Chapter 130 – 21/12/2020

Without trying to sound like Bridget and over dramatise things, it’s been over a MILLION YEARS since I’ve put fists to keyboard and added to this little rant thingy.


So, that aside, it is of course getting towards the end of the year. So obviously, it’s time for another Adam’s Corner Christmas.


That’s right, the morbidly obese, bearded one with the unhealthy (and possibly illegal but we are all accepting of everything these days so it’s all become moot really) reindeer and red pyjama fixation squeezes his ever girthsome read quarters down the chimneys that don’t exist anymore due to fir regulations to deliver China’s finest items… Also some socks.


This year has been an interesting and VERY eventful one for all of us. 2020 will surely go down in history as the cancerous polyp on the backside of the calendar.  For us, it was a triple whammy but we got there.


As many of you know, Bridget and I had her MASSIVE fish tank develop an instant and destructive leak. A week later we had the floods and two weeks after that, we had a cyber attack and lost ALL of our data.


So with this pathetic start to the year, we did what we always do… Worked our backsides off! With the help of our insanely dedicated workers (aka the Wuiske Minions), we have managed to turn 2020 into a great year for Wuiske Models and set ourselves up for some VERY big things over the coming years.


This year, we’ve produced a lot of items and it’s actually been our biggest year for adding to our Made In Queensland line. All of this has helped push us further towards our goals of setting up a factory right here on the Darling Downs!


I think I can announce that Bridget and I have already started down this path by purchasing a five acre block that will be the future home of Wuiske Models.


On top of this, we’ve built a fairly sizable shed to house both the shop and the new layout.
The shed is 12 meters wide and 30 meters long. The layout room has been walled off at 12 meters by 24 meters. This will ensure we have a layout that we most likely won’t live long enough to complete.


Being completely honest, this layout is something I have been dreaming of since I was about 8 years old. That’s a layout featuring Normanby yards as it’s heart… But if you’re modelling Normanby, why not add Roma St yard? Why not Mayne? You can see where this is going can’t you?

If you click¬†this link, you’ll see a video I shot of Normanby back in 1994 (when I was 15!).


Once the idea was roughly formulated for what we’d like to reproduce, we set to arranging the shed. Once the slab was poured, everything looked pretty small and not very impressive. The fact that a road train with two side tippers was used to get the sub base in should have been an indicator really.


As the frame was built, the shed was still looking disappointingly small. Then the walls started getting lined! Now, we’re at the stage where every time I stand in the doorway to the layout room I just laugh. Mostly because this is completely INSANE!


Speaking as a slightly insane eight year old, not so cleverly disguised as a forty two year old lunatic with a dopey pony tail and moustache, this is a VERY personal dream of mine and something that I have been wanting to do for over thirty years.


As things progress we will keep you updated with the progress of our latest prance down Lunacy Lane.


As it’s that time of year, Bridget and myself would like to extend a MASSIVE thank you to our workers. The Wuiske Models Boys have gone above and beyond this year to build your models and to help us move towards our shared goal of making things right here. Honestly boys, we could not have done any of this without you, so thank you. Honestly, thank you.


This year we’ve done so many things we have been planning for years, some of which were released this year, some still to come.


Bridget and I would like to extent a big thank you to you all for your support and friendship over the last 12 months. It’s been an “interesting” year for all of us and no doubt 2021 will provide more “interesting” things to overcome.


From Bridget, Myself, Aidan, Michael and all the Wuiske Minions, we’d like to wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous new year. With any luck, monumental things are laying ahead of us for 2021… Like me actually writing more chapters of Adam’s Corner.
We shall see how we go.


 

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