I start a lot of layouts and a lot of models. Some get “finished” and some languish in a tray for a while before disappearing into the waste bin under the cover of darkness.
I feel like we tend to relate model railroading as an art. We tend to like that description. If model railroading is an art form why do we feel so terrible and apologetic when we don’t finish a project? The artist has his sketchbooks and in those books are a thousand drawings and ideas. Equally, a studio laden with canvases and pottery. The art is seldom the finished work as the emotion invested into it and always what it represents – that lesson learned only in the path to the finished work. In music these days it’s the thrill of finding that half-finished Beatles album? Would any of this ever have happened if all anyone ever did was commit to one project and follow it through?
Building on my thoughts on inspiration yesterday I want to know about the other layouts Jack Burgess built. I was never a Gore and Daphetid fan but I do enjoy stories about how John Allen grew as a modeller. Elsewhere, I’m fascinated with how George Sellios keeps rebuilding his layout. These are the stories I’d love to read in the hobby press. In these stories I’d love to hear about what inspired them. How each modeller decided on what to try and build and how they feel they achieved that.