Kyle, here's something for you to ponder (and everyone else, too, of course):
Why would you fear for the future of the hobby? What do you care if the hobby that you're interested in dies off and goes away sometime after you're gone?
I'm serious. So often we read about the "future" of the hobby and how we have to attract the next generation of modelers or else the hobby will die out. So what?
Once I'm gone, I couldn't care less whether or not building plastic model kits (or anything else I ever had an interest in) was still available to future generations. Just like I have no sense of duty to pass on my interest in home renovation (another of my hobbies) to the next generation. Let future generations, like past generations, find their own pastimes and hobbies. Isn't a hobby something a person chooses on their own, as a way to pass the time as they see fit and that interests them? Why do I need to promote my interests to anyone else? Let them decide for themselves what they are interested in. I see no duty on my part to "pass on" model car building to anyone. Once I'm gone, what difference does it make to me???
I'm curious what others would say in response to my comments. And I'm sure I'll get an earful!
Harry I'm really surprised. These are my sentiments exactly.
I don't understand the "need" someone has to make sure others will carry on a hobby.
Let natural selection take its course.
There will still exist a core of people who build Models because they like it, not to be noticed by others.
Internets and Forums do not accurately show the number of people who build Models.
Internets and Forums only show a few Modelers who enjoy posting on Forums.
Modeling, even plastic car Modeling, can't die, but so what if it gets thinned out a whole lot.
Why desire people to do something they don't really want to.
Let the Hobby crash and be rediscovered in 50 or 100 years.
Harryhausen didn't whine when CGI took over his style of Modeling.
He continued to work his craft right up to the end.