If a car is too foobie for you - don't buy it."
Dave's right we are a FELOWSHIP and we
need to support our Historical Societies whenever we can by whatever
means we can.
The sad reality is that most modelers are far more concerned about
their locomotive fleets than their freight car fleets with the possible
exception of signature cars. They can tell you every phase of a locomotive and
it's respective differences, the oddities, the paint schemes and love to
debate the color a locomotive builder chose to paint it, mostly making
reference to DuPont colors when likely Rinshed Mason was the body color.
They spend hundreds on their locomotives while they ignore the most basic
details on their fright cars. They spend countless hours detailing them to the
neath degree. MY My...
We are a small group and we do our best to properly inform others of
what we know. We are a vocal group and we speak out when we know things
are wrong. We should/shall continue to apply what we know to
help make well informed decisions based on our research (I dare say
expertise) when we have the opportunity. If there is someone who wishes
to put (as Ben Hom would remind me) "lipstick on a pig" then
perhaps we can at least make sure that it is the correct shade and applied
correctly. If there is a profit in the end for the, in this
case, the society then so be it. Is it a foobie, perhaps? It should be
our job to remind the fellowship that it is, but perhaps in a way that it
doesn't disturb the intent of the project itself. Should we strive to do
it as accurately as possible, sure no one here would deny that. If there
are budgets involved and compromises occur than as Dave says don't
buy it unless you wish to support the effort for the sake of the effort.
As they say, "let the man without stones cast the first sins..."
Eventually all things merge into one and
a river runs through it.