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Is model car building a dying hobby?

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  • From: Kennesaw, GA
Is model car building a dying hobby?
Posted by nick63 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 1:15 PM

When a lot of us in the 50's and 60's ran to the store to buy a model kit it made the kit makes a booming business. Then we traded in our models kit building for guitars, girls and real cars, only to come back 40 or 50 years later to build again. 

I have been wondering if the new generations have just skipped model building in favor of computers, video games and social media/ I phones etc. Kit makers do a good job and it seems like the old status quo always wins out. I have to wonder when they will quit making model kits?  Anyone have any thoughts on this topic ?

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Posted by litespeedsae on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:34 PM

I think that the kits will still be around but possibly more toy like with less detail for kids.

For teens and adults, the 3D systems avialable today may possibly someday offer the software to create your own model based on the software that is being offered.

I started in the mid to late 50's and still find it a lot of fun after a large gap of time.

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  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Thursday, October 12, 2017 3:07 PM

Back in the 40's 50's and 60's when soldiers came home from the war they built model kits in their spare time. Then model companies were making promos for the car dealers to give away to likely customers and those evolved into model car kits. The model car "boom" started in the early 60's and drag racing as well as stock car was very poplular as well as hot rods and customs so many teenage boys built model cars, and a lot of them still do today in their adult life. I think that over the years the plastic model industry will either drop dramatically or phase out all together as building model kits especially with the younger generations is no longer the "in" thing to do. Some long time builders are worried that there aren't enough younger builders to keep the hobby going, and I for one don't care at all. I started building models in the mid 50's as it was MY hobby and it still is. What happens to the hobby after I'm long gone, is not my concern at all.

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Saturday, October 14, 2017 12:27 AM

Lol so true so true all i wanna know after im gone is who the heck got all my kits and are they building them

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Saturday, October 14, 2017 12:28 AM

I wanna see i wanna see the lucky sob lol

Moparlover64

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:51 PM

nick63

When a lot of us in the 50's and 60's ran to the store to buy a model kit it made the kit makes a booming business. Then we traded in our models kit building for guitars, girls and real cars, only to come back 40 or 50 years later to build again. 

I have been wondering if the new generations have just skipped model building in favor of computers, video games and social media/ I phones etc. Kit makers do a good job and it seems like the old status quo always wins out. I have to wonder when they will quit making model kits?  Anyone have any thoughts on this topic ?

 

It's kind of ironic that we have this thread going.  As the other day I was talking with the owner of a local hobby shop.  And he was telling me that there are more people still in the hobby than one might imagine.

That actually made me feel good for the hobby.

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