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Car Modeling story on the cover page of today's Wall Street Journal....
Posted by Tim Boyd on Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:43 PM

Today our hobby made the front page of the largest circulation newspaper in the United States.  Scale Auto's Editor Tim Kidwell provided some background and leads for the author of the story, James (Bob) Hagerty, who I think treated the subject with the interest and genuine respect our adult hobby deserves.  

I'd prefer you search out the actual newspaper to see the story, but for those who are not able to do so, here is a link which should lead to an on-line version of the story.....TIM 

 

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Posted by VintageRPM on Saturday, January 4, 2020 2:51 PM

It is actually about modeling in general, but the article starts off with Mark Gustavson. While generally a decent article, I think it gives non-modelers the idea that we spend thousands of dollars on each model because Mark was doing that with the one he disciussed.

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, January 4, 2020 4:48 PM

I read the first two paragraphs and the dreaded sign in or register appeared and I stopped reading.  This is certainly a way to keep readers away from finishing any article.  I have no intention of signing up and I don't have an account with the WSJ.  Thank you Tim for posting the link, but I won't be reading it. 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

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Posted by Tim Boyd on Saturday, January 4, 2020 5:10 PM

mrmike

I read the first two paragraphs and the dreaded sign in or register appeared and I stopped reading.  This is certainly a way to keep readers away from finishing any article.  I have no intention of signing up and I don't have an account with the WSJ.  Thank you Tim for posting the link, but I won't be reading it. 

 

Seems some people are able to access the entire article online and others stop after the first two paragraphs.    Everyone reading this thread should at least try the link....

TIM 

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Posted by TarheelRick on Sunday, January 5, 2020 6:32 AM

That opening is a bit misleading as to the general costs of our hobby. And like the others I do not desire to subscribe to WSJ so I only got to read the first 1 & 1/2 paragraphs.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, January 6, 2020 6:45 AM

Thanks for posting, Tim. Sounds interesting,but like the others, I would need to subscribe to read.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

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Posted by PatrickW on Monday, January 6, 2020 8:14 AM

Yes Tim, thanks for the heads up but in the UK, we can only get two paragraphs until asked to subscribe and our local small town newsagent only has UK papers.

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Posted by ibj40 on Saturday, January 11, 2020 12:25 PM

Try this link:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/model-citizens-building-miniatures-is-not-childs-play-11578065533

Usually papers like the WSJ will give you free access if the story is about a week old.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, January 12, 2020 11:23 AM

The headline to the article calling model builders a "WHACK JOB" isn't a very complimentary way to start an article.

We've all heard the various put-downs about grown men building models, so even if the rest of the article was available, I would'nt read it.

Thank you Tim for all the years you've given to the hobby and your participation in the hobby.

Much appreciated Thumbs Up.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Tim Boyd on Friday, January 17, 2020 9:48 AM

Treehugger Dave

The headline to the article calling model builders a "WHACK JOB" isn't a very complimentary way to start an article.

We've all heard the various put-downs about grown men building models, so even if the rest of the article was available, I would'nt read it.

Thank you Tim for all the years you've given to the hobby and your participation in the hobby.

Much appreciated Thumbs Up.

 

 

Dave....very much appreciate the comments....

All....The actual page 1 article in the newspaper had a somewhat different title than the on-line version ....it read "THIS IS YOUR FATHER'S OLDSMOBILE - THE 1/25TH SCALE VERSION  Retirement-age adults obsess over the minutiae of tiny homes, vehicles " .  The headline on the article continuation on page 10 reads: "Modelers Sweat The Small Stuff".    

Best regards...>TIM 

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, January 17, 2020 1:33 PM

I'm sorry Tim, but still can't read the article since I am still being asked to sign in or register.  I've tried accessing the article in a couple of different ways to no avail.  

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Posted by Tim Boyd on Friday, January 17, 2020 7:35 PM

mrmike

I'm sorry Tim, but still can't read the article since I am still being asked to sign in or register.  I've tried accessing the article in a couple of different ways to no avail.  

 

Mike....yes, same here.  It was available to be viewed a few hours after the story was first posted, but seems everyone is now blocked from seeing the entire article unless they subscribe.  

I do hope they will eventually drop the firewall, but who knows.......TIM 

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Posted by rodnic47 on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 9:04 PM

You can access the article at Charlotte Scale Modelers on Facebook. At least that's how I did it. Interesting story and glad to see the publicity given to our hobby!

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Posted by steveracer on Thursday, February 6, 2020 11:43 AM

Maybe go all "old school" and buy a paper version from a newsstand?

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Posted by American185 on Thursday, February 6, 2020 6:23 PM

 

Maybe go all "old school" and buy a paper version from a newsstand?

 Could not agree more with you !!!!

'There is a special feel in an Oldsmobile, more than the luxury ride its the feeling of pride that you get inside !!!Wink'

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Posted by steveracer on Thursday, February 6, 2020 7:12 PM

As I sit at my bench tonight, watching some Joe Walsh tunes on YouTube (because the wife said Joe Walsh is in the Iowa caucus or something) and starting a 1/32 scale auto union Grand Prix machine I went to check back on this thread with interest in reading the story. Not *meaning* to hikack this thread.  But I went to see our painter at work today and ask him how his model car project is going with his nephew, who at 12 years old is building his first model (68 z28) under guidance From him. He shows me the body, then secretly opens his tool box like he's got some old playboys in there or something - and whips out two old car model magazines from 1969 and 70!  Paper!  Cool!  

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Posted by jonesmarc on Friday, February 7, 2020 11:05 PM

This link worked for me.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/model-citizens-building-miniatures-is-not-childs-play-11578065533

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Posted by TarheelRick on Saturday, February 8, 2020 7:32 AM

Thanks for that link.  Finally got to read the article.  Fairly accurate description as an "old(er) generation's hobby.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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