TMC: The Modeling Conversation

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What we believe about the craft determines what we think is possible with it.


What we believe about the craft determines what we think is possible with it. If all you want are shortcuts and the cheapest solution for everything, that’s the hobby you’ll have. If you see it as a creative pursuit worthy of your best efforts, then that too is the hobby you’ll have. What you bring to the craft is what you will receive back from it multiplied many times over. The more I think about this, the greater disconnect I feel with generic hobby practices. I believe we are so focused on the mechanics of what we do that we seldom question why we do them. I hope you use this book as a starting point rather than a road map. I’m only offering the questions, how you answer them is up to you.

Mike Cougill

1 review for TMC: The Modeling Conversation

  1. Simon Dunkley

    This book is about solving problems. Or rather one single problem: what do you want out of the hobby. Not what do you think other people think you should get out of the hobby, just you.

    And despite being about you solving your problems, it offers you absolutely no solutions. None at all. But it does ask you some simple questions:
    1) What Crossroad Have You Reached?
    2) What Commitment Will You Make?
    3) Is This Layout Worth Building For Me?
    That’s it: three simple questions, and no simple recipe for success.

    What it does do, and do exceptionally well, is share with you the author’s thoughts and path of thinking that led him to these three questions, and to how he is answering them.

    It also shares his thoughts about how we can fit our hobby into the rest of our life, particularly when the time comes for us to go and play with the great train set in the sky.

    The author quotes a Friend of mine:

    “The modeller is central to the modelling.”

    This book isn’t about problems at all: it’s about YOU!

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