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Brian Dorricott 131/03/2020 09:21:31
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Given the current situation do you think we will still get the RCME magazine in the coming months ? Not sure whether printers etc are essential workers or not . I ask because as this situation goes on things to read and divert oneself may be short supply and workshop builds can only take up so much time . Also beware that Corry\Emmerdale\Eastenders are in short supply soon so the wife may want to be entertained further eating into workshop time.

Happy isolation .

kevin b31/03/2020 11:27:29
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Brian.

With the number of posters and flyers around at the moment I don't thing the printers will be closed down soon, Certainly not those involved with "media". That is unless the raw materials are diverted for alternative production (if you know what I mean wink 2).

I haven't watched soaps since Ena Sharples was alive and Elsie Tanner was still chucking it around, but I think you should be reasonably safe as long as the phones are still working.

Regarding workshop time, eventually your other half will get so fed up of you being "under her feet" that she will be positively pushing you into the shed. So now is the time to put that purchase list together because before too long there won't be any objections !

Think positive and stay safe.

Kevin b (self isolating for the last 20 years)

David Ashby - Moderator31/03/2020 11:57:52
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Morning all. A reply from Kevin (Editor):

 

The answer is yes, RCM&E will continue to be published, unless printers are told to shut down. But then they were deemed essential during wartime, so fingers crossed they will remain so this time too. Even if that did happen there is now the option to carry on digitally, so unless things get really dire then we should be able to carry on, management willing.

The May issue has just gone to print and work has just started on the June issue. However, steps have already been taken to try to insulate MyTime Media from the worst effects of the crisis and in RCM&E’s case this means a change in pagination to 100 pages and one pull-out plan from June onwards. Publication frequency has also reverted back to 12 issues, so there will no longer be a Special issue later this year.

Kevin.

 

 

Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 31/03/2020 11:58:11

Paul Marsh31/03/2020 12:49:57
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Problem is that there won't be much to publish... With no shows and no new pics, its going to get a bit empty. Would be ok it there are new models coming out, but if they are not here, and even if they were, no flying taking place...

Bob Cotsford31/03/2020 15:56:34
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Time to start submitting photos and texts for those balsa kit and plan builds, there have been enough requests for a return to the old days when every issue included at least one build article. Perhaps Phil G and Pete Christy could be persuaded to compile some electronics articles? You could even drag a few building/covering/painting type articles from the archives, many are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago. For new technologies there's the use of CAD to transfer a model from paper plan or original thought through to cutting or printing files.  How about some autogyro articles covering design and setup principles?

I've just been looking through some 1980's Radio Modellers. Electronics, boats, cars - the whole spectrum was covered back then, why not now? Surely there must be a few among us with a bit of writing talent and a half decent camera?

Edited By Bob Cotsford on 31/03/2020 15:58:16

MattyB31/03/2020 16:51:10
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They could do articles on wallpapering, gardening and house cleaning as well; it might help us get through the lists from our other halves quicker so we could do something else...

Chris Walby31/03/2020 17:38:04
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How about some nice simple explanations around say:

  • Why IC engines need to have double nuts on the prop shaft when other engines use a single bolt?
  • Why some ESC manufacturers say you don't need capacitors when extending ESC to battery leads and some do?
  • Do we really need to pin hinges and how do you pin a small Robart hinge?
  • How do you fly a low inverted pass without lawn darting at the end?
  • Which is the best TX/RX combo?
  • Why do some flyers land down wind as if its the only option open to them?

Anyone think of any others wink

Bob Cotsford31/03/2020 17:39:00
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Might well be more relevant for the duration Matty!

kc02/04/2020 13:23:09
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Whilst some people subscribe there must be plenty who normally buy at the newsagents but won't whilst isolating. So I looked to see how to just buy 1 issue, and frankly MagsUK will not state what just 1 issue posted would cost - unless you actually buy! A request for estimate of shipping does not work for UK ! I gave up - if they cannot tell me the cost before I put all my info in I won't buy. It's things like this that cause loss of sales in my opinion. Needs sorting.

