It all started out with a random email from the head druff which sparked a discussion between Am fet, Cabbage, and 0-4-4-0T at the Tuesday night special interest group in the Lower Hutt club rooms for the Hutt valley model railway club which got the creative juices bubbling away.
Cabbage woke with an epiphany at some ungodly hour, not wanting to incur the roth of the rest of the family on a Saturday morn, went straight to the computer to get the ideas into cyber space.
The first iteration went out some crazy time of the morn for comment, which started the furious discuss over the hours between second breakfast and elevenses.
Between Cabbage, Am fets, 0-4-4-0T and the head druff the ideas flew around.
We could all agree on a standard 300mm wide end board with a centrally located single track in free-mo style and no legs just setup on tables
By lunch a workable design was pretty much there and by second lunch Saturday Am fet wrote "Okay, enough pontificating….I say lets cut a couple and see what works and what doesn’t in real life."
Monday rolled around.... on the way home from work Cabbage stopped off at Bunnings got a 1200 square of 17mm ply to drop in to Orrsum Lasers services. A quick chat to Paul Orr who was happy to check over the drawing and chop up the sheet of ply during the week
By Friday Cabbage had a pile of cut end and a bag of ready made dowels to play with over the weekend
Amazing just how many bits came out of the sheet
Evan a one handed man could do it
The ends slot together with the keys
the bit missing here is the locking toggle
which turns about the hole in the centre of the key
locking the module ends together
Interestingly enough if we scale these up to 64th
they are the same size as one track minds
And by sheer fluke the cut out in the foot allows for easy stacking
The modules Cabbage knocked up over the weekend were 300x600mm but the idea is the length and shape is entirely up to the modeller, the laser cut ends are supplied and you go nuts in between.
The first track layout design out of Cabbage's head was Whareroa, again, made up of two sections and ending up as 4x1.