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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2007 - 03:05 PM UTC
I'm as guilty of this as anyone, even more so actually, but I need to get some "home grown" features and photo features, for the site.
I do have a couple in the works but these have been on the go for some time and I can't complete them without the necessary pics. Thes can't happen until I reach the required stages
I haven't forgotten about the "Portfolios", Andy and Courtney, I just haven't worked out how to do it
So, we all know that we can all build good quality models It isn't any more difficult to write a feature on the build. All that is required is to take some pics at each stage and write about how you did it (note I said HOW you did it, not WHAT you did). If you write about each stage as you do it the job will be done not long after you finish the model. You don't have to go that far. Just submit a "Photo Feature" which is essentially pics of your model. I would ask though, that if you do a Photo Feature, you included a few words about the model, kit used, any detailing, paints used, decals used and any wethering or other techniques applied. Another type of Feature is the "How to". If you have a particular technique then tells us about it. It doesn't matter if there articles already out there, as you angle on it might be what someone else has been waiting for. Not really any excuses for not doing it then so I look forward to receiving a few articles in the near future and yes I promise to get some done as well.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 04:07 AM UTC
Submitted for photo feature some pics of my latest P-47 and more to follow as i get some pics taken. I just hope they're good enough
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Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 10:25 PM UTC
Great Allen........................errrr......where have you submitted them?
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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 01:58 AM UTC


Derek

I wish Harry a speeding recovery - when my Westie was recovering from an operation i slept downstairs with her for two nights.

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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 03:22 AM UTC

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Great Allen........................errrr......where have you submitted them?
Mal

Dunno Sam showed me what to do it was submitted through the Kitmaker Resolution Centre i clicked on submit item, selected bulldogs,filled in the relevant info, attached a zip file and clicked send.

It does seem odd that its lost in the ether somewhere as it wont let me log in properly (even though Sam has sent stuff without logging in) and every time I click send password reminder (as per Jim's instructions) nothing comes through to my email

Hope all is well soon Derek
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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 03:30 AM UTC
Hi Mal,
I syndicated my "Century Series" whatsit across today.
I'm working on a couple of things for the site at the moment, time permitting .
Andy
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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 11:18 PM UTC
Allen, I'm unable to log into the resolution centre, at the mo, so your pics haven't gone astray it's just that I can't get to them at the present time.

Andy, yes I tried to add your Century series but something is up. I was able to add a syndicated review, Colourcoats, but 3 features, yours mine and Nige's, didn't seem to want to play. I've asked a qestion in the staff forum, but it's probably me doing something wrong.

Derek, Probably the Kitmaker Resolution Centre, but see my reply to Allen.
Hope Harry recovers soon

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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2007 - 02:38 AM UTC
Id love to be able to add more content but I havent touched plastic for 5 weeks and Ive still got another 3 to go before I get back to the bench.
ITS DRIVING ME MAD!!
Nige,,still on tour
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Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2007 - 12:35 AM UTC
mal, i sent in a build/review feature about my fokker Dr1, but i think there were some problems with the way i zip filed it because its been about 4 weeks since i sent it in, is this about usual? also, i think i still have a little thing about using talc and kleer as filler still in a zip file.
while we're on this subject, i've been meaning to suggest that maybe, someone with a little more computer know how actually does a feature on sending in features, not so much using the submissions page but how best to use word,add pics, thumbnails etc. so its easier for the staff to deal with at the other end
hi nige! your enforced modelling drought is about as long as when i moved house, and had to diy it from top to bottom - drove me bonkers!
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Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 12:42 AM UTC
Sam and I have just got back from a weekend in London which included a trip around RAF Hendon We could knock up a quick "review" or photo feature if it hasn't been done before?
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Posted: Monday, April 30, 2007 - 03:19 AM UTC
I've just bought the Brigade Models Spitfire two seat trainer conversion kit. Would an in box style review be wanted??

It'll be a long time before a full build review could be done.

Andy
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Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 12:21 AM UTC
Yes Allen a review would be great.

Andy, yes an in box review would be good, plus a build review, later, when/if it's built

I still can't get into the Resolution Centre, so bare with me.

