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Today in History
01/30 The Star Wars Scale Listing is back in operation - now to update the information it contains.
01/28 This one's been in the queue for a while - Peter Ong takes a look at Officine Mache's 1/35 EVO-T Evolution Tank in today's feature.
01/23 Here's another blast from the distant past - one of the very first articles ever posted to Starship Modeler, back when we were still on AOL! (it's actually a two-parter; here's the in-box preview from 1997) I wish I knew where the model was so I could take some better pictures - the ones in the aricle were taken with the first digital camera I had, which wasn't even as good as the Barbie-cam my daughter got for her 3rd birthday less than ten years later...
I know there are other things still broken after our server move last fall, and I'm working on fixing on them as I get the chance. I'm also taking the opportunity to re-format all the old articles, bringing them up to current standards, fixing broken links, refreshing references, etc. There are several thousand to get through, so it's going to take me a while.
It's been a busy week in the Store, with a ton of new stuff as well as restocks. You can check it all out on the Store Update page.
01/22 I've posted twelve new entries in the Reader's Gallery tonight.
01/15 I've seen a lot of questions popping up on Facebook and the like about how to get started lighting your models, so here's a "Throwback Thursday" feature from our archives: Michael Smith's LED Primer for Modelers from 2002. (with updated links). Want more? Browse the extensive archives, and ask your questions at Lighting & Electronics Forum on the Starship Modeler Discussion Forums.
01/14 Jeffrey Griffin builds Moebius' Battlestar Pegasus in tonight's update.
01/07 I thought I'd start the new year off with a blast from the past in the form of January's free, downloadable wallpaper, which is based on my own build of the Starship Modeler Logo Ship kit. This (very limited edition) kit was the result of our 2001-2002 contest to build a physical representation of the ship in the Starship Modeler logo.
When I went to set up the links to that contest, I discovered it had disappeared from the site! I guess I can see how that happened - after all, we've moved between 4 internet hosts in the last 12 years, and in a site as sprawling as this one, things get lost. No biggie - I have everything archived here at Pan-Halactic HQ. Except, I didn't - though I still had the images, the page had vanished here too (Crap! How did that happen?!). Fortunately, the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine had archived a copy, and after a morning spent stripping out all the junk code, it's back online.
I know there are lots of broken links, and broken pages, scattered throughout the site. I spend at least an hour a day, as many days a week as I can, working at fixing those problems. It's a monumental task though, given the sheer number of articles and entries posted over 18+ years. You can help - if you see something that's broke (besides the Links and Star Wars scales pages, I know about those), drop me a line and tell me the URL of the page, and the link that no longer works.
12/12 Results of the Departures Contest voting are posted today. Congrats to all the participants! There's also quite a lot of new kits, books and accessories in the Store this week - you can check out the complete list here.
12/03 December's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Danny Attree's Liberty-class cruiser.
11/21 I've posted twelve new entries in the Reader's Gallery today.
With all the new kits coming in the next month, I have to clear some shelf space - SSM Store Pre-Thanksgiving Sale. This will run through Thanksgiving Day (November 27th).
The Store's "Wish List" feature is fully operational again - just in time for the holidays! You can now see any registered user's wishlist if you know their eMail address. Check it out here …
11/18 The Star Trek Model Kit Scales Listing is back online. That's the good news. The less-than-good news: it's not up-to-date. If anyone out there wants to give me a hand fixing that, please drop me a line.
Many thanks to Jon Fakler for his generos donation to the Starship Modeler Operating Fund.
11/02 November's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Jeffrey Griffin's Battlestar Triton, super-detailed from the Moebius kit.
10/07 I've posted news from this past weekend's iHobby Expo trade show.
10/04 Octber's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Elvis Algate's TOS-era 1/1000 Constellation-class USS Osmun, kitbashed from the PL kit.
09/23 Four more Departures Contest entries have been posted tonight.
09/15 Today, I review Secrets of Mold Making & Resin Casting, a comprehensive reference on the subject for scale model builders.
09/10 Four more Departures Contest entries have been posted tonight.
