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We all know how this miserable virus is affecting all of our local and regional meetings/contests and especially the 2020 National Convention.  But there is a trickledown effect on many levels, including job losses, reduction in income, loss of all income, etc.  One of the most crucial impacts...obviously...is food and the ability or lack of same to buy it.  In my own area, just an hour or two ago, I was driving on a street when I ended up passing a multiblock long line of cars, as well an 18 wheeler in a parking lot with many more cars parked around it.  Reason?  Distribution of free food for all comers.  Total vehicles involved?  About 215.

Which raises a rather interesting question: How has the pandemic impacted your modelbuilding hobby financially?  Are you buying fewer models or lower cost kits?  Building what you have and not buying anything?  What about references?  Books?  Magazines? CDs?  E-books?  Paint?  Tools?  Other supplies?

There's all kinds of misinformation as well as flat, baldfaced lies out there, to the point that no one knows what to believe, but seeing a couple of hundred or so cars lined up for food definitely gets your attention.

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No impact. Work for a medical device company. Got furloughed with pay for three weeks after working 24/7 for three weeks. Were selling at 90% normal, got raises and bonuses and feeling very blessed

Just bought a couple figure kits that were grails and cost ~$400 and went on vacation so, like I said, very blessed. Wife still working to albeit from home

Dave

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Work at Batteries Plus in Chandler, AZ.  We're considered essential so, we've been open since the beginning.  Early on we reduced our hours a couple hours a day.  No we're back to business as usual.  The retail side dropped off for awhile but have slowly come back.  Commercial sales have actually risen beyond what they were this time last year.  I've been working more hours because some of our folks decided they didn't want to risk the chance of exposure. 

My model building has never been prolific.  I have 2 kits waiting for the temperature to drop during the day so I can airbrush in my shed (Phoenix set records for the most 100 degree plus & 110 degree plus days this summer as well as 1" of rain for 1 of the driest monsoon seasons on record) and a Monogram F-106 on the bench.

It hasn't affected my buying much.  I already have most of the kits I want(very limited stash storage space) so most of what I have purchased is paint, resin, & PE.

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Not really effecting me, just lowering the amount of stash I've got.  But was wondering about how this is going to effect some of the websites I visit.  Noted one saying that he was short $1500 of support money compared to last year.  Wondering how many of the websites we visit won't be around next year.

Eric

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I'm unemployed, but the Illinois Lock Down hasn't affected my hobby buying simply because I have more than enough kits to keep me busy for the next 40 years   🤐- especially the kits I wanted most - and being home with the Home Improvement stores considered essential and open for business meant that my money and time has been diverted into upgrades for my home with exterior first and interior during this winter.

Given that the economic vitality of my home state is in free-fall, it will be interesting to see if any brick and mortar hobby shops survive until next year 😧  as I have seen an increase in the number of empty store fronts since March and I suspect the Lock Down forced even more people to buy from on line hobby suppliers.

Of course, there is a silver lining in my time being diverted away from model building; far easier to pack up and move unbuilt kits vs. assembled kits. 🤫

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In my case, I did a couple jobs in the beginning of this that allowed me to buy a number of kits that have been on my list for awhile. I also stocked up on some glues and paints as well as other supplies. Now with no money and no prospects of any future income for the foreseeable future; I am hunkering down in the Hobby Room and building what I have with what I have. That is, when my mental state allows me to. I am thrilled that I am able to make progress with all the extra time I have. For those who wish to see that progress, I posted my latest already.

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Personally, as a mailman, I've been blessed to work as normal all year, so the only affect on me has been the reduced hours by the local shops or a few months. However, I know of several of our local club members who're in financial straights and have had to sell some of their stash, or at the very least, greatly curtail their buying of kits and supplies. I've also heard some references to a loss of "mojo" they attribute to all of the stresses this year has entailed. To those people I try to point out that building a model may be just what they actually need....doing something to take your mind off of everything else, if only for an hour or two at a time.

 

Gil :smiley16:

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Over here in the UK we went into total lockdown earlier in the year. Unfortunately the cases are rising again since many of the restrictions have been lifted to stop our economy going into freefall. I am blessed to be retired now, but there are many people world wide who have to work fearing for their own futures.

