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View Poll Results: Should 1:400 Die-Cast Plane Manufactures Target Sales To:
Elite collectors limit growth of hobby. 2 2.56%
Broader group of collectors, new collectors, growth of the hobby. 43 55.13%
Leave as is, I like the adventure of tracking down a new release 20 25.64%
Don't care, I'm burnt out on this hobby. 13 16.67%
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Old 07-12-2008, 12:18 PM   #1
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I posted this question in the "DAC is soooo boring" thread and thought it deserved it's own thread and poll.

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Should 1:400 die-cast plane collecting be targeted to:

1. A small number of "elite" collectors (with inside connections on limited releases).

2. Targeted to a broader audience to attract new collectors and grow the hobby. (by greater number of releases and limiting multi item purchases for resale)

3. Leave it as is, I like the adventure of tracking down a new release and stuffing ebay sellers pockets with cash.

4. Don't care.

It was revealed by many experienced collectors that have dropped out of or lost interest in 1:400 die-cast plane collecting, many of them were frustrated with the difficulty of purchasing new interesting releases. As has been discussed many times in these forums, great new releases are sold out within days of the release. Many times the new releases were pre-sold to "elite" inside collectors or ebay sellers (many times this is the same person, who buys several, keeps one, and sells the rest at a nice profit). This I feel limits the growth of the hobby as it is very frustrating to new and experienced collectors a like.

So what do you think?
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Who was the A-Hole that voted for "A small number of "elite" collectors (with inside connections on limited releases)."...thats got to be the most selfish and ignorant thing I've seen on this forum.
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Who was the A-Hole that voted for "A small number of "elite" collectors (with inside connections on limited releases)."...thats got to be the most selfish and ignorant thing I've seen on this forum.
Obviously one of the "elite" collectors, Justin....
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"A small number of "elite" collectors (with inside connections on limited releases)."

I don't see that option.....
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Who was the A-Hole that voted for "A small number of "elite" collectors (with inside connections on limited releases)."...thats got to be the most selfish and ignorant thing I've seen on this forum.
But it does tell you something about "who" is controlling this hobby.
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Exactly, and I don't think its right that an exclusive few who are kissing AK and GJs asses get all the rights to releases at earlier dates, leaving the thousands of collectors out there to go from store to store worldwide and pay ridiculous prices for a model.
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Exactly, and I don't think its right that an exclusive few who are kissing AK and GJs asses get all the rights to releases at earlier dates, leaving the thousands of collectors out there to go from store to store worldwide and pay ridiculous prices for a model.

Here, you want a little cheese with that wine?

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Alright, thats cool. Must not be a serious matter then if you want to joke about it.
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Maybe what you should have said is "Let them eat cake"
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Just way too many models coming out, but then again we all complain when no one has built a certain one yet. Limited addition models are a challenge to obtain sometimes. What I hate is that manufacture X releases, lets say 15 this month in their grand announcement, but then you find out they made 5 more limited editions released by one retailer or released under some other manufacture name.
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We should find ways to promote this hobby.

AeroClassics, Gemini Jets, Jet-X and the other players should try to talk to each other to find ways to get more people to know about diecast aircraft models.

We need more collectors and we need the/all manufacturers to see them as customers and give them the respect they deserve.

Usually the criticism for/to whiners come from those that have troublefree and easy access to those hard to get models.


I vote/support option # 2

2. Targeted to a broader audience to attract new collectors and grow the hobby. (by greater number of releases and limiting multi item purchases for resale)

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Collecting models like these is always going to be limited to a relatively (in a global sense) few people. Just compare the total number of individual 1:400 models made in a year compared to the 1:43 or 1:18 model car market.

Niche industries have a habit of disappearing unless they sell a product that people need to survive, or they begin selling to a wider market and therefore cease to be considered "niche".

Nobody will actually die if there are no more 1:400 model airliners made (although some might think they will!), so the only way we can expect to be able to continue indulging ourselves in this hobby is by encouraging the manufacturers to make quality products in enough numbers and varieties to ensure a healthy collectorate.

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Growth of the hobby benefits all. That really shouldn't be a difficult concept for most to understand I would think.
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I think diecast airliner models should be availabe at wal mart.
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Doing anything to specifically limit the growth of the hobby is a dangerous path, if done intentionally. Given increasing prices in general (in the hobby and in life) there will no doubt be a certain number of people who simply drop out of the hobby. So those people have to be replaced.

