Now this is a problem (the drop cab files)

The Japanese N scale scene is an addictive one; those models just run beautifully and they’re based on prototypes that are really cool looking. Among the many random things I can remember with clarity is what it felt like to receive my first Modemo Japanese interurban. It was a beautiful model and it looked so very much like a Brill steel interurban car like what might run closer to home. It ran so beautifully it felt like a dream come true. Around that time I became a very happy Hobby Search Japan customer and while the pace of orders has slowed to almost nothing these last few years I really look forward to their regular newsletter updates. It’s always so easy to find a model in those emails that teases at the heart strings and invites one just a few nervous steps closer to the Buy Now button.

An all time favourite locomotive of mine are these drop cab GE centrecabs. GE has sold them for both standard and narrow gauge use and I can still hear the sound of my voice expressing how on the home layout something like how “a trio of these are the backbone of our locomotive fleet”. Scrolling through today’s Hobby Search email showed this new kit announcement from World Kougei: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10782372

I mean, really, how’s a boy supposed to focus in this crazy mixed up world? Really?

Model trains are cool. I love buying, collecting, and owning them. Even those kits I’ve bought that I’ll never assemble I derive a kind of joy from just opening their boxes, exploring their parts, and then returning them to their place on the shelf. Sure they’re unassembled kits but in that box of parts is a dream on reserve and it’s perfect in this state. I’ll probably spend the day today wondering if I should reserve a few of these. I know my days of working in smaller scales are likely behind me. I’m having a lot of really good fun working in On30 and think I could spend a lot more time in this scale and gauge without any sense of regret and though I know I like to collect train models I probably won’t order these kits. I have this personal belief that models like these are in limited production and my buying them just to sit on them in a pile of untouched, unbuilt, kits is wasteful. Other modellers who will appreciate these just as much as I will need these more because they will build them. The people at World Kougei invested a lot of effort into the design of their kits and our responsibility is to complete that circle buy not just buying their product but building it. Buying the kits keeps the lights on but building someone’s kits fuels their heart.

I love a moment of spontaneous need to share like this. I had taken a quick break just to refill my coffee and wandered into my personal email where Hobby Search Japan’s email lay in wait. I wanted so much to share this moment of excitement with you.



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2 replies

  1. I identify in so many ways with this! FOMO for limited run items certainly drove (and arguably still drives, but on a smaller scale) a lot of my hobby buying. It’s a tough trap to get out of, but modern e-commerce seems to take the edge off of the MUST BUY IT NOW OR IT WILL BE GONE FOREVER motivation–someone will unload their limited run model or kit, eventually, or if it’s obscure enough, it will linger in the inventory of some vendor somewhere. My most recent model railroading has been in N scale, and I still have a sizable stash of European N rolling stock that has much of the same appeal you cite regarding Japanese N–interesting colors and equipment that runs delightfully. But your and Trevor’s forays into comparatively large scale models of small trains certainly has my attention, and I’m watching closely…

    • There isn’t a day of a week where I can’t be tempted into the catalogues of Fleischmann or Minitrix to buy just one more European N scale model. As you note and for the same reasons. I remember, when I lived in Hamilton, a member of the Steel City N Scalers collected European N scale and would bring the models to run on the club layout. They were everything we ever dreamed N scale could be and ran so well you lost track of time and place.

      I love working in the larger scales. It seems to suit my hands better. That’s absolutely not a “too small for my old eyes” statement but me trying to reconcile a certain kind of what feels right when I’m working in the media of modelmaking and how my hands and eyes see the work. Plus, as this blog attests, I just seem to get more done when I’m working in these larger scales. Something in here ignites my imagination and translates fascination into productivity.

      Those things Trevor makes are beautiful. I love that he makes them and shares it too.

      Chris

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