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Old Oct 22, 2008, 04:22 PM
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What do you do with your old magazines?

Hello all,
I'm relatively new to R/c flying, been doing it for only 7 years. Since i've started i've been getting my steady stream of R/C magazines every month (Model Airplane News, Backyard Flyer, Model Aviation, Etc). Well its finally come to the point where my wife doesn't like seeing a hug pile in the garage. Sooo what do you guys do with your old magazines? I've been clinging on to them thinking "I may need to read an article from march 2002", but do i really? Just looking for some ideas on how to get rid of some of them or should I keep them all, if so where? Thanx

Kyle
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 04:31 PM
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Unless there is an article on a project that you plan to build, I have never had the need to go back to an old issue. So I keep mine for as long as I can, and eventually goes to the recycling bin when I run out of room.

I did see some really old RC magazines donated to local library. Maybe that will inspire some future hobbiests?
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 05:16 PM
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I usually just recycle mine.

But it is nice to donate them. Maybe give them to a kid who's into RC or something...
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 05:17 PM
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There is also the free items forum in the trade forums, someone might really enjoy them or be looking for specific issues. People pay shipping for the free items or pick them up so there is no shipping.
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 05:30 PM
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Keep them and read them again. I take four with me when I take my son for his guitar lesson and in the half hour I'm sat in the car park I can revisit some of the old articles. The oldest ones I have in current use are all this century but those going back to the 1970's are in storage.
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 06:19 PM
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I take a few to the Barber Shop when I go... Never know, might excite some kid (of any age) to get into the hobby!
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 06:26 PM
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I read them. Lots of history in the old editions.
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 06:31 PM
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I take a few to the Barber Shop when I go... Never know, might excite some kid (of any age) to get into the hobby!
Best idea yet! Drop a few off when you go to the barbers, auto shop or any lounge were magazines lye around.
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 07:48 PM
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It's important to me to re-cycle if possible. I take them to the doctor's and dentist's waiting rooms. You know, the places where people have a LOT of time to kill. I also keep a few issues in my truck so that when somebody comes along while I'm flying and asks questions I can give them a few magazines to take with them.
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 08:17 PM
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My local library has a magazine sharing shelf, where I take mine. I remove the mailing label and then just take them to the library. Sometimes they call when a youg person is looking for a specific airplane magazine. Gary
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 08:22 PM
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I read mine at school and ignore what the teacher says
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 08:41 PM
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Hm. My magazines go back to 1950, the kids in the club used to read them voraciously, and they still supply lots of information, as well as plans for models I have built, or still want to build...
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 08:46 PM
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I'm actually kinda looking for somebody to take 20-some years of them off my hands. RCM, FM, MB, MAN.

When I get extra ones now, I take them to the barber shop, doctor, and chiropractor after removing the address label.

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Old Oct 22, 2008, 09:00 PM
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The only ones worth saving these days are Flying Models and Model Aviation. All the others I took a peek through one last time and clipped anything of interest to me then recycled them. I wish I had access to a scanner with a page feeder, I'd scan them and make them into pdf's.
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Old Oct 23, 2008, 07:39 AM
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I have donated mine to the local University library and am involved in getting as complete a collection as possible. Thanks to the generosity of some local folks, I'm making good progress. The ultimate goal is to scan them and make them available on-line, but that will have to wait until I get a grant (or marry a rich woman -- not likely at my age) and solve the copyright problems. Maybe some day......

If anyone would like to help, PM me -- I'll send you a list of my want sand duplicates. Interestingly, MAN sent some back issues (and a hat!) free; I have not heard from Flying Models....and RCM's web site shows lots of back issues -- which they don't have!!!.

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