But you ARE implying that they can't be legit. When they most certainly are..
I'm not saying that's the way your auctions are run, or that that's what you do
Then perhaps you've just never done anything that others covet that highly.They are nice, but they aren't worth $650 of the excited bidding you describe.
It is quite easy to manufacture
the illusion of covet-worthiness
by fabricating false demand.
im in !imo, lets get a bunch of guys together to start practicing and honing thier skills to get good enough to flood out the market on weathered cars on ebay to drive the price down. Thats a good way to stop this. This guy thinks he is the best, well there is always someone out there that is better.
Johnny IMHO there is no comparison to the work you do and Mikes creations.A few months ago, I built 2 American Freedom Train showcase cars for a gentleman in L.A.. The cars were customized with scratchbuilt vehicles and airbrushed. The starting point; a $3.00 plastic baggage car(x2). His price was $450.00 to which he responded with an order for the rest of the train, 23 more cars.
Johnny, ever since you joined this forum you have been helpful to others with tips on how to improve their work and I hope you might have gained some useful information here, You have taken part in many discussions, therefore an asset to this forum and its members. Your contributions are appreciated. I was not aware of demands for access to your blueprints and artwork, I trust that did not happen here. I and others here were quite pleased with the information that you did post, it told us how you did do the models and as I recall everyone here seemed to be happy. Maybe it's because we didn't have plans to imitate your work and were happy with the basic knowledge you posted.As for MM not wanting to share his techniques, I have this to add; When I built the first Freedom Train, many asked me for help to which I tried to be kind and responded. Then came those who demanded information, wanted my access to blueprints and artwork, all of which I spent countless hours trying to acquire for my own personal use. It got to be too much. I can only imagine the demands for this artwork by MM to have been tenfold.
I turned the page on MM back in Dec 2005, in any case Mike was never truly involved in these forumsIn the end, if you think it's too much, turn the page. But to open up on the guy for an auction that he conducted sucessfully? I'm not so sure that's the right thing to do. Typical of the backstabbing that keeps most of the proficient modelers from getting invloved on these forums.
Again in my opinion, there are models that sell for high prices (like ship Models of actual ships with a history or your Freedom train for example) I have no problem with that. Now for a comparison in the ridiculous, take the Picasso paintings that sell in the millions, IMHO they are butt ugly and should have been put in the trash but instead they are in great demand because Picasso is no more. picasso/picasso_selfport1907.jpgThere are a ton of modelers on this and the other forums who can do some incredible work, some of which would see some serious $$ for their efforts. But there are those here who desire the effect but cannot create it on their own. It is that demographic that I aim for. Some do it for love, others for profit. And I love to make a profit.
First of all, we don't ban members because they don't like the content here. If you don't want to participate any longer, it's simple, don't come back.That's it. This forum has turned into just another collection of childish armchair know-it-all's.
And people wonder why model railroading has such a bad image.
Don't worry about "go somewhere else" replies. I've already put in my request to cancel my access here.
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