The quality of workmanship is simply breathtaking. To give you an idea, he aims to ensure his replicas contain:
- The building technology of the real locomotive (no, me neither. Dodgy translation)
- The machining and assembly sequence of the "real thing"
- Properly working main mechanism
In a similar situation was Peter Denny. He devoted his model making life to effectively a single layout. Certainly a single scale and era (apart from the garden layout of course), a doggedness he claimed allowed him to achieve as much as he did. In an era of zero useful RTR, he produced an extensive line in EM gauge by scratchbuilding everything.
Maybe lots of scratchbuilding would do me good, but I like to have several projects on the go at once. The current worklist includes a 7mm loco, G gauge van, 3mm diesel and some other stuff. I certainly couldn't be writing this blog, or at least expecting anyone to read it, if each day was "Made another rivet" or "Filed a bit of metal to a funny shape". I mean I'm good with the innovative text but not that good.
So I'll carry on with my catholic tastes but I'll always wonder what I could have achieved if I'd stuck at one thing.