If you are looking to get into the hobby of assembling and observing model steam engines, I congratulate you. This is a really fun hobby because it’s one thing to talk about energy production processes, and it’s another to benefit from them. But when it comes down to actually seeing it play out first hand, it’s another matter entirely.
If you are some sort of hobbyist who likes putting stuff together, you really are going to be taking things to a much higher level when you put together model steam engines. Seeing them operate based on steam is a sight to behold. It is also a great way to recapture a lot of your childhood memories when you put together your first science project.
Do you remember your science classes when your teacher would tell you a certain energy principle? It seemed things were all theoretical and you really can’t seem to wrap your mind around it. But the moment your teacher demonstrates how this principle plays out in real life, you are fascinated. This is definitely true when it comes to chemistry class. Well, you get to recapture a lot of that with model steam engines.
With that said, you need to resolve to make sure that you get the most out of the model steam engines you actually get around to buying. Here are just some tips based on my first hand experience.
Do Everything Yourself
It’s very tempting to have a buddy assemble some trickier parts of the steam engine, but keep in mind that when you do this, you’re essentially just cheating. You’re essentially just leaning on their ability to solve problems and piece things together so you can assemble your model steam engine. In fact, I wouldn’t even say that you, yourself, assembled the steam engine because you relied on your friend to do it. The better approach would be to do everything yourself.
Now, if you’re like the typical American or Western European, you probably think that this is not much of an option because you have so much responsibilities and opportunities to attend to. There’s just so many other things competing for your time in a 24 hour period. Believe me, I get all that. I understand where you’re coming from. But if you really want to squeeze every penny worth of value from the model steam engines that you bought online or offline, you need to do it yourself.
This is a first hand hobby. It’s not something that you enjoy through somebody else’s eyes. It’s not a vicarious hobby. You have to do it yourself, otherwise, it doesn’t make any sense. Except for the rare occasion where you’re buying model steam engines purely for decorative purposes, you have to piece them together yourself. You have to make sure all the pieces fit together, and most importantly, you have to make sure the steam engine actually works.
Sure, it takes quite a bit of time, it might even be a hassle, but imagine the tremendous sense of accomplishment you would enjoy when you realize that your handiwork works. You were able to follow instructions, you were able to piece everything together just right, and right in front of you is the steam energy generation process playing out in real life. The sense of accomplishment and the sense of wonder are just phenomenal.
Pick the Model that Fits Your Expertise
If you aren’t much of an assembler, you can rest assured that there are model steam engines that are intended for your assembly skill level. If you have a tough time assembling anything, you can take some comfort in the fact that there are some packages that are intended primarily for beginners like you.
Don’t think that just because you have a tough time assembling stuff, like assembling Ikea furniture, that you’re basically hopeless as far as model steam engines are concerned. No. Don’t believe this. The truth is, a lot of these manufacturers intentionally designed their pieces for people who aren’t really that great as far as assembling is concerned.
In fact, a lot of these assemblies are so stripped down and are so idiot proof that pretty much anybody with more than two brain cells can piece them together. A little bit of attention to detail can definitely go a long way when it comes to assembling these models or if you would like, three dimensional puzzles, the right way.
Don’t think that if you had assembly difficulties in the past that you are simply not cut out for model steam engines. Get those thoughts out of your head because you’re going to be missing out on a tremendous sense of accomplishment. At the very least, you’re going to be missing out on a tremendous journey that is going to engage your creativity and imagination.