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If you enjoy modeling - from planes to ships and everything in between - give yourself an advantage with FineScale Modeler! Whether you're fine-tuning your airbrushing, finishing techniques or painting, FineScale Modeler gives you expert advice and top techniques to make your models realistic. Each issue of FineScale Modeler is packed with: • Clear, how-to features by experts on model assembly and finishing • Reviews of the latest model kits and products • Great photos of readers' models • Airbrushing and finishing articles

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By Patrick Griffis on January 10, 2012
First off this review is for the Kindle version of FineScale Modeler only. Not the printed copy. The magazine itself is pretty good and I really don't have any complaints. My problem is with the publisher's restriction on their Kindle version. First off for a publisher that focuses on hobby oriented magazines like FineScale Modeler and Model Railroader they treat Kindle readers like criminals. You can only read this magazine on your Kindle. You cannot read it on any other device. No PC, No Android Phone, No iPad. It is also only set to keep the last 7 issues of the magazine. What modeler in their right mind throws out their reference magazines? Plus since Klambach puts a DRM on their Kindle file you can't convert it to a PDF or another file format and archive them on your PC. Here is the real deal killer for me. They charge you monthly for the subscription and only put out 10 issues. So those two months you don't get an issue you are still paying. The yearly price ends up being almost as much as a print subscription. How does that work? I can see their pricing for the print issues since they print their magazine on really high quality paper and have really high quality images, but they are not printing anything for a digital version.

In the end don't bother with buying Klambach Publishing Kindle magazines until they wake up and understand what the digital copy is all about. Personally I am completely done with all Klambach magazines which is a shame because magazines like FineScale Modeler and Model Railroader are such quality magazines. Amazon could make things better also by offering a yearly subscription instead of just monthlies for Kindle magazines.
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Diitto for iPad regarding the one star opinion from the Kindle user. We have a magazine that is published only ten times a year, with some nice photographs and OK reviews and articles; however, I don't know what the editorial staff does with their time (I hope they are paid part-time and have other jobs) since the reviews, articles, and galleries are provided by others than the editors; and the photographers don't seem to be able to take interior views, while the editors seem to use photos and graphics so they don't have to provide more content. All the while, more and more modelers may be taking advantage of the many Internet websites that provide reviews, articles, new product and aftermarket exposure, galleries, tips, techniques, and forums -- all for free. I say all this because you would think the publisher and editors would attempt to engender some loyalty in the readers who pay to subscribe to the magazine with its faults, and with no discount for renewing, by making this digital edition free for them, or at least for a discounted amount. Also, on renewal, subscribers could be given a choice of format for one price, with both formats for slightly more. This may help keep subscribers, and recruit new ones, who otherwise would turn to the Internet for the same, or better, content for free. At this point, however, besides charging the subscribers an extra $39.95 for the reader version, as pointed out before, the reader version doesn't even have the same qualities of the print version. Unless you have money to burn, I believe you should forget this purchase, put the money toward a new model, and spend some time on the Internet.
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I'm a satisfied long time subscriber to the print edition of FSM, and as the proud owner of a new Kindle Fire I decided to try the digital edition of FSM. The first thing I checked was if it was available on the Fire, which of course it is. On the Fire it sells for $3.33 per month with no indication of a discount for print subscribers. On the FSM website it sells for $10 per year extra for print subscribers. Guess which one I chose?

After making my purchase on FSM I was directed to the Zinio website to set up my subscription. Zinio instructs you to download their App in the Kindle App store. Unfortunatley the Zinio App doesn't exist in the Kindle App Store. Emails to Amazon received quick response cheerfully blaming Zinio, and emails to Zinio of course blame Amazon; Zinio's suggestion is to set the device to "Allow Installation of Appplications from unknown Sources". Try to turn on that setting on your Kindle Fire and you are greeted by a message that reads in part "You agree that you are solely responsible for any damage to your Kindle or loss of data that may result from using these applications." I wasn't willing to accept that condition to read a magazine.

Let me be clear that my complaint is really with FSM, not Amazon. My impression is that they don't really get what digital publishing is all about. Compare this experience to setting up WIRED magazine on my Fire: WIRED setup on the Kindle Fire guides you through a simple process. If you are a current subscriber as I am, there is a page where you enter your subscription information and boom, you are able to download your digital subscription with tons of additional digital content. All FREE.
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