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Old 11-07-2010, 12:58 PM
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Default Milestone Reached!!!

With the posting of "Lil' Leaguer" we reached our immediate goal of having 800 designs in our catalog. It took a while to get the last hundred, longer than I thought it would. Now we can look forward to our next set of goals.

We still have the issue of getting a website revision, where all of these designs can be found and the plans downloaded easily. I've tried various methods of cobbling a set of pages together, but the scope of the work is far larger than what a few pages of PHP can do. We're talking MySQL database programming here. I haven't given up, I've just dropped back to get a better perspective of how to proceed.

A second goal is a PDF catalog, using the RockSim 3D imagery as the illustrations. Again, not a simple project, but certainly easier than a website.

Reaching the 900- and then the 1000-model-count mileposts will be major goals. How many designs did Estes produce in the fifty-year span from 1960 to 2010? I haven't taken a full count, but even the 2009 Extended Kit List has fewer than 900 entries, and some of those are duplicates. Reaching 900 will give us more designs than Estes even after subtracting the obvious upscales and downscales.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this project!
Craig McGraw

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