Morpeth Control

After taking far longer than I’d planned, the final wiring for the Morpeth control panel was completed today and given a full test. To be clear; this is the local panel for the yard at Morpeth, not a panel to control the entire new much expanded Morpeth Line. I think I’m going to have to christen the whole layout the Morpeth Branch and thus Morpeth will simply become a destination on the line, in this case the terminus. I haven’t yet managed to run a train on Morpeth partly because I have to trim the point motor actuating wires in a couple of places as they are still sticking up above the rail head. However the main reason I didn’t get to running a train is that I got diverted onto another task and didn’t get to it.

I’m quite pleased with the way the panel came up. After lots of experience with working on layouts that have nothing labelled I went all out and labelled everything that I felt was needed. The main line out of the yard is labelled “To Queens Wharf” so as long as an operator knows that they are heading to Queens Wharf as they leave town there should be no need to ask the fat controller how they get out of the yard. I’ve also labelled the main industries and where the station is located. All the routes are indicated by LEDs except the double slip. while there are ways to wire up routes with LEDs for these pieces of track they seem to require a Mini Panel and while there’s one located under Morpeth it had already taken too long to get this far. I decided to skip it and put in two simple SPST switches and hope the operators can work it out. Yeah that’s going to happen πŸ˜‰

I purchased an Alps printer many years ago and, while it has never received the use I had expected it would, for printing water slide transfers/decals in white there’s nothing to beat it in my experience. It requires me to get out an old laptop with Windows XP with a Word 97 on it to allow the printer driver to work on it but the look and clarity of that white lettering is certainly worth it. Remember the office assistant paper clip on a skate board in Word? (It must have been about as popular as Ja Ja Binks because it disappeared long ago) Well it pops up every time I turn my old Compaq laptop on to print decals.

After I’d got the wiring done and the novelty of flicking the switches and watching the LEDs go on and off wore off I moved onto repairing the final bits of damage to the pier I wrote about causing a few months ago. I’d chopped off the end of the pier module to get it to fit into the layout room but I’d never relaid the last few inches of track at the end of the pier or wired it up properly. One of the lines also needed a detector to be installed in contact with one short section of rail, so while I was spiking a few inches of rail and installing the wiring permanently I also installed the detector and ran the wires from this back the Mini Panel that sits under one of the modules. I’ve never programmed one of these before but John my DCC guru assures me it’s a snap. I can feel that dreaded cold tingle crawling up my spine I always feel when he says things like this πŸ™‚

Finally I stood and contemplated the yard at Queens Wharf and made the final decisions about how I was going to rip the track up at one end and relay it to give me more length in the passing loop at this location. The yard needs a loop that will allow a middle length train to pull off the main and at the moment it simply isn’t long enough. After the NMRA convention at the end of September is out of the way and I’ve got a few loco projects off the to do list I’m going to lift a crossover in front of the dairy in QW yard and relay these 1.2m further along the line. I’m also going to install a goods loop at this location as the extra length will allow for this.

Luxury! πŸ™‚


Morpeth Control Panel

I had a couple of friends over last week and told both of them to “bring something to run”. I had about 5 days before they arrived and was working on re-wiring a section my portable layout Morpeth. “5 days will be plenty of time to get this done,” I thought. I don’t have to look up the meaning of the words “falling short” because I know. A week later I reckon I’m almost where I needed to be for their visit but I still don’t have trains running round the layout so perhaps I do need to get the dictionary out πŸ™‚

The one truly wonderful thing above all others about having Morpeth incorporated into the larger, permanent layout is that I can still tip it on its back and work on the wiring for big jobs like this one. No crawling about under the layout!!! πŸ™‚

In a fit of exuberance I agreed to open the layout up for the SE Qld NMRA Convention in September, deliver three talks (one at the some convention on a day the layout isn’t open) and take Morpeth to a convention in Armidale, about 7 hours drive up onto the New England plateau from my home in the next few months. As Morpeth has only ever made one brief day long public appearance in 2014 I decided to agree to the layout appearing at the New England convention in November but before this happened I had resolved that the layout needed a control panel to control the turnouts. Hence the wiring job.

