There is hope for us yet….
Recently a member of my model railway club brought in a copy of Model Boat magazine to show us an article written by David J Powell OBE in which he postulates that because of the variety of handicraft skills and concentration involved in model making-especially railway modelling-the incidence of dementia is reduced. In 2015 he interviewed over a 1000 modellers from 20 model railway clubs. The average age was 65. He found 4 possible cases of dementia compared with the experts saying he should find 40 in the general population.
Well, with building locos, coaches, wagons, buildings and scenery as well as getting my head around computer programs such as Trax (for signalling) and Templot (for track planning) and now the intricacies of electronics and MERG, not to mention the lathe and the model traction engine I’ve been building for 20+years maybe I might go on a bit longer!
As Bruce Forsyth might have said, “keep modelling “