OCE – Three Steps Closer to Perfection

The budgie has landed….. Back from holiday after a good break. Here’s an interesting article by Simon Dunkley to be going on with, that explores the way to a realistic railside scene – and the philosophy behind it. Yes, even railway modellers can be philosophical (well, probably after a pint or two).

The Erratic and Wandering Journey

Have a look at this simple, beautiful picture:

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Picture reproduced by kind permission of Trevor Marshall
Just a train running through some woodland, next to a river, right? Yes. And also, no.

Yes: it is a train; there is woodland; and there is a river.

No: it is not just that; it is not even a simple case of the whole being more than the sum of the parts. There is more to it than that. But not too much more, and best of all, these are basic principles, attitudes and activities which can be applied to any creative activity, but which lie at the core of “finescale with feeling”.

  1. Observation – This could also be called “attention to detail”, in that it is about identifying the detail points in the prototype: the slope of the embankment (“fill”, if you are North American); the texture of the grass and leaves…

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Secretary of the East Surrey N Gauge railway club
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