A daily updated blog typed by someone with painty hands, oil under his fingernails and the smell of solder in his nostrils who likes making all sort of models and miniatures. And fixing things.
The New Year diet is going well then! Seriously, totally agree and I WILL get started on the new layout this year.
The blog post can be summed up in one word: "Priceless."Phil - some people might think you're missing the point here.I mean, after all, these manufacturers have such a nerve failing to deliver instant, perfect, low cost (or preferably zero cost) solutions to these guys' specific model loco and rolling stock shortcomings, straight into these guys' hands, wherever and whenever they demand them.THIS WILL NEVER DO!If things carry on like this, I won't even be able to get that model of a Wismar railbus I've been promising myself, in an obscure scale, for next to nothing, just across the road from where I live.OUTRAGEOUS!!Tough.Some people might even accuse you of trying to deny the "professional complainers" their one joy in life - their sole reason for getting out of bed in the mornings (allegedly) - whingeing about companies failing to provide an instant, dirt cheap, solution to all their model rolling stock woes.Good.Who cares if these self-styled "comedians" don't like the distinct lack of sympathy for their plight, from people like us?I, certainly, couldn't care less - in fact, I think it's hilarious - and, before anyone starts wondering, this isn't Schadenfreude.Far from it, in fact - because these guys don't know the enjoyment - the satisfaction - the sense of achievement - they're missing.If blog posts like yours - and responses like this - are the "wake up call" these guys need to rouse them from their slumbers and encourage them to locate their workbenches, then I might have to start sounding like Oliver Twist:"Please Sir, I want some more."
Have a look at the NGRM-online forum.Its full of folk making stuff. (There are of course a few whingers but they're very much outnumbered.)At the moment there's a scratchbuilding challenge running. Thats building a loco from scratch. There are 3 levels to suit all abilities. Lots of folk have entered.Someone is also starting a series of threads on lathework. Not just talking about the machines themselves as in other places but actually about getting people to dust off their lathes and do usefull work with them (its suprising how many people own lathes that have never been used).There is lots of talk about RTR, such as Bachmann's new OO9 Skarloey. A lot of the talk is about either detailing or converting the model or just buying it for the chassis with a view to sticking a new body on top.Narrow gauge modellers are just that. Modellers.
Well said Phil. I for one struggle to see the appeal, to an adult, of buying a new toy train and sticking it on the track. As an industrial modeller I should see Hornby's new Peckett industrial as the boon I've been waiting for all my life, but will I buy one, convert it to EM gauge, and stick it on my layout? No - what's the point? If I want one (Which I do) I'll build it, together with that Connoisseur J50 I've got in the drawer. Keep up the good work.
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