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Back in the day, model kit manufacturers knew how to get young boys interested in building plastic kits, AMT especially excelled in this, beginning in the 1950's and all the way into the early 1970's. I still have some of the ones I built when I was very young, the AMT Craftsman series were the best. My two older brothers guided me through the instructions.

In the mid 1960's, MILLIONS of plastic kits were sold each year, so many that the prices were very low due to high volume manufacturing, and AMT, Revell, Monogram, Jo-Han (later MPC) kept the quality high always. When video games arrived and sales of plastic kits declined, the model companies responded with snap kits and sales soared back up.

Today, we have kids who are used to digital devices where everything is quick and done for them, no patience or skill needed. The sales of plastic kits is so low now that only us old folks buy them and due to low volume, the prices are ridiculously high. Recently, I was able to get my grandsons interested in building plastic kits and they even stopped using their electronic devices while building kits. But, I had to do it using old, vintage kits (snap kits) I'd found on E Bay and I couldn't afford to do that too much.

The model manufacturers are totally failing to even try to attract younger modelers by releasing the same old more complicated kits over and over again, and Moebius apparently doesn't want any younger kit builders either, as their kits are far too complex and inferior in quality to build for most young people. Several others I know in social media and in person have done what I did, got young kids interested by using older and more basic kits, so it does work and they will build them and use the digital stuff less if model manufacturers would just face that.

Instead, our beloved hobby is dying. Spending weeks and months building a single kit is all very well for us older people, but it hardly makes big profits for kit manufacturers and we, their customers, are getting older and older. I'm very sad about there being no future for such a great hobby.
 

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While building kits may be dying, there is still a healthy collector community, so they are still making diecasts. I guess so long as old people pick up the hobby in their retirement, we'll be ok.
 

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There will always be a small niche that keeps the old ways going but its all relative.

How many ship in a bottle modelers do you know of?

I even saw a few wooden wagon model kits at Hobby Lobby the last time I was there. Several different stage coach and frieght models were available. Now of days I had only been seeing them as assemblyed models at antique stores.
 
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