If you really want to collect model steam engines, you probably have hesitated. There might be one sticking point that always gets to you. You probably are all excited by what these engines look like. You’re probably excited about what your friends and fellow hobbyists say about these hobby items. You’re almost there. I would say you’re probably like 99% or 98% there.
The problem is, if you are like most other hobbyists who have assembled stuff in the past, the sticking point is execution. You know that these three dimensional puzzles are not exactly cheap. You know that there are all sorts of things that can go wrong. Also, you know that your time is valuable.
For most people, time is a luxury. That much is true. Believe me, all sorts of responsibilities and duties and obligations can pop up and soon enough, it may seem that there’s not enough hours in a day. There’s always something else that you could be doing when you end up choosing to do something. Do you see how this works?
So I can understand your hesitation. I can understand why you haven’t completely pulled the trigger as far as assembling these models go. The good news is that there is a very simple solution to the assembly in question. If cost is not an issue, nor is model selection, then it really all boils down to instructions. You just need to have the right set of instructions.
As you probably already know, when you say instructions to somebody, it doesn’t necessarily follow that they would get exactly what you’re talking about. We all come from different backgrounds, we all have different experiences, and this has a direct impact on how we process information. At some level or another, people are intelligent. You just have to believe that.
But the problem is, the way we communicate with each other, as well as the filters that we employ, tend to get in the way and we don’t exactly see the idea that somebody else is trying to get across. At that point in time, we are left basically two options. Either we ask the person to explain the material over and over again and hope that possibly we will absorb everything 100%, or we ask that person to reduce it in writing. Hopefully, when we read the instructions, we can quickly figure it out.
Unfortunately, even with these two options, most people still manage to drop the ball. You know this and I know this. The good news is that there is actually a very simple solution. If you’re having a tough time getting off the fence as far as your final decision with model steam engines go, just head to YouTube. Seriously.
If you can find videos of people putting together best model steam engines kits made by certain brands, you are good to go. Why? As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Somebody can spit out instructions at you until they are blue in the face and you could still end up completely clueless. This is not a slam on your intelligence. This is not a judgement of your character. This is just the way things are.
The most intelligent people, when given instructions, can still be in the dark. There’s no shame about that. It’s a fact of life. The good news, however, is that there is also the fact that monkey see, monkey do.
When you see somebody demonstrate to you how to do something, chances are quite good that you will get it. It may take a few repetitions. It may take you looping the video several times, but you’ll finally get it. You will finally be able to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right purpose, to produce the right effect. It’s really a question of sticking to it and putting enough attention to get it right.
The great thing about video is that you can easily play it back. If you missed a step or an instruction was unclear, just skip back to that point and keep listening and watching until everything falls into place.
The best part to instructional videos is that you can see the outcome right in front of you. The person guides you through the process and shows you the final product. It’s like watching a cooking show. The host would chop up all the ingredients, cook it, and right in front of you, it all comes together.
Make no mistake about it, if you’re having a tough time putting together model steam engines or deciding whether to do this at all, check out videos on YouTube and other video websites and see how easy it is to put together these models.