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Author Topic: Intermodellbau 2011, Dortmund - Model Boats article, Sept issue  (Read 2296 times)


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Much too late to go now but this interesting article caught my eye and it was what we we were talking about with our German colleagues a few threads back.
It seems this show has gone from strength to strength with this year being a submarine theme. "Sonar" were there in considerable presence also all the traders including Engel.


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Re: Intermodellbau 2011, Dortmund - Model Boats article, Sept issue
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2011, 10:00:41 am »

i have been going to the Intermodellbau over some 20 years and there has alway been a presence of Submarines... including Mr Engel.. and a lot of other well known names in the German Model submarine world.

the facts are some what difference ; the Intermodellbau (show) has not gone from strength to strength... rather in the last few years there is less traders there and also less public.. there used to be over 2 million visitors in the mid 90's now adays one would be happy to get 90.000 visitors.

it is still Europe's largest model show..  :-))  :-))

Visitors : 2009 = 87,000; 2010 = 89,502; 2011 = 85,000

Percentage of foreign visitors (in%):
2009 = 16.0 %; 2010 = 23.0 %; 2011 = 21.7 %

164 industry exhibitors (this number has gone up, but the traders have gone down)

specific Boat trader; when the boats were in Hall 7, there was about 20, now in Hall 5 you could probably count the boat traders on one hand..


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Re: Intermodellbau 2011, Dortmund - Model Boats article, Sept issue
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2011, 07:04:17 pm »

Thanks Colin-d for putting some real  facts behind any impressions.

2m visitors to 90 000 is a striking reduction over the years. Maybe Germany has the same problems that we have here. Fewer people having model boats  as a hobby (never mind submarines) and a "greying" of the modelling population.

Competition from other computer based hobbies??


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Re: Intermodellbau 2011, Dortmund - Model Boats article, Sept issue
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2011, 10:00:42 am »

the Intermodellbau is not just a Model Boat trade fair... it covers all aspects and ferternities of the model world.

the Model Railways used to use one Hall, now they fill two Halls, also the model vehicles use two Halls, split into scales, big and even bigger.

there are a lot more firms showing there machinery (drills, laths, milling) rather than traders selling it...!


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Re: Intermodellbau 2011, Dortmund - Model Boats article, Sept issue
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2011, 10:12:35 am »

Modelmaking, especially R/C based went through a period of huge expansion in the '70's and '80's, with the advent of affordable and reliable proportional radio equipment, and began to diminish soon after. Every dog has its day, as they say.

Computers, with their inherent 'instant-sunshine' entertainment benefit and the lever of big business has undoubtedly had an impact on other pursuits. However, I believe society in general has become increasingly consumerist over the past three decades, and this has been encouraged by governments and the media, no doubt believing they can keep economies buoyant surfing an ocean of debt!
Hobbies like modelmaking are often portrayed negatively in popular culture, which does nothing to enhance its appeal to younger people.

Having said all that, the range and quality of products available now has never been better. Someone must be buying all this stuff, otherwise it would never see the light of day. A lot of these products appear to be of the RTR ilk, which fits in well with the modern ethic of 'buy it, use it, break it, bin it, buy new' prevalent in the world of today.

My thoughts are that the balance of power in this hobby has shifted away from traditional shows, magazines, clubs and societies, and moved towards the internet.

Twenty years ago, if you wanted to look at a wide range of products, a show was the only practical way to do it- now you can click on websites with a mouse, look at videos, pictures of the kit in action, order it and have it delivered to your door, from anywhere in the World.

In addition, shows used to be great places to pick-up a bargain or two. This is no longer the case, with most businesses charging their normal rates.

In regards clubs and societies, prior to the internet, if you wanted information on a pursuit such as this, especially something niche like submarines there were three ways of going about it- specialist commercial publication, visit a show, or join a club or society. Now we have free forums (like this one) social networking sites, Youtube/Vimeo, email etc. These offer the user far more interaction than older methods, and you also getter a broader opinion.
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