From The Introduction
I always feel that every model I build has a piece of my heart in it somewhere.
This is not a how-to book but more of how I go about it book; full of the ideas and techniques I apply to my modern diesel models. I think there is something different about a model that you have put time and effort into. Over the weeks and months it takes to build, you get to know it as well as you are accustomed to the back of your own hand. It really does seem that it becomes part of you.
The twenty-first century has brought a ton of change to our hobby. The models available now have incredible detail, so why would you even think of rebuilding these days? Well there are a lot of modelers who enjoy taking a model, new or old and doing a number on it, or as we say: a blue box bash.
There are also so many prototype production phase changes as designs evolved, and to have that reflected on your model helps it stand out at any Railroad Prototype Modelers’ meet. It shows that you didn’t just buy it, then give it a once over with the air brush and some dirt color. And the best reason of all, because it’s fun. So I say, “good on ya”.
At this early juncture I have to declare that I’m a rivet counter and very critical of my own work. I search for perfection in my models at every stage. Having said that, I also know when to stop counting those rivets based on what my model will be used for. These are the first magic moments and I relish the commitment stage at the start of a build. Your choices here will determine how accurate your model will look and how fine and delicate it will be: the melding of the artistic with the engineering.
Decisions, decisions: which part needs re-profiling? What didn’t the manufacturer fit on the model or isn’t good enough and needs replacing? I’m cognizant that not every modeler has deep pockets filled with rolls of green. I’m one of them and this book is focused on using as much of the original model as possible without spending a ton of hard earned cash on detail parts. With a little planning, modification and scratchbuilding, what we have will be well used. I do purchase detail parts, a good number of them, but I also enjoy the challenge of making parts and hopefully improving those parts that can be purchased.