Well, to further confuse things, I clicked "categories" at top left and "paper" showed up at top right. 63 pages of them. But I use LINUX THE GREAT, so my mileage certainly varies :<. Jose official supplier of fun and controversy.
____________________ Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it.
You missed the point entirely. Yes, today's stuff is far more accurate and ready to run. Kits are not what they used to be as far as demanding skills, and the quality is better, but the price paid is far higher.
Also missing is creativity and imagination because everything is laid out neatly for you to do or you buy it R-T-R. You are limited to what is available because most modern day model railroaders are missing the skills we old guys developed. Today's model railroad is often built with a checkbook, while in the old days it was built with time.
And then, there is the satisfaction of actually building something on your own. Sometimes COMPLETELY on your own and often using what is now known as "available materials" modeling. We knew it as scrounging materials and scratch building.
Is one era better than the other? Probably not, they are too different to compare accurately. But for we "oldsters" it was the best of times, so just let us "wax nostalgic" from time to time.