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C Ford



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is all very entertaining and I must thank all the people on and off of here who have offered good wishes since the mags went out and encouragement while in production. There were three people who offered quite substantial sums of cash (declined) to float the project.
There are two other people involved in putting it together to whom I'm incredibly grateful and there have been literally days of phonecalls and countless emails with half-pasted pages flying back and forth, and a small magazine is now published. This has taken some 10 weeks from nothing to posting and none of us has had any experience in this before - we're learning as we go. There isn't even any desktop publishing program involved. Why? Haven't had the time to source one and haven't got the spare cash to pay for one if I did.
It's a six mag deal, not singles, not threes... six. End of.
At this moment in time cheques are easier for me. if you can't be arsed to send one, that's not a problem. I'll deal with the people that can.
SRI now exists, here's the deal and its very simple: you send cheque, I send mags. Easy. Stop pissing and moaning about what's not there. If you think you can do better then here's the challenge: you have 10 weeks to produce an A5 40 page mag with 12 articles and colour photos to rival SRI.
And if you think I'm an arrogant MF... dead right.
I'm waiting...
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C Ford



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

giles b wrote:
Sent my payment off today. No emoticon for "Anticipation", but perhaps in a week's time......... Very Happy


Your cheque's in. Should be with you on Wednesday.
C.
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Genetk44



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graham...I think characterizing some of our comments as "it's a sad state of affairs that Chris is being criticized......" is a bit strong. I see people trying to offer suggestions to make it as easy as possible to encourage purchase of Chris' magazine.

I for one am a believer in the old saw about retail.... " make it as easy as possible for me, the client, to give the you, the vendor/retail outlet my money"

I'm in Canada...for Chris to be paid by cheque requires me to go to my bank, stand in line, purchase a money order, put it in an envelope, address the envelope, go to the post-office, stand in line,buy stamps for airmail, post the envelope and wait, maybe for a few weeks until Chris recieves the envelope and deposits the money. That is the process I have to go through to order the magazine. Or....PayPal....3 clicks on the computer mouse, type a few sentences, another mouse click...sub is made and paid for and a minute later Chris has the money.......its a no brainer which Method I'm going to choose.

And I suspect a lot of overseas customers feel the same way.
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Graham W



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry Gene,
I appreciate the problems you have in ordering from overseas and hope they can be resolved and you are able to get the magazine.
My comments were meant to be directed at those in the UK who are either too mean to buy a stamp (53p) or too lazy to get out from behind their PC's and post a letter or couldn't even be bothered to respond to Chris Ford in the first place
The comments made by some individuals, if not criticism, were negative to say the least.
Thankfully, attitudes were much different all those years ago when Chris Ellis was starting up MTI, otherwise we wouldn't have had a magazine at all.

Graham (I will now shut up about the matter!)
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ibareham



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Gang
Just popped a cheque for 6 issues in post to Chris Ford. I've been I bit out of the loop with model train stuff a moment. Real railways are getting my time & money, chasing Greater Anglia 90's and now short set on Norwich to Yarmouth & Lowestoft has gone over to class 37/4's from 47's. I always meant to send a cheque off after talking with Andrew Knights & Dave Willetts at Stowmarket Show, but had heard nothing for a few weeks. I guess Chris Ford would have been busy on SRI.
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ruedetropal



