I'm still waiting.
- Hi group,
Although I think, I'm closing in on my target, the first run on
handlaid track is not i sight.
I hate to admit this, but I'm beginning to long so much for seeing my
trains run, that I contemplate on building a temporary lay-out with my
bunch of Märklin track. Believe me: it is hard for me to get these
words over my lips - but alas!
As a software programmer, I had to build small parts of the
company-made interfaces to experiment with. I was reasonably good in
soldering - and then came wire-wrapping!
It was in the good old days when CPUs were not running so fast, that a
birds nest of wirewrapping couldn't be used for bus and other
When I began my venture into handlaying tracks I bought the best
low wattage, temostatically controlled soldering iron I was able to
find plus the best, thin, flux-containing solder.
From the replies here, I see, that this was *not* what I should have
A full days journey to a special solder-expert-store yesterday, to
get the right materials gave me a 3 1/2 digit multimeter!!! (just to
spend some money while I was in the mood :-( )
All the things they said, that were on stock, they didn't have
The water-soluble acid-free solder-paste and a screw-driver formed tip
for my solder iron, they would send to me.
I got the paste yesterday. In dutch it says on the packet, that it is
a chlorine-zink product. In my opinion this is neither acid-free nor
water-suluble. I havent got the tip yet. I guess it will be wrong too.
Despite the *very* good advice on soldering I got from group members,
I decided to wait for the handlaying track book that was recommended.
Having made certain, that a copy would be reserved for me, I sent my
creditcard information in *two* e-mail-letters - each letter marked
(in capitals) that "this" was the first (resp: last) of two letters
containing the needed information.
At the time when I thought my book was well on its way, I got a letter
from the bookstore saying, that my first letter could not be found,
and I was asked to send the information once more.
To avoid further confusion I sent *all* (to h.... with security) the
information again in *one* e-mail, asking them to confirm that all
needed information now was at hand.
Never heard a word!
The sweedish dealer - the one that I thought would send me the Xuron
cutter and some MT couplers and magnets - apparently has enough to do
servicing swedish custumers.
Not taking german companies (who by principle never replies to
*anything*) into consideration, doing business with my credit-card has
been well functioning.
RLW sent me a couple of days after I had mailed my card information, a
note saying that so-and-so had been drawn on my card. After two more
days the goods arrived.
After having sent my information to the 3rd PlanIt
track-planning-software company I got a receipt within a minute, and
the username/password was available 5 minutes later.
Fortunately I have not much hair left, so I do not have to watch it
growing grey each time I use the mirror to avoid slicing my throat
when I shave. (I'm not so far out yet, that throat-slicing becomes THE
And as long as I keep my blood-pressure reducing tablets and
tranquilizers near at hand, I may live long enough to see my trains on
my home made tracks.
This is for those of you, that wonder why I just keep talking instead
of doing something. I try - I really do try!
regards Ole Rosted, Denmark