Now deciding you want to install a control panel and actually doing so are two separate processes and when my friends arrived to run trains last week it turned out that the second was a lot more work than the first and I was at least 7 days short of getting it done. I’d managed to get Morpeth into the condition you can see in the above photo when they arrived but I hadn’t even completed the re-wiring of the layout, let alone the construction of the control panel which was a completely new item. Up to this point I’d relied on the “temporary” solution of throwing the turnouts by entering their DCC address into the throttles. This worked fine but it was not terribly visitor friendly and so I felt a control panel was required. People just “get” switches whereas entering DCC addresses into the system can be a little overhwhelming. I would need to get an NCE Button Board to let me hook up my Switch 8 to some physical DPDT switches. Operators could still throw the turnouts via the throttles but a control panel would be “safe”. Then I discovered I had a Switch 8 Mk I I had under the layout and that Button Boards require a MK Switch 8! 😦 In addition to this I also needed to rewire the section of layout where the control panel was to be located because this is a portable layout and portable layouts have wiring requirements that permanent ones don’t. One such requirement is having to get the wires along the layout via plugs and sockets rather than just running the wires from one place to another.

There are probably many different ways to get your wiring to cross baseboard joints but I settled on using 8 pin DIN plugs and sockets many years ago and I’m still using them. I have a standard way of wiring up both the sockets and short jumper cables I use (there are about 8 or 9 such jumpers on the layout now) so all I need to do when I have to add some more jumpers is get my notes out and repeat the way I’ve wired them before. Here you can see three sockets on the left (two of which are new additions) and the single socket on the right. I only needed one socket before but getting the wires to the control panel which is located adjacent to the layout segment on the left means that two more connections are needed. I added the two extra sockets on the right after this photo was taken. The hole on the board next to the bottom socket is for later expansion if ever needed.

After I arrived back from my cross country jaunt to Canberra and all points frigid the NMRA open house and Armidale layout appearance were only a couple of months away rather than half a year away. I had most of the components I needed for the construction of the control panel so I grasped the nettle and got stuck in. The main design challenge for the panel was that it was on a portable section of a permanent layout. When in portable mode it would be in a spot that wasn’t really suitable for use in permanent mode. It needed to be easily detachable and relocatable and out of the aisle on the home layout. It was going to hang off the front of the layout and the aisle where it needed to be wasn’t really wide enough to allow passage of operators when it was in place. In an exhibition environment there are no such constraints but I did need to be able to remove it for transport. I’d considered making a separate stand for it but felt this was overkill for small a 300mmX220mm panel (12″X9″) so decided to hang if from the layout through the use of a French Cleat.

A French Cleat is no more than a length of timber that has been champhered along one long edge with a 45 degree cut. This piece of 12mm ply has the 45 degree cut on its inner side and is permanently attached to the layouts fascia. This small section of ply will fit into the layout trailer with no modification to the rack the layout sits on for transport. There’s a corresponding cleat on the back of the small, wooden control panel.

In this photo the panel is set in place. It’s a little difficult to photograph the inner cleat but the strip of timber you can see on the upper side of the rear of the panel housing has a corresponding 45 degree cut to the one attached to the layout. The panel simply lifts off when it needs to be removed. I can assure you that the panel itself is extremely secure attached like this. There are no screws of fasteners needed, it simply slots in place and stays there till I need to remove it. The electrical connection to the layout is made via more DIN plugs and sockets, the wiring for the two needed you can see in the photo. Why is it called a French Cleat? Don’t ask me, I’m just a railway modeller πŸ™‚

I’ve made a good deal of progress on the panels top and the wiring for the connections but I think I’ll leave that for another time.



O-Scale Cross Country

Last week I started a long anticipated trip to the southern parts of New South Wales and our nation’s capital and arrived back yesterday afternoon after 6 days and approximately 2200 kilometers on the road. I had been planning on making jokes about the Leyland brothers having nothing on me but then the news last week was full of reports of their fiberglass replica of Uluru burning down so I’ve thought better of that and will play a straight bat for this report on my cross country O-scale adventure.

