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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2016 14:41 pm 
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Why are the best, most active forums, British? Is the hobby just more popular where you are?

There are some based here in the U.S., but they are not very well organized.

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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2016 14:55 pm 
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The British inherited organisational abilities from the Romans.
The Romans didn't bother going to the far continent.

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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2016 15:55 pm 
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The Romans didn't set up a modelling forum when they invaded Britannia though.... :wink:

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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2016 16:13 pm 
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"English is the most widely-spoken language in the world. :D
Unfortunately, inhabitants of the (currently) most powerful country in the world (USA) are unable to properly speak it. :crybaby: :crybaby:
Hence it defaults to the originators of the language, who still uphold its standards, to host sites such as this, where discussions can take place which will be understandable to all. :nod: :nod: :nod:
The odd - and they usually are odd! - contribution from those on the wrong side of the 'pond' is tolerated, because there will usually be someone around who can translate what it was meant to mean (Canuks are particularly useful in this respect - but then everyone deserves a purpose in life :clapping: ). :joker: :joker: :joker: :joker:"

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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2016 16:22 pm 
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DaveCov wrote:
The Romans didn't set up a modelling forum when they invaded Britannia though.
Probably too busy building walls to keep out the Picts invading with masses of cheap kits ...

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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2016 16:34 pm 
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I think us Brits have a fairly deep history for constructing things in general, especially back to the industrial revolution, but further back to Roman times, as others have said. And maybe it's also part of our educational system (although perhaps not so much now), where we were encouraged to do wood or metal work at school. Combined with our heros like Hornby and companies like Airfix, plus a generation with more disposable income that are returning to their childhood hobby means there is a great community in the UK. With the use of the internet, which not only allows easy assess to vast amounts of reference materials, and auction sites where kits can bought at reasonable prices I think has resulted in the surge of interest in this hobby. I get the impression that kit building in the US is thought of as quite twee?


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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2016 17:01 pm 
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SkyPainter303 wrote:
Why are the best, most active forums, British? Is the hobby just more popular where you are?.

Definition of "best" ?
Active..there´s some very active "non-British" ones here on the continent..where the Hobby is very popular. language would be a barrier to them though
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There are some based here in the U.S., but they are not very well organized.

TMP..?? IMHO, well organised, very active, very popular.

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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2016 17:06 pm 
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Where I live, the local hobby shop is 80% R/C oriented. Their focus is on flying aircraft and racing cars (on either the high-banked oval, or off roads tracks behind the building). The shop also stocks model railroad items and plastic models. The kit prices are a bit on the high side with Hasegawa taking up a lot of shelf space. A good Hase kit could be more than $30 USD. There is a decent selection of aircraft and ships, with a few armor kits too. The automotive section is pretty huge, but it is 99% American kits which generally suck. Most AMT, Revell, and MPC boxings are rehashed kits from the 70s.

I found an awesome hobby shop four hours away in the mountains of Georgia, but that is really too far to travel very often. I get most of my kits from eBay.

As far as forums go, the magazines have their own, but to me, that is a secondary focus for them.

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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2016 17:10 pm 
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What is TMP?

the ARCAir forums aren't bad. The website itself is stuck in the early 2000s. And it is Canadian.

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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2016 17:15 pm 
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Paul H wrote:
Definition of "best" ?

Active..there´s some very active "non-British" ones here on the continent..where the Hobby is very popular. language would be a barrier to them though


Language would be a barrier. I could muddle through a German site, but it has been many years since my college German courses.

Googling for forums returns many irrelevant results. They may have to do with the forum addresses to be long and cryptic. Although airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.org is relatively decipherable by humans.

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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2016 17:58 pm 
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I am also on a French modelling site 'Fighters' and I find that I can cope with that and of course its nice to see modelling from another aspect as they are certainly more inclined towards aircraft rather that ships,cars and figures.

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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2016 19:29 pm 
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The Hobby is not too big here either. You would not have anymore than a dozen Hobby Shops dotted around Adelaide, and everything is expensive. If it doesn't involve a "ball", (whether you hit it, kick it, or throw it), most Ozzies aren't interested.
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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2016 19:30 pm 
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SkyPainter303 wrote:
Why are the best, most active forums, British?

I don't know if the best are all British.
But I find them more polite and if a verbal fight breakes out it is stopped very fast.
People are friendly and support each other instead of trashing them. That makes a friendly environment you like to be in.

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Does that include the at times vary sarcastic comments from the owner.

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PostPosted: Tue 17 May 2016 18:47 pm 
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Rich, have you looked here recently? Wouldn't want you to provoke the Boss's ire!
And BTW, a little gentle humour never hurt anyone - besides, gentlemen of a certain age (I know, I am one!) are entitled to be a trifle tetchy at times, its testiment to the number of fools, twits, and idiots we've suffered through the years!

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PostPosted: Tue 17 May 2016 18:59 pm 
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SkyPainter303 wrote:
What is TMP?.

The Miniatures pages. US Based
http://theminiaturespage.com/
SkyPainter303 wrote:

Googling for forums returns many irrelevant results. They may have to do with the forum addresses to be long and cryptic. .

Try this link :wink:
http://scalemodel.net/asp/searchresult. ... tegory=ALL
You can "trim" the search Parameters for categories /Country etc

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PostPosted: Tue 17 May 2016 19:18 pm 
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Ratch sarcastic?? Never! :joker:
But arn't you glad he is one of the worst on the forum?

On another model forum I know they have a sub-folder (translated to English) called "Battle ground" without a moderator where you can pick a fight or trash anyone or anything you like.
I simply can't see what good that can do without doing more harm. :scratch: :Chair:

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PostPosted: Tue 17 May 2016 19:37 pm 
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Jesper's right, without moderation, anarchy would prevail. If people want to trash each other, join facebook, or twitter, or one of those other popular "Trolling" sites, (I think that's what they are called?). If you cannot leave positive comments, (or helpful ones), don't leave any.
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