Second, there are people who are reaching either the limits of their available space for the hobby (me!) and also those who are getting close to the end of their wish lists. I've had a couple of months where there were only 2-3 models I wanted, whereas years ago I was getting one of everything that came out. So as these people leave, they have to be replaced.

Then you get the people who are miffed about the number of releases or the quality or just not liking certain manufacturers and they leave and have to be replaced.

So there should be some attempt to grow the hobby. I don't know what that method entails. But doing things that intentionally limit the growth of the hobby is a dangerous road to walk down.

That said, if the hobby is, by its nature limited in growth, doesn't it make sense t make small runs of models? If there are only a certain number of us out here and the number is potentially shrinking (from the reasons listed above) then what is a manufacturer to do?

And, btw, i don't think GJ is putting out really limited numbers of releases. A couple of companies are, but I wouldn't put GJ in there. Perhaps that is the future of the hobby? The more general releases may spur the growth while the more limited releases are for only a certain sector of the collectorate. Not encouraging it, just suggesting a possibility.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:02 AM   #17
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Here's a good commentary that I received today on the theory of scarcity:

Seth's Blog: Scarcity

At the flight dispatch opscenter where I work, we used to have a very active collectorate community, often buying in group orders of $500-1000. A couple of the guys even had a model airport diorama in their basement. Pretty much everyone is done with that, and only a few now collect releases that pertain to our company.
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I prefer the way GJ operates for the most part the rest should take notice. GJ releases a nice livery selection with good moulds. When they release a new mould it is usually in a livery most sought after by collectors and in a sufficient numbers to at least give everyone a good chance to get one. . Example, the new GJ BAC-111 in USA livery as oppose to AC introducing the BAC-111 in Bavarian. GJ spreads out the new moulds with a nice mix each month, we don't get buried with 15+ releases of the same mould in every off the wall hybrid that ever existed. HE and DW make some nice models but the release dates are very sporadic. The rest just don't make good models and/or the price is off the wall.

All the wait wait wait and then rush rush rush and some dumb luck just to get a model takes all the enjoyment out of the hobby. As the price of a 1/400 model approaches the same price as a 1/200 GJ model, I will go with the 1/200. Throw in some rip-off shipping cost and retailers taking advantage of customers ( I was charged $38.95 for the AC Britania by my retailer, MSRP was $31.95) I can see why a lot of collectors just say f#*k this!.

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Good feedback from all. The majority seem to favor the growth of the hobby and the manufactures of 1:400 die-cast planes improveing the new release process.

As for the "theory of scarcity" this can be a good marketing tool if "used correctly" (as the blog notes, Apple f up this process with the recent iPhone release). If you are going to make consumers feel something is scarce or unique, you still need to deliver on getting a product into there hands at some point of time to avoid long term frustration. In many cases with limited release die-cast planes, the limited releases are marketed to a handful of collectors (insiders who are tipped off in advance) that buy several copies, keep one for their collection, and sell the rest for a nice profit on ebay. This leads to buyer frustration. For the manufacturer not concerned with long term loyalty of a new collector base, they could care less, because they just sold out of there release and made their profit.

There is also a marketing theory about the "impulse buyer". If through marketing you sell the consumer on the value of a product, their need to purchase it, then make it convenient (easy) to purchase, you can sell more product.
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I think C but if the world is heading for a depression or the US I think there will be less buyers from what ever pay scale. Oil going up I think less care will fall on these hobbies.
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I think we're seeing some impact of the economy on model collecting.

Anyone else notice that most of the Aeroclassics July releases are still available for order? If ever there was a sign that model sales are slowing, this has to be it. It's good for some of the slower collectors, but this has to be a sign that on some level increasing the popularity of the hobby is not only a good idea but necessary. If some people are no longer buying, one needs to replace them.
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I like it the way it is now. Because its alot of fun to track models down, and now you have to put afford (and money lol) in to it to get certain models. That makes it alot more fun. You get bored if you can buy everything just in a click. So I like how it is now. Maybe some less people who have contact with manufacturers and get all the good ones would be nice. But I still like the hobby and will always

And I don't know if its good to attract many more people to the hobby. Because not alot of people are collecting, it has some exclusive to it. So in the eyes of many people you have a somewhat exclusive hobby, wich is nice . And if there will be a big growth in collectors, some aircraft (like sample's and very limited editions) will be impossible to get. Now we all have some chance. Well that's my opinion in short. I hope everything is clear because sometimes I don't know how to express it well in English.

