I’m thrilled to announce that, kicking off November 1st, I’ll be hosting this blog’s first ever giveaway! And believe me, it’ll be worth stopping by. I’m not going to be giving away a decal set or some warmed-over repop of a kit whose molds are 40 years old. No, I’ll be giving away one truly droolworthy kit to one lucky winner. And…you will have a hand in determining just what that kit will be!
Details follow down-post, but first I hope you’ll humor a rambling explanation of why I’m hosting this giveaway.
For the better part of a year, I feel like I’ve been living in the present, in a day-to-day grind that makes it difficult to pull back and see the forest through the trees. And from that perspective, the past year’s been pretty awful. If you want to take it back a full 365 days, I’ve had a company I worked for and loved get bought out and more or less destroyed. A fantastic boss and good friend get laid off. I myself switched jobs, and then I, too, got laid off. Two car accidents. A summer so relentlessly hot that Hell would have seemed refreshing by comparison. Wildfires pretty much in every direction.
But, when I force myself to step back and take a broader view, I have to admit that I’m in a pretty friggin’ good place. I have two beautiful, vivacious children. My relationship with my wife is better now than it has ever been. Despite the layoff and the stress of the job hunt, I’ve landed in a very good place, surrounded by whipsmart people, making more money than I ever have before. And in a few weeks, we’re moving to a new house. The house our kids will hopefully grow up in.
And I have a hobby that brings me satisfaction and provides a perfect way to decompress after a long day.
Taken as a whole, that’s pretty hard to complain with.
And so, in my own small way, I want to do something to mark it. Not out of charity. Not out of some quest for blog traffic. Merely because I’ve discovered over the last few months that lightening up and being generous with what you have tends to bring rewards all its own.
So Here’s How It’s Going to Work
On November 1st, I’ll put up the official giveaway post. Within the post will be a poll where you will vote on which kit I will give away. As I said before, this won’t be some warmed-over repop, or something dredged up from the bottom of my stash. Every kit will be a new, high-value kit worth at least $50.
To enter, all you’ll need to do is:
- Vote on a kit
- Leave a comment (with an e-mail address so I can contact you if you win!) discussing your favorite build, and why it’s your favorite.
On November 8th, one week after the post goes up, I’ll take the names of everyone who’s commented, drop them into RandomPicker, and announce the winner, who will then receive their choice of the top vote-getter in either aircraft or armor.
Oh, wait, did I say one winner?
After the first winner picks, I’ll announce a second winner, who will receive the top vote-getter in whichever category the first winner doesn’t choose. So if the first winner goes for the armor, the second winner will receive the aircraft.
As of right now, this giveaway is entirely self-funded. But I may reach out to one of the online retailers to see if they might offer a discount or some smaller prizes in exchange for sponsorship. Of course, none of that’s decided as of yet.
But…consider this fair warning…and mark your calendars for the 1st of November!