After the most recent O-scale forum in Sydney I approached Brian and Fran Thomas and asked if they would mind if I paid them a visit. They readily agreed and said “why not come when the Malkarra model railway exhibition is held”. I got home and told the better half about this and she responded “why are you going to Canberra in August? It’ll be freezing!” I will admit to quavering slightly but if the hardy souls of the ACT can live through winter there then so can I. I lived in Armidale for 6 years, how much colder can it be than the New England? I contacted Brendan Griffin and asked if he could put up with me for a night when I arrived in his home town of Bathurst on the way. He also readily agreed and I decided to drop in and visit a friend in Armidale on the first night when I stayed in that town. If I’d managed to find a way of spending the night in Oberon (officially the coldest town in NSW) I’d have had the full set of frigid regional centers πŸ™‚

I packed Harriet (my little truck) and we set off. On the night of my stay in Armidale I spent some time discussing the route with my friends and they advised heading out to Gunnedah and going via Coolah if I wanted to get to Bathurst, but I’m made of sterner stuff and headed off grid (and it felt like off the face of the earth). I turned off the New England Hwy at Willow Tree and started climbing, and climbing, and I did a bit more climbing and then the tar ran out…

I have no idea where this is beyond the fact that the road had turned to dirt and the location is about half way between Willow Tree and Merriwa up a bloody great big mountain.

This is a picture of Harriet on the road raring to go. The only problem is that I had no idea if we were actually headed in the right direction.

After topping the ridge and starting down a bit closer to sea level I saw a road crew and asked if this was in fact the road to Merriwa and the guy said yes. “A bit further down there you’ll see a sign leaning a against a tree and it says “Merriwa 25km”. Thanks! πŸ™‚ I did eventually find my way to Bathurst and then promptly got sent on a scenic drive over hill and dale by Google maps in the town when I turned it on. I’d told Brendan before arriving that I was going to take a photo of his layout progress to help motivate him to get something started but alas my plan came to nothing because the room remains a layout free zone. However I did snap a shot of his now famous road bridge. When my issue of 7th Heaven arrived in the mail today I read all about this beautiful model but I had one up on everyone else, I’d seen it in the flesh. I filled in the layout behind in my mind, as he hasn’t actually started building it yet πŸ™‚

I took a photo of this model of a small road bridge that Brendan says will some day come to reside on his layout. That’s the layout he keeps telling me he’s going to build. Ah retirement, where does all the time go? πŸ™‚

After a good night’s sleep and a breakfast that I could have climbed to the top of and planted a flag on I was off to Canberra to hunt out Brian and Fran. After a seven hour drive I easily found their place and spent a wonderful couple of nights talking trains and attending the Malkarra exhibition. I also got to see Brian and Fran’s layout and took a few shots.

This layout is big although by O-scale standards it’s really only medium in size. It’s a couple of meters longer and wider than the room I’m building my layout in and has vertical walls all the way to the ceiling! The theme of the layout is predominantly South Australian but there’s a pretty broad mix of stock on the layout with the heart of this being the scratch built stock built many years ago by Fran’s uncle.

I attended the Malkarra exhibition on Saturday and got the opportunity to insult Phil Badger and David “keep your eyes on your wallet” Low so that made driving 2200km well worthwhile πŸ™‚ The exhibition is held in school and it’s been running for something close to 45 years in the same venue. It had a wonderful community atmosphere and some fantastic layouts even if most of them were HO. You can’t have everything I suppose πŸ™‚

I’d like to thank Brendan, Julie, Brian and Fran for putting me up and feeding me. I had a wonderful time and only got lost a couple of times.



The View From The Fo’c’sle

I don’t know why but whenever I try to come up with a title for a post about my ship model I always find myself falling for cliches and jaunty sea language, well it’s probably only jaunty sea language to anyone who’s sea going experience is limited to a trip across Sydney Harbour on the Manly Ferry such as yours truly. I blame my father who happened to be in the Marines during the second world war. I don’t think he ever spent much time actually at sea beyond traveling out to India and back for his period in the forces in the early 40s and his trip to Australia when he migrated here with my mother in the early 50s. He had a real ear for language so my childhood was filled with a mad mixture of Cockney, Indian and sea slang. I’d never heard common Australian slang terms (for those highly unenlightened times) like wog or “too right” before my first year in school, but if it came to heading down the “old Kent road”, getting your laundry back from a “char wallah” or “splicing the main brace” I was your boy! How the heck does one go about splicing the main brace I wonder? My father never did explain πŸ™‚

