Hit-and-Miss


| January 2005



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Cabin Fever

Heading into the New Year reminds me of how many shows I didn't make it to in 2004. It seemed every time I planned for a show, something else came along. I'm not a big believer in New Year's resolutions, but I am resolved to hitting more shows in 2005, and I'm going to start in January by taking in the Cabin Fever Model Engineering Exposition at the Convention & Expo Center in York, Pa., January 15-16 (turn to the back cover for more information).

Okay, so why am I telling you? Two reasons: First, if I make it public, I'll have to go. Second, Cabin Fever organizer Gary Schoenly has kindly offered me the use of a room to meet with attendees to discuss models, model-making and Gas Engine Magazine.

We've upped our scale and model engine content because readers asked for the increased coverage; and you've responded enthusiastically. At Cabin Fever, I'm looking forward to meeting with scale and model engine enthusiasts to get more feedback and discuss what we're doing right, what we're doing wrong and what you want to see more of. We can't build this magazine in a vacuum, and Cabin Fever affords a perfect opportunity to exchange ideas and look toward the future. I hope to see you there.

New Faces

As we go into the next year of shows, some of you will be lucky enough to meet Jason Denney, our new editorial assistant. We feel pretty lucky, because it's not every day you find a college grad with experience in the shop. With the time he's spent working in body shops, racing motorcycles and modifying off-road trucks, Jason's pretty familiar with a wrench.

Jason's been with us for a few months, and he's already a critical member of the team that works to put this magazine together. Old engines are new to Jason, but he's attached himself to learning about the hobby with a passion, and that's good for all of us.

Show Directory Update

We've just about closed the books on the 2005 Farm Collector Show Directory, and we're heading into another banner year of shows. We have 1,468 shows on file - 68 more than last year's record-setting 1,400 listings! If you didn't get your listing in, don't forget about our new Farm Collector Online Show Directory(www.farmcollectorshowdirectory.com). A nominal fee gets your listing posted and automatically sent out to registered users. And don't forget, if you get your book order in before Jan. 21, 2005, you'll save $2 off the cover price. Go to the web site for secure online ordering or call 1-866-803-7096.