I think all of us modellers have at some point in time encountered the opinion that modelling is dying hobby. And sometimes it is really difficult to disagree with arguments presented to support this view. Now I was glad to find opposite opinion that addresses most of these arguments and explains why the reality is really not so bad…
This month’s Sprue Cutters’ Union question pokes the perennial hornets’ nest:
“Is scale modeling a dying hobby?”
Groan. It’s one of the most common – and most tiresome – rants one encounters in this hobby. It seems true, therefore is is true, right?
“Modeling is dying” is a fallacy borne out of a tangle of self-reinforcing cognitive biases. It seems true, so therefore it must be true. But it’s just as off-base as “kids these days…” rants. Scale modeling is alive and well, and I would argue, doing better than it ever has before.
I’m not going to muster a full defense of the hobby here – Jon has already done a brilliant job of that and I’m lazy. Instead, I’m going to aim at a few of the main misconceptions…
My local hobby shop closed. Clearly modeling is dying.
WRONG. The collapse of brick-and-mortar retail is not unique…
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