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05/10 I actually posted this earlier in the week, but kept on not telling anyone about it: May's free, downloadable wallpaper is from Ken Ken McConnell. It's a composite of a acratchbuilt model depicting a vessel from Ken's The Galaxy Collision Series novel Starstrikers.
And yes - it would probably be a good thing if I could get these online more towards the start of the month than 10 days in. May's a tough month - Wonderfest is next week, and that takes a ton of preparation. I have an acre or so of lawn that has to be mowed three times a week in the early spring - it grows that fast. And a garden to put in. And all the the usual, daily stuff that needs done too. Like I said - a tough month.
On another note - I was greatly saddened to learn that Michael Jacobs passed away yesterday after a struggle with cancer. Mike was a stand up guy, talented modeler and member of the CoMMiES model club. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the many friends he's left. Fair winds and following seas, sir.
05/02 There are two new entries in the Reader's Gallery tonight. There were two last night as well - but I was too tired to update this page and let anyone know!
04/29 I'm going to try something different - instead of trying (and failing) to get a major update done once or twice a month, I'm going to see if I can get multiple small updates done each week. So, in that spirit, there are two new entries in the Reader's Gallery tonight.
04/12 Better late than never, right? April's free, downloadable wallpaper is available now. It's based on Nigel Rostance's winning entry to the Dream Rides Contest.
04/01 Winners in the Dream Rides contest have been posted.
I alluded to it on the forums, but for those who might have missed the story: We were in Austin, Texas, the second week in March - and the whole time we were there my daughter was sick and I was the one to stay with her. I got the flu towards the end, and lost the whole next week to being quite sick myself. I've spent the last week trying to get caught up. I think I finally have done so - but if you sent an eMail or left a voicemail and have not gotten a response, please contact me again. I don't want anything to fall through the cracks.
03/13 Voting begins in the Dream Rides contest today. Voting will run through March 23rd.
03/11 The last three Dream Rides contest entries are posted tonight. Voting will start tomorrow.
I will be out of town tomorrow, through the end of the week. No orders will ship until Monday, but I am bringing the laptop so I can keep abreast of eMails and Store orders needing postage quotes.
03/10 It took me all week, but tehre are .... a whole bunch of new Dream Rides contest entries posted tonight. I think I have three kleft to do - so if you don't see yours posted, please eMail me to make sure I have it.
03/04 March's free, downloadable wallpaper is an illustration by Rob Caswell, of a colony ship and one of her transports hanging out in Saturn's rings.
02/28 Three more Dream Rides contest entries are posted tonight - I'm slowly whittling down the stack of entries!
02/26 Three more Dream Rides contest entries are posted tonight.
02/25 Two more Dream Rides contest entries are posted tonight.
02/21 Of course I've gotten behind again - three more Dream Rides contest entries are posted tonight (And there's still a whole pile to go!)
Round 2 have posted some solutions to problems encountered with the new 1/350 TOS Enterprise kit - check them out here.
02/15 Four more Dream Rides contest entries are posted tonight.
Here's a little side contest for the graphically inclined: I am looking for a new, more permanent "cover" image for SSM's facebook page. (The various space scenes are cool, I guess, but not what I'm looking for anymore).
So - I'm looking for art that reflects the site's focus on world-wide sci-fi scale model building. Doesn't have to include the SSM dot - because that's in the profile picture area already.
Technical specs: design should be 850 pixels wide x 315 tall @ 72ppi. Format: .jpg or .png. Send all submissions to email@example.com (I won't look anywhere else for them)
There will be a prize for any design I pick (if I pick a submission -I reserve the right not to)(but hey, you guys are a talented bunch, I'm sure something will take my fancy).
And .... go!
02/13 Terry Miesle is back with a review of the latest from Specialty Press, British Experimental Combat Aircraft of World War II. Lots of cool designs in this one!
02/12 Yet another two more Dream Rides contest entries are posted tonight.
02/08 Two more Dream Rides contest entries are posted tonight.
02/07 I took a break today from shovelling snow to post February's free, downloadable wallpaper - Yoda's S-Wing by Thomas Kowaliski.
02/02 Two more Dream Rides contest entries have been posted tonight. I've extended the deadline to February 18th as well - I'm so far behind it may take that long to finish formatting entries anyway!
01/30 Two more Dream Rides contest entries are posted tonight.
01/17 The first Dream Rides contest entries are posted - keep 'em coming!
Many thanks to Jan Madsen and John Moscato for their generous donations to the Starship Modeler Operating Fund.
12/31 Looks like the holidays and the flood of new kits made a liar of me (see last update). Ah, well. Better luck in 2013. Tonight, I've posted January's wallpaper: Brad Guy's EICS Merrill heading for a runaway star. There are also 12 new Gallery entries to end the year.
12/09 December's wallpaper is Mike Walston's USS Enterprise-D in a scratchbuilt spacedock.
Between carpal tunnel and tendonitis, I have had a difficult time doing anything on the computer - let alone updating the site. That's finally starting to change, thankfully, so I hope to get back into the habit of site updates - and all the other things I've been neglecting because it just hurt to much to do.
11/07 There's a new book review posted today - X-PLANES OF EUROPE (available from Specialty Press).
11/02 November's wallpaper is Robert Stimpson's USS Alpha Centauri kitbash.
10/25 Nine new Gallery entries have been posted tonight.
10/23 Scott Scariot went nuts on the old AMT (now Round2) Reliant - adding a shuttlebay, lights and converting it to an Endurance-class starship. (Every time I have the urge to do something like that, I lie down until it passes - so my hat's off to Scott for all the work he put into this model!)
10/16 iHobby 2012 was held this past weekend in Cleveland, OH. Too far away for me to make the drive, even if I wasn't on crutches. Curiously, there's not much news from the show available - it took me a couple days to pull together the iHobby 2012 report you can read here.
10/09 I actually uploaded the October wallpaper yesterday - but forgot to make a note of it here. Robb Merrill's 1/35 Nutrocker is the subject for this month.
10/05 A dozen new Gallery entries start us off this month. Wallpapers are next.
09/25 John Beaulieu has a look at Madman Lighting's Space Battleship Yamato lighting kit in tonight's update.
In the Store, we've recieved a bunch of new kits : Moebius' new 1/6 Cylon Centurion and their 1/72 USS Skipjack are now shipping. Also new, a "studio scale" 1/24 Arrowhead Concept Starfighter mastered by Richard Long& based on McQuarrie's A-Wing. And last but certainly not least, fromDelta Quadrant, a 1/2500 Klingon D-18 Gull 5-piece resin model kit.
There's a shipment inbound from Japan, so there will be more in the Store shortly (in geologic time, anyway).
09/03 Rod Lowe's Viper Crash is presented tonight as free downloadable computer wallpapers, and is available with or without a calendar.
Many thanks to Edward Ruth for his generous donation to the Starship Modeler Operating Fund.