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great to hear the new magazine is getting some publicity at exhibitions. Possibly not the best time to launch something when there are fewer exhibitions.
Giles made a good point about some form of publicity for exhibitions, and this could be combined with a subscription form. A simple A5 sheet with photo as on blog, some info , possibly something to say who Chris Ford is and his background, and a subscription section similar to what was used for MTI.
Make this available online to print off and I would be happy to print off a few, at my expense, and pass them round.
Depending on word of mouth, and this forum is not enough. Many of the old regular readers of MTI don't read this forum, may not even use the internet. On the other hand younger modellers probably use the internet much more, and expect everything to be done through the internet. Both routes need to be covered.
I have followed the ups and downs of the hobby for over 40 years. I remember a series of articles in MRN from Giles in 1969(yes that long ago, I checked my magazines whilst on holiday in France, where most of them are now!). MRN evolved into Model Railways, and some familiar faces there including John Flann. The end of the 70s say the Wild San publictions start up , and they were launched at exhibitions(I remember one in West London). Then we have Airfix getting Chris Ellis to start a new model railway magazine, and over past 30+ years the ride has not been that smooth. Magazines such as Model Railway Enthusiast(?) came and went, as did Practical Model Railway(title not quite sure but Chris Ellis dis have some articles in it). Continental Modeller is still around, but has Peco behind it.Then we have the current newbies, which seem to be targetting a similar audience, with some of the old names are still involved. That's not including the other more specialist ones.
What is missing until now is a replacement for MTI, one of the few that does not just cover UK prototypes. Hopefully this new magazine will keep going, but please accept some free advice and help.
Like Giles I have been a member of this forum for quite a while. Giles actually joined just after me, but has contributed a lot more. Online forums are a lot quieter these days for some reason. One other forum I use , is a lot quieter than when it as possible to log on and there were messages from all over the planet, because of time differences. This is a worldwide hobby, with good networks of enthusiasts, many willing to promote the hobby in any way they can.
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iandrewmartin



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

C Ford wrote:
At this moment in time cheques are easier for me. if you can't be arsed to send one, that's not a problem. I'll deal with the people that can.
SRI now exists, here's the deal and its very simple: you send cheque, I send mags. Easy. Stop pissing and moaning about what's not there. And if you think I'm an arrogant MF... dead right.
I'm waiting...


Dear Sir;
Much as I'd like to order your new magazine for a year, to give it a test run, you've made it a UK only subscription model magazine. If that's your aim, good work, mischief managed. If however you'd like to grow the subscriber base, increase revenue and readership then oops you've buggered that bit up.

Are you an arrogant MF, damned if I'd know as I don't know you. My hope is that you understand that I can get my Model Railroad Hobbyist online for free every month, no issues, just downloaded. That you'll think me wanting to pay the $45.00AU dollar sub through paypal to you as a blessing and not the curse you seem to feel it is.

End of the day, my money is staying where it is until I see what happens with your approach to punters overseas. What I've seen so far,and especially the comments you've made so far make me think that I don't need to deal with one more MF. That's the one thing that we have too many of.
Regards and hoping you have a better day tomorrow.
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C Ford



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm having a lovely day. The sun is shining and the print run of SRI issue No1 is nearly sold out - just a handful left. No 2 is at the pre-print stage and No3 in construction.
I'll be at the WRG Open Day on the 25th July if anyone wants a chat and to look before they buy.
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Roger



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:46 pm    Post subject: Larkrail 2015 Reply with quote

I'll be at Larkrail tomorrow - just outside Bath and a few yards from the wonderful Titfield Thunderbolt book shop - anyway, I will take my copy of No 1 and Chris' book too to spread the word on both excellent publications!

Should be a jolly good show as always - i'll be taking Paradise Bottom (my Gn15 layout) along too.

Cheers
Roger



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On my way to Larkrail, Roger......hopefully meet you there....if you see a fat hairy bloke with shorts and a silly hat, that's me!

Regards,
Simon.
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Graham W



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to hear that SRI is going from strength to strength. I too have been spreading the word and have received favourable comments from everyone to whom I've shown the 1st issue. Once I get back on the exhibition circuit this autumn I should be able to publicise the mag even more widely.
I'm also busy researching and writing articles for future editions, although I keep forgetting to take photo's of what I've been building!
Enjoy LarkRail.

Graham
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Roger



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was great to meet you yesterday Simon - hope you can post some pictures when you have time?

It was a really good show - as always - and there was lots of interest in the copy of SRI that I took along too! Very Happy

Cheers
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