QUOTE magazines (or should I say advertisments with some editorial) are another matter.
I keep railway magazines. the reason is simple..they represent a resource of knowledge. I have boxes full of old mags, Model Railroaders, and later sundry US mags....not disposed of because somewhere inside thes publications lies the information I may well seek at a later date. One day I shall go through them to extract any useful info, maybe put it all on disc?
I dispose of others when read..( classic/old motorcycles, old cars, rubbish from the CSMA, etc]
I have yet to find any articles in any of the mags I have bought, to be biased towards one product or another..unless for reasons of fault, [un]suitability or whatever.
I don't believe for one moment that major 'contributors' to advertising budgets have exerted any kind of influence over editorial comment in any of the mags.
However, I AM prepared to accept that manufacturers do have public relations policies that may involve using/being helpful to the modelling press..that is natural.
Magazine content is [percieved] led by the customer/enthusiast...I expect. If more enthusaists are buying Hornby...(or Bachmann) then I expect articles to reflect this.
at one time of day, it was ''how to improve''....although these days, manufacturing perfection has seen a decline in this topic?
I sense the real issue many folk have with mags such as Model Rail, and their editorial content, is that these mags are actually prepared to give the likes of Hornby et al a fair hearing.
what forums do very well, is to suppress this.....unless someone 'stands up' to argue the other side?..[at the risk of vilification?]
I see editorial as a means of promoting discussion or argument within the hobby.
of hiliting aspects which seem to have been overlooked?
Of making folk aware of other sides to the coin?
I have to admit, the reading of articles giving manufcturers a hearing, doesn't appeal......I prefer to read articles specifically about modelling and prototype.
I have no interest in Hornby's plans...or Bachmann's...or anybody's.
Nor do I have particular concerns over shortcomings.....that is the sort of modeller I am......if I don't want/need/like, I don't concern myself with it.
In fact, I would go a far as to say, the current trend towards 'collection', ie relying on the manufacturer to deliver a specific need, has more to do with the press aimed at ''collectors'' than the modelling press?
I wont duck!