If you’re reading this blog post, you probably have looked at different model steam engines on the internet. You probably were impressed by how they operated after they were assembled. You probably like the fact that they were designed with a certain look. In many cases, you might even be a big fan of steam powered trains from the 1800’s. Whatever the case may be, you may be so excited about buying your first steam engine from the internet, seeing that package delivered at the front of your house and ripping the package open.
Just like a typical hobbyist, you might eagerly rip the package open, put out the parts, try to put them together, read the instructions, and then hit a wall. This is all too predictable. In fact, it happens all the time. The reason why this is the case is because a lot of people don’t stop to think and ask themselves whether they are actually ready to assemble model steam engines. Talk about a big mistake.
You have to remember that, as excited as you may be, excitement doesn’t translate to competence. As passionate as you may be, passion, in and of itself, doesn’t translate to knowledge. You have to do something extra. You have to take another step. This is why you have to ask yourself if you are really ready to assemble these items.
Make no mistake about it, model steam engines can be complicated because they are made up of many different parts. As you can probably already tell, whenever an item has many different parts and you have to actually follow instructions to put it together, things can fall apart. You might end up putting the wrong thing with the wrong piece. You might end up following the wrong sequence. You may end up missing a piece and be completely clueless regarding that fact. Whatever the case may be, things fall apart and you don’t get the result that you are looking for.
If you don’t want this to happen to you, you just have to make sure that before you buy model steam engine, you ask yourself whether you’re ready to assemble one. Readiness and the ability to buy are two totally different things.
Unfortunately, a lot of people confuse these two. They think that if they have enough money to buy something, then by definition, they are ready to put that item together. That’s not quite right. It’s like saying, I have money to buy a Ferrari, and this automatically translates to me having the driving skills to drive a Ferrari at a high rate of speed safely. Those two don’t necessarily flow from each other. There has to be some sort of preparation.
So ask yourself if you’re ready to assemble model steam engines. What kind of questions come to mind if you ask yourself this question? Well, you might want to consider the following subsidiary questions.
Do I Have Enough Time?
Make no mistake about it, assembling these types of engines can be similar to putting together a puzzle. Jigsaw puzzles are a lot of fun if you have a lot of time and if there are very few puzzle pieces. Now, if you are trying to put together a puzzle package that is made up of 10,000 pieces and you only have an hour, you probably will have a tough time. So be very realistic regarding how much time you actually have in putting together a model steam engine.
The good news here is that the time can actually be rationed or split up over a number of days or even weeks. So if you were to ask the question that way, maybe you would have more time. Still, you would have to give yourself an honest answer.
Are You Ready to Learn?
What makes model assembly so much fun is the fact that you’re actually learning during the process. It’s not just a question of trying to figure things out, it’s not just a question of being impressed by the different pieces. It definitely isn’t just a question of looking at the final product and getting excited about what you have achieved. Instead, you have to be open minded regarding what you need to learn, when you need to learn it, during the assembly process.
Make no mistake about it, you’re going to have to tap into your tremendous amount of resourcefulness, creativity and problem solving skills to put together any kind of puzzle. It doesn’t really matter whether the puzzle is a jigsaw puzzle, a three dimensional puzzle, or, in this case, model steam engines. You still have to identify the problem, look for solutions, and keep experimenting until the pieces fit the right way.
As you can probably already tell, this takes quite a bit of time. The good news is, if you’re really excited, you can save money and time because your excitement and passion would keep you so curious that you would be able to connect the dots sooner rather than later. Still, you must be able to be excited enough as well as possess enough time to make this work out.
Just simply assuming that your excitement is enough to carry you through is not going to achieve much of anything. In fact, the only thing that it would achieve is that it would set you up for probable disappointment. If you don’t want to be disappointed, frustrated or discouraged, you need to make sure that you are truly ready to assemble model steam engines.