So how does a railway modeller approach the construction of a ship model? Well in spite of my own expectations, slowly and with a complete lack of comprehension of genuine nautical terms. And this despite my father’s seemingly bottomless pit of weird and wacky ship and sea related terms. I’m convinced he picked most of his nautical language up from English films from the 40s and 50s like Carry On CruisingΒ  and the Cruel Sea πŸ™‚ I’ve made intermittent progress on the ship but after taking a couple of small steps my attention would turn to other things and the project would languish. The main distraction has been building my new layout but I kept saying to myself that as soon as I got a train to run right round the layout I’d make a proper start on the ship. If you read this blog regularly you would have seen what happened the other day πŸ™‚ However there was more to my lack of progress than the distraction and enthusiasm generated by a new layout building project. I think what really pulled me up short was the unfamiliarity of the waters into which I was sailing, where all the language and terms were unfamiliar (I thought clack valves was a strange term at one time), none of the lines were straight and frankly the quality of the instructions and the kit components was less than stellar. However I got a train round the layout earlier this week and I have a trip to take the layout on at the end of the year: it was time to get serious!

Maddi is keeping lookout from the poop deck as I glue in the first of the hull bulkheads a couple of months ago. This was the first in a sequence of wooden parts that are fitted inside the hull, although they require a great deal of cutting and shaping before they fit snugly. The parts are laser or die cut (this is the term used in the instructions but I think they were written prior to the common use of laser cutters and haven’t been updated) but there are no tabs or slots included to aid positioning and the modeller is left to muddle through on their own. One of the real problems of this kit has been the fiberglass hull and and its almost total lack of symmetry. It’s nicely detailed (although if the detail is wrong or lacking it has to be admitted that I wouldn’t know the difference ) but the fact that each side of the hull seems to bear only the most cursory similarity to the other side means that nothing can be taken for granted and every major part needs a great deal of modification. When you add to this the lack of familiarity I have with the names of things in ship models (with the instructions making the assumption that the builder is totally familiar with all things nautical) it’s little wonder I kept allowing myself to become distracted.

I got the first of several bulkheads and the main fore deck glued into position a couple of months ago and have been fiddling about with the parts for the fore castle for the past couple of weeks. However with the first train having traversed the perimeter of the layout and with a rapidly approaching public display of Morpeth (the original core portable layout Morpeth is still theoretically exhibitable) coming up I really needed to stop feeling cast adrift, make my way to port and get something done. So I started by pulling apart one of the few parts I’d already assembled and started assembling it again. Properly this time. Avast ye landlubbers! πŸ™‚

While this photo shows the disassembled parts of the fore castle, which I’d glued together a few months ago, it also shows the first real detail I’ve installed from among the half dozen bags of white-metal castings that came with the kit. Thankfully these all seem to be quite decent quality and I felt on far safer ground in cleaning up and painting them. Yes those are my first portholes, of which this ship has at least 20 , along with some doors (or are they hatches?) and a ladder leading to the fore castle (not the poop deck as that’s at the back! I better say stern or I’ll get keel hauled!!! πŸ™‚

Now that I’ve made these small steps I’m going to keep going, I really can’t afford not to as this model is supposed to be the centerpiece of the whole layout. I’ll keep you posted, or wave a semaphore flag, or flash one of those light thingys all ships seemed to have fitted to the bridge in old B&W war movies. Let’s just hope it’s not an SOS sent from the radio room of the Titanic πŸ™‚

Till next time…

All The Time In The World

Today I can finally announce the end of the Morpeth to QW curve “saga”. The new curved, hand made turnout is installed and working properly, the curve of main line track leading to either side of this turnout is laid and working beautifully, both turnouts (a Peco turnout and the hand made curved one adjacent to it) have reliable, Tortoise switch machines installed under them and both are now hooked up to a brand new Switch8 MkII (the MkII is important because MkI versions won’t work with Button Boards) and an associated NCE Button Board so they can both be switched using toggle switches mounted on a small control panel as well as being operated “remotely” via the hand held throttles. Oh, and the control panel has LED indicator lights to tell the operator which way the turnout is switched. This is no small matter as I’d decided long ago that all control panels, including small “sub” boards like the one I hooked up today, would have route indication as a standard feature. It’s very easy to not bother and say “if operators want to find out what way the turnout is switched they can just look” but I know from experience that while this is always an option it pays to have layers of visual indication.

This may not look like much but this is the result of pretty much 3 weeks work on the layout, and it replicates what was already there! πŸ™‚ However this time it all works perfectly, you can throw the turnouts from anywhere in the room via a throttle and know they’ve actually changed route and they’re hooked up to that little black control panel (with LED route indication). It’s temporarily attached to the benchwork waiting for the installation of the fascia. I’ll tidy up and secure all those loose wires with cable ties when I know that I’ve actually finished the wiring.

