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    Posted: 16 hours 24 minutes ago at 10:36pm
Looking very fine, Markus.

Strangely, I have not had trouble with humidity. We rarely have any (and my layout is smaller). Last summer I did have a track buckle due to heat expansion, but Dremelling an expansion joint cured that. Temperature in the barn was 105 F.
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The forum was not available for me during last week, checked at different times. It really makes no sense in using it anymore. How do you can attract interest in such if it is mostly offline??

I hoped to use it to show my progress from start to finish to might help others, get ideas - show ideas, etc., but this way is is not really worth the effort and there is no word from Reynaulds on "why". They deal with it now over a year what I really can't understand.

So small progress is made since man-cave time is rare.

This year I had a big problem during the heating period, my wood tried out and shrank so tracks where trying to expand really bad. I was still lucky since I glued down only 80% of each of my flex track so the unglued section can expand and it did, especially in the hidden staging yard.



Also on the visible track since most of my track is not glued and ballasted at the moment.



All the gabs I cut into the rails to divide it for block control where closed and touching each other, so I estimate the whole thing shrank around 3-4mm.

As I measured the humidity levels it was at 13% what is way to dry, also for humans and pets. A healthy level would be around 50% because it also can help to prevent viral infections. With that new knowledge I rushed to buy two humidifiers to raise the levels and hoped the wood will expand back. Long story short, it worked. Right now I hold the levels at around 24%. I guess I will add a device to the air stream of the A/C so I can control the levels in the whole house.

If I wouldn't had this "expansion" build in things would be much worst, so lesson learned for the future.

For my small suburban train station that should be placed above the helix I had to find out that I had to go higher with the surface so trains can pass underneath. This was kind of a fault in my planning. I moved the tracks away from the helix but forgot the building has to be on the same level. So the building coulndn't be placed at the designated space. First I was thinking to move it to the curve but it looked not good. So I added more space to the outside of the layout so I was able to place the building on the other side of the main line.





I still have a whole shelf full of buildings that needs to be build. Here is one of them.

 
This Hotel was plant to be close to the castle, so here are some pictures on how it will be placed.







The castle gets a also new stairs




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To be honest, I do not get it why this goes offline all the time. We have two different faults.

1. the white pages that says error in  script or something like it (can't recall)
2. down for maintenance

If the server is the problem - easy solution, change the provider. The forum does not have to be down for this procedure a long time, maybe a few hours and it's done. I have rented a server (share it with three other user) from a webhoster in Germany, it is up for 99.9% and when it is down than for max 2-3 hours and to 99% it is a scheduled maintenance. But over here it is unpredictable and I remember that we had some more users here using it but since this is unreliable they walked away. So all efforts to get more traffic to this side are a waste of time until it is not stable.

At the German train forum where I also be a member I'm online every day a couple times. In the five years I'm a member I saw it offline just two times for a few hours. And one of those down times was announced for maintenance. The forum is owned by a private person that does it for fun, he has no gain or makes any profit, quite the opposite....it cost some bugs.

Anyway, I hope everybody had a nice Christmas. I hoped to have a few days to work on my layout but my wife had other plans for me so time was almost planned out for me.

I just had two hours where I continued with the harbor floor and prepared some outer areas with plaster cloths but I'm not sure if I leave it like that or remove it an glue foam in place and carve into the foam.













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This Forum comes closer to reflecting my interests than any other, so I'm hanging in there. I'll be glad to do anything I can to help. Froliche Weihnachten my friends!
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Hello:

Yes, it would be nice to be able to run the forum off a reliable server.  I have been the official webmaster, but do not have access to the server.  The IT guys are in charge of that.

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Thank you for the flowers Gordon.

Unfortunately, the forum was again down for three days and it seems this will continue until Reynaulds decides to shut it down because it seems to much maintenance. I'm in the progress of thinking to do one on my own.
Anyway, little progress was made on my side since the work load I have before Christmas.
So here are two pictures of what I'm working at the moment.





Prototypical would be to have the rail even to the street surface but for a stable operation they stand out around 2mm so the rails of the locomotive and the crane always have good contact and no obstacles can be in the way or stick between it.


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Okay, I can't even imagine soldering leads to that LED.

I recently got checked out on the library's laser cutter and 3D printers, but I'm waiting for some cold weather to start learning how to program for them. I haven't been able to design even a simple brick wall for the laser cutter yet. But learning new things keeps the dementia away, I'm told. I'll let you know if it works.

Fantastic stuff you are creating!
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Markus,

Wow, this is absolutely incredible. 

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Gordon & Ralph,
thank you very much Embarrassed

There is a little bit process...

The castle is back in his corner on the layout



I have two cars at the castle that are not parked so for my day/night cycles, those cars needs lighting. One of those cars is a small Audi TT and has clear plastic lights what means the lights have to be behind the plastic. For this I need to use the smallest LED I got, a 0402 ultra thin LED (0,5mm x 0,5mm x 0,2mm) where I have to solder wires on and glue it behind the tiny clear light plastic parts - will be tricky (show the result later).

The picture shows you the LED laying on an old "Pfennig" (old German currency, roughly the size of an US cent), look for the small yellow dot under the letter "G".



I'm also about to cover the last "holes" in my layout with wood.









For the castle I need some steps to the lower park level we would like to build, so since there is nothing on the market for it I need to build it my own.

Here are the first pictures.



Just stacked, not glued yet



My harbor also shows a little bit progress, the sea walls are in place and glued on.





I also finished (almost) my first self made laser cut building (some parts are still not attached).



The lighted Ebay sign is also cut with the laser in multiple steps. Amazing what you do for your tenants Wink



Energy Efficient with Solar Power



Finally, the building is on it's place



that's for today....Tongue




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The fountain and the flower beds are just wonderful! I must say that I've been both amazed and inspired by the detail work I've seen in your last few posts.

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