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August 26, 2012

Is Hyperscale dying?

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:15 am
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Not just Hyperscale, but all of the general modeling forums.  Hyperscale is the grandaddy of all modeling forums. If you have been modeling for any amount of time and have been at all internet savy, then I’m sure you visited Hyperscale.  When it started, it was a great place to go an exchange  info and see great models.  For a long time there weren’t that many forums and when they came along, they also tended to be general modeling forums. ARC, Missing-Lynx, etc.

However, like lots of other places on the internet, these forums drew in trolls.  People whose life outside the internet or outside of modeling must have been somehow unfufilling.  They grew to dominate Hyperscale and the other general forums.  The posted on every topic, many time going out of their way to be obnoxious.  It became harder and harder to wade thru the cr#p to find anything of interest.

At the same time, specialist forums started to appear.  Forums dedicated to a particular modeling subject. (i.e. 72nd scale forum, UAMF forum, Italian and Japanese a/c forums, etc)  I thin the trolls on the big forums drove people to the specialist forums, where a reader could be more likely to find a higher number of posts that suited their particular interest.

I’ve noticed over the past year, that the number of posts on Hyperscale have been declining.  This means the number of troll posts grows in proportion to the number of useful ones, which I think drives even more people away.  This leads me to my question.  Is Hyperscale (and the other general forums) dying?


  1. I know that I have become less satisfied with the forums in general. I stopped following Hyperscale years ago in part because of the negative tone and in part because it wasn’t addressing enough of my modeling interests. My participation in the ARC forums is down as well, again because it isn’t hitting that sweet spot of my interests. Perhaps with so many forums out there, people are self-segregating by interest more than in the past. For me Britmodeller and 72 Scale Modeler cover what I need most efficiently, and with the greatest entertainment value. I’ll the search the others for specific topics when needed.

    I don’t think we can neglect the rise of YouTube in this issue either, because of the value of video vs. text in developing techniques and best use of tools. Swanny’s models resource page is a great example of that.

    Comment by David G from Alabama — August 26, 2012 @ 8:31 am

  2. Your experience mirrors mine. I now monitor one or two forums and that is about it. One of the downsides of the internet is that the loudmouthed trolls can quite easily ruin a useful board.

    Your point about Youtube is a good one. I need to start bringing the good videos to everyone’s attention with links on the blog. Any suggestions for videos you found helpful?

    Comment by dknights — August 26, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

  3. There is some amazingly good work out there from the miniature-based wargaming community, like
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp4cy3dcjwk&feature=fvwrel and

    One of YouTube’s plusses, based on their links to Google, is the related videos column (on the right side of the page) associated with each video.

    For the expanding on the basics of model building, I don’t think folks can go wrong with the aforementioned Swanny’s Tools and Tips page: http://swannysmodels.com/Tools.html

    *note – I have no links to Swanny’s apart from being a satisfied customer (and a former resident of the North Coast).

    Comment by David G from Alabama — August 27, 2012 @ 12:23 am

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