There have been some interesting debates going on in the railway modelling blogsphere, or at least that part of it which I frequent, It is clear that many of us worry about the standard of modelling that gets promoted in the mainstream magazines, but also that we have different perspectives on what we should be trying to achieve. The one common factor, perhaps surprisingly, seems to be that many of us see the railway as ancillary to the big picture.
What seems to be underlying the debate is a desire to aim for the best possible visual outcome, and that to achieve that outcome we need to challenge a lot of conventions, up to and including the premise that Pendon can do no wrong.
Which is great, and I 100% agree with it , except for the small but significant point that I'm dyspraxic.
What does that mean in practical terms? Well basically that I'm not practical. Simple things like cutting a straight line between two clearly marked points are incredibly difficult for me.
Building a point? You have no idea how many times I have to read the instructions, and how I struggle to combine different sets of guidance to achieve the same end.
Typing this blog? You might have noticed the number of typos, because quite literally my right hand doesn't know what my left hand is doing.
So is this an excuse for mediocre modelling?
Almost the opposite.
If you knew how much I struggled to carry out the most basic modelling activity you would understand how I feel about people who are lazy modellers.
I feel guilty that I've skirted around this issue until now so I'm going to be explicit about it going forward.
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