The reason why Round 2 put the question out on Facebook is to get the perspective of the average person. It's useless for them to ask here on the dedicated modeler boards because we are too sophisticated and too close to the issue. And we only represent a small fraction of their overall market. That's why we see a lot of '32 Fords and Ferarris. The general public who couldn't identify a '50 Oldsmobile, will buy those over and over.
And don't write off Facebook. If you ignore the people who post photos of their lunch and every trivial detail of their lives, the site has amazing power that can be used for your benefit. I got lured into joining because I local band had the "Visit our Facebook Page" on their card. Within a half hour, I had a contact from someone I knew in high school. That led to being linked to over 50 people I graduated with in 1976 including some old friends I lost contact with many years ago. And we've gotten together in person for three reunions so far.
There's also groups for just about anything you can think of. I belong to groups that post historic photos of my town and places I once lived. I grew up in the military and there are three groups for people who once lived on the US Army post in Pirmasens, Germany. This post has been abandoned by the US and turned into German civilian use. I saw tons of photos of both what it looked like back when I lived there in 1969-72 (my father was a career officer) and today. I saw a lot of pictures of the street I lived on which was Army quarters for families, but no photo of my old house. So I posted on one group asking if anyone was still in Pirmasens and if they could drive by and take a picture for me. Within an hour two people had volunteered. By the next day I had a video someone took in 2010 driving down the street and photos a German fellow ran over and took for me... of the current building where my house once stood! Turns out that it got knocked down and there are two houses where it stood. Not the outcome I wanted, but the answer!
And through these groups I'm in touch with five kids I went to junior high with back then! It's great to know how they all turned out and where they are today. We've shared memories that have filled in blanks in my own memory and I've enjoyed this a great deal.
And the 24 Hour Build this past weekend was done on Facebook. There are a lot of modelers and modeling groups there too!
Edited by Tom Geiger, 28 January 2013 - 05:20 AM.