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    • April 18, 2018 9:40 PM EDT
    • David Marconi,FOGCH said:

      Oh the many chuckles we had over that statement Rooster. But the man did have a knack for creating what he wanted from what he had or, could beg or borrow

      Agreed!

    • April 17, 2018 7:59 AM EDT
    • Mik did graduate from the college of hard knocks, he passed with flying colors!

    • April 17, 2018 7:39 AM EDT
    • Oh the many chuckles we had over that statement Rooster. But the man did have a knack for creating what he wanted from what he had or, could beg or borrow

    • April 17, 2018 12:03 AM EDT
    •    Oooooooooooooooh......gives me an idea for my next layout background.....I wonder if ebay has secondhand trains to match?

       

       

      edit: like so:

       

                     

       

       

    • April 16, 2018 8:06 PM EDT
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      Back in the day in the hood!

    • April 2, 2018 3:22 AM EDT
    • I am happy to report we have survived all visitors.  The crew was happy to show off their ribbon to "Oma" and "Opa," so they are motivated to get this done.  

      We mounted our windows made of plastic from the bottom of a reusable shopping bag.  Kid-zilla tried to apply them using his preferred tool...

       

      In all seriousness, getting wood to adhere to this stuff defied all efforts:  E6000; construction cement; silicon.  I ended up using silicon to stick the plastic to the wall, which stopped the plastic from flexing.  This seemed to work.   For now.  Were I to do it over, I would glue the plastic to the inside of the building, as a bit of plastic extends beyond my crude frames.  Live and learn...

      This weekend, Oldest Daughter and I used a pause between services and other activities to roof the office.  We had some 1:1 roofing material we trimmed to fit and glued to the top.  We will need to trim off some excess, then we can mount our craft store "lumber" for stringers and more craft sticks for rungs.  I have a solar light on stand by, an we'll also cut a small hole to allow the light to hit the panel, then silicon glue the light to the underside.

      There has been a downside to this project.  My carefully cultivated image of being useless with any tools has been - in the mind of CINCHOUSE - sufficiently shattered to apply nominal skills to household repairs, to include refinishing Oldest Daughter's recently acquired second hand desk.  On the upside, though, Oldest Daughter has said, "Wonder what they will want us to do for the 2019 Challenge?"  To this end CINCHOUSE authorized the purchase of a cheap hobby-size table saw.  This guarantees next year's challenge will require metal work...

      Barring more fun with toddlers and tack hammers, this should be the last update until the yard office is done and wired in place.  I am looking forward to sitting at my grill station, hitting a switch to isolate the full beverage train, and then hitting the other switch to release a train carrying the empties.

      Happy Easter to those who celebrate and have a great week!

      Eric

       

    • March 15, 2018 6:22 PM EDT
    • Thanks guys.

      You can catch up with the 3rd bridge build here;

      https://www.largescalecentral.com/forums/topic/25744/part-the-second-off-the-dirt/view/post_id/359687

    • March 15, 2018 5:22 PM EDT
    • John. that really looks good. The solo bridge was nice but with the addition of the second it really is nice.

    • March 8, 2018 6:32 AM EST
    • yup, much better.

      triangles on both. that gives a kind of continuity

       

    • March 7, 2018 10:58 PM EST
    • Looking quite awesome, John!!

    • March 7, 2018 3:23 PM EST
    • Korm Kormsen said:

      i think, it would look better, if you make the second bridge in the same style as the first.

      Korm,

      Does this variation work?

      The wash is more active, so spanning it while raising the cross members had to be considered. Of course the stringers get trimmed and everything lowered. Wood ties will replace plastic.

       

      I will be picking up on this on my other layout build thread, as it's time to let Mik return to slumber land ...

       

      https://www.largescalecentral.com/forums/topic/25744/part-the-second-off-the-dirt/view/post_id/359687

    • March 6, 2018 10:39 PM EST
    • Thanks Pete your post wins the award for the most timely needed laugh award. I already have an image of a trucker driving down the road in Viking horns with a portal flying out the window and a fat bottom lip

    • March 6, 2018 10:33 PM EST
    • No rooster don't do that ibwoild really be confused. I really want to be in A, blew my oppertunity when inwas B, I always feel like C, and every year I qualify for D

    • March 6, 2018 9:54 PM EST
    • I like it just the way it is now!.

      And YES I WAS BUTT HURT I DIDNT WIN!!!! I pouted got mad and threw my portal through a portal and vowed to never enter one of these again!!!Who would not want a collectible Rooster figurine, in very rare Green Jeans attire, I heared he prefers blue jeans for their attitude. I would have settled for a Devon figure that could not decide what to do next, but offer suggestions to fix the same problem he is Devoning over. But NOOOO, we award the prize to, well the best of all the builds. Please read the above coments with a huge amount of sarcasm in your head I am clearly trying to be funny .. I said trying!

