- There have abeen a fair number of posts from new users lately ('tis the
season, I guess) and I can't help mentioning a couple of things I've
found useful in the few months I've been in Z.
Temporary layouts: I like playing with the geometry of track and, yes,
creating interesting loop layouts in small spaces. I've found that plain
pegboard makes a nice base for these temporary or experimental
layouts. You can get it in smallish pieces (2' X 2' and 2' X 4' are
common) and the peg holes provide a ready-made grid, and make neat
wiring a snap, especially if you put little rubber feet on the edges of
the board, to give it a 1/4" clearance or so from the work table.
Dremel makes what it calls a 'golfers friend' tool, the battery powered
Minimite 760. It's very inexpensive, takes all normal Dremel
attachments, and since it's cordless it's quite easy and convenient to
Likewise, Red Devil makes a very small hand-held rechargable vacuum
called the Detailer (model CV1000) and provides just enough suction to
actually be useful, but not enough to do damage on a layout.
And of course, the most useful thing: this list and the good folks who
patiently answer questions.