- Jun 19, 2013
Interesting...Robert. I found this same situation happening to me concerning my custom made miniature lighthouses....after one was destroyed being delivered to the East coast...I was troubled and kept local. Namely the collector sought them out and interest diminished to the point I gave up. I have toyed with starting up a limited production...but my clippers keep me satisfied currently. As you mentioned...it was becoming a chore...to design, coming up with a unique setting and name...etc. they are an luring subject, but I needed more then that to keep me personally emotionally interested.The largest sphere of interest is by collectors. Viewing figures and the occasional "like" don't mean a great deal if no-one says anything, but speaking for myself, I don't get any satisfaction at all from "playing to an empty theatre" which is why I have discontinued build logs, not just here - but everywhere. In fact at the moment, I am considering giving it up altogether, and just taking up plan drawing for my own amusement. The main reason is that after the Gulf Stream model was wrecked, I am not prepared to send them out by courier any more, so my outlets are now reduced to personal collection, and in the past, I have made too many to keep. My best customers were mainly in the USA, Europe and the Far East. I am already getting pressure from collectors, but when a hobby becomes a chore, it is time to give up! It makes a pleasant change that there is now some discussion taking place, but even so, it is very limited, and will soon die out! Afraid that kits have taken over, and nothing will ever reverse that. I expect the 3D printers will eventually supercede the kit - progress, I suppose.