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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, May 16, 2024 1:41 PM

Oh Yeah!

      Well, that said, I hope all are in good Health and Spirits and no surprises await. T.B.

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Posted by Tim Kidwell on Thursday, May 16, 2024 10:57 AM

Tanker-Builder

Hi Tim:

      I hope this finds all our team well.I had to use a backdoor to get back ,but it is what it is! I hope it goes well with Firecrown and the Staff. I will be looking for things to settle down and such, so we can get back to business. As they say at the start of the foxhunt - TallyHo!

 

 

For us, it's business as usual. Just had a brand meeting today with our new editorial director and I'm working on the beginnings of a migration/continuation plan for the FSM Forum. I'm neck deep in gallery captions, and Aaron and I are on the road to two different shows this weekend. September/October feature roughs in a couple of weeks, and we're on the road again to WonderFest. We're gearing up for BAMM and setting up the editorial calendar for next year. Production is ordering paper and working out scheduling. And the list goes on ...

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Timothy Kidwell
Editor
Scale Model Brands
Kalmbach Media

 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, May 16, 2024 5:03 AM

Hi Tim:

      I hope this finds all our team well.I had to use a backdoor to get back ,but it is what it is! I hope it goes well with Firecrown and the Staff. I will be looking for things to settle down and such, so we can get back to business. As they say at the start of the foxhunt - TallyHo!

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    February 2010
  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 1:35 PM

I guess anything would be an improvement unless they shut the web site down.  Accross the board I've seen some web sites just die for some unknown reason.  I can't blaim it on FB or Instagram since I see other site booming.

On Ed's bench, ???

  

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    July 2014
  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Monday, May 13, 2024 6:11 PM

Thanks Tim.

  I heard the news but unsure what it really could mean.   Keep us posted.

Some of the best modeling advice and Historical accuracy for our Hibby comes from this site.  Keep it going.

 

   Nino

 

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Posted by Tim Kidwell on Monday, May 13, 2024 5:23 PM

John and Jim: Thank you! Always grateful to you guys and your support.

I'm trying to clear my decks to get back in and start a Group Build. Maybe this fall. I have a couple of ideas, but I don't want to get anyone's hopes up if I can't carve out some time to admin it. The last time we had one going, I had to bail cuz the company tagged me to start a new brand for it!

TK

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Timothy Kidwell
Editor
Scale Model Brands
Kalmbach Media

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, May 13, 2024 3:42 PM

All the best, Tim!  Looking forward to the new and improved! 

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.html

 

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, May 13, 2024 1:35 PM

Thanks for the update Tim. Appreciate it. Glad your jobs are safe.

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by Tim Kidwell on Monday, May 13, 2024 10:53 AM

Hi!

So, lot of questions. The most important thing from our standpoint is that FSM remains an ongoing brand. And we all have our jobs. We don't have to move and should have a new HQ in Wisconsin soon. 

Firecrown has acquired all of Kalmbach Media's tracks titles (Trains, Trains.com, Model Railroader, Classic Trains, Classic Toy Trains) and Astronomy in addition to FSM. That's a lot for any company to swallow, so there's going to be a learning curve as we integrate into their systems and they come to know our workflows. Most of this should be behind the scenes and won't affect subscribers. 

We had plans in the works for the FSM Forum and FineScale.com. These aren't on hold so much as we're trying to figure out the order of operations. Some things for FineScale.com you'll probably see roll through in short order--and when they happen, you'll be happy, believe me! The Forum operates off of a shared platform, so the update there will require getting all of the other brands in line and then switching over. I can't give you a timeline on that. However, believe me when I tell you that everyone in the Firecrown online team knows the challenges we're facing. When I have news, I'll pop in  to report.

We're feeling very good about this and we are moving ahead full throttle on the edtiorial side.  

I can't follow all threads all the time nor see all social media posts. I'll keep an eye on this thread though. If you have questions, drop them in here and I'll answer them when I have time.

Thanks,

TK

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Timothy Kidwell
Editor
Scale Model Brands
Kalmbach Media

 

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Sunday, May 12, 2024 8:17 AM

Yeah, that 504 was killing me and was lucky enough to post this, but couldnt spend much time on here befor the 504.

Sounds like they are going to try and keep the FSM staff but who took care of the site?  I cant link in the article.

https://finescale.com/online-extras/2024/05/finescale-modeler-magazine-sold-to-firecrown-media?utm_medium=email&utm_source=omeda&utm_campaign=News0_FSM_240508_FSWE00&oly_enc_id=3570G2194645A0X

On Ed's bench, ???

  

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    December 2008
  • From: UK
Posted by PatW on Sunday, May 12, 2024 2:14 AM

If any takeover is due, I hope they sort out continuos 504 timeouts, so increase the signal strength, does that do it?

Remember , common sense is not common.

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    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, May 11, 2024 7:01 AM

Welcome back FSM Welcome Sign

Hope your with us for awhile Whistling

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    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Friday, May 10, 2024 9:28 PM

Saw the annoucement on Facebook.

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    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Friday, May 10, 2024 9:09 AM

Strongeagle
 

Sale of FSM?  First I've heard of it, but then, I haven't been able to get onto the forum in a week.

I've been a member since 2017.  It's Sad. 

Yeah, I heard about it in a thread back on Tuesday on Hyperscale.

 

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

  • Member since
    September 2017
  • From: Roanoke Virginia
Posted by Strongeagle on Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:01 AM

 

Sale of FSM?  First I've heard of it, but then, I haven't been able to get onto the forum in a week.

I've been a member since 2017.  It's Sad.

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, May 9, 2024 9:19 AM

I also wanted to write about these big news, but couldn't, due to the 504 Error...

Now the new owner has two choices - pull the plug on these forums orfix them. I sure hope for option 2, but I'm afraid option 1 might be more attractive budget-wise...

Compared to loong time ago nothing is happening here anymore - which is a pity. I'd love to see this place here boom once again. But this would require state of art software with easy posting of pictures, full support of mobile devices anmost of all reliable, bug free and being maintained regularly. Looks like its a lot to ask...

Well, let's hope for the best - have a nice day everybody!

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    February 2010
  • From: New Jersey
FSM Sale to Firecrown Media
Posted by 68GT on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 6:29 PM

So with the sale to Firecrown Media do you think this site will get any attention or is the the final nail in the coffin?

On Ed's bench, ???

  

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