It's been a while since I contributed anything to the forum as life has been chucking curveballs at me. Karen gave me a fright by having what appeared as a heart attack. She ended up in hospital for a couple of days where the excellent doctors and nurses diagnosed unstable angina. For weeks after I have been keeping a close eye on her and didn't want to leave her un attended. Anyway, things have been ok for a little while and Christmas and the New year have come and gone and no sign of any problems so I have been back in the shed (I think she was glad to see the back of me for a couple of hours ). I have been struggling with the old mojo so I've decided to go off at a tangent and started building an O gauge single slip, I have had it for quite a while now and didn't have much of an idea for what to do with it. Some of you know that I am also a member of the 7mm scale society, a new forum for O gauge modellers. One of the members has organised a competition for members to build a small, 10 square foot layout using a single point, the point can be a single turnout, a 3 way, or a slip. My choice being the single slip as I happen to have one, whether it will become part of a layout is something else. The kit is an old Waverley one, the manufacturer unfortunately passed away quite a few years ago no one took on business. It is a very good kit in that there is little to fettle and all the components go together really well, that doesn't mean it cannot be improved. It uses copper clad for the sleepers nickel silver rails and what appears to be fibre glass tie bars. It came packed in a plastic bag and with a thick card that I used for building the slip on. The sleepers come/came with a coating for ease of soldering but were so old that I had to use acid flux, that will need a good scrub with Barkeepers friend when I've finished it. Still a ways to go, but I reckon another couple of hours should get it ready for paint. Cheers, Pete.