On Wednesday, I took a reprieve from working in the evening (which is how I’ve spent most of January) to take in a work session chez my friend Scott Calvert. He indicated I should bring my soldering iron. When I went to retrieve it, I found an impassible pile of detritus in front of my desk. The soldering iron was virtually buried. I texted a photo to … Continue reading Who put all that stuff in the TRAIN room?
It may be a little fortunate that I had to work so much this week. It gave me time to simmer down from the episode of the oversized roundhouse doors and realize that it wasn’t as bad as I’d thought. First of all, on closer inspection, the doors were perhaps half a millimetre too wide, as opposed to a millimetre. Then as I was sloshing … Continue reading Fitting the roundhouse doors
I should know better, really I should. Time and again, I press forward only to run headlong into reality. This week I’ve stolen only a few minutes away from work; or more accurately, work has stolen most of the evening hours from me. Those minutes that I could apply to the railway went to creating a plug to assist with positioning the doors so I can … Continue reading Roundhouse doors stress Cricut accuracy
Neil Erickson suggested that I line up the hinges for each door by threading them onto a long rod. That seemed like a good idea, but it took me only thirty seconds of struggle with what felt like a miniature version of a two-year-old who refuses to go in her car seat before I decided that more containment was required. So, as when I learned to put one … Continue reading Hinge alignment
Last night was our neighbourhood’s annual Progressive Party. Yeah, I did wonder just what kind of neighbourhood we’d moved into when we got the invitation shortly after moving in 14 years ago. It turns out, there is no Ice Storm key swapping on the street as far as I’m aware, but rather it’s a pot luck that migrates from house to house. My wife said … Continue reading Prime railroading time
Gosh it’s cold. I went out to a Railway Modellers’ Meet executive meeting in Surrey last night and there was so much snow and ice, it looked like the real Canada! We still have snow and ice here in North Vancouver, but we never got the dump that the Valley received. Still it’s cold, or my skin isn’t anywhere near as thick as it was back when … Continue reading Hero #78 does 57
January second. The tree is on its way to the chipper, the gingerbread house is collapsed, and somehow we’ve found homes for most of the new toys and books. Most importantly, the guest room has been converted back into a train room and office; time to get back to business! As I’ve not come up with a good way to mass-produce the hinges, I’m relieved this … Continue reading Two down, sixteen to go