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Scale Auto Magazine is gone!!!
Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, October 4, 2020 6:14 PM

The Scale Auto Magazine website and forum will be closing as of this Friday. The October magazine was the last SAM magazine. We all thought that the SAM website would live on. But no, that is going away also. Too bad. There were a lot of really good and helpful modelers on that website.

FSM is usually skewed toward planes, ships, tanks and military vehicles. I hope that FSM will include more reviews and articles on cars, trucks and cycles to pick up the loss of SAM. 

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Posted by Modeltruckbuilder on Friday, October 9, 2020 4:40 PM
She's gone. Sounds like a Hall and Oates song doesn't it? No last minute phone call from the governor, no change of heart with the powers that be, no closing ceremonies. Over and out. Poof!

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Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, October 9, 2020 9:57 PM

SAM web site just kind of went out in a puff. I was on the website and then it just went away.  It just died.  https://finescale.com/pages/scaleauto/

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, October 10, 2020 7:29 AM

Yes, sad. I had beeen with it since the very beginning. But my frineds there are many other forums out there. If you want a list of ones I peruse, pm me.

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Posted by the Baron on Saturday, October 10, 2020 7:54 AM

JohnnyK

...I hope that FSM will include more reviews and articles on cars, trucks and cycles to pick up the loss of SAM.  

I suspect that FSM will.

For years, figure painters could point to FSM and say there was nothing there for them.  Now there's a monthly feature on painting a figure.  Same goes for sci-fi modelers-now there's regular content.

There might not be enough car modelers who are willing to pay to subscribe to a magazine, and maybe not enough to support a specialty forum-again, we can see a parallel in the figure painting area of the hobby.  But there are still enough modelers of all interests who are willing to subscribe to keep FSM and this forum going.  So, we adapt.

Also, anyone can submit an article on car modeling, too.  Don't sit and wait, if you don't see the content you want, take action.

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Posted by Modeltruckbuilder on Saturday, October 10, 2020 10:39 AM

JohnnyK

SAM web site just kind of went out in a puff. I was on the website and then it just went away.  It just died.  https://finescale.com/pages/scaleauto/

 

I tried viewing the site at about 3:15 Eastern time and got the same page as your link. I figured one more look while I had the chance but it wasn't in the cards. Very disappointed by these events, hopefully we'll see more auto and truck builds being posted here and just maybe and expanded auto section to compensate for the loss of SA

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Posted by Bugatti Fan on Sunday, October 11, 2020 4:39 AM

Sad that Scale Auto magazine and forum are gone. Model Cars Magazine forum is still very active. I believe that a new associate editor named Larry Greenberg is now on board to try and help get their ?magazine up and running again. In view of Scale Auto's demise for commercial reasons I guess, it will be interesting to see if MCM makes it back into print on a regular basis. As far as I know Model Car Builder is still going. Truck Model World a UK magazine exists along with an American Truck mag I believe.

What does that leave us auto modellers. FSM, Airfix ScaleModelworld and Tamiya International as general modelling magazines carrying auto subjects along with all the other content.

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, October 11, 2020 11:41 AM

There are already some of SAM's members posting in the Auto section here now. This is good for this forum as it will become even more active. I managed to get the DVD with the 35 yrs of issues just before they shut down the site. It will be nice to have those builders over here, as I don't like to hop around multiple sites for threads. If I can't find it here I usually go "squirrel" and move on to other activities.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, October 15, 2020 1:17 AM

JohnnyK

FSM is usually skewed toward planes, ships, tanks and military vehicles. I hope that FSM will include more reviews and articles on cars, trucks and cycles to pick up the loss of SAM. 

Any site is what the members make of it. If a bunch of car modelers started posting in the auto forum, general modeling forum, etc. then the site would start leaning in that direction.

To be honest, in the armor forum genres, this site is often thought of as a junior varsity site compared to sites that focus solely on armor modeling. Although there are plenty of high level armor modelers here.

Most of the members here build more than one genre. I myself build mainly armor and sci-fi, but also build cars and planes.

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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, October 15, 2020 1:25 PM

Rob Gronovius
 
JohnnyK

FSM is usually skewed toward planes, ships, tanks and military vehicles. I hope that FSM will include more reviews and articles on cars, trucks and cycles to pick up the loss of SAM.  

Any site is what the members make of it. If a bunch of car modelers started posting in the auto forum, general modeling forum, etc. then the site would start leaning in that direction.

To be honest, in the armor forum genres, this site is often thought of as a junior varsity site compared to sites that focus solely on armor modeling. Although there are plenty of high level armor modelers here.

Most of the members here build more than one genre. I myself build mainly armor and sci-fi, but also build cars and planes. 

Amen, Rob!

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Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:01 PM

Rob Gronovius

To be honest, in the armor forum genres, this site is often thought of as a junior varsity site compared to sites that focus solely on armor modeling. Although there are plenty of high level armor modelers here.

 

That's why I like this forum, even if it isn't as lively as it was years ago.   It's a casual atmosphere for a casual builder, without a bunch of armchair modelers pointing out if there are too many or too few bolts on a roadwheel.  Sure the specialty sites are useful, but I don't need the agra. 

Robert

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, October 16, 2020 12:24 PM

Glamdring

That's why I like this forum, even if it isn't as lively as it was years ago.   It's a casual atmosphere for a casual builder, without a bunch of armchair modelers pointing out if there are too many or too few bolts on a roadwheel.  Sure the specialty sites are useful, but I don't need the agra. 

I agree, but sometimes this site goes too far in the opposite direction. Someone puts the tracks on backwards and someone points it out for "next time", and is then chided for pointing out the error and to just have fun.

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, October 16, 2020 1:59 PM

Rob Gronovius

 

 
Glamdring

That's why I like this forum, even if it isn't as lively as it was years ago.   It's a casual atmosphere for a casual builder, without a bunch of armchair modelers pointing out if there are too many or too few bolts on a roadwheel.  Sure the specialty sites are useful, but I don't need the agra. 

 

 

I agree, but sometimes this site goes too far in the opposite direction. Someone puts the tracks on backwards and someone points it out for "next time", and is then chided for pointing out the error and to just have fun.

 

 

I agree. If one is gonna post photos of their builds on here, they have to expect and accept critiques of basic construction items such as following the instructions regarding track direction. Isn’t that where the “fine” in Fine Scale Modeling starts?

 

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, October 16, 2020 2:57 PM

I don't think we've ever gotten as bad here as it can get on Hyperscale.

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Posted by Real G on Friday, October 16, 2020 7:48 PM

Baron,

There are worse sites.  That’s why I only ever lurk.  I think the difference here is we try to be helpful, not get into a sausage size contest.

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Posted by 68GT on Saturday, October 17, 2020 10:10 AM
So all that stuff is just gone? It's a shame that it wasn't archived and put as a read only category under autos here.

On Ed's bench, ???

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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, October 17, 2020 10:47 AM

68GT
archived and put as a read only category under autos here.

I 100% agree that we should have access to old threads here.

BK

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