Re: State of the RPM hobby

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Rich Orr wrote:
I think it was the December MR where the editorial referred to a survey conducted by MR which revealed that 6% of modelers were strict prototype modelers. Indeed a small segment of small population.
then Pierre Oliver replied:
I'm very surprised to see the percentage that high.
Surveyors know that when questions are asked which the subject may perceive as having a prestige component, more people will answer in the prestige direction than actually qualify. So I think that MR percentage describes how many people would like to THINK of themselves as "prototype modelers." Just keep in mind Lake Woebegone, where "all the children are above average."

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