09/06 So ... uploaded September's free, downloadable wallpaper a couple days ago ... and forgot to say anything about it. Oops. anyway, It's based on Doug Scott's excellent - and heavily modified - Republic Stardestroyer.
08/16 The next five Departures Contest entries have been posted tonight.
You probably did not notice - at least I hope no one did! - but we moved starship Modeler.com this past week. We're at a new, hopefully more secure and more robust ISP now. Next week, if all goes well, we'll be moving the Store too.
08/03 August's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Robb Merrill's Falke (Ma.K) model. If my internet connection stays up tonight, I might actually get it posted (been trying for two days now.... GRRRRRRR!)
07/23 I've posted twelve new entries in the Reader's Gallery today.
07/11 I've managed to sneak in enough tinme this week to post the next five Departures Contest entries - at long last. In other news, I'm *still* methodically working my way through all the stuff broke in last month's server crash.
07/03 July's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on on the forthcoming Black Sun "Terran Alliance Battlecruiser" model, as built by Dave "Blappy" Guertin.
So ... the server crash two weeks ago and subsequent server move was more destructive than I'd first realized. A ton of stuff broke when moved to Cold Fusion 9 and MSSQL 2005 ... and no, those aren't even the latest versions of either program. I've spent a too-significant portion of the last couple weeks re-writing code. And moving blocs of files to different ISPs. You'll notice, no doubtr, that chunks of SSM are still broken. I'm working on it.
I stayed with this internet hosting company for almost ten years because I had what I thought was good support. But they really disappointed me in the last couple weeks. Ah, well. Nothing's forever, I guess.
06/18 The Store and the main Starship Modeler site here have been down for two days - not because of hackers, but because aof a server crash. Early Monday morning, something happened during a routine update and the server that hosts both sites threw up all over itself. There was nothing we could do except wait for the ISP to work through the problem. 48 hours later, we are still not 100% back, but we're getting there.
I will be taking steps to reduce our vulnerability to this kind of problem, so there may be additional disruptions in the next few days.
06/09 June's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Jason Eaton's Cerberus (Ma.K) model. I actually posted it a while ago - and forgot to tell everyone. Ah, well....
I am slowly getting everything back in order after our return from Wonderfest ... I hope to be fully done by this Friday. Lots of new kits are showing up in the meantime - so keep your eye on the Store!.
05/22 The first four Departures Contest entries are posted tonight. And, OK - you saw this coming: the deadline has been extended. Since there's just no way I'll get everything formatted and posted before Wonderfest, the new deadline is June 8th.
05/04 May's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Steve Jurgen's Leif Ericcson model.
We've been experiencing determined hack attempts on the Store over the weekend, which is why I shut it down temporarily. While I don't think the theives got anything, either monetarily or otherwise, it would not be a bad idea (once the Store is back online) for users to change their passwords. Given the number of people who would rather steal than work for a living, it's a good idea to do so every few months anyway - or better yet, use a password service to manage your on-line accounts.
Yes, it's frustrating. I was too angry to touch a model this weekend, so I spent my anger with a shovel, in the garden ... and now I'm too sore and tired to sit down at the workbench!
04/14 I've posted twelve new entries in the Reader's Gallery today.
04/04 April's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Mike Walston's kitbashed Bower-class Explorer.
03/27 It took me longer than I intended, but there are twelve new entries in the Reader's Gallery today. I've been going through all the files on my old computer and I found some things - like Marco's "Space Days Iron Modeler" in the upload tonight - that were done, but somehow never posted (though I'm pretty sure his piece is the oldest one out there ....).
03/04 March's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Peter Segers' 1/72 Millennium Falcon.
02/26 Jim James builds Fine Molds' latest, Jiro's Birdplane from "The Wind Rises" in tonight's edition.
02/13 It's high time we had another contest around here, wouldn't you say? So - here it is, Starhip Modeler's 23rd On-Line Contest: Departures 2.0. The theme is alternate history/ what-if, and the sky's the limit for entries!
02/05 February's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Al Petrie's 1/72 White Swan Shuttle.
01/05 January's free, downloadable wallpaper (delayed slightly by a massive sinus infection - I hate winter) is based on Danny Attree's 1/350 USS Enterprise.