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    • February 29, 2020 6:19 PM EST
    • Thar keeps getting better all the time

    • February 28, 2020 8:43 PM EST
    • Praying for you buddy.  The wood provides a nice contrast to the stone.

    • February 28, 2020 8:12 PM EST
    • I hope you catch a break soon John. Would be nice to see you have a long stretch of feeling good. On the modeling front, I really like that you put the wood at an angle. Nice touch.

    • February 28, 2020 8:09 PM EST
    • good luck with the treatments John.

       On a side note on the wood floor. Your statement brings to mind a movie, Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin with Harry Morgan in the mix. Tunnels under the whole town going from saloon to saloon so they could collect the gold dust falling through the cracks in the floor boards.

        Maybe you should put an outdoor cellar entry so he can gather his sweepings

    • February 28, 2020 7:55 PM EST
    • I've got wood!

      Several years ago it was J. Morrison and the Doors, my freight house didn't fare well against the trailer's onslaught and is resting on the ground. Today it volunteered part of the floor I made for it.

      I have a few tiles to narrow and the floor will be; stuck a fork in it, done. My list of details continues to grow.

      High (grade) Pockets our Assayer, petitioned for a wood floor because of his arthuritis, well he claims that's why he walks bent over, but we know it's the gold he's walking out the door! 

       

      There will be a pause soon on this and other projects, the fickle finger of fate isn't done with me yet. My cancer returned and I just volunteered for 40 mini doses of radiation real close to the maxed out tissue from my first encounter. Plus last week I had 3 days of chemo starting a 3 week cycle for 5 series of infusions.

    • February 25, 2020 6:02 PM EST
    • Fair enough. A work in progress

       

    • February 25, 2020 3:16 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      John I see wood. What are you going to roof this beauty with. Given that you live in a sand blaster/blast furnace what will hold up long term? I am glad I don't have such woes.

      I envisioned a half roof decrepit. I'm hoping to animate some... 

      I recycled all the wood from the half grounded layout and most has nicely decayed. 

      I hesitate to describe future details because all are subject to change. 

      The first phase of my imaginations are something that works, so I can start pondering and daydreamin' .

      Not cast in stone... just set there 4 now.

       

    • February 25, 2020 11:27 AM EST
    • John I see wood. What are you going to roof this beauty with. Given that you live in a sand blaster/blast furnace what will hold up long term? I am glad I don't have such woes.

    • February 25, 2020 10:40 AM EST
    • Really an amazing piece of work

    • February 25, 2020 9:01 AM EST
    • Gorgeous John. It really is very rustic looking and I think you are totally pulling off the prototype picture. Very nice work

    • February 25, 2020 12:38 AM EST
    • OK I found my way back and during a brief moment of clarity figured out how to stone my floor. I decided I wanted more stone under the oven and furnace.

      I wanted the non polished side and flat. The tiles are different thicknesses. When I set them up front, I could even them as applied. With the walls built up, no longer an option. 

      Instead of Duct tape I grabbed a roll of metal tape and covered the block of tiles I had laid out to fill the room. Then flipped them over and pushed the stones against a clipboard. Next was pulling off just enough stones to get the mass to sit flat in the room. Pulled out and pressed flat again, I dripped Monkey super glue on all the joints and let it set. When I pulled off the tape  I have the floor sought. Silt will fill the gaps and time slips away.

      Details have been removed to protect the vulnerable, all are safe and seeking to return...

      The Office portion is getting a wood floor and shelving for the bottles. The Chiminey's 2nd coat of paint was yellow ocher, broken roof boards and bits of tar paper ... to tease.

      The beat goes on!

       

    • February 29, 2020 11:07 AM EST
    • Congratulations to all who won, and also all who entered. A truly spectacular group of models, even though they were done so quickly, and for so little cost. I am still amazed at what you all accomplished!  

       

      Cliff

    • February 26, 2020 6:57 PM EST
    • Congratulations to all the participants for all your hard work, you guys, girls and Kidzilla made voting for a favorite very difficult,I  tossed many coins before I answered the voting thread. Looking forward to jumping back into the game next year! And now..

       THE Countdown begins!

                                                                           319 DAYS

      Until MIK 2021. tick tock start hoarding stuff

    • February 26, 2020 8:03 AM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:
      Lou no good awards speech goes without having a political tirade.

       

      As 4th Place Winner, I would like to say:

    • February 26, 2020 1:07 AM EST
    • Congratulations to all of you this year. It was very tough to vote... Hope i can participate next year.....

    • February 25, 2020 11:25 AM EST
    • Lou Luczu said:

      I want to thank the Academy, err....

      Thank Dave for running this equivalent of herding cats and running a velcro farm.

      Lou no good awards speech goes without having a political tirade.

    • February 25, 2020 9:57 AM EST
    • I want to thank the Academy, err....

      Thank Dave for running this equivalent of herding cats and running a velcro farm.

    • February 25, 2020 8:25 AM EST
    • Rick Marty said:

      Congratulations to all the winners it was well deserved.  

      And congratulations to all that participated, what fun to be involved.

       

      Any hints as to what we need to start stocking up on for next year?

      Nothing for you, you build better than we can buy!

    • February 25, 2020 8:15 AM EST
    • Was another great challenge.  Thanks Dave for putting it on, thanks to those who made special prizes, thanks to all the participants for making it a challenge, and thanks to everyone who voted.   Looking forward to next year.

    • February 25, 2020 1:13 AM EST
    • Wow...the family is in a bit of shock out here.  Thanks to all for your votes, and most especially thanks to Dave for running this event every year!