Hear, hear. Well said.
There are too many people on this forum who seem to get enjoyment from putting people down because of the choices they have made.
We all have the right to model what we want without being told "you should be doing it this way".
Colin and Ian and all,
I have also been in this Hobby since I was about 14, that's 54 years now, and I guess I do things less well today than I did them 20 years ago, as age catches up on me.
Some of you have seen my blog and I bet many of you cringe at the things I do or have done. I bet many people would never show themselves "warts and all" as I have tried to do, because they would be afraid of the critics out there who might put them down.
Sadly that is how things have changed outside of our hobby.
I would like to tell you all, or perhaps remind you all, that their is always a place in this hobby for helpful criticism. That is the only way we have to learn how to improve our techniques. We learn from our mistakes as well, but in general my blog is out there to allow others to help me out when I am doing it wrong.
So far my only complaint is that although 67,000 people have checked out my blogs, very few have actually criticized my work
Most of my changes have come about because my small circle of flesh and blood friends have helped me out, or in fact these big glossy pictures I post, show me where I am going wrong.
Model Railroaders are known for their respect for others in the Hobby. How many of us have attended a club meet and some member smiling and excited unpacks the new model he has worked hard on for months, to show it off to his mates at the club?
Out comes a US coach looks nothing like the the Norman car he is thinking it is, and the Dulux Royal Blue paint has been applied with a stiff tooth brush. So what do we do?
We immediately burst out laughing and rolling on the floor, piss ourselves in laughter in fact put this fellow down so badly that he runs away from the Club and never is seen again.
Yeah right!! But that has been a very rare event, and in general has not happened in my 54 years in the hobby. Although amongst my "pen" friends here on this Railpage I see some who appear to be keen to put others down, maybe because they crave respect they have not earned or just because sitting behind a screen they lose a sense of reality and just don't understand the modellers are like flowers. You need to water and feed both before you can see them bloom?
This is perhaps why so few people actually tell me where I have gone wrong or offer advice on how to do things on my blog
In fact my blog has two purposes. The first is to show you what I am doing, right or wrong
and invite information or advice on how to do it better.. so please feel free to advise
The second is to give you the courage to have a go yourselves.
You can add to this the many wonderful people I have, over the years, had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with,who value the reasons we promote the hobby. Does not matter if you are a great modeller or a Triang tabletop, set track modeller, we all love our trains! I really loved my Triang train set I worked school holidays to buy it, and I can understand why some just kept going with it. Truly they are Railway Modellers too, we are all individuals and we do things individually
(see I need to now apologise to my Triang railway mates
As to our friend with the tooth brush paint job? We all sat around the model and asked him how he did this and generally got him thinking about what he did and advised him how to improve things. One of us invited him home to show him how to use the air brush, and explained how it worked. Another member was an expert in brush painting ad showed him how to improve the finish, that way. I Introduced him to the owner of a hobby shop, and less than a year later, you should see his latest model of a Victorian based Coal Tower that was once used in Wodonga. Yep! we are all in this together and we can push it along or sink it, its our choice
Some of us are putting Christ back in Christmas, before others put Allah there for us ALL