I do not normally comment on model railway magazines: very few maintain consistently good output, but the latest issue of Model Railway Journal, number 284, contains a very nice piece of writing with lovely pictures by John Duffy concerning his 0 gauge layout, “Rosehearty”. Aside from the delightful and much neglected prototype railway (the Great North of Scotland Railway) as subject, the author goes to considerable effort to explain why he built the layout – something which the guest editor, Barry Norman, is always keen to explore.
Mike Cougill has made a more than usually thought-provoking post on his blog, on the need to persevere through the learning process.
Finding something not as easy as you thought it would be? Finding that you need to improve your skill as they are not as good as you thought they were? Don’t give up or lower your standards: keep going.
We learn through repetition. We get more skilled by regular practice.
In these strange and troubling times, it is refreshing to read such a lovely post from my friend Matt:
Bonne chance a toi, mon ami!
I have written before about “love of subject”, and indeed mention it in the “about” sidebar entitled “Finescale With Feeling”. I think it provides a “grounding” for the modeller, and this shows in the results. That said, I wish I had done as good a job as Ken Karlewicz has in his YouTube video:
Our hobby needs more like this.
Thanks due to Trevor Marshall for introducing this to me.
Addendum: this layout is featured in the 2019 issue of Model Railroad Planning.