...long time passing Apologies to Pete Seeger, and Peter, Paul and Mary.
I used to be a rabid scale model builder. I'm talking 25+ years ago whenI had to give up my "toy room" to my then 2 year old daughter. I stored all the completed and uncompleted models in storage boxes. When I moved to my house in 1984, there were other things that were pressing besides model building, so I kept the boxes under the basement stairs. Just recently, I brought out from under the stairs and started going through them.I found some kits that I had forgotten about and thought I would get back into building them. Obviously, the tons of paints that I had from back in 1980 had dried up, along with the solvaset and other model products, so I decided to go out and find some replacements. I went over to the only hobby shop within 50 miles, and one that I has visited a long time ago. Lo and behold, no plastic scale model kits. No solvaset, and a limited amount of model paints. everything was remote control models. Planes, boats, trucks, tanks, and all the items to get the things running. I then went to a railroad model shop, hoping to get some solvasol there. At least everything there was geared to model railroading in various gauges. But no solvasol, no brass rod,etc. I asked the proprietor where he kept the solvasol and brass rods. He said, 'We don't get much call for them, so there is no sense stocking them'. Don't model railroaders use solvasol to decal their cars and brass rod to further detail their running stock? What happened to all the scale modelers? Are they all on-line or playing war games? How is it with hobby shops in your area? Have they gone over to the joystick models? I would buy the stuff on-line myself, but if I only need a few things costing less than $10, I would have to pay shipping charges that would almost equal the cost of the stuff. Tomorrow, I am going to drive some 50 miles to a hobby store that I used to frequent during my modeling days and see what's what there.
I used to be a rabid scale model builder. I'm talking 25+ years ago when
In Hamptonburgh, NY
In Hamptonburgh, NY
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