Saturday, 2 February 2019
Saturday Ramble: Modelling stuff
I have a theory that in the possession of most modellers of a reasonable age is a collection of 'stuff' that amounts to a value of at least £2,000. I will often mention this in passing and get an incredulous negative response only to get an update a short time later. This update usually not only now agrees with my theory, but often increases the cash amount considerably.
Running partially alongside this is the current hip movement of 'decluttering'. I'm not for one minute suggesting that we as modellers should follow any fashionable lifestyle trends (there are those who would say we have no life or style) but it is worth pondering on how much of this accumulated stuff we will actually use in a remaining lifetime. This is possibly worse for those of us who are scale tarts as we have to duplicate things, i.e. I have at least three separate boxes of wheelsets from 9mm gauge upward.
The pile of stuff above is just one cupboard which is currently being sorted; there are two more drawer units. I'm certainly not alone in this and some people are much, much worse, but there comes a time when you have to stand back and ask, 'am I really going to have time to build all the layouts that all these things will make? Is it time to sort out these shoe boxes and marge tubs and be sensible and realistic about what to keep and what to pass on or throw away?