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Old 15-04-2018, 11:33 AM   #11
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I donít think Railway Modeller or Hornby mag or any of the other magazines give better reviews to those that pay more. It would come back and bite them on the backside if they did.
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Old 15-04-2018, 11:46 AM   #12
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I have just received my first copy of Hornby magazine from my new subscription and I have to say I am impressed by the quality. I also got a very nice pack of free books as a welcome gift!
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Old 15-04-2018, 06:31 PM   #13
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I have a few hobbies and they all have a few titles of magazines that you can either subscribe to or buy off the shelf and I've tried them all at one point or another. Here's my general observations:

1. They are great for newcomers to a hobby where soaking up information is good.

2. Continue with a magazine for long enough and you will see topics repeated over and again. It's inevitable.

3. Scepticism about product reviews is good, but reviews are helpful.

4. Adverts, whilst mostly padding and income for the mag can be useful too.

5. Model rail magazines as a general rule offer good value compared with many other hobby magazines.

So, if new to any hobby I'd advocate trying all the magazines. Thereafter, be selective and buy editions with articles that appeal to you. Although a gift of a subscription isn't something I'd turn down.
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Old 15-04-2018, 06:32 PM   #14
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I tend to scan the magazines monthly and buy those that have articles relevant to my particular interests or one with an outstandingly built layout. Otherwise I end up with huge piles of paper.

Periodically I reference the said articles, so in theory I can locate them when needed.
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2. Continue with a magazine for long enough and you will see topics repeated over and again. It's inevitable.

That wouldnít bother me, I canít remember what I was doing yester......sorry what was the question again?
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Old 16-04-2018, 02:39 PM   #16
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Personally I subscribe to Model Rail which find caters for all my modelling needs at the moment and there are some very useful articles by George Dent most months. if anyones interested at the moment they are offering 2 years subscription for the price of a single year, but like all magazines they're about 30 per cent adverts but i suppose thats how they make their money.
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I have a few hobbies and they all have a few titles of magazines that you can either subscribe to or buy off the shelf and I've tried them all at one point or another. Here's my general observations:

1. They are great for newcomers to a hobby where soaking up information is good.

2. Continue with a magazine for long enough and you will see topics repeated over and again. It's inevitable.

3. Scepticism about product reviews is good, but reviews are helpful.

4. Adverts, whilst mostly padding and income for the mag can be useful too.

5. Model rail magazines as a general rule offer good value compared with many other hobby magazines.

So, if new to any hobby I'd advocate trying all the magazines. Thereafter, be selective and buy editions with articles that appeal to you. Although a gift of a subscription isn't something I'd turn down.
I'd agree with all of that.
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The problem with magazines, is that they don't have an index. When you have, as I have, a full set of Hornby Magazine, you remember reading an article/review, but you can't usually remember when you read it. I think (without checking) that Hornby Mag. came out in about 2007 - that a lot of remembering!
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I pass my mags on to anybody else who wants them. I get Hornby mag and an aviation one. I really only buy them to keep up to date and get ideas looking at the pictures.

If I need to find out how to do something, which is extremely rare, I google it or ask on here.
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2. Continue with a magazine for long enough and you will see topics repeated over and again. It's inevitable.
I used to subscribe to practical fish keeping and after 12 months you would see the same articles or theams come around again, gets a bit boring
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