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    • February 11, 2020 8:18 PM EST
    • Can see here the finished Chimney with a 3D printed chimney top



    • February 11, 2020 8:17 PM EST
    • [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4953[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      This is is Birds eye view of the roof, I treated the steel with a coating of Muratic acid and then spraying hrdrogen peroxide, that will activate rust affects immediately.

      Then over night it is at the limit of rust i want, then I remove rust in places as seen in the picture, with the drill and wire brush, then spray with a clear coat to slow down

      more growth of rust.

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4953[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 11, 2020 8:03 PM EST
    • Now the first layer of the steel shim stock rolled through the home made crimper, I use steel so I get REAL rust.

      This is my shear to shear the strips. can also be cut by a good pair of sizzors or tin snips could be used. 

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4905[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      Then the Crimper

       [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4906[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 11, 2020 7:57 PM EST
    • Start Laying Shingles

      I layout lines 1" apart for reference lines for me to follow how straight I am laying them. 

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4889[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      The rectangle hole for the chimney

      This side shingles all laid down

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4909[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 11, 2020 7:52 PM EST
    • [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4976[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      This is a couple packets of of cut shingles to be, 

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4977[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      I used a cutter because I have one, I also just split many with my fingers and thumbs. With the cutters i do 4-7 layers

      at a time.

    • February 11, 2020 7:36 PM EST
    • [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4887[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

    • February 11, 2020 7:35 PM EST
    • Making Redwood Shingles

      I am making shingles this time with the table saw. I have done them in different ways, I actually made a shingle splitter, that works

      very well, but I like this way the best. I purchased a thin kerf blade to save a little lumber. It cuts very nice, and smoothly. I will cut 3 different thickness, about .050-.060-.070, these will give a very authentic look .  Then I take a wire brush on a cordless drill and wire brush the wood as pictured. Quick and easy.

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4882[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      Then I stack the three different thickness in no order, using masking tape and wrap it in a spiral as pictured. Then I set the fenceon the bandsaw  to 1" and crosscut the complete stick. So I end up with many pieces taped together measuring 1" long and 1-1/2" wide. 

      These were cut from a 2'x6' redwood board.

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4886[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr



    • February 11, 2020 3:20 PM EST
    • Dennis, super build!

    • February 11, 2020 7:25 PM EST
    • Thanks Devon, I honestly thought I could juggle the two, but once the challenge started and I got a good look at that station I knew it would take alot longer to sort out, so I gave myself that deadline to push myself to finish the raised bed instead. In the end I'm glad I did so, because it's so much better out there now. I don't think Dave is too happy but I'll make it up to him next year 

    • February 11, 2020 3:46 PM EST
    • Vic I laughed when you posted on the final pics thread. You certainly worked harder than anyone else for the challenge. And you used block, didn't quite turn into a chimney. I think when MIK came up with this idea he had not planned on someone actually building their RR for the challenge.

    • February 11, 2020 5:30 PM EST
    • Nice tribute, Neal.

    • February 11, 2020 5:01 PM EST
    • Eric, it spells MIK side ways


    • February 11, 2020 4:47 PM EST
    • Nice job!  Love the "random" white bricks on the chimbly.

    • February 11, 2020 5:28 PM EST
    • I don't know why some of my glamor shots came out fuzzy. I reserve the right to reshoot after I'm less fuzzy.

      Eraser Division

      Entrance to the Pencil Division

      Delivery! Sorry, one of the fuzzy ones.

      Hole In One Golf Pencil Company

      Another fuzzy picture.

      All Rights Reserved Hole In One Golf Pencil Company


      I forgot to mention the building supplies. The base and walls came from leftovers from Jon Radder (thank you), the roof and pencil sign are from deserted Board of Education signs, the Eraser Division is a Bachmann Lil Critter bought some time ago, foundation blocks and door are leftovers from some guy named Taylor.. Some signs were made on the P-touch labeller. Everything else is "stuff" that was laying around, some of which I can't even remember where it came from. Total expense $6.99 (less 20 % coupon) for glue that takes much too long to cure.

    • February 11, 2020 3:16 PM EST
    • Vic Smith's "where'd the damn chimney its nowhere in sight utter failing to even start reassembling his project because he wanted to shovel his personal equivalent of the Panama Canal, or as it shall be forever remembered as, the Mik's Memorial Retaining Wall".


