If you are looking to get into the hobby of collecting model steam engines, you might be focused on the amount of control that you get. You might be focused on how much fun it is. You might even be excited over the customization and accessorization possibilities of your new hobby. These are all well and good and they definitely offer a lot to be excited about, but you need to focus also on more practical logistical considerations of your new hobby.
Make no mistake about it, when you get into a new hobby, keep in mind that the costs associated with that hobby, doesn’t just stop with the particular pieces. You also have to pay attention to where you’re going to use them, how you’re going to store them as well as their maintenance cost. In other words, you have to look at the total context of your hobby. There is a larger picture to be mindful of.
While it’s one thing to get excited about a hobby and what you could be doing later on, you cannot lose sight of the fact that this hobby does have an impact on other things going on in your life. When it comes to model steam engines, space is a big issue. In fact, you have to wrap your mind around this central reality: model steam engines need space. Period. There is no qualification, there are no excuses. You need space.
Here are just some considerations to keep in mind involving the space issue. This is not just sort of a blanket statement. Instead, you have to remember that once you start talking about space, there are many different considerations that flow to and from this particular issue.
First and foremost, if you’re going to be collecting or operating model steam engines, you will want to show them off. That’s the whole point. This is a public hobby. It’s not like a hobby that you keep to yourself. It’s not something that you do behind closed doors. It’s something that has a public display element to it. So, accordingly, you need to have a space where you can show off your model steam engines.
Now, it’s very easy to confuse the assembly space with display space. This would be a big mistake. You have to understand that when you have filled out your display space, there is very little space left for assembling the pieces that go into your collection.
It takes a lot of work. It also takes a lot of advance planning. This is why it’s really important to make sure that the current place where you’re staying has enough space for both display and assembly purposes. Now, this is just the beginning. There is a third factor that you need to be mindful of.
After you have put together your model steam engines and started operating them, you also have to disassemble them to put them away. In other words, it’s one thing to enjoy the pieces, it’s another to actually store them so you can extend the life of the pieces.
Storage is always a factor. Even if you’re not storing away the items regularly, you still have to have storage space. You can’t just assume that you’re just going to assemble the items and keep it out in public forever. That’s not an option. There are going to be certain situations and occasions where you need to store the pieces away.
How Much Space Would You Need Right Now?
Now that you have a clear idea of the kind of space requirements that you are facing, what kind of space do you need right now? This is kind of like a tricky question because it may seem like you have no space right now. It may seem like you need to move out of your current apartment or home to just afford to have a model steam engine collection.
You should not necessarily take that extreme measure. You don’t have to take extreme steps. You just need to be very realistic regarding the size of the collection that you need to assemble at this particular point in time. It could very well turn out that you can assemble the pieces in such a way that you can make do with a smaller space. It really all boils down to your practices. It also boils down to expectations.
How Much Space Would Your Hobby Require in the Future?
You have to factor in scalability. The big thing with models and model collection is that the moment you start it, you can’t stop. If you’re really into it, you just keep buying one piece after the other and all of a sudden, you have this huge layout which eats up pretty much your living room’s available space.
So focus also on future considerations. Focus on how likely it would be for your hobby to scale up in terms of space requirements in either the short term or mid term future.