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Super interesting conversation here. I appreciate the wide array of diecast racing and related events to watch. Whern I first discovered this diecast racing world, I didn't get bitten by the bug to modify cars, I was immediately interested in making a track, and then pretty quickly learning how to produce video content. I'm definitely of the sort that watches just because it's fun, I love the diorama work, and i love anything that involves racing. When it comes to my own videos, I make what I want to watch. I'm a storyteller, and I'm a fairly goofy, silly dude and I think my videos reflect that. I'm amazed and appreciative of the people that seem to like watching them!
I agree that I'm always underestimating how much time it will take. But i do it on my own schedule, and I don't take anything too seriously including self-imposed deadlines. It might not be the way to keep viewers, but I do this for fun, and as long as it stays fun and doesn't feel like work, I'll keep doing it. The whole thing is more or less improvised, I just let the original racing or crashing action drive how the video will go, and keep trying to learn and have fun, and make something different, something I'll enjoy watching.
I do have plans to start a no-narration simple drag racing series as well, but it's just finding the time that's the issue there. Time.
I'm with RLD, I am interested to see what the diecast racing landscape will be like when the pandemic ends or reduces. Although, I find it interesting how so many took to the hobby, I also find it overwhelming at times. There's soooo much to watch!
As far as the drag racing goes(Thanks to GhostDriver for the Shout Out), after building and running an open, multiple turn track, I have to say I'm happy to be back to the simplicity of the drag track(I wish I had room for a longer track... but take what you can get, right?). I have been a drag racing fan since I was a kid, so it's not too surprising that I have more fun with the straighline drags.
I do believe that the diecast drag tracks are a dying breed, which is sad and also interesting, given the availablity of orange track vs Fat Track/Crash Racers/Magtrack/Etc.
I feel as though the "fun" of "good old fashion" diecast racing is diminishing. Anymore, it almost feels as though it's about the graphics, diaramas, landscaping, lighting and so forth, than it is about just having fun. I do believe that anyone with a YouTube channel presenting videos should take pride in the product they present and should present an organized, well layed out track setup, but I also don't think it's nessacery to create life like scenery and spend hours and hours editing. Don't take me wrong... I think that if a person has the time, first and foremost, and the ability and the motivation to pull all this together.. GO FOR IT! When time allows me to, I enjoy watching the final product of someone's hard work.. in fact, at times, I get a little jealous that I'm not able to produce such high end videos. but I don't think it's a must.
I would love to see more drag tracks come to the scence, but if that will happen or not, only time will tell. But for now, myself and the handful of other drag tracks will keep it going.
My track is up and running. Hope to get some good racing going here before too long. Currently working on my filming.