ost effectiveThese days, I believe the most effective way for scale modellers to reach out to others in the hobby is through social media. We used to have local modelling clubs, but those didn’t adapt with the times, and many have simply faded away.
I’m a big fan of web-based forums, and I’m fairly active on two, Flory Models, and ISM (International Scale Modeller). Though they’re polar opposites in their approaches, I enjoy both. There are many others, as well, but those are my regular haunts.
I also participate in numerous Facebook groups. Canadian B/S/T Scale Models, Canadian Military Modellers Association, and AMPS ISRAEL (Armour Modelling and Preservation Society Israel) are three of my favourites. Just search for your subject of interest, and Facebook will offer numerous groups for you – or you could even start your own!
As I’ve mentioned before, I have a YouTube channel devoted to my own scale modelling efforts. It’s still early days, but I’m adding a new video pretty much every month, people are subscribing to see more, and several of my videos have reached view counts in the thousands. I’ll never be considered an oracle of scale modelling, but I’m quite pleased with the rate at which my channel is growing.
Finally, there’s my blog here. I’m happy to report that view counts have increased every month for the past year. My sincere thanks to everyone who visits. I try to keep the subject matter diverse, and it seems to have caught on with readers.
No matter what social media you prefer, be sure to join the conversation. I can’t imagine anything sadder than a scale modeller sitting all alone in their space, with absolutely no contact with the outside world. Reach out!