Not sure how many of you reading this still actively build or collect car model kits, but want to point out that Scale Auto Magazine just closed up if you didn't know. That was a real life paper magazine that shut down after 41 years, probably the best made and most complete model magazine of its time. Its corporate parent promised to move model car content to its other magazine, FineScale Modeler, but hopes are low, as that magazine is devoted to military, ships, sci-fi, etc., and they probably won't have room to include but a few token car model stories. They also shut down the Scale Auto website, which had years of how-to's, forum posts, and reader photo submissions. The hobby had grown from contests, new and reissued products from the major manufacturers listed in this story, and aftermarket "cottage industry" folks who make resin bodies and photoetched parts to detail or convert existing kits. So if you are a Hagerty person reading this, or someone with good business contacts, and would like to see a platform for promoting the model car industry (which is closely integrated with the full size car hobby), I'd like to make a pitch for contacting Kalmbach Media and see if you can grab up the Scale Auto brand, or promote the success of the next most promising (but currently struggling) publication, Model Cars Magazine. The plastic is great but so is having a way to share and learn about the hobby besides FaceBook and YouTube!
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