    • February 11, 2020 2:55 PM EST
    • night

      the lady of the house

      living room


      painted and base

      My build, "Cracker House" features left over Playmobil building parts, PVC sheet, board, evergreen styrene, screws, glue, and rattle can paint + fond memories. I lived in one of these till the first grade and when I saw the build included a chimney it was on. Even though my home didn't have a chimney, we had a wood burning stove for heat and cooking, figured why not step it up with a brick chimney. First I assembled the chimney, harder that it looks, then added detail and tried to make it look like new old brick. Went thru all my old Playmobil parts and found every thing I needed. Started with the design, then glued using my favorite ACE surehold, Plastic Surgery. Painted the building using Krylon flat white rattle can and while waiting for the paint to dry made the base from leftover PVC 1/4" board, making footing concrete blocks using #3/4' PVC board which is somewhat porous giving the look of concrete block after being painted. Toped them with .10 heated sheet styrene for termite barrier and then securing using drywall screws from the top down. Found suitable plank flooring for both the front and back porch and secured. Next to the roof, needed extra detail as Playmobil really doesn't look too much like metal roofing, which this build had to have, as then is nothing like a metal roof in a rain storm, that is where I learned redneck sign language, so I added appropriate size styrene strips adding 8 on each side then painted the roof. Onward to the windows and doors, painted again with a rattle can a light mine green, then slid suable thickness clear acrylic for windowpanes opting to leave windows open a different heights and the making roll up blinds using the same acrylic sheet only this time I painted it with glass paint which color them but allowed light to penetrate. Added a little furniture detail in side using playmobil parts just in case one could see inside the open windows, than a mist of Krylon matt finish for UV protection. Porch uprights were next and was done with styrene, last but not least was the chimney, did a little research and it said it had to be 3' from the roof and if within 5' of the highest spot another 2' was needed, done, added a top to the chimney to give it a finished look and hid my pathway solar light panel in the top, solar light was left intact with the exception of the solar panel and it was glued to the under side of the roof. Finally after weathering a little and coating with matt finish added my crowning detail. If what could be better that a pregnant woman with 3 young ones hanging on to show the husband wasn't taking any chances, both barefoot and pregnant and it appears to have been going on for a while. Finished it off with a black dog and "Rooster" as no LSC project can be done without a "Rooster", my expenses were $12.95 for the figures, $3.95 for the ACE plastic surgery glue and $.50 for a styrene strip + I still have enough parts left to build 2 more building or 1-2 store,  very fun build brought back some very fond old memories. Thanks especially to Dave for his time and expense, and all the great builds in this endeavor, Bill 

      partsbasebuild and base

    • February 11, 2020 1:48 PM EST
    • For Mik 2020, I decided to build a small blacksmith shop.  Modeled after what you would find in many turn of the century towns out West in New Mexico.  Built from locally sourced  cut stones.  Every town had it's own blacksmith, a well respected and very needed local citizen.  The blacksmith shop was always a bevy of activity in the town.

      I present to you.  Paul Cozza Blacksmith shop. Named after a departed friend, and his inspirational wife Kathy.

      The out door environment in Northern New Mexico has high temps in the summer with extreme UV levels at the 6000' elevation, and even snow in the winter. I have adopted the principal that builds for the pike need to be way over built to survive, and to try and keep the little fragile details to a minumin.  When it rains, it pours... so waterproof becomes an extreme measure.  I try to seal out all possible sources of leaks to the 1/2" plywood central structure. and then extreme waterproof the wood, before I hide it with the exterior.

      And here is my required Chimney....  And yes I did get it a touch crooked....

      There is no exterior surfaces that are exposed wood, cast resin doors and windows, and cast stones,  and the trim work and signage is made from Syntra.  And of course the roof is "guaranteed Never To Rust" Taylor Tin.


      The photos were shot in the sunlight,  it's perament location on the pike is in deep shaded shadows this time of the year..

    • February 11, 2020 12:10 PM EST
    • Another great showing of imagination, skill and talent from all the participants.

        In the past Mik's build challenge has been a time to try new techniques and really stretch my modelling skills but this year had me spending most of my time renovating a house about 60 miles from me during the week and home for the weekends with most of my tools staying behind.   I ripped the wood needed and brought it and my brad nailer home.  As a result my build was not as ambitious as usual but I'm still happy with the outcome and it will be a welcome addition to the RR.  The "switch shack" will be wired in this Spring and will control 2 sidings on my track powered RR.    I did cut the Taylor chimney in half because my original plan was to build 2 small buildings.  The overall cost was $0 with all bits and pieces already on hand.  In the future I might add a bit of trim and maybe a window but for now the building is done.



    • February 11, 2020 2:37 PM EST
    • Dave,


      looking at the glamour shots you posted in the show off thread you mention the stones are cut from the local rock. That really comes to life in those shots. You did an excellent job of color matching your stones to the native rock in your layout. Yet another take away from your excellent work. When I did my build this year I made no attempt to match either my cut stones or the dino turd to the native rock of my layout which is primarily a very white granite or black basalt. This is something to consider in the future, especially considering the amount of rock in my layout. Nicely done.

    • February 11, 2020 12:30 PM EST
    • i just noticed the switches in the glamour shots. You did a great job of hiding them in plain site.