Scratchbuilding on Facebook...

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Scratchbuilding on Facebook...

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Post by Guildman » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:25 am

Hi all, I have started a new Facebook group for anyone who either already does scratchbuild or really wants to.
It's an extra to normal forums, not an either/or thing, so please join if making models from scratch is your passion or your wish and lets see if we can stop the slide away from real skills.
It's here:-https://www.facebook.com/groups/733316960483556/

Thanks,
Martin

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Post by brian1951 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:28 am

No thanks. I scratchbuild all the time, but facebook never.

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Post by Guildman » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:35 am

Well, there was a need for a scratchbuilding outlet and since the forums aren't the right place it seems, Facebook is all that's left. But the model railway groups on there are all box opening fests.

I used to get all my work through Facebook , so I don't have a problem with it. Depends how you use it, but hey, that's up to you.

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Post by Rog (RJ) » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:43 am

No thanks. I don't do facebook either.
I don't model anything in particular, I just play trains.
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Post by Mr Bones » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:49 pm

Thanks Martin. Sounds interesting, I'll take a look.
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Post by Steve M » Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:31 pm

Guildman wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:35 am
Well, there was a need for a scratchbuilding outlet and since the forums aren't the right place it seems, Facebook is all that's left. But the model railway groups on there are all box opening fests.
Sorry Martin, but that is utter tosh!

There are plenty of threads on here for scenery related subjects - in the Scenery section, questions get asked and once an answer is given the thread has served its purpose and in those cases the thread does not develop into a ‘talking shop’.

Many of the members layout threads have scenery topics within them - if you care to look, some of them even explain techniques and occasionally have a little debate.

Facebook is the completely wrong vehicle for the subject, particularly as so few forum members actually use it. YouTube is a better conduit for information sharing via links on the forum - and many of us already use it for that purpose.

Realistically if you are serious about sharing scenery topics, surely it would make sense to use the existing space on a modeling forum rather than trying to reinvent the wheel on a platform that few of us use?

This may seem a little harsh, as you have been a member for only a short time, but so far you have grumbled about the perceived lack of activity and treated at least one member’s legitimate question with contempt. If you have so much self proclaimed skill and knowledge, why don’t you try sharing it for the other members to benefit from rather than set up an alternative platform, although I would respectfully question whether this forum is suited to you.
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Post by Mountain Goat » Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:47 pm

I am all for scratchbuilding in its many forms. To me, scratch and kit building are at the heart of the hobby and I encourage everyone who wants to give it a go, even if the results don't go to plan. And I want to say that the disasters are just as important as the successes, as without entering the disaster stage how will one learn how to succeed?
My personal belief is that it is easier to scratchbuild in freelance forms so one can get to know how to design and build things that work, without needing to go to too much detail on the intracate bits... I also find it more fun, as I don't know why... But I became bored of finescale idealisms. While I did not quite go to the extremes of Emettman (I love what does... Oh how I miss his articles in here... I can't remember the title of his threads), I do love to make things how I think they should be.
I love to see individualism and freedom in freelance scratchbuilding designs, but I understand that my preferences are not the same as others... But scratchbuilding in any form I admire and love.

Sadly I am not on facebook though I once tried it.

I do sometimes find the younger generations may not always understand what scratchbuilding is, as several times I have seen kits being built under the heading of scratchbuilding... And once I saw scratchbuilding as a title where all that was done was to take a ready made model and repainted it. Sure, repainting is a skill and one that is not easy to master.

But whatever you do, enjoy!
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Post by Guildman » Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:53 pm

I would love the opportunity to share my knowledge and skills, but I need more activity to make me think it worthwhile. I have not seen much on here that comes close to, for instance the Downes/Robinson thread on RMWeb.
I merely comment according to what I see and I don't see much scratchbuilding on here. maybe I've picked the wrong forum. You may not be on Facebook, but thousands of others are and they are on a great variety of groups. I can't be bothered to apply to join them all, especially if their headers are RTR or diesel as I don't care for either, hence attempting to start my own as somebody suggested.
I have no point to prove. I know what I can do and I would genuinely love to help and encourage others who want to have a go at the eminently fulfilling hobby of actually making something from scratch. It seems to me that an anti-Facebook mentality goes with kit snobbery and who can afford the most overpriced box.

As ever, I find myself falling back to my default setting where forums are concerned, but you'd all think me rude, so I'll leave you all to it and wish you well with your layouts and projects in the hope that some of you become proficient at actually making models.

Martin

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Post by Steve M » Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:56 pm

How dare you. Sorry our combined efforts do not meet your exacting standards and as for saying there is little scratch building on here then you clearly haven't looked.
As you indicate, perhaps this forum is not for you but no doubt we and our 'feeble' efforts will survive.

Don't forget to close the door on the way out.

Bye.
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