I have decided to replace my quite boring current test track with a new, larger and fully scenic one so it will make my days more interesting.
I'm also doing this as I also need to fix a frustrating problem - I am often in the middle of programming when clients (like you) drop in for help with a loco, and right now when you do that, I have to stop what I'm doing, losing lots of work as I have to take the loco being programmed off the track while I help them.
Its no big deal with simple DCC settings, but a real frustration when its the middle of a sound programming task or during sound file creation!
But... I always like to do my best to help straight away, so the answer is to fix the problem which isn't you and I but the test track!
So... the new track will have several sidings that I can use separately when needed, each with a rotary switch that will let me connect it to DCC or one of up to six different computer linked programming interfaces I need to use from time to time.
The challenge: (Hope its OK Doug)
I've made the new board and actually do have a track plan already but thought it'd be nice to see what YOU as MRF members came up with.
No real limitations, and the "size and specs" are all on the attached drawing.
It'll be for HO and OO scale ONLY with a small exception -a single line for EM which is still 4mm scale OO but at a more correct 18.2mm gauge (thats all in the Notes on the PDF attached).
No O or N scale or P4 or G this time I'm afraid - these will all be done on a separated track at my workbench in future (no disrespect to those other scales & Gauges - its just that 98% of the work IS in the scale I'll build it in!
All in the attached except the timing.
A good comp is a quick comp, so Friday 24th October is the end day - I'll decode over that weekend who wins and will post the prizes on the Monday as long as they included an address with their entry!
by email to [email protected]
please. Email to include any description you like and attachments are fine.
Please make them in any format you like by the way - I can open most file types no problem. DO include your address and contact details of course.
Perfect presentation is nice but it isn't all thats important - clever design and a realistic or effective scenic potential plus any added detail if you can manage it (like signalling) is the key.
Don't worry about any control or wiring related issues - if it can be built, I can wire it no problem.
I am equally happy to receive hand drawn entries that have been scanned or computer generated ones!
This is for fun more than anything but I will add some nice prizes to say "thank you" to entrants!
I will give THREE prizes - one first and Two runners up. If there are lots of entries, I may add more!
For the winner:
A 6 pack of Flickerfree valued at $A99 OR
an ESU decoder tester and a set of superb fine wire strippers for DCC installs. (winner can choose)
For the two runners up:
A pair of the same top quality wire strippers PLUS some of the best solder ever made for fine wiring (my own Sapphire 179) PLUS 2 packs of Prototype White LEDs for loco lighting etc. OR a Pack each of MASTERswich V2 and MASTERswitch PLUS (Runners up can choose)
Announcement and display:
I will post all - especially the winning entries on THIS thread as attachments so you can see the results!
I will post images as I construct it. This may take some time but I really wantit to be something special, so it may include some useful modelling techniques and I'll try to "step by step" those as I go!
Post decision discussion:
I will be happy to discuss anything related to the implementation of the plan in a positive way positive but my reason for a decision re winners won't of course be a subject for debate.... it IS a fun competion after all!
Finally for now:
Ask any questions you like before entering but please if possible do it here on list! If you want to post your plan here thats OK too, but if you'd prefer to keep it secret thats OK of course...