I have created this new Topic as the demise of the excellent publication, MODEL COLLECTOR magazine is newsworthy in its own right. It is a worry that the discussion has actually taken place within an existing Topic, “New Arrivals” and it is easy to understand why this is so. Unlike the original website that collapsed, the current website does not contain the heading under which these posts exist. It is in fact NEW ARRIVALS, but when one looks at each page the top clearly states:
The heading does not include that the reader is actually on the NEW ARRIVALS page. I wondered why the following message stated about getting back onto the subject but after doing a little clicking, I discovered that these comments are correct.
The following is the discussion that has taken place, commencing with Jacques opening the topic:
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 22:37 #1386
I have learnt that My Time Media the publisher of the magazine Model Collector has stoped to publish this magazine. I have just had a long talk with the publisher who regrets that the compagny refuses to make any announcement about this matter.
This is probably a sign that our world of model cars is going slowly.
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 23:00
Yes I received my copy of Diecast Collector yesterday saying that they have taken over MC and merged/extended my subscriptions into one. As I’ve followed MC since buying the first issue on Victoria Station in the 1990s I am disappointed; DC may be more older Diecast orientated possibly, and both have moved on a bit to attract new younger collectors with newer interests, but I found them complementary. I understand Lindsey the editor was bound by confidentiality agreement until the letter yesterday, and is editing Model Boats now!
Fri, 07/03/2020 - 00:31 #1388
That's tragic news indeed! I hope and trust that my subsciption to MC will automatically be transferred to DC and that by this fusion one firm and viable diecast model magazine will survive and remain for a long time. I hope Lindsey and her colleagues will find a decent and suitable continuation of their jobs. Kind regards, Jan
Fri, 07/03/2020 - 04:58 #1389
I'm very sorry to hear the news about Model Collector. As far as I'm concerned it was always superior to DC, especially when it came to articles on Dinky Toys and other "obsolete" diecasts. Furthermore Lindsey had been one of the best editors I know in terms of creating a "sense of place" in the publication and in responding to reader letters -- I don't say that just because letters from me were published once or twice in the last few years.
Our hobby of model cars is no doubt dwindling -- most collectors in their peak earning years want to collect toys from their childhood, which now likely means a boom in old video games -- but I am sure the coronavirus impact on advertisers such as show organisers and auction houses was the major factor. I wish Lindsey luck in playing with boats!
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I would like to add to the above by expressing my dismay that this prestigious magazine is no longer with us. It preceded DIECAST COLLECTOR by many years, and the articles especially those from members of this Association were excellent and was particularly helpful to our members especially those who are not connected to the Internet thus accessing this website.
As for the loss of the magazine, I had been in infrequent contact with the editor, Lindsey Amrani over a number of years, and she was considering publishing my story on the 965 Euclid Rear Dump Truck. My last email to her was to enquire what has happened to my subscription copies and I subsequently received a reply from Kate Hall, the Subscription Manager on how I can access the digital copies. Last night I tried that link after reading the above Posts which notified me that the magazine no longer exists, and the notice came up that the page I wished to access no longer exists. Interesting that Ms Hall never thought it appropriate to notify each subscriber of the demise of the magazine and what is happening with our subscriptions.
So, if any subscriber receives some form of official advice as to what is happening with their subscriptions, I hope they can post it here.
Kind regards to you all