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Off Topic / Re: Out of all the Seasons...
« Last post by Nick on 1 hour ago »
Deer season? or as an Aussie am I missing something :)

 Threshing/tractor/engine show season, look at the bottom of the picture ;) the 5th season  ;) :D
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Those are fantastic David!  :o
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Off Topic / Re: Out of all the Seasons...
« Last post by Jim on 4 hours ago »
Deer season? or as an Aussie am I missing something :)
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Off Topic / Re: Out of all the Seasons...
« Last post by Stoker on August 17, 2019, 10:18:55 pm »
Fall is still a month off if that is what you are referring too here Nick, but I do love Fall, perhaps the most. I try to love each season in its turn, and do a fair job of it, but Fall is truly special in sooo many ways!
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Off Topic / Re: Dying Hobby
« Last post by Stoker on August 17, 2019, 10:11:43 pm »
That recession took place from 07-09, BUT that was when I observed PEAK prices in steam toys and will admit that I paid a lot more in that time period for some engines than what I should have. Shouldn't the prices have been lower in that period??

It is just possible Nick, that there were enough people who thought any material "collectible" would be better to hold than cash at that time. Certainly the precious metals generally do well when the economy takes a downturn, as do most things that people perceive to have intrinsic value. If that was indeed the case, than that would be a good sign and bode well for the real worth of our toy steam engines .... or maybe it was just a fluke coincidence ..... I for one, certainly don't have a clue!
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Restorations / Re: Spin the Wheel - Working on a Doll 729/5 Ferris Wheel
« Last post by Stoker on August 17, 2019, 09:51:47 pm »
Wow Scott ... I'd be right up to being fully ecstatic if I could reliably produce results like that!

Well done on braving the next step in a fantastic restoration.
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Off Topic / Re: Dying Hobby
« Last post by CBWho on August 17, 2019, 09:30:36 pm »
The recession burst in August of 2008. We had deflation on house prices and took a year or two to bottom out. The engine bubble you mention overlaps nearly perfectly with the housing bubble. Too much coincidence.
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Off Topic / Re: Dying Hobby
« Last post by Nick on August 17, 2019, 08:52:59 pm »
That recession took place from 07-09, BUT that was when I observed PEAK prices in steam toys and will admit that I paid a lot more in that time period for some engines than what I should have. Shouldn't the prices have been lower in that period??
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Off Topic / Re: Dying Hobby
« Last post by CBWho on August 17, 2019, 08:48:16 pm »
"Prices have dropped a lot since the '07-'09-ish years of the hobby..." <--- pump the brakes

Everything collectible dropped in price during the big recession. It was the worst economically since the great depression. It has nothing to do with people dropping in or out of the hobby. That's 10 years ago too! Euro prices have gone up since I've been searching German eBay over the last year or so.

Honestly, the more I think about it, prices are a terrible gauge of the number of people in the hobby.
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Does anybody else have a THEMED collection?

Yep! Anything and everything I can sneak in  ;)

Another great feature of the miniatures is how well they fill in the open/wasted space on some of the larger baseplates
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