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Joined: August 15th, 2009, 7:40 am

June 18th, 2012, 3:40 pm #1

Iv just bought the June issue of Mil Mod after a long time without it. I stopped buying it in protest at the inclusion of Aircraft modelling in the magazine instigated by the new ed, Kelvin Barber and i know that i was not alone. A local supplier who used to sell just short of twenty mags went down to around two or three sales. Looking at what is on offer next month i see no mention of aeroplanes, just the type of articles we used to get when Ken Jones ran the show. Does this mean i can now go back to ordering a twelve months supply in the knowledge that aircraft are where they should be in one of the two dozen plus dedicated magazines that are available. I hope so.I must admit im really pleased to have it back on my workbench!
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Joined: April 28th, 2005, 2:06 pm

June 18th, 2012, 4:20 pm #2

My local W H Smiths stopped selling it from just after Christmas. I enquired about lack of copies on the shelf and was informed that it had been removed from the order list. but in April copies were again in evidence there but combined with another magazine, radio controlled aircraft as I recall at £4.40. What marketing wizard thought that one up. Copies of that were still hanging around last week. But my local model shop which had no copies since about January either, suddenly has the June issue on its own. maybe matters might be improving after all. However I wouldn't rush to re-subscribe yet if I were you.
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Joined: August 15th, 2009, 7:40 am

June 18th, 2012, 7:17 pm #3

I really do hope that the format returns to the content and style that Ken spent many years putting together. Old saying,"if it isnt broke then dont fix it" I am currently enjoying Junes issue.
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Joined: April 24th, 2005, 12:23 am

June 19th, 2012, 10:20 pm #4

Iv just bought the June issue of Mil Mod after a long time without it. I stopped buying it in protest at the inclusion of Aircraft modelling in the magazine instigated by the new ed, Kelvin Barber and i know that i was not alone. A local supplier who used to sell just short of twenty mags went down to around two or three sales. Looking at what is on offer next month i see no mention of aeroplanes, just the type of articles we used to get when Ken Jones ran the show. Does this mean i can now go back to ordering a twelve months supply in the knowledge that aircraft are where they should be in one of the two dozen plus dedicated magazines that are available. I hope so.I must admit im really pleased to have it back on my workbench!
Probably against my better judgement I renewed my subscription on the basis of the excellent issue 3 (Armour special) and the trend back to Ground subjects. There have been relatively few non ground subjects in this Volume so far and for that I am thankful. I still have some issues with the magazine such as the lack of letters to the editor or the head in the sand approach to complaint. Additionally the new format has a lightened type that is harder to read due to lack of contrast. I am hoping that the magazine continues to get better again and that the Editor and owners don't use their website as representative of their readership. The one thing that really angered me in the short lived debate on their site re the changes was the amount of people who did not regularly buy the magazine shouting down those that regularly buy or subscribe. I do not want my hard earned money going to a magazine that was diluting the content with other subjects I can get in a specialist magazine. Interestingly a well known editor of a specialist Aircraft publication commented on the quality of some of the Aircraft articles and said they wouldn't be good enough for a specialist publication.
Mil Mod always seemed to have the high end of the articl market and I do not wish this to become just a collection of popular forum members models already seen online.
Despite my doom and gloom it seems to be getting alot better and I wish the trend to continue.
Al
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Joined: August 15th, 2009, 7:40 am

June 20th, 2012, 7:24 pm #5

With most of what you have posted Al, im in full agreement, the only thing i will not do is take out a years subscription, thats asking for trouble untill Kelvin Barber renounces the inclusion of "wingy things" in the mag. The best way is simply to to buy each copy as it suits these days. Its the only way this chap is going to get the message, with monthly sales fluctuating according to content. But the bottom line is does he really care as long as someone buys the mag. Those of us who steadfastly bought it from issue one do feel betrayed in some way that our loyalty to the mag counts for nought. By the way im not against "wingy things",iv got a loft full i just dont want them in the only mag i used to see as worth buying.
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Joined: May 25th, 2005, 9:13 pm

June 21st, 2012, 9:01 am #6

subscribed since 1983 , and just gave it up .. had 2 very long conversation with sales reps wanting to know why i ended my sub ... hopefully the message will get back to the decision makers .
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Joined: April 24th, 2005, 12:23 am

June 21st, 2012, 9:04 am #7

With most of what you have posted Al, im in full agreement, the only thing i will not do is take out a years subscription, thats asking for trouble untill Kelvin Barber renounces the inclusion of "wingy things" in the mag. The best way is simply to to buy each copy as it suits these days. Its the only way this chap is going to get the message, with monthly sales fluctuating according to content. But the bottom line is does he really care as long as someone buys the mag. Those of us who steadfastly bought it from issue one do feel betrayed in some way that our loyalty to the mag counts for nought. By the way im not against "wingy things",iv got a loft full i just dont want them in the only mag i used to see as worth buying.
It was not an easy decision but with the Pound vs AUD it worked out at half the cost of buying it locally and you get the issues three monts earlier. If that had not been the case it would have been goodbye to another long time purchaser.
Al
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