In our hobby there is ongoing discussion of the future of the hobby and how we can expand it. Trevor Marshall who has written many articles for various magazines and writes a blog worthy of following on a regular basis. His most resent post (8/8/14) on expanding the hobby is worthy of time for some reflection. He points out issues with explaining all the Model Railroad sub groups to those outside our hobby, the size of the plastic modeling world, and to that I could add the R/C plane folks and the various role playing games players. We need to recruit not only among the parents with kids, but among those who already model but not just our way.
Trevor does not mention one way that we can pull the plastic folks into our fold and that is by talking to them and examining techniques and methods the various military and plastic modelers use for making their models. Most modelers are willing to share and maybe as we apply their methods and materials to our own models. Perhaps they will then become interested in our models. Let us reach out of our comfort zone and bring in some new friends and Model Railroaders.