No prizes, but what is wrong with this extremely festive Christmas card, sent to me just in time for Chinese New Year by Cha(i)rman Allan?
Yes, the Routemaster on the left looks like it’s an export model and it could be a little bit dangerous alighting in the middle of the road. But how many other errors can you see?
It’s easy to be critical of an artist with no heart for public transport, but it also raises a few questions as to our hobby. For example, the picture ‘looks’ right, as to the place and atmosphere. It’s the detail that lets things down. If you looked at my model railway, how much incorrect detail will you find? (Actually, none, as it’s still bare baseboards – but I suppose the track is not to scale?) And does it matter?
So when does valid critique of a model turn into rivet-counting and then into petty criticism of another’s work? We’re all prone to it!