Re: end of kits

Bruce Smith


Why? Why this need to pigeon-hole? Why can't we all be "modelers? That's the term I use, because that term is broad, inclusive and flexible. It simply implies some interest in reproducing something (real or imagined) in a miniature form. We certainly have lots of modifiers already to describe subsets such as "prototype modelers" but in the end we're all modelers. Looking forward, as modeling continues to evolve, being broadly inclusive is the way to grow the hobby...

Bruce F. Smith

Auburn, AL

"Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield."

On Jul 24, 2013, at 8:30 AM, Don wrote:

--- In STMFC@...<mailto:STMFC@...>, Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:

Many of our finest scratchbuilders, kitbashers and builders
on this list (you know who you are! :-)) have never weathered

Have you considered that the proper term for these folks might be
"model builders" as opposed to "modelers". When I think of a "modeler" what comes to mind is someone who tries to capture something in miniature as it is/was in real life most of the time, not the moment it was completed. Thus I would suggest that those who build but never
weather might better be called "model builders". I do not see it as in anyway diminishing what these folks accomplish but simply a way to better define the overall hobby.

Cordially, Don Valentine

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