Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Avoiding unpleasant tasks

Unpleasant, but necessary.

I hate soldering track feeders, but as much as I try to avoid this task, it's coming back to haunt me.  I can't permanently install the tunnel tracks without feeders. I can't close up the tunnel without permanently installed track. I can't start with some scenery without closing up the tunnel. I can plan for, but not really do anything for the backdrop, since that  -- again -- requires an idea where scenery is going to end up.

I'm not a big fan of soldering decoders in tight spaces inside locomotives either. I cleaned a bunch of freight cars yesterday, and as a result the yard in Emsingen is overflowing to a level that it's not workable anymore. I need to put a bunch of cars on a train into staging, but lack the motive power to pull them there.

The TEMPORARY sectional track alignments in Emsingen are mighty tempting to install them as permanent, since then I don't need to fiddle with flextrack, though I know that the curves will look much nicer if I used flextrack.

This might actually be an incarnation of "modellers block". Similar to writers block, I'm all pumped up and ready to go, and what do I do? Fiddle with tiny things. The sky got a bit more blue. I reinstalled the OS on the train room laptop, which really needs some more memory if I really want to run JMRI on this thing. I put the shapes of scenery on the backdrop ... on two of 4 walls.

On the plus side, I installed toe kicks and a quarter round in the kitchen which leaves the corner shelf as the last remaining major item to be installed. Maybe I should do that instead of sitting here and complain ...

1 comment:

Patzi said...

good idea, do this after lunch :-)