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    • April 3, 2021 8:04 PM EDT
    • That is truly cool my friend. John and I had a great friendship both on and off here. He is the reason I am here. He gave me a very hard time about being some gung ho guy who would show up and then get bored never to be seen again. I stayed just to prove him wrong.


      I love that his caboose is surviving on and that his repair shop will be put to use getting her back in shape.

    • April 2, 2021 3:03 PM EDT
    • Thanks John. Your model is wonderful, and your memorial is perfect. 

    • April 1, 2021 8:39 PM EDT
    • John;


      I love it!  What a fitting tribute to John Caughey.


      Best, David Meashey

    • April 1, 2021 7:38 PM EDT
    • John,

       That is total badass!





      John is smiling !

    • March 31, 2021 2:46 AM EDT
    • Echoing all those above, fantastic job and wonderful tribute!



    • March 31, 2021 12:39 AM EDT
    • Awesome work John! Fitting tribute

    • March 30, 2021 8:16 PM EDT
    • Wonderful way to remember a fallen friend. I sent John a bunch of Delton couplers he wanted for a project just a month or so before he passed. We had a heck of a time getting them shipped to him as his "Chemo Brain" kept screwing up his own address, but eventually we sucuceeded. I have no idea what he had in mind, but it I'm sure it would have been unique, functional, and well detailed. I miss him too.

    • March 30, 2021 7:54 PM EDT
    • I can think of no more fitting tribute to such an honorable participant. I hope you enjoy your tribute to john for years to come John. I'm sure you placed a smile on him with this.

    • March 30, 2021 7:41 PM EDT
    • Fantastic, John! Thanks for doing that! His awesome caboose looks great in there.


      I miss Master Caughey...

    • March 30, 2021 7:31 PM EDT
    • What a great way to remember John, John.  Thanks for creating this magnificent memorial to him, quite fitting.

    • March 30, 2021 7:15 PM EDT
    • New and Final Pictures. Thanks to everyone for looking!


      As you might remember, I built a caboose repair facility for this year's Challenge. My intention was to dedicate it to John Caughey, and I've finally gotten that accomplished. The first candidate in the repair house is John's own Challenge caboose. The trip from the desert to the mountains here were not kind (you can see all the parts in the truck beds!), and it needs some serious reconstruction, so it is a fitting first job of course.


      I had to bite my tounge when one of the fellas said they asked John for the caboose but John wouldn't do it; the reason was he'd already promised it to me. I intended to go down there to Arizona after Christmas and after my knees replacements and pick up the caboose personally, but I healed enough to travel just in time for the Covid virus to hit us between the eyes. Then of course John left us behind to our own devices, but with his directive in hand his sister sent me the caboose.


      Here is a link to John's build log for the caboose, and here's a picture of his final version out there on the tracks of his unique railroad.





         I want our LSC bretheren here to know how much I appreciated all the votes I got for this build this year, there were so many votes, especially because they meant a little more to me this year.


         Here's my final pictures.







         Thanks again.



    • April 2, 2021 12:33 AM EDT
    • Okay, so I lied... Round 1 of stryene storage had started. $20 worth of foam core and some hot glue plus 45 minutes. Gave me a .015, .020, .030, .040, .060, and .080 strip storage. This is for pieces longer than width. I couldn't handle thinking about this any longer. I'm going to let this sit for a while and see how I like it before making more storage. And it's really boring measuring each piece of scrap to make sure it goes in the right section.



      Don't worry, I'm still working on the trailer and trucks. This was just a one night project.

    • April 1, 2021 11:13 AM EDT
    • Here's my tub 1 of 2 of scrap stryene. This is mostly big sheets, and strips. The other tub is a little smaller and is mostly 1"-3" sized pieces. Both are handy to have but I have a drawer full of other crap that also needs organization. I've seen some guys make drawers out of styrene but I'm too cheaper to waste good styrene on drawers, so foam core it is, and with some hot glue foam core is super easy to build with and fast.


    • April 1, 2021 8:45 AM EDT
    • Eric,

      What I was thinking about was taking some foam core and building a few different stackable trays to sort the styrene into various thicknesses. That way it becomes a little more manageable when looking for scrap styrene. I'm also forcing myself to replace strip styrene back into the package after I cut a piece off. I have so much scrap styrene. Shop infrastructure projects in my mind are just as important as regular projects.

    • April 1, 2021 1:41 AM EDT
    • Craig,


      If I may suggest, get some containers for scraps you don't intend to use, sort them by material type, and make them available to your kids.  I've found that these "gemuckabuckets" as we call  them in faux German never quite empty but never remain full, either, as the contents become parts of various projects.



    • March 31, 2021 1:00 PM EDT
    • Dennis Rayon said:

      Wow Craig you have done a Job only a few could do, GREAT Job


      It's not that hard to scratch build. Just take you time. I've never shared the piles and piles of scrap pieces after making mistakes. One of the goals to keep in the MIK spirit was to use up some of these scrap pieces, which I have slowly been doing. But this project already has lead me to some workshop redesign/organization needs to sort styrene scrap. I've been meaning to do something for a while, but this project is showing me it needs to be done sooner than later. Maybe this summer?

    • March 31, 2021 11:10 AM EDT
    • Wow Craig you have done a Job only a few could do, GREAT Job


    • March 31, 2021 9:52 AM EDT
    • Eric Mueller said:

      Bobby pin?

      It does kind of look like that. No, it's my attempt at a leaf spring.

    • March 31, 2021 2:50 AM EDT
    • Bobby pin?

    • March 30, 2021 8:39 PM EDT
    • What have I built myself now?