The STMFC and the RPMs show that we can aspire to great modeling without feeling superior about it. (And boy, would I need a lot of aspiration to get anywhere near what RPMs display.)
As much as I enjoyed shaking the box, both with my dad when I was much younger and with my children before they "aged out" (for now?), I also enjoy seeing what is possible. One of the happiest moments of my life was taking my late dad to an RPM-like display in Central New Jersey (Somerset, I think, or thereabouts) and watching him marvel at what was there AND having explained to him what the modelers did, with not a hint of pretense. Kudos to all of you who make that happen everywhere-- I'm sure my dad's experience was not an isolated occurrence.
"I can spell RPM, at least"