      Dave, from the things I have picked up about Mik and the Challenge,  I think that picking Eric as the spirit of Mik award was the absolute right choice, all the winners were that best ones, and all were well deserving of the votes.

      Now to be a bit serious, keep things as they are, I was really mad at myself I didnt get into the Challenge with the Taylor Tin 2016, and was thrilled to actually build something that can actually look like a building as the absolute first time I ever did a scratch build. which carried over to this years build as I have never tried doing the work to build my portal.

      I hope that more builds are done the way with the stone and the tin, give everyone the same starting point and watch their imaginations take over.

      I have no problem with paying for whatever the starting piece( tin , stones, etc) and look forward to what ever comes from your mind and shop! Thanks Dave for putting this on, I have made friends here and like others enjoy watching the builds, getting ideas and laughing and joking with the others.

    • March 6, 2018 9:00 PM EST
    • Just some numbers:

       

      2016:

      18 starters

      15 finishers

       

      2017:

      19 starters

      15 finishers

       

      2018:

      18 starters

      15 finishers

       

      I did not check to see if it was the same 15 finishers each year or how many votes were cast but I think participation / interest has been pretty good these last three years based on those numbers.

       

      I also did not make a list of participants but there is a strong core who enter every year.

       

      .02$

       

    • March 6, 2018 8:44 PM EST
    • Dave Taylor said:

       

      Building a wooden flat car,  for an Amtrak guy is never going to work,   and it sure as hell won't take 30 days.

      Likewise Building rolling stock on the cheep,  and then having to pay $50 for a set of trucks,  just isn't going to cut it either.

       


       

       

      Comments?

       

      Who the Hell would model Amtrash .....that is worthless crap anyway.

       

      $50 for a set of trucks on a 2x4 is absurd! Spend the money on a good paint brush or ditch lights and HEP cabling instead "which can be done MASSIVELY cheap"!

       

      My thoughts/comments as YOU did ask but I'm no expert and did read twice before posting.

       

      How about next year you build what you want and then "HAND PAINT IT" with a brush?

      Painting on the washer and dryer earn bonus points! No shipping ,no digging in the couch for change to pay for shipping no nothing and you do nothing but moderate.

       

      We change the prizes or judging to ?

       

      A.....Finescale modeling

      B.....1st time challenge build

      C.....Someday I would like to build like the rest of you guys (because I have it in me and just don't know it)

      D......Holy Shit I did it

       

       

       

       

       

      This post has been edited twice by ROOSTER:

       

    • March 6, 2018 8:27 PM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:
      John Caughey said:
      Dave Taylor said:

      You don't need no stinking Dr. for that.  Easy breezy,   Fire up the old compressor, set the PSI to 90,  Stick the Blower nozzle in the pie hole,  Hold your nose, and squeeze the trigger,  Just like a balloon!

       

      FROOOOOP!  and your all better.

       

       

      Didn't work, blew my last marbles out my ears!

      Thanks for the laugh John.  That was funny 

    • March 6, 2018 8:18 PM EST
    • John Caughey said:
      Dave Taylor said:

      You don't need no stinking Dr. for that.  Easy breezy,   Fire up the old compressor, set the PSI to 90,  Stick the Blower nozzle in the pie hole,  Hold your nose, and squeeze the trigger,  Just like a balloon!

       

      FROOOOOP!  and your all better.

       

       

      Didn't work, blew my last marbles out my ears!

      Thanks for the laugh John.  That was funny 

    • March 6, 2018 8:17 PM EST
    • Devon, its easy to be cranky when one isn't feeling well. And you, my friend, have dealt with with more health problems then most.

       

      I would like to see more folks participate too, but some people are just too busy with other things, or they just aren't builders. Every group have the doers, the watchers, the criticizers and the clueless.

       

      I usually don't judge. I can be, well, I can be a bit judgemental when I am judging. And if I am, then I am not following rule number 1. So I leave the judging to others.

       

      Dave you are right in that each project will not appeal to everyone. But the door project and the 2x4 as material project I think are pretty inclusive. Now if the next project is detail a SD40,  then that would be too specific and modern for me. I think you have been doing a good job of leaving the challenge open ended enough that most folks can build what they want, and what would fit into their railroad. So I am not sure what kind of adjustments you could/should make to the challenge.

    • March 6, 2018 8:14 PM EST
    • Dave Taylor said:

      You don't need no stinking Dr. for that.  Easy breezy,   Fire up the old compressor, set the PSI to 90,  Stick the Blower nozzle in the pie hole,  Hold your nose, and squeeze the trigger,  Just like a balloon!

       

      FROOOOOP!  and your all better.

       

       

      Didn't work, blew my last marbles out my ears!