Model Making Is Making a Comeback
Model making is becoming increasingly more popular and is heading back to its popularity of a couple of decades ago. With the current financial climate, people are looking for cheaper hobbies and pastimes to spend their spare money on. Back in the 1970s and 1980s plastic model making was incredibly popular with parents and children alike, but it suffered from the introduction of home computing and video gaming systems. Although these where a lot more expensive hobbies, many people chose to spend their expendable money on these new modern, pastimes and left the models on the shelves. Ironically, a few years earlier in the mid 1970s, radio controlled model making had raised its popularity at the expense of other traditional hobbies, but with the advent of the home computer, it was left in the wings again.
But fashion and popularity go around in circles and at present, the computers and gaming systems are moving aside, although very, very slightly to accommodate a new found passion of model kits and radio controlled vehicles. Although the hard-core modelers have always remained, younger children and teenagers are becoming more interested in hands-on model making instead of sitting in front of the TV for endless hours watching or playing video games.
Surely this can only be a good thing? With the younger generation learning about engineering and the mechanics of machines through model making, this has surely got to have a positive effect on their education and interest in these areas. Maybe if video gaming had not become as popular as it did in the 1980s onwards, our nation’s manufacturing industries may be in better shape today?
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