Basically if you purchase a new kit, or accessory, then do send in a review. It's good to get an in box review up front then follow it up with a build review, when the item is used.

Do think about quality though. Check out the reviews throughout the different sites. Find a style that you like and emulate it. See how the author breaks it down into different categories. Rowans (Merlin on Aeroscale) style is the one I like. Don't worry to much about spelling and/or grammar, as that would be my job to check. However do spell check what you write, as it will save me some time.

Use word, separate each paragraph with at least 1 space, and add a heading to each. I will add the necessary codes to give it the correct look. If you refer to something on the web (as long as it isn't copyright), but I'm talking mainly throughout the Kitmaker net work, then it would be very helpful to include the link. I would then do the necessary to make it "live".

Do not embed pictures in the text, but supply them separately, preferably in a zip folder, along with the text document. You can refer to the pics in the text, but make sure that you identify each pic. The easiest way is to name the pics and use that name in the text. If you don't have the software to manipulate pics then I can do that. Aim for pics to be no bigger than 700 pixels wide, but again I can sort that, as well as "saving for the web" (this limits the file size, but doesn't effect quality (to much).

Do give it a go. It may take a bit of "tooing and frowing" to get the thing ship shape, but that's just flattening the learning curve I promise you that you will be delighted to see something of yours in print on the web Do remember though that we must keep the quality level up. Also remember that I only spoke properly England since I was a children in other words, I ainít that perfect with our language either

Phil, does that clear things up? Say if you need more

Mal
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Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 02:36 AM UTC
I think I'll get Sam to do the write up as she's more practised at it than me (I'll probably get a slap for volunteering her) that way I can concentrate on the pictures
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Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 06:08 PM UTC
Mal


i have just syndicated some of my articles over from Armorama, to help you fill the content out a little.

let me know if i can help out some more

cheers

keith
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Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 12:10 AM UTC
Cheers Keith
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Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 12:14 AM UTC
thats a good bunch of pointers mal, i'll have another bash at a review, i put all the text and pics in a word document together, then zipped and sent it in one zip file. thats probably where i went wrong. i have a little filler feature still on my computer, i'll tidy it up and re-send it
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Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 01:57 AM UTC
I think I might have my wires crossed But Mal said you'd be better off just doing the Word document and adding that and the pictures into a zip file as once the pics are embedded into Word they are a pain to extract out of the document.

If i get five minutes at work tomorrow I'll knock up a quick how to guide for adding items to a zip file.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 09:56 PM UTC

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I think I might have my wires crossed But Mal said you'd be better off just doing the Word document and adding that and the pictures into a zip file as once the pics are embedded into Word they are a pain to extract out of the document.

If i get five minutes at work tomorrow I'll knock up a quick how to guide for adding items to a zip file.



thats exactly what i did! i imagined that you just unzip the file and hey presto! its all there and just needs sticking on a web page.
just to add, i have destroyed one laptop and had to have this one totally wiped and windows re-installed -twice!
computers don't respond too well to a sound thrashing
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Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 11:13 PM UTC
Sorry, have I confused the issue? I'll try and clarify

Basically keep the written word and the pictures seperate.

Word is good to do the written part, space each paragraph from the previous one. The spacing is just to make it easier to read and it will get spaced when published, so it helps. Spell check your work, I will spell check it but if it's already done it will save time, I will also correct grammer, if I can If you want to you can reference the pictures in the text, but do make it obvious. I.E. See pic 1 (and number the pic "1")

Only adjust your pictures if you can do so competantly and have the software, otherwise leave them as they are and I can run them through Photo Shop. However if they aren't of sufficiant quality yhey can't be used. This shouldn't be a problem, just stating the obvious.

Once you have the text and pictures zip them into a folder and send them in to the Resolution centre. I still can't access this so you can email them to me. Use holdfast@homecall.co.uk but be aware that this will not be valid in a day or two, when I change my ISP.

Mal
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Posted: Friday, May 04, 2007 - 02:10 AM UTC
mal, i just emailed my mark 2 fokker review to you, if there are any problems with the way i've put it together just let me know, and i'l have another bash. hopefully it is ok, but its the first time i've used word to do something like this