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Welcome to 2014 Modelers


Another year has gone by, and here we are, hopefully with a better year than the last one. Got your flying car yet? No? Me either. What's up with that? I guess the future is hopeful, but not THAT hopeful, as much as artists and writers in the past thought it would be.

There were some great models that came out last year. I especially think ICM took a big step in chucking out some 1/24 car kits. That took some risk, but they were willing to do it. Welcome to the club guys, keep them rolling. (and maybe give us a 1/24 U.S. Military 6x6 WWII Truck kit this year). There were other kits that stood out, some from Round2 and many from Moebius. Some great chances were taken by Pegasus and Atlantis models. Those guys are fearless, they remind me of the old Aurora days when you could make a kit out of almost any subject. We hail to you! THANK YOU for the Nautilus sub kit. I'm thinking that's the model of the year for me. But I haven't built every kit there is (yet!), so it's hard to say that judgment would be fair. But you guys have my vote !

There are a lot more aftermarket companies offering new products. Technology has made it easier, and we, the modelers, benefit from this. Yes, some companies have bit the dust and are no more in this bullshit economy, but you have to be on your business game, or you get weeded out. Making low grade products, bad service, and pictures of your cats on your home web page are not going to make you money.

These companies of today are checking out their calendars and realizing it's the 21st century. From Eduard, to AK Interactive, to Doozy Modelworks. These companies are hitting the streets (and internet) hard, with marketing, products, and new ideas. There's no way to get around hard work. I applaud their efforts. When I think of these companies (and many others), "professionalism" is a word that comes to mind.

Personally, my own model building was fairly steady last year. I'm a type A personality. I'm goal driven. I've written seven books so far, six of them on models. I can't describe how much I enjoy it. Since I'm building for a book, it keeps me going and focused. But it also forces me to be creative at solving model ideas, and building models that I probably would not build otherwise.

But if you've been following me and Rocketfin (since around 1997), you know I will build a model of just about anything. So it's been a blast. More books are coming out this year, so keep in touch.

A special THANK YOU to everyone who follows Rocketfin and visits the website, and / or buys my books. It means a lot to me. Keep modeling!



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