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  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Changes, they are a coming...
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 9:48 AM

We have all seen it, and it is here now!  Changes!  Changes to our hobby, our favorite scale model magazine, changes with the vendors, changes to everything!  For some of us, we can't keep up with those changes, while others are able to grasp at them and roll with the punches.  I would like to acknowledge those changes.

We have new leadership at our favorite scale model magazine, Scale Auto.  I have noticed the change with that leadership as Mark Savage has taken control and made some changes that hopefully will entend the life of the magazine and the life of the hobby, too by bringing it to the many young builders out there!  Thanks Mark!  I have to acknowledge his Editorial Assistant, Robby DeGraff who seems to have been thrown into the lion's den and is feeling his way around the magazine and the forum as well.  Robby, I think you are doing a great job here on the forum, too!

One of the changes that I noticed is the inclusion of die-cast models.  In the past, the membership didn't want die-cast or slot cars in with the magazine.  Now, we need those if our hobby is to survive.  Even I have built a few die-cast models for my collection and some of them have really good detail to them.  Have any of you looked at a slot car body lately?  WOW, what detail is now included on those bodies!  Even I have been asked if I could build and paint slot car bodies for someone.  I turned that down because this is a hobby for me and to try and make a business out of my hobby doesn't work for me.

Let's face it, the bulk of this hobby is made up of older people.  Some cottage industry or aftermarket businesses are closing shop because they are getting old and even some are leaving us for the great land in the sky.  The one business that many are lamenting about is Modelhaus.  They were a great resin supplier for many and they are being missed greatly.  And, there is nobody around who can offer entirely what they had.  

I don't know if his business is being put up for sale or not.  Their vacancy has left many wondering where they can go to get the resin products that was offered by Modelhaus.  I am just discovering the different tires he offered and now there are none for me to find or investigate.  A fellow Club member doesn't know where he can go for the tires he likes to put on his street rods.  Other smaller shops are closing as well and they will be missed by those who have used them in the past.

We have also witnessed the change with Hobbico's bankruptcy.  They use to own Revell and that segment was sold off.  The new owner is a German investment group called Blitz and everything owned by Revell USA is now under the ownership of Revell of Germany.  How this will affect American model builders is left up in the air.  Revell of Germany seems to be going strong, but American builders are now left wondering what will happen next.  Will we see new product from RoG for the American builder?

I wish I knew the answer to that question.  Based on what I know is that we could see RoG product like sport cars instead of the muscle cars that we are use to seeing.  I wonder if there are people out there buying up Revell USA product for resale later at greatly increased prices?  Only time will tell.  Yes, my stash is mostly Revell product. 

Instead of looking at these changes negatively, I am looking at them with hope for our future!  I have always taken a step back to watch what happens next in life and the scale model hobby is no different for me.  The changes to our hobby is already affecting me and I'm looking to see where it is going.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; 1968 Volkswagen Beetle

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  • Member since
    January, 2004
  • From: Charlotte
Posted by mikemodeler on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 10:39 AM

Change is the one constant in our world, that is for sure! I agree with what you have stated and will add that when it comes to slot cars, I have seen a great interest in our model car bodies for the slot car crowd. I have sold many kits and bodies from kits to slot car racers who are looking for something unique to have at the race track. This is perfect for those kits that I only wanted an engine or the wheels and tires and was able to recoup some of the cost of the kit. As far as Revell is concerned, I think we will see some sort of return to normalcy by the end of the year. Blitz knows that they have a big market here in North America and beyond with the catalog of tooling they own, what will be interesting to see is what new kits are developed for the NA market in the future. I have been building off and on for over 40 years and will hopefully be building for another 20 or more. I have seen a ton of change and am excited to see what 3D printers are going to do for our hobby as they become more common and cheaper to own.

  • Member since
    December, 2017
Posted by Dale Gribble on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 11:31 AM

mrmike

Let's face it, the bulk of this hobby is made up of older people.  Some cottage industry or aftermarket businesses are closing shop because they are getting old and even some are leaving us for the great land in the sky.  The one business that many are lamenting about is Modelhaus.  They were a great resin supplier for many and they are being missed greatly.  And, there is nobody around who can offer entirely what they had.  

I don't know if his business is being put up for sale or not.  Their vacancy has left many wondering where they can go to get the resin products that was offered by Modelhaus.  I am just discovering the different tires he offered and now there are none for me to find or investigate.  A fellow Club member doesn't know where he can go for the tires he likes to put on his street rods.  Other smaller shops are closing as well and they will be missed by those who have used them in the past.

 

 

i spent some time on the phone with Don last week , I can assure you the tire line is being revived by his son sometime next year ... As for the rest , well , that remains to be seen ... 

"rare" kit? no such thing!

build it, dont let it sit on the shelf.....

you cant take it with you, hearses dont have luggage racks......

  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 11:35 AM

Yes changes are happening everywhere whether we like them or not, I don't. I'm "old school" and enjoy the simpler times. I've seen some really nice 3-D printed parts, however I'm not rushing out to get any as I'm pretty well set with my supply of kits, parts, tools, paints, etc. I need more like I need another hole in my head. Right now I'm in a builder's slump and don't know how long it will last, and don't care at the present time either. Every time I visit a hobby shop which have become fewer and fewer over the last several years, all I see are older guys and no kids like there were in the 60's. Yes times are changin'.

High octane

  • Member since
    March, 2011
Posted by gulftarpon on Saturday, July 07, 2018 1:33 PM

I have no need for new kits as I have over 200 in storage, however there are always others I want. Plus the fact that frequenting a hobby shop and seeing what's for sale and talking to other builders makes it a less solitary hobby. I hope that the change in Revell will end up being a positive one.

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