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Change in HF Management
Victoria, Australia
Joined: July 28, 2004
KitMaker: 10,889 posts
Historicus Forma: 4,745 posts
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 09:53 PM UTC
Hi all,

It is with regret that I write to inform you of a change in management here at Historicus Forma: I will be relinquishing my position as Managing Editor as at the end of June 2008 (today in fact).

As some of you may be aware my wife, Tracey, and I are in the final stages of preparing to emigrate from South Africa. Mid-August 2008 will see us immigrate to Australia, hopefully Melbourne.

Naturally the time leading up to final departure is going to be a very busy (and stressful!) time with finalising what's staying and what's going, and saying goodbye to old friends, new friends, relatives and family. Once we arrive things aren't going to slow down, as we both still need to find jobs, an apartment or house and try to get our lives back on track. After July, I don't foresee modelling being an active part of my life again until early 2009 - although I am sure I'll be lurking in the shadows

As such, I have decided to step down as Managing Editor of Historicus Forma effective the end of June 2008. Jim has kindly agreed to allow me to stay on in a Contributing Editor role thereafter so that I might still post a few outstanding reviews and hopefully be a contributing member to this community.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for your tremendous support over the last 2 years (yes, it really has been that long!). Whether you served on the staff, provided us with samples, contributed reviews, features or news, posted in the forums, or merely lurked in the shadows reading our banter, without you the site would not be were it is today. You are the community that HF is. It has been an absolute honour to have led you. For this I thank you.

To the staff (in no particular order): Engin, Costas, Alguhan, Al, Craig, Gino and Markus (as well as David whom served with us only briefly). Guys: thanks for your support and dedication over our time together. It was a pleasure to have worked alongside you.

I wish Historicus Forma and the Kitmaker Network continued success and once again, would like to thank you for allowing me to be a part of your team.


p.s. the ME role will obviously be vacant after June, so if any of you are up to the challenge and would like to "pay it forward" to the community in a big way, please send your application to Jim or myself (Jim will be advertising the position with the role requirements shortly)
Provincia de Lugo, Spain / España
Joined: April 23, 2003
KitMaker: 12,927 posts
Historicus Forma: 929 posts
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 10:06 PM UTC
Well, as I said before Rudi, good luck with the move,

Secondly, and I think I speak for many here, thanks for the extraordinary work you've done for both HF and the Network.

These are going to be REALLY big shoes to fill!
Donegal, Ireland
Joined: May 14, 2002
KitMaker: 9,763 posts
Historicus Forma: 967 posts
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 10:10 PM UTC
Hi Rudi. I want to wish you and your wife, the best of luck for your very brave move. Hope all goes well.
You´ve done a tremendous job with HF and willy be missed ... even if it is only tempory. Hope you get on your feet again soon, and get back to modelling and Armorama.
Tekirdag, Turkey / Türkçe
Joined: August 21, 2002
KitMaker: 3,289 posts
Historicus Forma: 1,182 posts
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 10:53 PM UTC
Hi bro,
We were so closed here on HF as I can say I chatted with you more then my work associate
Please do not leave me (us) without your good news and turn back here quick!

Your efforts for HF and your friendship here will be missed.

I and my family wish you all the best and good luck. Hope you and Tracey will find what you are looking for.

North Carolina, United States
Joined: February 22, 2002
KitMaker: 11,718 posts
Historicus Forma: 783 posts
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 10:54 PM UTC
I wish you well. Hope all goes as you plan. Don't be a stranger.
England - East Midlands, United Kingdom
Joined: December 16, 2005
KitMaker: 2,864 posts
Historicus Forma: 2,422 posts
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 11:36 PM UTC
Mate you are definetely going to be missed around here but i do wish you and your family the best of luck with your life change.You couldnt have picked a better country to move to in my opinion(being born there makes me a bit biased ).

best of luck mate and thanks for the great job you have done the last couple of years and hope to hear from you still in the future.

