Rail-rider has not gone off at a tangent but has addressed posts already in the topic.
Unfortunately, I think that last post fully confirms the common prejudice regarding stereo-types - whole nations, almost entire continents, judged by fleeting exposure to a number of 'foreign' layouts seen at some UK exhibitions. Amusingly, it would seem a pretty good bet that most of those 'foreign' layouts at UK exhibitions would actually have been UK designed and built!
Yes, it all fits together rather well - like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
One can't help but wonder if one might not fully expect a German prototype 'to have a certain look', an American prototype 'to have a certain look' . . . etc. and therefore that the respective models might reasonably reflect those same certain looks. There is no need to describe them as 'Toy Like', which expression is so often used as a put down. Of course there are people who think that Continental prototypes look 'Toy Like'. Alpine railways would be likely candidates for that. But then it all depends on one's breadth of experience, what one is used to. Perhaps the dreaded foreigners have similar opinions of little old British Rail . . .
I've just noticed another classic comment purporting to sum up an entire nation, based entirely on that cursory grab of Ebay figures.
QUOTE The Spanish have a relatively low level of interest in railway modelling and no interest in anything larger than HO
That truly incredible presumption is based purely on failing to find an Ebay hit for anything bigger than HO!
Words almost fail me - and perhaps it's just as well at this point.
But back to that first post.
Much of my disapproval is in fact largely based on that very first one.
This is specifically the International section and foreigner baiting comments such as the following are particularly inappropriate here, (if indeed they should be made anywhere in public).
QUOTE Is Continental Europe in the dark ages?
it appears that our continental retailer friends are way behind the UK when it comes to offering products online
It genuinely seems that there is little interest among Europeans (Germans excepted?) for railway modelling and the British really are the number 1 model railway online fanatics in Europe with by far the largest European internet presence.
So well done the British!
Really, what IS the point of banging a British drum in the non-British section?
It is SO unnecessary and particularly inappropriate and unwelcome in this part of the board.
When provocative remarks are posted, then it is only to be expected that they provoke disapproving reactions. The simplest solution would surely be not to make such remarks in the first place - action/reaction, cause and effect etc.
Seems like a really good idea to me.