Just received a single copy of Model Railway Journal, the latest issue. I wanted a look at a model garage that was being raved about in forums and press by Geoff Kent, who seems to be elevated to deity status lately. I didn't know the name, not being a show goer or mag. buyer, club member or fashion victim.
I nearly flicked the pages past it. It is simply nothing more than dozens of other depictions of country garages down the years. It's nicely grouped, yes, but that ain't rocket science, is it? It seems somehow very incomplete to me. The structure's too clean and there just isn't ENOUGH there to achieve Lionisation. I'd searched for evidence of the wider layout on the net and frankly wasn't blown away with that either, so I thought this garage would HAVE to be good judging by the reception it's had. But no, I'm afraid deification requires more...a LOT more. Have a look at this thing in the MRJ No 233, then have a look at Iain Robinson's country garages on his blog. Which one is the full Monty? On a model which is being touted as some kind of ultimate example we have proprietary vehicles, bought in signs and pumps from Dart Castings! Come on MRJ, fingers out please.
I can only assume that Mr. Kent is the current drinking pal of the little clique that run the magazine. They come, they go. They can't even keep an editor. And if they did and he was like Mr. Shackleton, they'd probably be joining the model railway magazine choir invisible by now, pushing up finescale daisies. Tired and shagged out after a long RTR squawk.
Come on, MRJ, cast the net a bit wider or bring back the original contributors who are still upright and sensible. There are many good modelmakers out there. Not all do the fashionable shows or belong to the in clubs.
How very spooky, whilst I am typing this, on the wireless they're playing "I'm in with the in crowd".
No more magazine extravagances for me, I think! That would have bought me a coupla pints of Wherry or a box o' chocs for Chris.