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I think we're seeing some impact of the economy on model collecting.

Anyone else notice that most of the Aeroclassics July releases are still available for order? If ever there was a sign that model sales are slowing, this has to be it. It's good for some of the slower collectors, but this has to be a sign that on some level increasing the popularity of the hobby is not only a good idea but necessary. If some people are no longer buying, one needs to replace them.
Maybe the US government should tie Aeroclassic plane sales into the leading economic indicators to measure the state of the economy.
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I say the hobby should broaden out. It takes a person who has a real interest in aviation to pursue this in the first place. Letting others know about the hobby, showing them some of the great dioramas seen in this and other forums and sharing your enthusiasm will help others take an active interest in this very enjoyable hobby.
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I've been collecting 1:400-scale model airliners since I was 10 years old (I started out with the 1:500-scale Herpa Wings models, and then went on to collect 1:400-scale models) and I must say, in Toronto where I live, this hobby is indeed shrinking. There used to be 3 stores near my house that sold GJs, DWs, etc, but now, they've all closed down. There was a while when it cooled down because I was still in high school and I wasn't making any money, but now, I've began searching and collecting once again. However, it sure feels different now because it feels like I have to spend hours on the internet to find particular models that I like. For instance, it took me a couple of weeks before I found a retailer that sold the Phoenix 1:400 777-300ER Singapore Airlines model for a reasonable price (I found some on Ebay for 99 Euros). Now, I've limited myself to collecting only models from certain airlines that I love (i.e.: Singapore Airlines, Air Canada, Thai Airways, Qatar Airways, Etihad, Emirates, American Airlines, etc) because it gives me an excuse not to hunt for certain "rare" new releases (especially those that are made by Phoenix Models), which is such a waste of time and energy.
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Aren't there different phases of collecting ?

Phase 1: All diecast planes are amazing and you purchase everything in sight.
Phase 2: You start focusing your collection activities toward personal choices (fleet, aircraft types, eras, colors, etc.)
Phase 3: You collect all the easy & median hard-to-find pieces of your collection.
Phase 4: You get discouraged that there are so many to get to "complete" your goal.

Pick one group
Group A:
-- Phase 5: You get frustrated and decide to refocus your collection goal(s)
-- Phase 6: You sell off some / most of what you have accumulated up to now to go after your new refocused goals
-- Go back to phase 3.

Group B:
-- Phase 5: You stumble upon & get a hard-to-find piece that renews your interest / focus.
-- Go back and keep repeating (?) phase 4 & 5 a bunch ......

Group C:
-- Phase 5: You give up .. sell everything you own & move to Monterey to follow the teachings of Yoda.
(which really is just a different set of collection goals .... of different stuff ... )

Phase 53: You have reached collecting nirvana ... all of the desired pieces of your collection goal.
You are broke ... but happy.
Phase 54: You decide to expand / change your collection goal.
Go back to phase 3 & repeat.

..............

Is there an end to this madness ?

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Group D:

5 - you are happy with what you have in your collection and don´t give a sh*t about the latest flavor-of-the-day releases any more. Since so few models are released that fit in your collection, you move on to

6.1 - other scales
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5 - you are happy with what you have in your collection and don´t give a sh*t about the latest flavor-of-the-day releases any more. Since so few models are released that fit in your collection, you move on to

6.1 - other scales
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Right .. that is Phase 53 ... you have what you desire. (your collection goals)

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Alright, thats cool. Must not be a serious matter then if you want to joke about it.
Collecting tiny little metal replicas of airliners is hardly something to be taken too seriously is it? Just asking.
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I prefer the way GJ operates for the most part the rest should take notice. GJ releases a nice livery selection with good moulds. When they release a new mould it is usually in a livery most sought after by collectors and in a sufficient numbers to at least give everyone a good chance to get one. . Example, the new GJ BAC-111 in USA livery as oppose to AC introducing the BAC-111 in Bavarian. GJ spreads out the new moulds with a nice mix each month, we don't get buried with 15+ releases of the same mould in every off the wall hybrid that ever existed. HE and DW make some nice models but the release dates are very sporadic. The rest just don't make good models and/or the price is off the wall.