All the best mate

Oklahoma, United States
Joined: June 19, 2006
KitMaker: 37 posts
Historicus Forma: 34 posts
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 11:57 PM UTC
Wishing you , your wife and family the best in your new move to the Outback. Please keep us posted on how it goes.
Kikladhes, Greece / Ελλάδα
Joined: September 30, 2003
KitMaker: 6,871 posts
Historicus Forma: 3,573 posts
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 - 12:39 AM UTC
I iwsh you the best my friend for this big experiment. may it will be succesful . You will be missed but not forgotten even if you turn to an Aussie rotten !!! hahah this made a rime

best Regards

Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Joined: April 09, 2003
KitMaker: 1,144 posts
Historicus Forma: 87 posts
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 - 01:04 AM UTC

nuch has already been said, but I will repeat the sentiments again:

Thanks for all your work, good luck with your move and the future and I hope to see you around on this site sooner rather than later!!!

Victoria, Australia
Joined: May 07, 2003
KitMaker: 4,002 posts
Historicus Forma: 418 posts
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 - 02:18 AM UTC

You have made HF a joy to visit and post, and will be greatly missed mate.
That said, I better get the barbie fired up
Staff MemberPublisher
New Hampshire, United States
Joined: December 15, 2001
KitMaker: 12,571 posts
Historicus Forma: 446 posts
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 - 03:38 AM UTC
What more can I say than, you have done a great job as Managing Editor for HF. Someone (hopefully) will want to fill these big shoes.

Thanks for all your hard work and your interest in staying on in whatever capacity time will allow. And good luck with your move and transition to a new home country. It sounds like a really exciting time for you! I am a little jealous!

I must dash to work or would ramble on more.

Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Joined: June 07, 2002
KitMaker: 8,797 posts
Historicus Forma: 334 posts
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 - 03:52 AM UTC
Ola Rudi

You surely have done a huge amount of work on HF... And I can only say that it is right that the person following you up has some big shoes to fill

En daarnaast. Veel succes in het land "daar beneden" Echt een grote en gewaagde stap die je neemt. Maar ik denk dat je het helemaal te gek gaat vinden. Veel succes mijn suid Afrikaanse maat.
Massachusetts, United States
Joined: May 05, 2002
KitMaker: 8,074 posts
Historicus Forma: 1,791 posts
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 - 04:14 AM UTC
Thanks for all the fine work you've done here. Your leadership will be sorely and surely missed. Best to you and SWMBO on the move. Even if you're not building for a while, you will be expected to stop in from time to time.
Staff MemberSenior Editor
Croatia Hrvatska
Joined: February 13, 2002
KitMaker: 5,579 posts
Historicus Forma: 1,985 posts
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 - 04:35 AM UTC
Rudi, I'm sorry to hear you are leaving your position on HF; you have done a great job and formed a tight community for all of us to enjoy. We'll be missing you, even your monthly *bumps* of different topics.

Good luck on your Australian endevour. Ozzies are a great bunch and I loved Melbourne very much... I found out it is a great place to live and I'm sure you'll enjoy it once all the hype setles down.

Keep in touch man,

Rhone, France
Joined: November 04, 2005
KitMaker: 1,845 posts
Historicus Forma: 406 posts
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 - 05:18 AM UTC
Well, I can't be much original on that one -I just wish you the most sincere of lucks when you move to your new country, to find a good job, great new friends and that all in all everything settles down for the best in the least time imaginable
Good luck my friend
Kobenhavn, Denmark
Joined: June 29, 2004
KitMaker: 6,760 posts
Historicus Forma: 2,032 posts
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 - 06:57 AM UTC
Best of luck Rudi.
Thanks for the great work you've done as managing editor.
Hope to see you back with us soon.
Bayern, Germany
Joined: July 06, 2005
KitMaker: 1,056 posts
Historicus Forma: 1,023 posts
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 - 09:33 AM UTC
Dear Rudi,

as I wrote it sometimes before: I wish you and your wife all the best in your "new" world !!! I hope all will goining well !!!

I hope to heare from you again, soon !!!

