Monday, March 1, 2021

Episode 13


Episode 13 is now available for listening! In this episode, the Cartel speaks with Bob Hughes. March 2021 marks the 10th year of the passing of Carl Arendt, and we discuss are memories of Carl's work and his legendary web site.

Thank you for listening! 

Tom and Ian 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

The WFS Turns 5

Today is the fifth anniversary of the completion of my Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout. The foamcore baseboard is still going strong (turns 7 later in 2021); however, COVID-19 has kept it from being displayed at in-person train shows.
The tail track on the left side of the layout has been extended to accommodate longer locomotives. Layout size has increased to 535 square inches, but it's still well under the 576 square inch micro footprint. I have finally got around to adding railroad crossing signs to the street using a simple kit from Blair Lines LLC.

Hopefully train shows will resume later this year and I can take the layout on the road again.



Monday, February 1, 2021

Episode 12 of Cartel Conversations

 Episode 12 is now available for listening.

Ian and Tom discuss the Bitsa Station, as well as favorite modeling tools, and a couple of website resources micro modelers may find useful for inspiration.


Sunday, January 3, 2021

Episode 11 of Cartel Conversations

 Episode 11 is now available for listening.

Ian and Tom discuss background building flats and announce a Micro Layout Design Challenge for the Cartel Facebook Group.

Thank you for listening! 

Tom and Ian 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Episode 10 Cartel Conversations

 Episode 10 is now available for listening! 

Cameo and shelf layouts.

Thanks for listening!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout Update

It's taken me almost 5 years to get around to installing crossbucks on the WFS road crossing. A little shunting action video from the other day.

I am also building a new tail track section to accommodate the Mopac Gp15-1 loco. The old tail track section was too short to hold the Mopac unit and 50+ feet rolling stock. 


Saturday, October 31, 2020

Episode 9 of Cartel Conversations

Episode 9 is now available for listening.  Ian is speaking with Chris Stockdale about the 7/8ths Facebook Group's micro layout competition.