All the wait wait wait and then rush rush rush and some dumb luck just to get a model takes all the enjoyment out of the hobby. As the price of a 1/400 model approaches the same price as a 1/200 GJ model, I will go with the 1/200. Throw in some rip-off shipping cost and retailers taking advantage of customers ( I was charged $38.95 for the AC Britania by my retailer, MSRP was $31.95) I can see why a lot of collectors just say f#*k this!.

My $.02, and I don't own any stock in GJ.
I disagree. I feel that Gemini Jets first and foremost follows the crowd and is parasitic at best.

Secondly, Gemini Jets quality continues to lack in my humble opinion and in some cases gets worse with time.

Thirdly, back in the early days one's suggestions about doing more realistic landing gears and eliminating seams was met with arrogant and childish sarcasim. They only adjusted their molds when EVERYONE else started doing it BETTER.

But again, it is JUST my humble opinion. Oh, and I don't own any stock in any model company. (Not sure what that is supposed to mean, but I didn't want to be out-done by you.)

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Good feedback from all. The majority seem to favor the growth of the hobby and the manufactures of 1:400 die-cast planes improveing the new release process.

As for the "theory of scarcity" this can be a good marketing tool if "used correctly" (as the blog notes, Apple f up this process with the recent iPhone release). If you are going to make consumers feel something is scarce or unique, you still need to deliver on getting a product into there hands at some point of time to avoid long term frustration. In many cases with limited release die-cast planes, the limited releases are marketed to a handful of collectors (insiders who are tipped off in advance) that buy several copies, keep one for their collection, and sell the rest for a nice profit on ebay. This leads to buyer frustration. For the manufacturer not concerned with long term loyalty of a new collector base, they could care less, because they just sold out of there release and made their profit.

There is also a marketing theory about the "impulse buyer". If through marketing you sell the consumer on the value of a product, their need to purchase it, then make it convenient (easy) to purchase, you can sell more product.
I guess the REAL question is; what makes something a "collectible."

I would argue that if manufacturers where to ensure that Wal-Marts shelves were well stocked with their inventory, they would lose the "collectibility" factor.

I used to think one of the things that made something "collectible" was that it was not commonplace and was very desireable.

Many here argue about the LACK of availability of some manufacturers, but do not hesitate to snatch up the pathetic garbage put out by a few less-than-honorable manufatcturers who truly care nothing about "collectibility" or "quality" but are more interested in making a QUICK easy buck.

I see a lot of hypocrisy and irony in what many of the collectors on this forum whine or argue about.

Some complain there are too many, others complain there aren't enough, others still can't whine enough when it comes to comments from AK and Aeroclassics.

To read some of the essays about the evil money grubbing manufacturers that deliberately keep production down to demand high prices; you would think that making money was a BAD thing. I guess they must think that manufacturers should give the stuff away.

The bottom line is this; it can't be to jack up the price of the models which is dictating the production numebrs. If it were, AK would be charging double what a Gemini Jets sells for. But he doesn't.

I am eqally sure if AK were sure that every model would sell out if he ran 2,500, he would do that as well. After all, he would make a LOT more money and I know AK likes money.

No, I think that perhaps AeroClasisic are not run in batches of 2,500 because Aeroclassics is a small proprietorship and they cannot afford pay for models that collect dust on shelves.

But hey, if any of you have this magical crystal ball which I keep reading about which can take ALL the risk out of investing in production and tell people exact quantities that will sell, by all means allow me to be the first to offer you untold millions for said crystal ball.

It's always fascinating to me how easy it is for collectors here to give advice to the people who risk their capital to produce something when they have NO risk in the venture. It is a much different matter however, when it is one's own money.
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Old 07-19-2008, 07:59 PM   #35
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Collecting tiny little metal replicas of airliners is hardly something to be taken too seriously is it? Just asking.
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I like it the way it is now. Because its alot of fun to track models down, and now you have to put afford (and money lol) in to it to get certain models. That makes it alot more fun. You get bored if you can buy everything just in a click. So I like how it is now. Maybe some less people who have contact with manufacturers and get all the good ones would be nice. But I still like the hobby and will always

And I don't know if its good to attract many more people to the hobby. Because not alot of people are collecting, it has some exclusive to it. So in the eyes of many people you have a somewhat exclusive hobby, wich is nice . And if there will be a big growth in collectors, some aircraft (like sample's and very limited editions) will be impossible to get. Now we all have some chance. Well that's my opinion in short. I hope everything is clear because sometimes I don't know how to express it well in English.
The above well spoken thoughts are what is meant by "collecting" collectibles.

