TMC: The Modeling Conversation

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I’d had enough. Seriously, I was ready to quit from my inability to design a satisfying layout. I was convinced I had a major character flaw that prevented me from seeing a design through to completion and it frustrated the daylights out of me.

So, what changed?

I did.

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I’d had enough. Seriously, I was ready to quit the craft altogether from my inability to design a satisfying layout. I was convinced I had a major character flaw that prevented me from seeing a design through to completion and it frustrated the daylights out of me.

We all know the drill: create a plan that fills every inch of space; build a fraction of it, then run out of enthusiasm or bored. Read about the latest shiny thing, convince ourselves that’s what we need to do and start from zero again, and again, and again.

Switching to P48 was a step in the right direction for me but I soon discovered the layout design literature and conventions are geared to a 1:87.1 mindset. P48 has its own challenges and I didn’t need the added burden of trying to reconcile somebody else’s criteria into a layout I would be happy with. I was fed up with model railroading in general.

So, what changed?

I did, after I realized I really didn’t want a conventional layout.

I changed my priorities and learned to ask better questions about the things that are specifically meaningful to me about trains and modeling. I learned to appreciate the strengths of quarter-inch scale and how to design with them instead of letting conventional ideas and stereotypes dictate my choices.

Maybe you’re in a similar place and, as Simon notes in his review, this volume doesn’t provide pat answers. The key is to take these questions as a guide and make them your own. That’s the only way to find the answers that are most relevant for 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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