Hello again modelling friends! As you can tell from the title of this post I've hit what others might call 'writers block' with the layout. And its this blog that's to blame.
Let me explain.
One of the many benefits of blogging about your hobby (trains, slot cars, war games, doll houses, exotic fish collectors, etc...) is that it gives you a nice overview of where you've been, where you're going, tracks your progress, documents things you want to refer back to later and (most importantly) connects you with others with similar or other interests (one of my personal rules about this blog is to keep a certain amount of discipline with regard to the content - it must be somehow related to N scale, European or Japanese modelling, or the pursuit of this hobby - I also have a small slot car track as well as a passion for Gerry Anderson and other sci-fi models, a growing love for the Naruto anime series, etc... but you won't find me posting about that here!).
A certain form of self-awareness also is created as you sit down to compose your thoughts on what you did in your hobby for 'the blog' and as you write it down you can't help explaining why you did it a certain way, or what others might suggest when you post some embarassing bit about your sloppy/rushed modelling job!
It was actually something I only thought of while posting on my "Model Power" kitbash back in the middle of March that has cuased me to fall off the cliff of creativity and cease all layout activities! Here is the original comment I made in that post:
I am having a bit of an internal debate on the why/how of the actual need for a building in this location as I could just as easily have the street above the passenger terminal merge into the other road.Here's the photo that accompanied that comment for some context:
The truth is, I REALLY did not think about why I was adding a building to fit that triangular spot until I started writing up the post about my Model Power kitbash attempt. So once I finished this post, I started thinking more and more...."why would a building be here? It does make more sense to have the street continue through to the bridge".
The problem is that I've already put in a lot of time into the Model Power kit bash, street arrangements, sidewalks.
So I have gridlock: I am stuck between doing what I now believe to be the 'right thing', means scrapping a lot of work, time and effort from the original flawed (I now believe) plan.
Does that sound familar my fellow hobbyists? I think this is the hardest part of the hobby, and maybe the reason a lot of people 'stop' at some point. You invest a lot of time and energy, attempting to do what you think is the right thing, only to discover you did it wrong (need examples? Too many switches, too much track in tunnels can't be cleaned, baseboards not even, not enough wiring to track, etc...etc... fortunately I have learned or am in the process of learning more of these all the time!) and it just can be sort of discouraging after a while.
And that's why we need to be tenacious. And this is why hobbies, any hobby, is good.
Tenacity is, frankly, not something that comes easy any more in our society, its just so much easier to 'give up' on so many things of rather trivial importance. But I also think that this can result in a bad habit. So that it becomes easier and easier to give up on important stuff as well.
Okay, I may be reaching here, but I think 'tenacity' is a key character trait that our hobbies can both develop and require and share in common with other activities, like sports. It is seldom recognized or understood in most hobbies however, although we can all appreciate some of the amazing results of people who have 'stuck with it' through all sorts of trials! And therefore, the tenacity we 'learn' in our hobbies has a positive impact on the rest of our lives?
Personally, I know that if I don't get back into that train room and decide to 'heck with the Model Power Kitbash!' I may never go back! And then the whole investment is 'wasted' (okay, that's a bit over the top, but you get my point I hope)!
So that's a quick update on the layout. And explains why all of my blog posts for the past month and a half have been about cars, hobby shops, loco reviews....anything other than layout updates!
If all goes well, my next post will be about the destruction of the Model Power kitbash! Hoorah!