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      Post #73705, posted on 11-02-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      Guys and Gals,
      So I am very curious.
      When you all look at or build your scale models, what do you all see?
      Miniature scale replicas?
      Exact factory scale reproductions?
      Because honestly, I feel like I have a closet full of toys
      that bring me joy and satisfaction and make me forget the “sucks”
      of real life!


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      Post #73706, posted on 11-02-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      Scale models basically!

      They only seem like toys if you try explain collecting and making them to non-enthusiasts.

      Also I haven't been making many for several years now but I like owning the kits/die casts, whatever.

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      Post #73708, posted on 11-02-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      the term has been around, in the USA at least, longer than the magazine. It is equally applicable to model aircraft, armor, cars or trains. It is Fine Scale Models. As in "I build Fine Scale Models".

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      Post #73714, posted on 11-03-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      Walter,
      I had to think/reflect on your question on your question for a few days. When I look at my models I see and feel many things. They reaffirm that I still have the enthusiast (little boy) gene in me. The models represent skill, much patience, follow through, and pride that I am able to take a kit and most always have it turn out pretty good in the end.

      Toys or miniature scale replicas? Maybe a little of both but the models mean so much more to me than what is visible.

      My stash of decals and unbuilt kits represent much as well. Enthusisasm, collecting, being a packrat, and compulsiveness. I'll never build everything I have yet I still continue to buy more stuff :-)

      Ken

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      Post #73715, posted on 11-03-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      Definitely not toys. I am reminded of an early advertisement for IPMS-USA. It featured a photo of a beautifully made P-51 Mustang model, so realistic that it could not be distinguished from the real thing, with the caption "Would you push this across the floor and go 'Pffft'?" So for me, ever since, the question of whether it's a toy or a model has always been answered by the 'Pffft' test.

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      Post #73721, posted on 11-03-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      I love my stash of classic kits for the nostalgia of my teens. I was a builder between age 12 and 16( before girls and cars). Now in my 70's, I look at these kits and reflect " I actually built these after saving up a buck". I wanted them all back then but couldn't afford them all. Now I have them ( 99%) and reflect " WTH am I going to do with them all ???? Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

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      Post #73724, posted on 11-03-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      So if I build my kits with no gear down and decal windows are they
      Desk top toys or “scale models”?
      My point, toys or replicas?
      Just enjoy building them!!

      Walter

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      Post #73744, posted on 11-06-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      Definetely a model built with your own hands cant be called a "toy".

      Lot of work and time we spend there.

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      Post #73745, posted on 11-06-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      It's only a toy if you would be ok with giving it to your 3 year-old to play with it.

      Regards,

      ahmed