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less and less hobby shops
Posted by ambman on Friday, May 04, 2018 6:16 PM

THIS WEEKEND PICKED UP ABOUT 75 COPIES OF FINESCALE MODELER FOR ABOUT 7 DOLLLARS,SOME GOING BACK TO THE 80S THIS STUFF IS ALWAYS FUN TO READ OVER AND OVER,BUT WHAT IS SO SAD IS THE AMOUNT OF  HOBBY SHOPS THAT ADVERTISED BACK THEN, FAMILER OLD ADDS ,FROM COMPANIES THAT WE ALL  ORDERED FROM .AND IM SURE WE STILL HAVE THAT ORDER IN OUR STASH,ADS EQAULING UP TO 3 PAGES NOW ,ITS DOWN TO ABOUT HALF A PAGE.YES THIS IS FINE SCALE  MAGAZINE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT BUT MODEL BUILDING IS MODEL BUILDING...TOOL IT AND THEY WILL COME

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    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Friday, May 04, 2018 10:44 PM

Tool it and they will come? Not so anymore as this is not the 60's. Times have changed quite a bit and the market for model car kits and other plastic kits is just not there anymore. I have a Hobby Lobby 1/2 mile from my house and yet I drive 10 miles to support my local hobby shop, as I would really be sad if they ever closed their doors.

High octane

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    November, 2017
Posted by Gluecipher on Saturday, May 05, 2018 8:40 AM

I have to drive 160 kilometers trip (99.4 miles) to visit closest scale model shop...that will shut its doors in a month, for good. That ends my 30 years clientship there, and the next closest then is around 400 kilometer trip to visit. So sad there aint no more toyshops like in my childhood, as it was all common to see loads of ertl/revell car kits in them, before times times changed and models mostly disappeared to the handfull of shops specializing on rc and model kits. Scale model magazines died not long ago,and the few remaining model shops often feel like...well as if the people behind the desk are only workers ,with very little knowledge of models, and no passion to find what im after. I hate to buy online but i just have to due to distances, but even now im struggling to find what i want ,unless i buy from overseas....which makes pretty much every kit cost so much. Though, the cheapest amt kits bought online from my own country are 50+ Euros. 

 

I want the good times back with 40-70 page mail order catalogues, post cards as ordering form, landline phones,the worksBig Smile

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    May, 2008
Posted by ambman on Saturday, May 05, 2018 6:09 PM

WHEN I FIRST STARTED TO GO TO THE NY TOY FAIR THERE WHERE 10 PLUS COMPANIES .THIS YEAR I ONLY SAW ROUND 2 AND AIRFIX WAS HIDDEN SOMEWHERE NEAR THE BACK BY THE SNACK BAR,THESE ARE STILLL GREAT COMPANIES SO LETS SUPPORT THEM.NOW IF WE CAN ONLY START A COMPANY CALLED FOUR DOOR ONLY.AND WE WILL START WITH THE EARLY 70S FURY .PUT ME IN FOR 10 DOZEN.P.S.THE NNL EAST THIS YEAR WAS A MMMMMMMMMMAJOR SHOW WITH TONS OF KITS I WAIT ALL YEAR FOR THIS I COUNT THE DAYS TILL THE NEXT SHOW.

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, May 06, 2018 12:26 PM


The times, they are a-changing and so should we.  Yes, we need to try and keep our hobby alive, but model companies come and go.  Hoarding model kits will not help keep those companies going.  Tool them and they will come?  Are you going to front the money for the tooling needs?  You need a dose of reality here!  It is very expensive for model companies today to tool up a new kit from the beginning.  It takes many hours of work to plan, build, art work, production, shipping, and distribution of kits.  The harsh reality is this...our beloved hobby will someday die.        

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Posted by ambman on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:04 PM

THERE ARE PLENTY OF MODEL BUILDERS WHO DONT DO ENGINES JUST CLOSE THE HOOD AND YOUR COSTS WILL BE ALMOST HALF

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Posted by Gluecipher on Thursday, May 17, 2018 5:11 PM

ambman

THERE ARE PLENTY OF MODEL BUILDERS WHO DONT DO ENGINES JUST CLOSE THE HOOD AND YOUR COSTS WILL BE ALMOST HALF

 

 

Thats true. But to me, in example, its a real downer if theres no engine in the kit at all. Some can do just awesome curbside builds , but i sure am sad when i see some cool jap car kits...then realise theres so few ones with motor. 

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