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    • February 22, 2019 11:23 PM EST
    • Doc you seem preferential to cranes and loaders

    • February 22, 2019 10:24 PM EST
    • Well it is time to quit fooling around in the On30 corner of this great site ......



      .....and get outside with the Large Scale Bretheren and VOTE.

      1. Devon Sinsley

      2.Rick Marty

      3. Scott Johnson.


      Great work guys!!!

      Doc Tom

    • February 22, 2019 9:43 PM EST
    • 1. Scott Johnson

      2. Jim Rowson

      3. Devon Sinsley & Rick Marty



    • February 22, 2019 8:56 PM EST
    • Adam Dziuk said:





      It will ....From my experience LSC was built on trust and a good old fashioned hand shake !

    • February 22, 2019 8:49 PM EST
    • ...but only once!

    • February 22, 2019 8:49 PM EST
    • Adam Dziuk said:


          If you followed the last two Challenges, you will remember Dave has been outsourcing vote collection and counting. You will be hearing from your local KGB agent shortly.





    • February 22, 2019 8:40 PM EST
    • Well,

      I didn't receive a ballot in my mail.

      I don't have a voting app. on my phone.

      I went to my polling place and they had no idea what I was talking about.



      Any way...

      1) Devon Snisley

      2) Scott Johnson

      3) Rick Marty





    • February 22, 2019 4:59 PM EST
    • Thats awesome Todd

    • February 22, 2019 3:22 PM EST
    • BTW, I don't know if anyone else noticed, or even if it was intentional, but Todd Haskins gets the award for best Drum Majorette..., and he can lead a parade of trains anytime.


    • February 22, 2019 2:17 PM EST
    • 1....Jim Rowson

      2....Scott Johnson

      3....Todd Haskins


      Spirit Of Mik ...Eric Muller (as stated for involving the kids and allowing them to help build) kudos Eric!!


      "Big Thanks"  to Dave for putting this together for us yet another year! This was probably the best year yet with the builds and the open category. It was an incredibly difficult decision and they well all outstanding builds "Great Work Guys". The cranes were over the top and should have been in their own category. I got tired of trying to decide how to place between the two so I had to rule them out and move on. (Fantastic Work Guys)!

      Jim's venture into trying new techniques and materials was excellent and in the spirit. Scotts first time plunge turned out excellent. Todd's monster Doodlebug was awesome especially since it ran on a 2.5 radii...


      Congratulations to all as they are all winners!


    • February 22, 2019 9:49 AM EST
    • Ths year was with out a doubt the most impressive builds I have seen. Congrats to all who entered and all the great ideas and techniques used and shown and explained to us. I have been thinking hard on who to put where and really want to make a 5 or 7 way tie for !st place. Everyone made it exceptionly hard to choose a winner and there are no losers here this year. So here we go:

      #1 Devon Sinsley. Wildly weathered and exactly what he set out to do.

      # 2 Dave Taylor. The woodwork alone is awesome, the fact its in 1:20 makes it even more so.

      #3 Rick Marty. I had a hard time where to put your build Rick, and it  deserves 1st  with Devon, flipped a coin 2 out of 3 to determine the difference

      Spirit of Mik,  Eric Mueller. getting the whole family in and all that help was great.

      First time Award to Scott Johnson you said you had some parts, it looks like a scratch build, great job !!


    • February 22, 2019 4:55 AM EST
    • Wow.  Just wow.  I am seriously impressed. 

      1st - tie between Devon and Ricks crane cars - simply incredible detail.

      2nd - Vic's Silver Zephyr - the quirkiness appeals to me.

      3rd - Bill Barnwell's roadside diner - I liked the interior detail work.


      Eric's double hulled sailing locomotive and Todd's doodlebug both get honorable mentions.

    • February 22, 2019 1:58 AM EST
    • The Vote from Hawai'i is in!


      Before writing down our votes, let me repeat what has been said above...Thanks to all who participated and so freely shared their techniques and provided a lot of inspiration. 

      CINCHOUSE, Oldest Daughter, and Youngest Daughter helped with the vote (the boys are in bed), heavily weighing scratch-built over kit-bashed in their votes and then applying an aesthetic value.  This broke my own mental deadlock as I tried to balance how to weigh these two very different expressions of modeling talent - scratch-building vs. kit-bashing.  In the end, our collective votes fell as follows:

      1.  Devon Sinsley's Steam Crane.  We were unanimous.  The ladies gave this a nod over Rick's entry for aesthetics alone; I would've been wishy-washy and declared a tie between these two magnificent models.
      2. Jim Rowson's Mackenzie's Mercantile.  We all admired the craftsmanship; again, the ladies' unanimous votes edged Jim into second.
      3. Dave Taylor's Box Cars.  Much the same results as above.  The ladies declared these "cute," giving Dave's work a bump over Scott Johnson's produce platform.


      "Spirit of the Mik." We unanimously voted Bill Barnwell's Sunrise Café for the 2019 for showcasing how to turn seeming scrap into a useable and attractive model. Oldest Daughter did nominate Tim of Alaska for a.) being in Alaska during the winter and b.) probably having to deal with many of the same issues we face in terms of locally available "large scale" resources. 

      We really, really had fun, and we appreciated this annual opportunity!


      Eric and Family


    • February 21, 2019 10:14 PM EST
    • Very great modeling projects, hard to choose

      1 Rick Marty's steam crane

      2 Scott Johnson's produce platform

      3 Jim's store

    • February 22, 2019 11:16 PM EST
    • Dave Taylor said:


      Oh... BTW, I learned early on in my car building career , Save the underside stuff till last.  That way you have a good "Non Delicate" surface to set the car on while you manhandle it putting all the rest of the hardware on the top half.  Setting the whole car down on the truss rods,  isn't a good thing.


      Oh, now you tell me ......... after I found out the hard way   Great looking cars, Dave.  Those are just too cool 

    • February 22, 2019 10:27 PM EST
    • Been an interesting week, I woke up to this:

      4 inches, and My poor flamingos are shivering, and wondering if they made a wrong turn at Albuquerque.  Canceled all my Plans for the day...


      So I stayed in and worked a bit on the Wagon top Boxcars.

      Inventoried my supply of the "Jewelry "  and I don't have everything that I need to finish up both cars...  "Hello, Ozark Minitures?" I can get close on one car, but will have to wait for pieces for both.


      Oh... BTW, I learned early on in my car building career , Save the underside stuff till last.  That way you have a good "Non Delicate" surface to set the car on while you manhandle it putting all the rest of the hardware on the top half.  Setting the whole car down on the truss rods,  isn't a good thing.


    • February 22, 2019 5:05 PM EST
    • When I did my PS2 hopper I also found that going from HO scale weathering to G scale weathering was difficult, it's a much bigger canvas. I'm thinking the techniques used in HO scale are fine for G scale, the hold up is mostly in my head. I've been gun shy on rust streaks. But after watching Ken Patterson in the What's Neat Janurary 2019 MRH episode he's got a technique I want to try. The technique starts at 4:12. Then at 22:14 he airbrushes graffiti on a G scale Autorack. Sooooo gotta try this.


    • February 22, 2019 11:45 AM EST
    • More detail shots... To be honest, I really don't like the door rust streaks, but not bad for the first attempt at a large rust patch. Needs to be more 3D of an effect (hairspray chipping)

    • February 21, 2019 6:37 PM EST
    • For some crazy reason when we discuss paint colors, she doesn't want BN Green, NP Orange, or GN blue walls? I think that they would nice. A nice green wall with a big white BN logo in the middle seems like a pretty good idea for a wall covering in my book.