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11/08 There are more Discussion Forum woes - as anyone trying to log in has seen. The current "cannot connect to the database" error is a problem at the ISP which hosts the site - not with any of your browsers or connections. We're working on it.
11/05 It seems that our ISP moved the Discussion Forums (and everything else on starshipmodeler,.net) to new servers this past weekend, and the new address hasn't resolved for everyone quite yet. I access the forums the same way everyone else does - they're not hosted onsite - and I can get to them just fine. So - patience, I guess. It should just be a couple days before the rest of the world catches up to the move.
11/04 November's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Bobby Wong's Viper Mk 7 and Raptor models.
10/16 Today's update of twelve new entries in the Reader's Gallery has something for everyone.
Many thanks to Marc-Anthony Hourihan for his generous donation to the Starship Modeler Operating Fund.
10/04 Several things in tonight's update. First, I visited the iHobby Expo in Schaumberg today. It was ... disappointing, a ghost of what the show has been in years past when held in Rosemont. But Round 2, Pegasus, and Moebius were ther with some great new kits - so it was worth the 2 hours it took just to cut across northern Chicagoland to get there. I have a bunch of pictures and news posted on Facebook <- so click that link to view.
October's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Michael Walston's USS Reliant model.
I actually had it ready to go earlier, but once again, real life intervened. Some folks may know that my neighbor went missing two weeks ago - left work on a Friday afternoon and never arrived home. I regret that we did not know the family well before this - but that did not prevent us from doing our best to help them out. We were part of the searches last weekend, passed out flyers, brought over food, and Linda did a lot of work through social media to get the word out, get media involved, etc.
The situation came to a heartbreaking end last night when his body was recovered from a wooded area near where he grew up. Foul play is not suspected. Family and his many friends are absolutely devastated. He leaves behind his wife and very yound child. He was the bread-winner for the family; his wife had left her job when their son was born and was working part time. He also enjoyed building science fiction spaceship models - how I wish I'd known that sooner. A fundraising website was set up to help raise reward money ... which will now be used for funeral and other expenses. They really need the help.
09/05 There are twelve new entries in the Reader's Gallery tonight.
Many thanks to Jon Fakler for his generous donation to the Starship Modeler Operating Fund.
09/02 September's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Dave Guertin's "Terran Alliance Cruiser", built from the Blue Moon kit.
08/08 Once again, the wall paper is late - it's just insanely busy around here. August's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Paul Mather's scratchbuilt 'Earthforce Mutt' model.
In other news, our latest JJPrise shipment finally arrived ... and fully 1/3 of it has damaged boxes (and a couple of decal sheets that somehow got wet). Still, the plastic is undamaged, and if you don't need nno steeeenking decals, then click here: DAMAGED BOX:1/500 USS Enterprise (ST:Into Darkness)
07/26 Ten new Readers Gallery entries posted today.
07/02 July's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Steve Hilby's Imperial Aeronef "Haifeng" model.
06/21 My ... how the time flies. Tonight, we have a new construction article in the 2001 section: Steven Jochums builds Fantastic Plastic's Space Station V.
I've been having a lot of trouble with carpal tunnel and tendonitis in my right arm/hand over the last few weeks - to the point where maneuvering a mouse for more than a few minutes at a time can become unbearable. It's been hard enough to just get orders shipped - let alone do anything else. If you are waiting for a resonse to an eMail, forum or facebook post - my appologies. I'm getting to those as fast as I can.
Are there any facebook developer-saavy folks reading this? As you know, FB completely changed their Open Graph setup late last year, and now I'll be hanged if I can figure out just what they want my to put in the METAs. Please drop me a line if you can help dispell my confusion.
06/03 June's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Marco Scheloske's USS Sulaco model.
I think I've finally gotten everything back in order after our return from Wonderfest ... and it's only June 3rd. Progress, of a sort. Folks often ask if we would consider bringing the store to other conventions - and I tell them that it takes so much effort and energy that once a year is enough. Now that all that's over, let's see if I can post pictures and news from the show. Terry Miesle has a ton of pictures posted at his Flikr account, which is a great place to start.