“Best tip…I experienced the negative side of this lately.
No matter what level someone is at, don’t put there work down. Encourage them.
I was helping a very beginner out, and we came across a problem. I took the problem to some very experienced modelers, all they could do is say negative and horrible things about how stupid and basic the layout was, and that we should start over from scratch. I know what I am doing, and this beginner I am working with, this is the way he wanted the layout. No one was helpful, all comments were negative, and never addressed the initial problem. they decided to bring up 20 other problems instead. I understand that they are only trying to help with what THEY think is right, but I am doing right by the beginner. You get too technical, and the beginner is scared away. But again, they only made negative comments, and never helped with the initial problem. Likely I won’t be talking to them again about anything.
Just thought I’d like to share what I’ve been doing. Your posts have kept me motivated for the past year, from renovating my shed to laying track and detailing my scenes, every time I loose momentum I’ve gotten a kick in the pants from one of your emails. Thanks to everyone that contributes to make this such a wonderful project.
My train house is six by twelve feet and my N scale track plan is basically a double track “mainline” L shaped loop with local tracks in the middle. There’s a harbor branch off the west end and eventually there’ll be a mountain on the east end.
Dave’s also recorded this after our recent flurry of lighting posts. He describes the three ways to add lighting to your layout:
And if you’re buying any lighting stuff, bag the latest deals here with the ‘ebay cheat sheet’.