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Hobby or Not

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  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Hobby or Not
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:39 AM

Okay all you smart folks out there;

 Here's a basic question that I bet no one can get the main answer out in one paragraph.

 When is a Hobby( Whatever it is) Not a hobby? What delineates the difference and simply WHO SAYS??? I'm Waiting!

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    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:47 AM

I was tempted to say 'when you get paid for it', but giving it some thought I'm not so sure that is necessarily true.

So still thinking...



  • Member since
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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, November 21, 2020 9:10 AM


I was tempted to say 'when you get paid for it', but giving it some thought I'm not so sure that is necessarily true.

So still thinking...




Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Detroit
Posted by garylee on Saturday, November 21, 2020 9:11 AM

When it becomes your main source of income it is no longer a hobby.

Detroit, where the weak are killed and eaten. Bwahahaha

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  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, November 21, 2020 9:22 AM

A hobby is no longer a hobby when you make money at it.  The hobby aspect is when you build for yourself and for your enjoyment.

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, November 22, 2020 12:05 AM

When it becomes a job, or as you folks say, a chore. Short enough. TB?

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, November 22, 2020 12:13 AM

For me, when it is no longer fun and turns to drudgery.

My prospecting is a hobby in the eyes of some,  but is still fun and can make money at it.

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  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:05 AM

In a prior life I fly fished and tied my own flies as a hobby/diversion  I made a crayfish Pattern which IMO good and was effective for large & small mouth bass.  I showed it to a local fly shop owner and he ordered a dozen for next weekend.   It was a chore and no longer fun & entertaining to turn out a dozen replicas for the shop when close enough had been the prior personal standard   Last time I tied flies as a job

Its no longer a hobby when you are working toward someone else's expectations either to get paid or to meet a competition goal set by another. 

Don't get me wrong, it's ok to build a model for a contest as long as you understand and appreciate the goal which you set for yourself

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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, November 22, 2020 3:55 PM

Back in the '70s, I worked part time with a friend of mine who was a Professional Model Builder. When he got backed up he would call me and ask if I wanted a little bit of spending money. I would help out as best I could. The diversity of builds was awsome. 

He would always say that I should never do it as a profession because he would be so tired and wiped out doing it all day that he didn't want to do it in his spare time too. I didn't follow his instructions. I applied for a job at a place that built Refinery models. Had a great interview but was told I didn't have the proper qualifications. Oh well, it was their loss. I'm still building.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

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   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:25 PM

It can still be a hobby if it makes you a little cash on the side, but as others have said, when it becomes your job and/or no longer a form of entertainment, the hobby part goes out the window.

I know that we've all had builds that had a portion that we may not have looked forward to or knew it would get overly repetitive; but in the long run it still was part of the build and still part of the entertainment, i.e. still a hobby.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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  • From: Motherwell Scotland.
Posted by Rob.T. on Sunday, November 22, 2020 11:56 PM
Definitely agree with a lot of the comments here, and I can only reiterate. "A hobby stops being a hobby" When it becomes a source of dependant income or your only income, thus making it a job and not a hobby.

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