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So much to do

When is so much too much?

Just got off the phone with a friend, who is digging a whole in the ground for a clueless employer so that she can eventually fall into said hole. Mainly so she can make car payments. How useless is that, yet most of us find ourselves in that situation sometimes.

The other side is being a freelancer who never knows when the next paying gig is coming (and sometimes its a long wait). As a freelance contractor, most of my career, I have had some financially challanged times. (especially the last 4 years) Designing the kits for Clever Models has filled many hours that would have been spent with less healty activity. At the moment a computer animation project is squandering my time and I am happy about it. I’ve been developing some new tools and they are finally showing results and I get to make some real money. I’m glad. I need to make some real money for a change, and I enjoy doing the CG animation.


I got a boat load of new kits to finish. Al least 6 major model kits and a whole line of gamer stuff to roll out. Not to mention all the fast turn around patching and emailing, etc., etc., that is the daily CM stuff.

Being a Clever Brother doesen’t pay very well, (or at all sometimes) but It Makes ME HAPPY.


Some good news that has nothing to do with us

 When was the last time you actually saw a NEW train shop? Keith Lipske has done just that. he and his wife Pam Yano have opened Timberline Train Shop in downtown Downers Grove IL.

I can only applaude the guts and obvious love for the hobby. I noticed the very nice looking shop while in the burbs on business, a friend calling it out to me. While it wasn’t open, (They are open Tues thru Sat) I coulden’t help but notice how sharp it looked. It’s in a very nice area on the main street of down town Downers Grove.

Kieth doesen’t carry our products (yet) and I don’t care. We wish him great success. If you’re within 50 miles go out for a visit (you might mention us).

But for occasional shows, we are a on line business, but as a hobby we need brick and mortar hobby shops for the health of our hobby.


OOPS! I did it again.

Hi everyone.  Apparently the “updated” HO version of McElder’s has a flaw.  The update page is missing.  The page that has the storefront without the graphics.  This only affects the HO kit, the O scale kit is fine.  I will be attempting to track down all of you who bought the kit and send you the additional page as well as fixing the file.  Just in case I don’t find all of you, if you bought the kit, drop me a note at <>.  That way I’ll be able to verify that I’ve found everyone.  Hopefully the kit will be fixed in a couple of hours.




AH... Summertime

Hi everyone.  Well the summer slowdown is apparently here.  I’m sure that you are all working in your gardens, and going on, or getting ready for vacations or enjoying other pastimes.  This is obviously our slow season.  Happens every year, although this year it has started a bit later than usual.

While we appreciate those of you that continue to buy in the warm months, we realize that model building is not a big summertime priority.  We will be here when you all get back in September, or so, but I wanted to let you know what I plan on doing during our slow months.

Besides keeping all this going and continuing to get pix and footprints and new kits onto the website, I will be working to build reverse loops for our traveling O scale switching layout.  And I really need to get to it as I’ve made a commitment to have it ready for the 2013 O scale March Meet.  We have had the layout there many times before and it is a great way for us to display our kits in a natural envitonment, but I want to be able to lets some trains run while I spend time with you, when you visit , as you always do.

I posted a rather poor quality trackplan, of the current 16’-0 x 30” version, a few months ago.  I plan on posting a complete, much higher quality, trackplan of the layout very soon and then progress photos as I get along.

I hope you find it entertaining.  (And it will keep the pressure on me to finish the thing.)