At the time of my last post on the blog I was doing a fairly good impersonation of a friend of mine (one with a full beard who many reading this will recognize) by grinding my teeth in frustration at the track machinations I was putting myself through. I won’t go back over that disaster but I will mention that I relaid the small section of one of the curves (after I wrote that last post) and it was wrong, again. So this time I pulled it all up, set out the curve as carefully as I could, relaid it with a beautiful transition curve that I knew was absolutely perfect (not only was I sure because of the way I’d made it but I could see how sinuous and smooth it was) and ran 2002 through it. And she derailed!!!!!!! Not in exactly the same spot as before, this time she came to grief about 20cm further along. So had I just transferred a tight spot a bit further down the line? Well yes I had but this tight spot was far broader in radius than I the radius I knew 2002 could get around. So what was up? I ran her back up the line and she derailed on a mainline curve of even broader radius!?!?!?! What the #%&^%*& was going on?

Now if you go back a couple of years on this blog you’ll be aware that 2002 is a scratch built loco I built in 2015. I’ve also mentioned any number of times that both the layouts I’d had up to this point had no curves. Now combine these two things: a scratch built loco which was built to round no particular curve radii (I didn’t have a curve of track to test her on while she was being built) and a brand new layout that with branch new curves. What does this spell? So this layout is the first time 2002 has been run much at all and certainly the curves on the layout are the first she’s traversed. So why wouldn’t I expect she’d need some “teething” trials. After-all, I added pickups to her trailing bogie a few weeks ago because she was hesitating on some of my turnouts. I ran her back and forth through the offending area and looked closely at what was happening. It didn’t take me long to realize that the same trailing bogie was the culprit.

The solution to 2002’s tracking problems was in the width of the slot in this bogie. It wasn’t long enough to allow the bogie to swing sufficiently from side to side on curves. So on a tighter curve the pony truck would lead in, the first driven axle would try to follow but was restricted from doing so by the trailing bogie not allowing the front of the loco to swing sufficiently to follow the curve, thus making the leading driving wheel derail. A couple of minutes filing to make the slot a little longer solved the problem.

Now don’t get me wrong: the track and that curved Peco turnout needed to be replaced and while I was at it both transition points between the pre-existing layouts and the new section on the main line also needed to be made smooth and secure, plus the shoddy and slap dashed wiring (I’d used plain speaker wire for the bus wires, not colour coded black and red paired wires like I had on the rest of the layout) needed cleaning up and while I was at it how about swapping out the Peco switch motors for Tortoises? And I could really do with a small control panel in that area too couldn’t I? And then I found 2002 had a little hidden derailing bomb lurking in her nether regions. It never ends! Well it does, today!

In addition to all my travails with the electrical, track and DCC systems on the layout, I also had a small glitch in the hand laid turnout that was sitting there waiting for a solution. One of the switch rails (the one nearest the backdrop) was sitting high at the heel end of the point. It was nice and hard up against the stock rail when thrown over but it was a good 2mm higher than the stock rail on the narrow, pointy end and it took me a while to work out what was wrong. I’d lifted it, bent and filed it but it was still sitting up and there was no way my fussy cattle wagon (the one that had started all the trouble on this part of the layout) was ever going to happily go through the turnout with a wonky switch rail. I was thinking about the problem when it occurred to me that the rest of the length of rail was sitting down nice and snug, it was just the last 30mm that seemed to be sitting up, as if it was pivoting on a high point… as if one of the sleepers was thicker than the others around it! Eureka! I pulled the switch rail out again, cut a small trough in the offending sleeper and the problem was solved.

Sometimes the solutions to problems are sitting there staring you in the face but when they’re swimming through a veritable sea of troubles I think we might all be forgiven or not coming up with the light bulb moment straight away. 2002 ran at speed back and forth from Morpeth to Queens Wharf with no derailments today. The simple pleasures are often the best πŸ™‚



The Problem With Tides…

There is only one small problem with the tide of progress; it may come in but it bloody well goes out again just as often. After seven days of fairly steady work on Morpeth’s track I feel like I’m about where I was two days before I started. Let me start where we were at the end of the video I posted over a week ago…

I’ve owned this CIL 60′ turntable for about 10 years and it’s only been installed on a layout for about 12 months of that time. After I removed it from Morpeth I no longer had the box it came in to store it so it took a little damage over the years. This photo shows how I glued the one of the handrails that had come adrift back in place at the same time I was gluing one of the rails back into position.