Thank you Flight, it's nice to see some signs of intelligence here sometimes.
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I disagree. I feel that Gemini Jets first and foremost follows the crowd and is parasitic at best.

Secondly, Gemini Jets quality continues to lack in my humble opinion and in some cases gets worse with time.

Thirdly, back in the early days one's suggestions about doing more realistic landing gears and eliminating seams was met with arrogant and childish sarcasim. They only adjusted their molds when EVERYONE else started doing it BETTER.

But again, it is JUST my humble opinion. Oh, and I don't own any stock in any model company. (Not sure what that is supposed to mean, but I didn't want to be out-done by you.)

Just an example of some AC quality getting better with time but you know most of your opinions seem to pan out that way Jim, some things just never change. As for the rest of your statement, well we all have have our opinions, don't we.

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Aren't there different phases of collecting ?

Phase 1: All diecast planes are amazing and you purchase everything in sight.
Phase 2: You start focusing your collection activities toward personal choices (fleet, aircraft types, eras, colors, etc.)
Phase 3: You collect all the easy & median hard-to-find pieces of your collection.
Phase 4: You get discouraged that there are so many to get to "complete" your goal.


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Is there an end to this madness ?

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Phase 5: You tire of the hobby because the only talk there is about what the NEXT model someone wants is, as opposed to just taking a deep breath to be appreciative of the model that just came out.

I can't be the only one here thinking this. Have any of you noticed? It seems as soon as one thing comes out all we see are the 10-page wish lists of what the next model should be. I'm all for anticipation and desire and want but this gets just a little old.

So, can exterior factors (I consider the economy a direct factor) lead to one abandoning the hobby?

Side note: with multiple manufacturers doing the same moulds and same eras, I have a feeling we're going to see the number of fleet builders increase. How many people will have all 3 AA DC-10s at some point (DW, GJ and AC)? I think that's going to be a potential source of growth - repeat purchases.
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I can't be the only one here thinking this. Have any of you noticed? It seems as soon as one thing comes out all we see are the 10-page wish lists of what the next model should be. I'm all for anticipation and desire and want but this gets just a little old.

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Oh so true.

I've been trying to spend more of my "plane-time" finding existing pieces missing from my collection. For me, a large part of the fun of this hobby is the "hunt" for the elusive _______ (fill in your current winged quest)...

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Oh so true.

I've been trying to spend more of my "plane-time" finding existing pieces missing from my collection. For me, a large part of the fun of this hobby is the "hunt" for the elusive _______ (fill in your current winged quest)...

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Yes ... absolutely .. "the thrill of the chase" .... well put.

That feeling you get when you finally have something long sought after in your hands ...
... and you don't have to worry (too much) if the wife will find out .....

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Phase 5: You tire of the hobby because the only talk there is about what the NEXT model someone wants is, as opposed to just taking a deep breath to be appreciative of the model that just came out.

I can't be the only one here thinking this. Have any of you noticed? It seems as soon as one thing comes out all we see are the 10-page wish lists of what the next model should be. I'm all for anticipation and desire and want but this gets just a little old.

So, can exterior factors (I consider the economy a direct factor) lead to one abandoning the hobby?

Side note: with multiple manufacturers doing the same moulds and same eras, I have a feeling we're going to see the number of fleet builders increase. How many people will have all 3 AA DC-10s at some point (DW, GJ and AC)? I think that's going to be a potential source of growth - repeat purchases.
..... I think I've gone past phase 5, maybe 6, 7, or 8. I figure I've just bought my last models and that is that. Factors include no place to display more than a small percentage of my models at any one time, being on fixed income and just the necessity for money to buy the things that we must have that are going up in price. Taking a model out of the box to look at it and then have to put it back into the box just isn't fun. I have a small house and no place to display any more of them. I'm not leaving the hobby, just standing aside. There is still reading about aviation, sorting my aviation photos and when I hear a plane, looking up to the sky to see it. I'll take pictures when I can.
..... Not to say no one else won't still enjoy. I envy the people with big display cabinets and can build a model airport in a spare room. Some of my collection will be available... you see something you want, maybe it is expendable (though a bunch of favorites will never go).
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