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 Posted: Mon Dec 2nd, 2019 04:18 pm
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John Ray
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Rob V wrote:
I wonder these days about how back in the twentieth century, folks ever got any models made at all?
I'm sure I remember railroad modelers using Exacto knives cutting mats & tubes of glue!
These guys they used to call scratchbuilders somehow managed fine without microchips or floppy disks.


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 Posted: Mon Dec 2nd, 2019 05:52 pm
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Rob V wrote:
I wonder these days about how back in the twentieth century, folks ever got any models made at all?
I'm sure I remember railroad modelers using Exacto knives cutting mats & tubes of glue!
These guys they used to call scratchbuilders somehow managed fine without microchips or floppy disks.


There have been some incredible modelers in this hobby over the years,
and I've always admired and envied their work. 

Chuck Doan is just one example. 

I could never come close to their level of craftsmanship, even with today's tools,
but I can now build my models with much finer detail,
and include parts that I would never have considered before. 

3D printing allows the common man (or woman) to create beyond their own expectations.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 2nd, 2019 11:15 pm
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Along those lines, I am not much of a machinist,
but with 3D CAD and 3D printing I can make parts that even a good machinist could not make. 

This stuff is another tool and like the tools of old they reward those who practice and keep at it.
But I still have (and use) my x-acto, needle files, pin vise, ...

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