Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Today Amateur Fetler hits one of those milestone ages. I'm not going to reveal it (it might be suppressed you know) but it can be made up of 2 digits that appear on both of the below Dc's

On another train of thought (so to speak) I was looking at Kiwibonds latest Dx model pics, and had a pondering moment.

Occasionally in modeling a modeler will have a 'great leap' in terms of skills or model fidelity. However mostly its just small incremental improvements. Comparing the Dx's the new one is more finely detailed than the older version, although they are both very good models ( and would give some of the S scale stuff a run for its money). However it will get to a point where the newer models are so much better than the originals that they either have to be rebuilt or retired. This can go for a newly completed kit, which might shame quite a few other models on the layout

Anyone else have any thoughts on this?


Anonymous said...

The modelling on this blog is on a different strata... and theres also the scenic side which is just up there with it...
thats the one big thing why I follow this blog avidly, and thats the writing is great and also TWO two big things for this blog great writings and the modelling is phenomenal -
It's not only that the Dx is on par with S but also that it's gone beyond the "homebuilt" look... You remember when you started out and repainted an sd9 or something and wasn't it cool because it looked NZR.... we all dreamed of having a scale NZR layout... and I think the modelling has come of age regarding this..

Kiwibonds said...

On behalf of the blog, thanks for that. We're glad someone is reading - makes it all worthwhile really!

sxytrain said...

While some modelers will look on in awe, its truely believable that anyone can model to a high standard. All they have to do is model regularly. In my past I've built a lot of S scale NZR models, of which a number of early models have been rebuilt due to achieving a better skill level. Thats why this blog and comments encourage you to give it a go. You never know, you might surprise yourself with the results!
I didnt know if I could operate a supply business until I gave it a go. A few pointers and helpers along the way, and things are ticking over OK so far. Now I can work on making it better.

Anonymous said...

Yeah I must say my attempts at alterations are improving no end, and this blog is the catalyst and has imspired me enough to make my own. I now have a very crude De, EE Df, and Dj, but each is getting slightly better - by my 429th loco I might even be able to have some pride in it... (Actually I have a small amount of pride at the moment 'cause I'm giving it a go!) :)

Woodsworks said...

Learning to low-melt solder properly has brought about the biggest improvement in my modelling so far, and now my skills are going through a whole new revision as I learn better ways to cut and shape metals, and accumulate the neccessary tools to help things along.

One of the biggest hindrances to effective modelling, to my mind, is finding reliable suppliers of specialist materials so that I can chop into things without having to worry about running out of something, or sacrificing that sheet of profiled plastic on a minor job, only to find that I can't get any more when I finally get around to making up the super-duper building.