It was six years ago to this very day that someone joined our little train group but didn’t last long. Keep in mind we’re a pretty chill group of mostly older men who still play with trains. Some of us are into train and structure building, some are into sophisticated replicas of real operating procedures, some “roundy-rounders” have only a small loop of track that goes, well, round and round. If there is one thing that encompasses all of us, it’s that we’re pretty harmless and we aim to have fun and help each other out. Except for this one guy.
He claimed to have precise plans for stuff — I don’t remember exactly what it was — but he wouldn’t share with anyone and he openly disdained all the “napkin builders” who drew up crude drawings on a piece of paper somewhere and thought it was somehow acceptable in cultured model-train society. Anyway, like I said, he didn’t last long before either he split or was unceremoniously dis-membered. But through this attack on our values and all that was holy, we became napkin builders. The late Allan Bupp, aka Mik, was a master napkin builder.
This year’s Miks Challenge features a formidable bunch of napkin builders. For an ongoing gallery of progress on my project, check out The Gallery.