As an alternative one could subscribe but the info is out of date - it still says you get 13 issue a year which we now know is not correct!

Peter Miller02/04/2020 13:37:38
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I am helping fill some pages with the odd article or two or three.

I have an unpublished book that I am allowed to use as it will never be publised now

kevin b02/04/2020 14:52:23
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Posted by Peter Miller on 02/04/2020 13:37:38:

I am helping fill some pages with the odd article or two or three.

I have an unpublished book that I am allowed to use as it will never be publised now

Ok. Somebody has to ask.

Why not question

Ray Wood 402/04/2020 14:57:27
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Hi All,

Have a look on the Model Boats forum , same here I would think.

Regards Ray

kevin b02/04/2020 14:58:56
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kc. You are not wrong.

Just went onto the MyTime Media website.

It is 5 years out of date !!!

Not good for a media company in this day and age.

David Ashby - Moderator02/04/2020 15:16:51
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Posted by Ray Wood 4 on 02/04/2020 14:57:27:

Hi All,

Have a look on the Model Boats forum , same here I would think.

Regards Ray

No, not the same here Ray. I talk to Kevin daily of course and nothing has changed beyond his statement above. RCM&E continues, albeit a little smaller for the next few issues.

Ray Wood 402/04/2020 16:37:24
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Thanks David,

A wrong assumption on my part 😕

Keep up the good work 😀

Regards Ray

Glenn Ryan14/04/2020 13:57:40
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Hello David (I hope your watching still)

I received an email today from Kate Hall (Subscription Manager) however I can't reply to the email I don't think.

It's a very confusing email saying that the magazine won't be sent out to me (In Australia) for the foreseeable future due to current world issues. It also says that I'll get free access to the archives as to what I guess is compensation for not getting the magazine. I'm confused because I'm already a Print and Digital subscriber and I have always had access to the archives as part of my subscription.

Are you able to find out what's happening and let me know. At the end of the day I'd like the hardcopy in my hands.

Regards Glenn.

Max Z14/04/2020 14:07:16
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Hi all,

I did receive a message yesterday saying that for the time being all overseas subscribers will not receive their printed copy of RCM&E. Instead, they will be able to read the magazine online without extra charge.

The reason given was that due to the present Covid-19 situation a timely receipt cannot be guaranteed

I regret that we did not get the opportunity to choose between late receipt or online reading, I do favour the printed copy. In particular, the absence of the free plans bothers me, I like to study those even when I build only occasionally from them (I have been an occasional contributor myself....).

My first choice would be receipt of the mag in print, even when late, but as compensation I would very much appreciate if these plans can be viewed online in some way, even in a reduced size.

 

Cheers,

Max.

Edit: I see I'm not the only disappointed customer.....

Edited By Max Z on 14/04/2020 14:12:58

Glenn Ryan14/04/2020 14:10:51
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I have the same sentiments Max. I'd rather the delay than nothing at all. If I didn't want the actual magazine in my hands then I would just be a digital subscriber.

David Ashby - Moderator14/04/2020 15:19:19
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Glenn and Max,

I'm just having a word with the subscriptions manager and will get back with (I hope) some clarity soon.

I wouldn't reply to Kate as although the email has been sent in her name, she's currently furloughed. email replies should go to Help@rcme.secureorder.co.uk.

Back as soon as I have something. 

David.

 

Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 14/04/2020 15:20:03

Joost Roeleveld14/04/2020 16:05:38
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Same here, I am a digital and print subscriber and would prefer to stay this way.

I have no problems with issues being delayed till the end of the year (nice Xmas present), but not being able to download the magazines (without paying for the individual item) using the app on my tablet means I have nothing new to read from RCM&E.

The webbased reader simply doesn't work as the zoom doesn't work and the text of a full A4 is simply too small to read comfortably.

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