well...
  2. In a similar manner to that in which many bricks and mortar model shops have been challenged by internet retailers with low overheads, magazines are challenged by internet websites and bloggers that have lower costs, less risk and more immediacy. Producing each issue of a magazine, which has a fixed budget for photographs and features, can definitely be a challenge. Bear in mind that typically 50% of the cover price goes to the retailer, and of course in many high street magazines are supplied on a sale-or-return basis leaving the cost of any unsold stock at the end of the month with the publisher. Then as well as the raw materials (paper) there are distributors and printers in the foodchain too, before you even get to thinking about what remains from your £4.something available to pay the editor(s), designer(s) and freelance contributors. There's not that much left over, and sales are not helped by the piracy (illegal copying) that now happens quite regularly. Adverts are a double-edged sword and many readers don't like to see magazines filled with them, but they obviously bring in income which helps keep the cover price under control in a market where breaking the £5/issue barrier is still seen as something of a watershed that could adversely impact sales. So in order to balance the books, magazines need to carry advertising. Magazines also need to strive for quality and try to cover new subjects or go to depth that the armchair warriors / bloggers / videographers can't be bothered with - which takes time and doesn't come cheaply. But press dates are cast in stone and cannot be missed, while in many cases the "new media" brigade can publish when they wish. I'm not condoning spelling and grammatical errors, but it can sometimes be a rush to get a magazine to the printer on time, especially when a topical promised feature is received late from an author. Everything is checked / proof-read - certainly where I work - but with only limited resources available inevitably errors creep through from time to time when the pressure is on. Andy (No, I do not edit a modelling magazine, but I do work in the magazine industry)
  3. Thank you everyone for the welcome... I am going to do it - airbrush or hairbrush - and I think I'm going to enjoy it, thanks to this great group. Andy
  4. Thank you Dennis, wise and encouraging words. The piece about building for oneself is particularly poignant, as I have been into aviation photography for a long time and right now that is becoming a bit of a dogs breakfast as far as comment, criticism and personal agendas are concerned. So as with the photography, I plan to do much as you suggest, and hopefully that way I will enjoy myself. Envy of the amazing skills of my peer group will, however, almost inevitably intervene from time to time. As to what exactly is in the stash - maybe cataloguing it might not be a bad idea, but that would just get in the way of actually doing some modelling so I think not. All the best, Andy
  5. Evening all... Over the last few months I've regularly eyed the stash of boxes cluttering the small room in the house, and thought - I really must get back into that modelling malarkey some day soon. Then nothing much happens, except I look at Britmodeller and see all the marvellous work being done by others. Today I finally reached the point where I was motivated to register (no idea why today in particular) only to find that my chosen username was already assigned and my email address was used by an existing member. Using the "forgot password" function pointed to the two being tied to the same account, so I must have registered here at some point in the dim and distant past - possibly one evening when modelling and drinking a few beers coincided. However, I'm fairly sure I never posted way back when, so I think a little intro is due right now. Those boxes are at least ten, if not twenty or more years old - Hasegawas and Monograms, a few Airfixs and Tamiyas. Pretty much all are aircraft. Many are 1:48, a few are 1:72s - but there's also a 1:350 Enterprise (carrier, not spaceship of course), partly built with a scratch hangar deck but not much else. Sadly the airbrush is long gone, but there's still a collection of ratty looking tins of enamel - probably only worthy of the bin by now. Reading about the changes that have taken place during my decade or more of absence has been something of a revelation, slightly daunting, but also quite exciting. When I worra lad etched was far from widely available - I think the Hasegawa F-14As were some of the first 1:48 kits to include a small fret in the box, and didn't the RAF Anniversary F-4s include metal wheels too? Paint was Humbrol and XtraColour, or Tamiya acrylics. In the after market there was a limited amount of resin around, and losts of vac-forms - where are they now? And where has all this Eastern European stuff come from? Yes, yes, I know, stupid question, Eastern Europe of course. But when I was last into this hobby it was UK, USA, Japan - and not much else. And Beaties still had shops all over the country. Anyway, the thing that finally gave me a kick up the a** and pushed me back into the fold was discovering there's a 1:48 22" Space 1999 Eagle available... See, although I'm mainly into aircraft I'm a kid of that era, and although the episodes now seems rather unsophisticated to me I just have to have that iconic transporter on the shelf. I also had a chat with the editor of Airfix Model World magazine yesterday - he occupies the office just down the corridor from mine - and I obviously have to invest in another airbrush and compressor, but otherwise he thinks I should be fairly good to go as long as I don't try all the new stuff at once. Seems like I've got lots to relearn or recall, and a fair bit of new stuff to find out about. I'm not going to be leaping into posting to the WIP section right now because I've not actually started anything yet, but I plan on it not being years before I do so. Ah well, that's me - life-long aircraft fan, past (and future) modeller in the evenings and at weekends, aviation magazine editor by day. Thanks for all the information and inspiration I've already got from lurking over the last couple of months. I hope this is going to be a fun ride - that's what I'm planning on it being anyway. Andy
  6. Skymonster

    AN-124

    The Russian Air Force 224 Flight Unit AN124 RA-82039 arrived EMA Friday @ 08:20 and is parked on Cargo West (DHL) until Tuesday. Photo of it landing here: http://www.airteamimages.com/antonov-an-12...6677_large.html Andy
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