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FSM archives
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, January 31, 2003 1:34 PM
First let me say that I love the Magizine and have been reading it since Jan 1990. I still remember the momement I stumbled across it on a magazine rack quite vividly. The best scale modeling publication around.

I would like to know if FSM is considering making older issues available on line? This could be a great resource as you well know. Obviously it would be hard to make a profit if you offered it online for free. Maybe only give access to issues that were five years or older. You could also charge a fee to use the service. I know that I would pay to use it.

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, January 31, 2003 4:12 PM
I agree with darrenbb. I've kept my collection up to date since about 1998, but I really enjoy getting ahold of an older issue and reading through it. I'd pay a fee to have access to back issues on-line (free would be better).
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Posted by Richard_Craig on Sunday, February 2, 2003 11:14 AM
I have been a FSM reader from the very beginning ...Yeah I know I'm old! Not! what would be nice to have is at least a list of the articles and in which issue it was in..How many times have I said to myself that I know I saw it in one of the Magazine but,which one . Then maybe you could offer the articles that people are interested in ....for a minimal fee...:) Or how about creating a place on the site call Classic FSM where you could show an old article from way back when ,and change it once a month or so..That would be fun!
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  • From: Waukesha, WI
Posted by David Voss on Sunday, February 2, 2003 11:58 AM
If you look in the Back Issues section, there is an index of back issues. Looking at what's available right now on the site, it goes back to January 1986. Each issue has an image of the cover, a Table of Contents and links to any articles which are available online (from that issue).

The back issues (which are currently available on the site) are included in the Search. You can search for articles (title, author, subject, etc.) and the search will display 1) the number of items matching your query; 2) the article title, author, issue month and year published.

As an example, a search for DC-3 returns the following:

Trans World Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-80 by Al Jones
FineScale Magazine: Mar 2001

Douglas' Golden Gooney Bird by Paul Boyer
FineScale Magazine: Jan 1986

If the article is available online, the title of the article will be linked. Underneath the title, will be the issue it was published in, which will be linked to the Table of Contents.

I don't remember if the site went live with all of those back issues - I think they've been adding to that list since the site went live. It takes a lot of time to add the back issues, nothing was stored electronically back then. So someone has to scan the covers, prep them for the site, type in the Table of Contents from the physical issue and so on.

I believe the magazine's editorial staff will be addressing articles from past issues at some point - but I'll let someone from the staff post more on that subject.

Hope that helps.

PS - Of course, back issues of FineScale Modeler can be purchased from the Kalmbach Catalog. Wink [;)]
David Voss Senior Web Developer Kalmbach Publishing Co. Join me on the FSM Map
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Posted by Richard_Craig on Sunday, February 2, 2003 12:52 PM
D'oh!! Good to know it...thanks for the answer I'll try it out soon.

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