I had a great time on Friday evening being entertained by members of the Southern Division (ACT) of the Epping Model Railway Club.
The evening was exactly what a Model Train night should be. You can betcha I will go again when able to.
Tables arranged so that everyone was facing one and other across them and everyone had a tool box on the floor and tools spread about themselves on the table. In the midst of this organised chaos were a number of models and each attendee was working away at his new or latest model. Much of what was occuring was either scratch building or kit bashing. Some may not be touched until next week.
It put paid for me to the argument that new modellers have to be taught ALL the skills. They just need to be exposed to the techniques, materials and ideas. Most modellers learn by doing. There are a million books and magazine articles available to the novice, once they know what they are looking for.
I consider myself of a reasonable modelling capability, won a couple of trophies. I have spent time demonstrating various skills to other modellers. But here is the thing, I learnt a number of things on Friday, things which I will try in my own work shop.
Thanks to the Epping boys, I did enjoy myself immensely.