Queues for basic necessities like food are a salutary reminder that there are much more important things going on in the world that are affecting us all, and will do so for some time to come. Sort of puts the i.importance we place in our hobby, local meetings, shows and contests into perspective.I

The one blessing about our hobby (and that is all it is) is that it keeps minds occupied and must help relieve mental anguish to an extent, where many are stuck at home.

We will eventually come out of this, but it will be like recovering after the two world wars for nations to get their economies up and running. The effect of Covid has been overall worse than 2008 when the banking system almost collapsed due to corporate greed and lack of safeguards banks to be bailed out by tax payers money.

Maybe Covid is a reminder of how vulnerable we are as a species, what with the effects of global warming etc. The dinosaurs existed for millions of years before extinction. Humans, only thousands of we do not get our act together. The save the planet demonstrators really mean save the human race. We cannot destroy the planet, only ourselves. It the human race disappeared overnight, in a few thousand years (merely a blip in geological terms) the planet will sort itself out, the forests will regrow and nature will retain a natural balance and new species will evolve.

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I have been lucky to be fully employed throughout this pandemic.  Hawaii relies on tourism for about half it’s economy, so lots of other guys have been hit really hard over here.  Most people I know are not tied directly to the visitor industry however, so most have been working at home.  But two have been laid off, one with their shop permanently closing.

My building has increased a bit, but more from being inspired by others than having any more free time.  Kit sales have been brisk over here, so I am taking the opportunity to thin out the stash.

A friend mentioned that all this stay at home productivity will result in a huge turnout at next year’s Nationals.  Fingers crossed that he is right and it happens.

 

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The turnout at Telford IPMS I'M Scalemodelworld Show  next year may also get a massive turnout of models both in competition and just displaying. Hopefully we may be back to some sort of normal by November 2021 with travel restrictions lifted as we get many European Competitors and Visitors to the show. Hopefully, as the UK will have fully left the EU by then, our friends from abroad will not face any travel restrictions by then.

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Noel,

I think a large or massive turnout next year is the hope of all who have suffered thru this mess.  Since the 2020 Nationals in San Marcos, Texas was cancelled and rescheduled for 2023, I'm hoping to continue avoiding the virus so I can attend that one.  But what we'd better all hope for is that this virus is under control  before the shows scheduled for 2021 start being cancelled...and I'm talking January or February 2021.  The latest I've heard from the various politicians, scientists, alleged scientists, rumor mills and fake news outlets is that it will be at least April 2021 before a vaccine begins to be widely available to the general public.

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Financially, it's had no negative effect on us.  If anything we're doing better than usual, since we're not spending money on things like our annual Nats trip.  I work at a TV station and my wife is a nurse, so we're both still employed.  Physically however...we both had Covid-19 back in June, when it tore through the nursing home where she works.  I had a mild case with just a nasty cough and fatigue for a couple weeks, but my wife spent a total of ten days in the hospital.  We both seem to have recovered now, although my wife's hair has been falling out like crazy (apparently that's a known after-effect of the virus..supposed to clear up after a few months.)  All-in-all, we've been very lucky.  One of our long-time club members passed away from the virus last week.

Steve Nelson  IPMS #30925

 

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Steve,

Thanks for the info.  Based on the replies I've received here, the impact or lack of the same is all over the scale.  While I haven't seen any evidence on this thread, there are a tremendous number of people who don't believe that the virus is all that bad.  Some even claim that it's a hoax and that all the numbers are manipulated.

Here in Tarrant County, Texas, we're currently running around 700 new cases per day and 3 or 4 deaths.  Are those numbers accurate?  I don't know, but since I am high risk and then some, I have to assume the worst since if I get it my wife will probably be planning my funeral.  And that's if she doesn't get it since she is also high risk, though not quite as high as I am.

From a modelbuilding perspective, I'm wondering if this stuff will be under control enough for the 2021 Nationals to go forward.

Glad you and your wife are recovering.  Both of you have mine and my wife's sympathies.

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