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What Is Next For Fine Scale Modeler?

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  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, October 18, 2020 2:47 PM


Is there anybody that has a subscription to Kalmbach's prestigious flagship magazine, Model Rairoader, and participate in those forums?  Are those forums free to join? 


The Model Railroader forum is free.

  • Member since
    February 2006
  • From: Boston
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Sunday, October 18, 2020 7:37 PM

I just heard this news and I am sorry to hear this.  I received a great deal of auto/car modeling advice on their forums from people that do nothing but build scale model cars and trucks. There was a lot of expertise over there in this niche.


Auto modeling and gloss painting and finishing is a completely different beast than military modeling.

I hope that some of the people at Scale Auto forums will come to these forums in the Auto section.

  • Member since
    August 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, October 18, 2020 7:45 PM

Looks like some have, auto page has new names and some good looking builds from them.

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, October 18, 2020 8:03 PM

So, long time family subscriber and forum member. Curious as to why some have said if fsm goes all digital, ie. the magazine is only available digitally, you will be gone. Personally Fsm is the only print modeling magazine I have. All others are digital only because they actually charge less for the digital edition. And it sure saves a lot of room for back issues.

An FSM subscription is the same price for digital or print.   Kalmbach doesn't seem to believe in a digital discount on any of their magazine titles.

I'm not opposed to digital, I have been a quick convert to digital books on my Kindle, but a magazine is a whole different ball of was in my mind.  Kind of hard to view pictures on my HD Kindle from reference books as it is, viewing a magazine that revolves around pictures would require a device upgrade in my case.

Not impossible, just unlikely that I'd renew without a lower price if it went all digital.


"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: NYC, USA
Posted by waikong on Sunday, October 18, 2020 11:28 PM
Totally agree digitalshould be a lower price!

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