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Capt Kremen07/10/2018 11:56:36
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Did many of you catch the CH5 programme 'The Great Model Railway Challenge' on Friday?

I appreciate we are aeromodellers, but to have any modelling orientated programme on mainstream, prime time (8pm) telly is unusual.

After the recent 'Battle of Britain' prog which featured flying models, curious to see how well received or otherwise this was by the general viewer.

I'll give it another chance but personally wasn't too impressed and by the time the 2nd ad break came around I was off to make a brew and thinking how much longer is this going to drag on.

There were attempts at TV drama, the odd-ball characters, disputes to raise the fake tensions, the PC correct balance of participants etc. etc. but sadly it all failed for me so what 'Joe Public' viewer thought???? Probably went for the remote and switched over I expect.

A 'B-' for effort perhaps, could do better.

Your thoughts ....

Stearman6507/10/2018 15:05:10
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I recorded it as I don't watch commercials, I haven't watched it yet so I hope I won't be disappointed. Turned the BB show off after 5 minutes.

David Ovenden07/10/2018 17:11:08
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Well I quite enjoyed it. It is meant to be a general interest tv show, rather than a specialist show for modellers. Obviously the enthusiasts all worked hard on their layouts. Nice touch with the Spitfire and parachutists.

Worst thing was having to include a ladies shoe in the layout. That said, a couple of the teams even managed to do something sensible with that! Us modellers are a creative and enterprising lot.

Stearman6507/10/2018 17:13:43
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Watched 1/2 an hour then deleted it, wasn't going to attract newcomers to the hobby IMO.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator07/10/2018 21:34:07
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Yes I thought it was OK, quite enjoyable. But not as good as Model Squadron I felt. There was less sense of excitement and fun and less spirit of fellowship. But the OP is right any programme featuring modelling at peak time is welcome.

I also totally agree with David; too may people judge these programmes by what they would want as specialists, but no one is ever going to make that programme - there simply are not enough of us to make it worthwhile. These are programmes to give the general public an entertaining, off beat, look at the hobby - they are not made to be RCM&E on TV!


PS We have new members on here saying they were attracted by Model Squadron, we have reports on here of clubs getting new members inspired by Model Squadron - so next time you decide to "have a go at it" because it wasn't a serious technical exposition of aeromodelling, comprehensible by a few thousand modellers only, just stop and reflect - maybe it hit the mark after all?

Devcon107/10/2018 21:47:44
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I watched it and found it very enjoyable, I loved the honesty of both the contestant and the production team showing his reposte to the "creative" challenge, very funny, reminded me of the GBBO Showstopper challenge.

It was great to see the teams work and particularily the diversity of the strangers team so very happy when they won.

I have a good friend who is into both the model stuff and full size, It'll be interesting to see what he thinks.

Looking forward to the next episodes.

Nightflyer08/10/2018 13:37:19
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I thought the programme was ok and interesting to watch. Model Squadron I think was more enjoyable probably because of the history enmeshed with model recreation and the tech and incidents etc that made it entertaining to Joe Public.

Personally I think it is good to have some model tv entertainment and hobbies need visibility if you are going to attract newcomers - or even older ex-modellers back into the fold. For me I think one fo the best all round efforts waws what the BBC did back in the late 70's when they made Model World. That series covered several forms of modelling from aircraft, boats, trains, plastic modelling and wargaming that gave a great general insight and even plans to accompany the series.

It is not easy to make a successful programme and that and production budgets often limit what can be done, although ther have been a few programmes over the last ten years that have been of interest. However, from personal experience I have found that teh tv often attracts some new blood so any programmes should be encouraged. Especially as there are som any other distractions for peoples time and money to modelling.

Cuban808/10/2018 13:45:04
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I didn't think it was too bad at all. Not brilliant but OK.

ken anderson.08/10/2018 13:52:37
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BOB and the model trains were just light hearted TV.... no more or less, bits of foam flying around defying gravity cant be compared to full size spitfires and me 109's and the rest, just as miniature railways cant be compared to full size...they are both only toys....

ken dept.

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Nightflyer10/10/2018 12:29:41
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I have often thought it would be a good idea to take the old 1970's Model World format and give it a facelift for the 21st Century as I think that a modern remake with a slant towards entertaining while informing 'Joe Public' would be good.

In my opinion the BBC did the right thing when putting the programme together. They had in Bob Symes Schutzman an educated presenter that despite being a railway modeller himself put across the subject matter well and often posed questions in a way that novice modellers would have going through their minds. The model experts had largely been drawn from good old MAP, and/or were known proficient modellers like Vic Smeed, John Cundell, Dave Nieman etc, and even drew in a young Mat Irvine from the BBC's own Visual Effects Department. The BBC even made a 1 hour special as a spin off to showcase the forms rather than 'how to make the types of models'.

Of course in the likes of GMRC and Model Squadron the programmes are a different format and aim, but personally I think a Model World 2019?? would make a great showpiece for all of us modellers. Or perhaps I have an over the hill viewpoint.

Edited By Nightflyer on 10/10/2018 12:31:19

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