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chepp

Member Since 23 Oct 2009
Offline Last Active Dec 17 2014 06:59 PM
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In Topic: AMT Parts Pack prices

17 December 2014 - 06:58 PM

Since the cost of materials and molding apparently is a tiny part of the equation, perhaps a solution would be for the manufacturer to sell a typical model kit box filled with as many tires as could fit. It could be priced the same as a typical model kit.


In Topic: MCM Forum - expert work expected?

11 November 2014 - 01:05 PM

Guess its obvious why this site has an elitist attitude reputation which prompted this thread in the first place.

Hi, Bob. It's not obvious to me. Could you tell me why?


In Topic: Is our hobby, growing or skrinking?

15 September 2014 - 08:57 AM

Thanks for the various opinions, facts and other comments on this subject. I am (as usual) especially impressed with the rational posts by Tom Geiger, Art Anderson and charlie8575. It's a complex problem. One thing I might add is that market research done by individual companies is not likely to become publicly available. It is expensive and is usually considered a trade secret -- there would be nothing to gain from giving it away, especially when competitors might be able to use it to aid in competing against the company that paid for it.

 

On the other hand, many of Harry P's posts, especially the ones stating that building a model not being educational, don't seem worthy of one who is a moderator. I'll side with the trio mentioned above.

 

I've built plastic models, mostly of cars, since I was a little kid in the late '50s. I've had "how to" articles on them published since the '70s. My career since 1982 has been with die-cast toy and model manufacturers in the new products departments -- and often being involved with people formerly with the model kit manufacturers. I know, at work I'm part of the "dark side" since the majority of die-casts are already assembled, sometimes have fad trends in styling that traditionalists abhor, and on and on. Still, my hobby is building models. I can't predict the future of the hobby but it sure is interesting.

 

I have the luxury of living two miles from a huge brick-and-mortar full line hobby shop -- I hadn't even realized it existed when I moved here (east of Los Angeles) fifteen years ago. It seems to be going great. It stocks the common kits and items that one would expect, plus it carries all sorts of obscure items (weathering powder, for example), has a big RC track out back and is staffed with knowledgeable people. The store manufactures (or, at least, store brands them) hobby items, too. So between this store and the internet, just about anything I could want can be purchased -- and then re-shaped by me into my own vision in scale.

 

I can't imagine how things could be any better.


In Topic: Wagon Master

25 August 2014 - 12:38 PM

Very cool ! 

I was a big fan of the Wagon Master and never knew this resin body existed ,  Thanks for posting ! :D

Me neither. Great job on it! Maybe that rear body section could be the start of an interesting full-bodied custom with the rest of the body from a mid-'60s Buick (maybe even the AMT '66 Riviera).


In Topic: $$$$ woooooo

24 August 2014 - 11:22 AM

Here's how to stretch your hobby dollar: take more time to build each model. Not only will the model be better, you won't spend so much.

A $40 kit plus $20 in paint/glue/etc. = $60  If you put in 60 hours to build it, it only costs a dollar an hour. You can't find much entertainment for that amount AND have something great to look at after you're done.

 

Spend 120 hours on it and the cost is only fifty cents an hour.