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  1. Bugatti Fan's Avatar Active Member
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    Unfortunately Model Cars Magazine's subscriber's deliveries appear to have been going further out over this last 2 years or so.
    My article about the 'Duel' Rig that went to press two years ago in November 2015 still remains unpaid for.
    I guess that they must be having some serious cash flow problems since Golden Bell Publishers closed their doors.
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    Further to my last post, I have been chasing up my Duel Rig article authors fee from MCM that has still not been paid after TWO YEARS! It went to print in November 2015. Got a fairly negative response, so not hopeful of getting any payment although the debt to me still stands. I will certainly not be making any further contributions until I get paid for the last one. Do not know what is happening with MCM. I guess that they are struggling to survive, not having the strength of a publishing company behind them any more. It appears that as a commercial magazine now being run as a one man band, must carry thousands of dollars in costs for design, layout, printing and distribution, both directly to subscribers, and what goes out to retail outlets possibly on a sale or return basis.
    Will it survive? Who knows? If article writers, the lifeblood of the magazine, do not get paid it must only exacerbate the situation. Am I the only author awaiting payment, or are there more out there?
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    Hello Noel,

    Its so sad! I subscribe to them, and was willing to accept they're delivery schedule, with a little humor, but in truth its a certain sign of a business
    that is failed / failing.

    Scale Auto Enthusiast, has been getting thinner Will Model Cars Magazine Survive? and thinner Will Model Cars Magazine Survive? , as has Fine Scale Modeler!

    I'm especially sensitive to the LOH, (local hobby shops), disappearing throughout the states. The trend had been, that an area that had a
    healthy hobby shop(s) was an ideal location for a "Chain Hobby Shop"(a franchise usually), to move into, and undermine the existing shop(s)
    (which were usually a family owned business); and now the chain franchises are having a hard time competing with online sales!

    That's why I'm here!

    -I'm sorry you have been used! -Or so it seems, -Don
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    Hi Don
    At the moment I do feel used by MCM as I have had no indication from them as to when my article will be paid for, despite chasing it up. Do not know if they are just stringing this out deliberately or not but the indications do not appear to be good. My last chase up asked them to please clear my invoice by the end of 2017. But as I said......Not hopeful, but who knows?
    If they close, I guess that there will also be a number of other unpaid authors out of pocket like myself so far. Let's see?
    Anyone else out there unpaid by MCM?

    Getting on to a subject you broached.....Local hobby shops. Same thing happened over here in the UK back in the 80's and 90's. A company named Beatties started buying up local hobby shops like there was no tomorrow. Local shop owners with the expertise went, and we were left with indifferent shop assistants that did not know the difference between an Airfix kit and a barbie doll. They overstretched like the Roman empire and went tits up in the late 90's. Another chain named Model Zone owned by Amerang also met a similar fate in the late noughties.
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    Hi Noel,
    A similar situation existed here, specifically here in Southern California, by name, CHALLENGE PUBLICATIONS, they printed Scale Modeler, and actually quite a few magazines. Aviation and nautical themes, as well as several modeling ones. -I used to manage a great hobby shop, and we sold 129 different magazine titles related to the modeling subjects that we sold. -AND- Challenge Pub. was a sore point with many modelers who had submitted articles and maybe then were paid once,(sometimes not), and then to see they're article edited (poorly sometimes) and reprinted every few years! again and again! Whenever a customer had missed an article, he had only to wait, and it would probably reappear eventually. -I do not know how they finally faired, but they had been the only avenue for so many for too long!

    Fine Scale Modeler, published by Kalmback Publishing, was a very welcomed title when they first arrived, and my shop was selling over a hundred of they're magazine every issue, back in the eighties and nineties. But, they have been looking a little thin lately?

    The hobby magazines of the UK, and Japan, seem to have faired far better than they're American cousins. -I do not know how the hobby of model making will continue? I'm sure it will, but brick and mortar shops may not be in our future? -It is very hard to compete in the new markets, in global markets, and with direct to customer, online sales.

    -Don

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    Hi Don
    A couple of general modelling magazines are going OK over here in the UK. Airfix Scale Modelworld and Tamiya Will Model Cars Magazine Survive? magazine. There used to be an excellent magazine named Scale Models that was published by a specialist publisher, Model and Allied Publications that started off in 1969. Unfortunately it changed hands a couple of times from the late eighties onward before its demise after about 25 years or so when new publishers pulled the plug. At one time Scale Models and Fine Scale Modeler were the two premier general scale modelling magazines.

    Getting back to Model Cars Magazine, if authors remain unpaid like me after two years their articles will dry up. Also, if their subscriber deliveries keep going out, eventually they will not bother. It will be interesting to see if they survive 2018 unless they quickly get their act together.
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