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    • February 12, 2020 12:08 AM EST
    • Just to finish out.... A couple of Glamor shots that didn't get used for the pic posting.

      Some roofing detail.....   BTW the anvil and hammer were my first ever sculpt molding....  I did put a wire thru the handle and hammer head



    • February 11, 2020 11:22 PM EST
    • Well here it is,  just a humble little backwoods flagstop station.  The trains run on an every other day basis and don't stop unless the Station Master posts a flag. 

      The pictures show the building just plopped on the layout, not in it's permanent location, but it's forever home is now under construction, maybe pictures will follow somewhere else. 


      Just basic construction, nothing new or different, however this is the first time I have used popsicle sticks as siding, not to bad.  The chimney was cut down to better fit my minds eye for size to the building. 

      Windows are by Grandt Line, doors are scratch built, and the roof is doll house shakes, that aren't too bad for size.  

      Everything that went into this building was on hand, including the 9V battery for the lighting so my cost total is zero dollars for this project. 


      The final shots








      And, of course, the Drone flyby.




      The night lighting shots, I like the nice soft yellow glow that I get with using 14V bulbs and a 9V battery, 2 bulbs in series.

      It seems to fit the 1939 era better than the stark white that comes from LED's. Having said that I know all the arguments in favor, but to me bulbs and batteries are simple.



      That's is it for my Mik 2020, it was fun to participate again and to follow along with all the great stuff that was happening during this challange.  I learned a lot from you all and I thank you for sharing your builds and especially the fun.


    • February 11, 2020 11:02 PM EST
    • Neal S MIKs Challenge - Peterson Post Newspaper HQ.

      Glamour shot:



      This is constructed from a kit.  Kit included walls with brick molding and window frames plus doors.  I added paint, the bottom concrete block foundation, entry steps, awning, window glazing, historic headlines in windows, rooftop signage paperboy and MIK's chimney.

      The building will go nicely with the rest of Peterson village on our club layout, which is set in 1957.

      Kit and almost everything else were already on hand.  Purchases:  paperboy figurine and 1 can spray paint, total $18.

    • February 11, 2020 9:30 PM EST
    • First, the glamour shots:


      Building is constructed of a pink foam core, overlay is individual cedar strips to make up the siding, trim and structure.  The temporary tar paper roof is made of masking tape.   The doors were scratch built and the windows were cut down and bashed to make double hung units.  The Goodrich tire sign is paper, thinned down and glued on, then sanded to weather it thru.   All other signs are printed on vinyl and covered with a UV film.  They are mounted to .040 styrene for rigidity.   Lighting is installed and working, just not finished with the wiring.   I had the two Gilmore pumps, purchased the other two after the challenge began; other than that I had everything on hand.   Weathering is light to give it a look of a well maintained station.


      Now that the challenge is over, a proper base for outdoor use will be made, and pump islands for each side will be fashioned.   A plethora of details will be added, which would have broke the $30 bank.  The roof will also be changed over to corrugated metal and additional weathering to the structure will be done.   I will also modify the size of the chimney to look more appropriate to the building.


    • February 11, 2020 11:14 PM EST
    • The Art of Practicing Medicine   ... We keep trying until we get it right.

      As I learned in my Bro in laws book, cancers mutate and mutations mutate without exact routes. The data base is growing and my case will add to the information so the next can benefit. I handled my first dose this time with ease compared to 8 years ago, so I asked for a full dose and I intend to continue the fight. I have a great support staff (my big sister).


      Thanks for your concerns, prayers good vibes, etc... all are appreciated

      I'm not bitter, at least God let me compete this year! I had some fun and a lot of tedious mundane work, but I too love the look, it almost looks as good as my mind's eye vision!

      What a year, every model a winner! 'Cept Devon's boxcar

    • February 11, 2020 10:41 PM EST
    • Well, shucks, John. Thinking about you.

    • February 11, 2020 10:35 PM EST
    • Sorry to hear of the setback, John.  Praying for you, buddy.

    • February 11, 2020 10:35 PM EST
    • Damn john I am so sorry to hear that. 

    • February 11, 2020 10:10 PM EST
    • Rough day, I'll post my pics in the vote thread tomorrow.

      Next Tuesday I go back on chemo.

    • February 11, 2020 10:34 PM EST
    • Dave Taylor said:

      An Old Wise Mentor once stressed to me.....   " Just because you can,  Doesn't mean that you should "





      Oh so very true, Dave

    • February 11, 2020 9:47 PM EST
    • One of your best works of art, Dennis.  I love the use of various materials and the signage.

    • February 11, 2020 9:43 PM EST
    • Dennis between you and Doc Tom, you guys are my weathering inspiration. You just have such a great eye for it. I have the techniques, I have the ability, but you just have a God given talent for seeing it through. 

    • February 11, 2020 9:30 PM EST
    • Thanks Jim

    • February 11, 2020 9:23 PM EST
    • Fabulous work as usual. I love how you manage to make a lot of individual variation while mostly mass producing your siding, shingles, fence slats, etc. Inspirational as always... Now I have a bunch of techniques to try out...

    • February 11, 2020 9:16 PM EST
    • I still have many things yet to do to complete the model, I like to mount my structures on a 16 gage metal base, so I can add details and people figures, and small

      trees and shrubery and misc things that add to the scene. 

      I have a few things to add to the inside,

      I need to add under roof supports under the roof edge opposite of the lean too, and then add bottles in the lean too.

      Mounted to a base makes it easier to move and then the details can all be added on a bench allowing it easier to access, making better

      details easier to do. 

    • February 11, 2020 9:03 PM EST
    • [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4973[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4971[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr



    • February 11, 2020 8:57 PM EST
    • [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4945[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4949[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4951[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4959[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4965[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_E4928[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4969[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4968[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 11, 2020 8:40 PM EST
    • [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4955[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4956[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4956[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 11, 2020 8:36 PM EST
    • Finished Model Pictures


      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_E4930[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      The signs are made from 2 layered acrylic lasered and cut on a laser. 

      I used a dremel with a wire brush and fine sand paper , to slightly remove the top coating. 

    • February 11, 2020 9:39 PM EST
    • I bet Dave will get over it if you have a railroad thatcus larger than a pizza box to show for it.