"Bruce Favinger" wrote in
We'll have to see how it turns out... I didn't think Terry Thompson was
all that great as an editor, but it might have been growing pains. It
had gotten better before my subscription ended, though. (I did renew it,
I just took 3 months off to decide if I missed it.)
Quite honestly, I suspect that MR might be a lot better off if they'd
choose an actual HO or N scale modeler to be editor instead of these
tin-plate guys. Likewise, continually switching hats on existing
personnel, rather than looking outside for a really suitable
candidate, doesn't give me a lot of faith in the appropriateness of
their recent selections.
IMHO, and hey, it's worth what you pay for it, they've lost sight of the
fact that they 're a hobby magazine instead of some kind of entertainment
rag. If you get a copy of the magazine and then purchase a half dozen of
their .pdf files, you have just about what used to constitute a monthly
issue. When each month had a month's worth of meat and ideas, it was fine.
Now, it seems the articles are shorter and often have some kind of
additional info on the web that may or may not be free. Why subscribe at
all if half of the stuff you want or enjoy is in a separate downloadable
file on their site, free or not? Just check the website and get anything
you think is worthwhile. I think the web emphasis amounts to shooting
themselves in the foot. Reference materials, compilations of articles,
stuff like that may be worth a fee to download, but when you get six Acrobat
pages for half or more the cost of an issue of the magazine, it's pretty
clear that they want the maximum bucks not the maximum publication quality.
It reduces my enjoyment of a hobby subject to go after part of it on the
web. Maybe that's just me, but the web and the computer are in the top five
things I want to get away from when I pursue my hobby.
I pretty much feel the same way about the above. However, I've seen
some magazines (mostly homeowner/remodeling-related) that have articles
in the magazine that stand well on their own merits, and have
*additional* related materials available on their Web sites that is free
and available only to subscribers. Sort of a perk for being a
subscriber as opposed to buying a single copy off the newsstand.
I agree with the first statement here, when you have to go to the Web
for stuff that should have been in the printed article in the first
place. But I use my computer and the Web as tools to enhance my pursuit
of the hobby, so like any other tool I keep them handy and will grab
them when I need them.
However, I've seen
This was one of the things I told them in the poll about the Pdf's, I also
think 5-6 dolaars for a 5-10 page Pdf is a lot of money compaired to a
printed magazine that reads a lot easier. I also think that if they would
ask say 1-2 dollars for a Pdf they would please their subscribers and at the
same time probably make more profit because they'd sell more ( the cost
price of a Pdf is of course the same at any amount of copies ).
I couldn't research anything ( as I live in Holland ) without the computer
and internet, heck I wouldn't even be aible to find the books I have
purchased on model railroading and prototype.
Just got Santa Fe The Railway Gateway volume 2 and The Chief Way reference
series yesterday, these would have been almost impossible to get here in
I do think that MR is on the border of a good ratio between advertising and
content , maybe over the border if you consider the new products part as
cloaked advertising.What I truely find annoying are the coupons every 2
pages ( it seems this much ) to become a subscriber when you already are
one. Would it be that much work to make separate batches for subscribers and
single copy sales?
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"Rashputin" wrote in news:yswFh.57$B7.38@bigfe9: *snip*
I usually *don't* go after something on the web. I've now started
flagging articles in a different magazine that I might want to look at
later, but thought and opportunity don't often collide.
One magazine I subscribe to offers free PDF downloads of the entire
magazine. You can get the printed copy and the electronic copy (or save
about $10 and get the electronic copy only). I'm a big fan of this
distribution method, it lets me read and enjoy the printed versions while
having the electronic versions for my archives.
While I don't take MR there was an editorial (last month?) by Terry that
stated DCC would probably die because now the engines were sounding so good
on DC. I had to get it word by word from the hilarious laughter of the
person who was telling me. When everything quieted down it was stated here
is a person who just doesn't get it. But to replace Larry with Moe is not
going to help!
He most certainly was not. Prior to becoming editor of MR, Terry was
an associate editor with Kalmbach's Classic Toy Trains magazine.
Swapping positions around internally has become a standard senario
with Kalmbach in recent years...as has been loosing virtually all
their seasoned associate editors. Among the replacements, it seems to
me that only Dave Popp has any real abilities has a modeler, where
once the staff was composed of all highly talented model railroaders
(although still carried on the mastheard, talented oldtimers like
Sperandeo was "reassigned" to run WGH years ago and Hediger supposedly
a while ago).
That final line in my post was supposed to read: ...(although still
carried on the mastheard, talented oldtimers like Sperandeo was
"reassigned" to run WGH years ago and Hediger supposedly retired a
Is this true? How could somebody that clueless be the editor of a
model railroading magazine? The editor needs an editor! :)
I haven't bought a new copy of MR since it stopped being of much
interest to me as someone who primarily scratchbuilds. But there
are 50 years of issues prior to that. I buy a few occasionally, and
they're new to me, even if they were first mailed out in 1940.
Sorry about the burst of posts from me (especially the really
poorly typed ones :), but I'm trying to contribute some model
railroading content to increase the signal/noise ratio here as
Perhaps a naive view...and perhaps not. After 15 years or more of
DCC's presence in the hobby, no poll or survey has been able to
demonstrate that DCC is in use on more than perhaps 25% of all layouts
and its growth factor continues to be quite slow. There seems to be a
majority of longtime DC'ers with existing layouts that have no
intention of making any change or upgrade. And while DCC may be a
favorite among younger/newbie hobbyists and those building entirely
new layouts, the appeal is far less for those well established
modelers with lots of existing DC equipment. If I were to speculate on
the matter, I'd have to say that not until the Boomer Generation, most
of whom are today quite satisfied with their DC operation, passes from
the scene, is it likely that DCC will gain any majority percentage in
Or unless the industry really pushes it like they seem to be doing. I
may be wrong but it seems like going DCC would, despite the benefits, be
like getting your first Personal Computer. Society pretty much assumes
you have or should have one, so you spend the money and if like me (and
from stories heard, I'm not alone) you go through a season of
frustration trying to get the thing up and running and then figuring out
how everything works. Eventually it's all fine but getting there...
The last time I was at the hobby shop a guy had brought in his DCC loco
because it wasn't working right. The owner put it on a test track and
said it needed to be programmed (when it went forward, the reverse
lights came on and vice versa). I have no idea how you program a model
engine or what the outcome of this situation was. I just know I don't
like to program things and went in the back to look at On30 kits.
Another time was in favor of DCC: The owner showed me a new N Gauge loco
that had just come in and demonstrated the sound system. Wasn't
expecting much from such a tiny unit but wow. Sounded like the real
Still, maybe later. I'll stick with the old DC for now.
p.s. I didn't realize that DCC had been around for even a decade.
Shouldn't prices be lower by now or is it because it hasn't become the