Editorial March 2017

February was a busy month for MAR Online.  We continue to publish 20-30 new articles each month.  We had many types of articles last month: new releases, part works, and continuing series (Vespas, Fords, etc).    Please consider submitting an article on a model car, truck, or bus subject that interests you.  We welcome both short and long submissions from our readers.  In fact,  we are now up to 95 subscribers and 96 FaceBook followers.   Please tell your collector friends to subscribe and follow us!

Also in February, MAR Online established our official archive at hobbyDB.  All covers of the hardcopy issues starting from the very first one in 1982 to the last one in 2013 will be included.  See the hobbyDB announcement here, which includes a brief history of MAR!   Over the next several months, we will add all cover images and Table of Contents to their database.  Many issues are there now; many are left to be scanned and uploaded.

On the 1/43 model car front,  we may be seeing a saturation in the resin market.   The competition is very strong new with new releases from Neo, Matrix, Premium X, BoS, TSM, Autocult, Esval, GLM, Spark, Kess, etc.   With that long of a list already, new resin  companies / manufacturers may be having  a hard time breaking into the market.  Dark Horse from China, for example, recently released a high-quality 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Club Coupe in two color choices.  Now they are being offered with large discounts, and the company seems to have faded away.

The yellow Dark Horse Olds is front and center in this 1/43 view of an early 1950’s parking lot.  [Photo: Mike DeTorrice]

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