Thanks, I really appreciate any input you can give me. I have been reading (lurking) this list for many months, and finally got up the nerve to post a few dumb newbie questions. As I enter into this hobby again after 35 years, I would like to get back to building tall ships like my Father and I did many years ago.
I know that many of you are REAL hobbyists, some on the fanatical side, so this may be the wrong place to ask these questions, but here goes.1) As a whole (US nation wide) has there been a decline in the popularity of this hobby?
The reason I ask is that in my youth you could find a nice assortment of models in almost every town. In the little town of 256 I grew up in the local drug store always had 40 or 50 different auto's, planes, ships, and the neighboring town of 2,000 had a full blown hobby store with hundreds of models year round. I have noticed that even Wal-Mart (is this a dirty word here?) does not carry many if any at all, and I have to travel 50 miles to find a hobby shop that stocks even a mild assortment of model anything.2) Is there a consensus of what models are the most popular? I know you all have your favorites and I don't want to start a war, but what do you think?? Planes, Trains, Autos, Boats?
3) Are there key resources on-line for models and modeling supplies?
Thanks Again JOhn >
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