Doing some research

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rainynight65
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Re: Doing some research

Postby rainynight65 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:42 pm

David80 wrote:Ha ha, thanks for taking the time to reply... I'm just conducting some research on the relationship between modellers and retailers (both online and off) and also get an understanding for how someone gets into railway modelling in the first instance?

Couple of the questions I have in advance...
Do railway modellers consider themselves as collectors or hobbyists? Definitely not a collector, more a hobbyist, although I am fairly new to this. I don't care how rare or common the train is that I am running on my layout, I just care that it runs :mrgreen:
Do you purchase railway models online? If not why not? It entirely depends on the price. If it's cheaper online or if I can make a bargain, then I buy online. If I need to get a look at it first, or if the shop has a better offer, then I buy offline.
Do you visit model shops, if so what for? Community / Socialising / Shopping? I have a great little model railway shop nearby, and I go there to both have a chat and to browse what's around. Also, here in Australia, the good shops tend to have some excess stock of Australian models that is otherwise sold out. Last week I grabbed a box of coal hoppers that I couldn't get from the manufacturer any more.
Do you buy any magazine related to modelling? Not yet, but I plan to.

thanks again,
Dave

Dublo
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Re: Doing some research

Postby Dublo » Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:56 pm

David80 wrote:Ha ha, thanks for taking the time to reply... I'm just conducting some research on the relationship between modellers and retailers (both online and off) and also get an understanding for how someone gets into railway modelling in the first instance?

Couple of the questions I have in advance...
Do railway modellers consider themselves as collectors or hobbyists?
I consider myself to be a collector as I run vintage engines and stock. However I am currently constructing a layout that utilizes my collection.

Do you purchase railway models online? If not why not?
Yes, there is a larger variety of vintage models available. The down side of this is you are almost buying blind. There is something to be said for seeing an item.

Do you visit model shops, if so what for? Community / Socialising / Shopping?
Yes, all of my scenic products adhesives and paints are new. My local model shop often has second hand models in it too. The staff are always friendly, knowledgeable
and interested in customer's projects.

Another source I have used from time to time is the car boot sale.

Do you buy any magazine related to modelling?
Over the years I have occasionally bought the Railway Modeller if a particular article catches my eye.

thanks again,
Dave


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