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Old 05-04-2004, 07:44 PM   #11
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Good idea Marc. It may inspire others to contribute, and keep a steady flow of fresh material coming.

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Old 05-04-2004, 08:05 PM   #12
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If we can reduce the size of the plans and state on the page that it is ok to reproduce, many of the copy shops can easily expand for you. Just provide the scale.

This does have possibilities.

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Old 05-04-2004, 09:29 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by scaleguy

What did you have published in RCM?

Is it that nice Hurricane you have as your avitar?
No, the Hurricane is a Vallencourt built and given to me by a good retired friend of mine. (most folks actually like me...hehe)

The one I designed was a .60 sized Hawker Typhoon (sport/stand-off scale). I'll try and dig up an old picture or two.

.....only one I could come up with quick is a distant shot in the air
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Old 05-04-2004, 09:33 PM   #14
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Man I wish i had friend like yours... given away something like that! course I have had a PT40 and a Gentle Lady given to me by guys getting out of the hobby so I can't really complain to much!
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Old 05-05-2004, 12:17 AM   #15
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I believe room in the magazine for in depth construction articles would be very limited. Most magazines except the off shore (English and European) have discontinued any full size or pull out style plans as they were not cost effective. MAN published something to that effect years ago when they discontinued their full size pullouts. You will find most of the larger magazines that feature construction articles also charge for those plans as a way to offset costs. The cataloging, order desk and shipping of those plans are turned over to a separate supplier for distribution.

I would think that you should submit your construction article and plans with as much information as you can. Most likely what will happen is someone will edit it to fit the space available so you should be willing to add your contact info and have the ability to email or supply full details to individuals who would like to build your idea?

I would not worry about lead times, deadlines or such. I submitted a plan to the magazine for a safety stand and when they finally had the extra room to print it I had forgotten all about it and my email had changed so I asked they update it in the next issue which they did. I specifically made the offer to forward anyone who contacted me the full article and plans. Most asked for those by email, a few had no internet service so I mailed them copies. I was lucky the cost of mailing was but 8 or 9 pages from the printer so it cost me but a stamp and envelope. You guys on the other hand may be asked to supply full size plans as well. That would involve a greater printing cost and shipping and handling. Above all else you will have to be patient as they will use your article when time and space permits.

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Old 05-05-2004, 02:34 AM   #16
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First personal attack on this thread by Dennis Pratt

Then the Ping Pong game of personal attacks started

Go Figure


Originally Posted by Propworn
Why sure Marc give them another job then they can be even later than 3 weeks but by your reasoning and Kieths well we can just put a month later date on the cover and be right in step with the times. YAY good ol Marc has another great plan just like the others. Hey Marky I just can't get over how much I admire you. With that kind of reasoning you would have made a good politician man you missed your calling. Hitch up your tights there li'l fella and go out and get them bad guys fer me, fer all of us. MY HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 05-05-2004, 07:57 AM   #17
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Correct, the larger mags have their own means of producing and distributing plans, which they also use as a means of income. They pay a one-time lump sum up front to the designer and the plans are theirs to distribute as they see fit. As a matter of fact, back in 99, RCM had their own draftsmen on staff that redrafted submitted plans to the layout they preferred.

Realizing that the MAAC Mag doesn't have the plans service as an option, maybe Keith or somebody else out there knows a company that has the capability to provide copies of plans at a reasonable cost.

I don't think anyone interested on building from plans expects charity and anyone who goes through the effort to design and submit an article certainly deserves the right to make a few bucks off any plans that he makes available. Definately something you need to consider if submitting and may be the largest stumbling block in a submission.
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If you can CAD draw the plans, you would easily be able to distribute a copy to any prospective buyer/builder who can then just go to a printer and get the plan printed up.

I know the MAAC magazine doesnt pay for submissions, but I think for most, the idea of submitting an article is more to "show off your talents" and for the thrill of seeing your ideas in print rather than trying to make money. But hey, if you can sell the plans all the better.

Our magazine is getting better all the time, now with good product reviews, and if we had a short contruction article even every 2nd month it would add a lot IMO.

Besides, I just love to see what other modelers design and build themselves even if I dont have any desire to build one myself.
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Old 05-05-2004, 11:55 AM   #19
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AMEN AJ. the way randy, thanks for pointing out my monumental restraint.
(i think I popped a vein)

and Thank you Dennis for deciding to provide some substance.

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Ok, how 'bout it Keith ( I know you're listening )?

If I send a DXF file , will you be able to print? :
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