If I’m not mistaken (not having watched my own video again) I was saying in the video update that the track was essentially all down in Raworth and that I was testing 2002 through all the points and on the newly laid track. What a saga that’s turned out to be!

After completing some minor repairs to the turntable in Raworth yard I moved back to the triangle at the entrance to the storage sidings and installed a PSX-AR unit from DCC Specialties which switches the polarity under the trains on the triangle. This replaced another polarity switch I had installed in this area that didn’t like working with the PSX zone cut off switches I’d installed for the whole layout, in spite of the fact that this original “budget” unit was from the same manufacturer. The PSX-AR worked beautifully, so much so I decided it was time to start testing the track and points that make up this most complicated section of track-work, something I hadn’t really been able to do up to this point. This is when the problems really started.

I ran 2002 around the entire triangle and the electronics worked fine so thumbs up DCC Specialties and Tony’s Train Exchange who have done a roaring trade with me over the last few months πŸ™‚ However while I did managed to determine that the PSX-AR unit was working as prescribed I found that 2002 kept derailing on the curved Peco turnouts that sit on all three approaches to the triangle. I need you to be aware that the triangle is the core of the operational design of Morpeth: a train can’t travel too far from somewhere to anywhere else without running through the triangle. And my beloved scratch built loco, the loco that is synonymous with the Morpeth line, can’t get through the turnouts that infest this part of the layout. As I pointed out in the most recent video I did some modifications to her but she still kept derailing.

To cut a very long story short I tried to implement some fixes on one of the turnouts and after a very unproductive morning over a week ago I decided to pull the thing out and build a replacement!

This photo shows the Peco turnout about to be uninstalled and my hand-built replacement. Things have progressed considerably since this photo was taken with the hand built unit now installed with a Tortoise sitting under it ready to be wired up.

To build a curved turnout I needed to download and learn how to use Templot, the track design software that is available free if you are so inclined. Because I was only trying to design a paper template for a single turnout and not something truly complicated it took me only a few hours to churn out what I needed and I had the turnout built about 24 hours after printing out the template. This turnout has the same outside radius as the Peco turnout it was replacing but the inner radius needed to be about 200mm tighter than the Peco variety, but this is still above my minimum radius. The reasons for this are a bit complicated but are bound up with the fact that I built my turnout as a #6 whereas the Peco turnout has a frog number somewhere in the 5s. This track in this area of the layout was the first track I laid when I started building Morpeth and I’d been telling myself that when I came back and built the bridge that will sit about 700mm further down the line from this turnout that I’d replace the Peco track with hand made track. As the track had mostly been lifted and I’d replaced a Peco turnout with a hand made one I decided to pull all the track up along the main line and replace it all with hand made code 125 track. That’s been going on for about 6 or 7 days.

This photo shows one of the areas where the Peco track has now been replaced with hand laid. I’d only run a few locos over this transition point and hadn’t really been happy with the way the trains behaved so I decided to not just replace the Peco track but also lift about 150mm of the old hand laid track on Queens Wharf and re-lay new track right across the baseboard join to give me a nice smooth crossing. Before I could do that I removed Lawson’s Stores from it’s foundation (built by my friend Stephen Reynolds and named after my mother Joan whose maiden name was Lawson) so it wasn’t damaged. You can see the foundation of the shop in the foreground.

So a couple of days ago I’d reinstalled track from Queens Wharf round the curve and over where the bridge will eventually reside, then installed the new point, in went new Tortoise motors under this and a Peco turnout that was still in place and then I started to work on the track that curves into Morepth yard. This was another transition point where Peco track meets hand laid and another spot where I was less than happy with the way the trains travelled across the join. Everything was going well till this morning when I took the last lengths of track out to the layout and commenced laying it. Well I tried to lay it but the bloody stuff refused to go in and I discovered I’d made a mistake and made 2 yards of track to the wrong radius. This isn’t flex track, you can’t just bend it a bit tighter to make it fit! It needs to be completely remade from scratch…

What did Fred Flintstone used to say when he swore? &*$#%^! I rarely drink and never alone but as I write this I’m sipping on a very pleasant whiskey blend that goes by the name of American Honey.

Till next time, happy modelling. You do the modelling, I’m taking up Macrame! πŸ™‚