This is my lockdown project:
OK I admit it, I am a railway modeller. I have been one for around fifty years, well before that hobby’s supposed new-found Lockdown Cool.
It’s a profound and wide-ranging hobby: a combination of fine technical skills, factual research and artistic interpretation. Mine is not the most accurate modelling around: some modellers obsess about hundredths of a millimetre, or the precise number of rivets on a locomotive. Hence the derogatory term ‘rivet counter’. In fact, more of those who model seem interested in the technical end of the spectrum. There are many models around of astounding technical accuracy – and yet they are quite often soulless and lacking in character.
My latest model is of one of the few parts of the country I have never visited, North East Scotland. Yet I have been told by many, including some who live there, that I have…
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