Take care my friend,

Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined: December 24, 2004
KitMaker: 1,594 posts
Historicus Forma: 6 posts
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 - 10:09 AM UTC
My best wishes for your move and I hope that you both will have good happenings ....Gonna miss you and will always remember you and all that you did for me at the start of my "beastie" builds ------so best wishes from the "hefalumps .......OLLY and OLLIA" and remember Oliphants ..* NEVER * forget ........ neither will I
Hope to keep in touch
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Joined: March 05, 2004
KitMaker: 1,735 posts
Historicus Forma: 604 posts
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 - 01:37 PM UTC
Hi Rudi,

Sorry I missed this note when I PM you yesterday. You've done a super job during your stint here and I really hope you'll be back soon. All the best to you and Missus down under. We have some old family friends in Canberra which is a bit off where you will be going but if you need any help just pop me a note.

Take care and as the guys say Don't be a stranger.
United Kingdom
Joined: October 14, 2005
KitMaker: 107 posts
Historicus Forma: 80 posts
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 - 07:26 PM UTC
Thanks for all you've put in, Rudi. It was always great to visit such a friendly and helpful forum which left modelling politics at the door.

Good luck Down Under.

Best to Tracey.

Sri Lanka
Joined: May 05, 2005
KitMaker: 2,174 posts
Historicus Forma: 899 posts
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 - 07:41 PM UTC
Hey, Rudi, good luck with the move, I sincerely hope you settle into your new life quickly and smoothly. BTW, did I ever tell you that we have a very small community of South African immigrants right here in Sri Lanka -- both Afrikaner and English.

I can't imagine HF without you at the head, and it made my short time as a staff member very pleasant. Hope to see you back on the site soon. It'll be 2009 before you know it, mate.

England - South West, United Kingdom
Joined: December 14, 2004
KitMaker: 1,697 posts
Historicus Forma: 1,303 posts
Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 - 02:59 AM UTC

Hi Rudi

I wish you all the best with your move. A big step to take but also exciting I would think.
Thanks for all you've done for us on HF and for your support both on and off the forums.
Keep in touch even if it's just an update on how you're getting on.
You will be sorely missed my friend.

All the best to you and yours

England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
Joined: June 04, 2003
KitMaker: 1,405 posts
Historicus Forma: 45 posts
Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 - 08:58 AM UTC
Rudi, best of luck with the move! We did the same only north in 2001, so know a little of the terror involved!
Hou die blink kant bo!
Victoria, Australia
Joined: July 28, 2004
KitMaker: 10,889 posts
Historicus Forma: 4,745 posts
Posted: Friday, July 04, 2008 - 03:05 AM UTC
Hi JimR, Frank, Algu, Scott, Steve, Guy, Costas ( ), Harm, Brad, JimS, Robert, Al, Mario, JB, Jesper, Markus, Steve C Snr, CK, John, David, Vic, Eric, and everyone else

Thanks very much for your too kind words.

We're in the process of packing now. Must say it's kind of hard packing up all that modelling stuff knowing it'll be months before I see it again. But, I am looking forward to eventually unpacking it. Hopefully the sabatical will fire the creative juices, which have been somewhat stagnant of late.

For those interested, I'll probably post updates of our "Big Move" on my blog: Tarok's Tales. It's mostly modelling at the moment, but as I don't feel like creating a new blog (more from a time management perspective) I'll just update the current one

Thanks again all

Western Australia, Australia
Joined: June 05, 2007
KitMaker: 2,166 posts
Historicus Forma: 465 posts
Posted: Friday, July 04, 2008 - 06:39 AM UTC
Hi Rudi me mate,

Where to start! Well I've only known you for about 6 months but during that time you have made my time online at HF a pleasure. Your comments and critique have helped me immensly. Thankyou for your hard work editing and publishing my terrible reviews and I will miss working with you in the coming years. You've done a brilliant job and made the site a great place.

You have made the right move mate and you will be looking like a sandle and singlet clad kangaroo riding beer bellied barbie addict cobber in no time!

Best of luck and I hope to see you back on the site soon.