This can be a tough topic, because what we all strive for and attempt to achieve is different. I can see that we all perceive ourselves differently. This hobby and it's definitions are very subjective. I'm a "Prototype-based Freelancer". I model a real short line and it's industries. I have built cars from kits, but for the most part I modify RTR rolling stock and I super-detail all my engines. I have to scratch build or kit-bash all my structures. It takes a long time and progress can be painfully slow. Am I a craftsman, no. Does my line look and operate plausibly, yes. That's all I want. I don't want to disparage anyone for finding their own type of enjoyment in this hobby. I've seen some well know model railroaders referenced in this thread. While they may not be "Craftsman" by the definition of some, they have built layouts that come alive in stories and pictures. Pelle Soeborg may not build his buildings one stick at a time, but the level of railroad he has built encourages me to build a more visually plausible line. I think it also depends on the group you hang out with. I know several model railroaders who are equipment collectors. Weathering is out of the question and detailing is lost on them. I have a small group I hang out with and we are engine detailers. I would not think of running a stock engine, but I will not criticize another modeler for doing it if it makes them happy. And now for the point: I view model railroading as an evolution, or journey. I started as an out-of-the-box kind of guy. They someone showed me something that awoke a new part of my brain and raised my standards. I saw I could do more. I look back at some of my early attempts and I shudder, but at the time it was the best I had ever done and it made me happy. My work has made others happy. Can I do better, yes. I will strive for better with every project, but I try to never criticize what others do, only encourage them to find the niche they enjoy most.