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 Posted: Fri Jan 2nd, 2015 03:06 pm
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It is odd that both US and Oz modellers seem to choose the same generic mix of layout whilst applying the term 'master'

After thirty-five years of dragging layouts around the continent, I have seen very few 'masters' of their craft, there have been some gifted craftsmen but very few that have pushed the boundaries.

Rather than name those who I consider to be at the top of the pile, I would nominate the American guy who built the rope operated incline in the 70s as being the first of those who took innovative risks and a high degree of realism rather than those modellers who fill every inch of the space with track and architectural whimsy.

Other 'masters' include a guy, mentioned by Martin, who has ignored the established scales to build one of the great layouts in 1:50 - Pempoul, along with Emmanuel Nouallier's work is amongst the finest.

Finally I leave you with a layout which will be one of the greatest ever built: Adventure in Miniature certainly one which is out of everyone's comfort zone but I just think that there something beyond trees and mines when it comes to rusty rails.

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 Posted: Sat Jan 3rd, 2015 09:34 am
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Amazing--Simply amazing. Having the telly flicker is the crowning touch. And he still has time to sell circuit boards.

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Like the Pempoul a lot, Nouallier what shal we say, incredible work but so is Marcel Ackle, never seen a complete layout of Emmanuel..

And Huib well a great builder but to clean IMO...kind person tho..



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 Posted: Sat Jan 3rd, 2015 03:39 pm
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Apart from the very typically run-down French look to Pempoul, I'm not a big fan of it. I find it a bit...well, empty.
Now, Gordon Gravett is a lovely bloke and a very fine modeller, as is Maggie, but I think they could have done something so much more impressive with a different subject. Of course it's all subjective. I don't care for foreign and least of all French subjects. Gordon and Maggie's Ditchling Green was a superbly observed bit of Southern Region, with a perfectly plausible bit of narrow gauge too. I can't say I was over-impressed by the Adventure in Miniature linked above. Way too clean, but Nouallier errs on the rather too decrepit for my tastes, a mistake which is often made these days. That, too is subjective, I realise, and he is certainly a talented fella. I particularly like his hand painted signage and use of simple methods and materials. That is what elevates him in my book. As to not building a layout, neither have I. Never had the space and time at the same time. Very likely, Emannuel is in the same boat, many are.

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 Posted: Sat Jan 3rd, 2015 05:01 pm
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Only wanted to say that not building a layout bur dioramas gives you way more time for detail..if I would do my 8 meter layout the way Emmanual works or Chuck I wouldn't be ready for shows in 10 years..



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Good point, Martin.
I've never been a show fan anyway, so that side of things has never bothered me.
As a professional modelmaker, I get very little time for my own stuff, so I keep scenery for just me. Then I can spend as much time as I like doing it. I find, after all these years, that I am getting a hint of burn-out!

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Marcel Ackle is my favorite: Great tutorials - great results - http://www.feldbahn-modellbau.ch - the best from Swizzerland.



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W C Greene wrote:
Now Herbert, you are indeed a master of what you do. I can't think of anyone more qualified to carry that name. I do have a comment or two about "masters". Over many years, I have seen many of the "masters"' works. Some built beautiful model railroads...which couldn't and wouldn't operate without problems. I have seen exquisite locomotives and cars built by fellows who have no place (nor desire to build) a place to run their creations. Masters of the electrical side of this hobby, most without either layout or equipment. Oh yes, there have been some "John Allen" types over the years who have done it all, but most of us are not in that rarified atmosphere that floats above our heads. Yes, I may be hyper-critical about this...I only know of one Master and he/she ain't got nothing to do with this hobby except for giving us the talent to do what we do. I don't sit at the computer looking for "inspiration" and I don't really find it in the printed word any more. I seem to get more inspired by seeing things that would fail to pass muster in a "serious" model contest, "masters" don't inspire me at all. The word is over used, maybe "greats" or "artists" would be a better term, there are many of those. Me? I am just a jack of all trades, master of none. Just what I like.
Wow, well said! I know people like you describe, they love to hold court at model train shows but I don't think any of them have ever built a layout other than a module or two...



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I am just a plodder.



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 Posted: Tue Nov 1st, 2016 03:17 pm
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Woodie---thank you--but you hold me to a much higher standard than I think that I deserve. I'm just a person with too many hobbies. My only credo is to try to improve with each thing that I do. Some results don't come out as well as I would like --one experiment, making rivets larger to make them more noticeable, has never caused any comments pro or con, but those rivets annoy me no end every time that I look at them. One thing that I have had in my mind ever since getting interested in model railroading was that I would rather create an great scene than a perfect unit for that scene. I have never accomplished this. This is a skill that Mr Greene accomplishes with his eyes closed.

In the final chapter, what is important is-- was the time spent worthwhile TO YOU. A minor plus is-- are you are proud of the results? Except for those doing it for a living (and being ill compensated for their time-BTDT*) what we are doing is an exercise for the mind and to a much lesser extent, the body.

If you aren't having fun, why do it?

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