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    • February 21, 2020 4:01 AM EST
    • To keep Rooster happy (if thats possible)

      My vote after a lot of deliberation:

      1.Dennis Rayon

      2.Rick Marty

      3.John Caughey

      Most work involved Vic Smith

      Group effort Clan Mueller

      Over use of technology Dan Hilyer


    • February 20, 2020 10:23 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      Is it too early for me to demand a recount 


      recount?...and just what do you plan to do when you run out of fingers?

    • February 20, 2020 9:54 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      Is it too early for me to demand a recount 

      My vote can be bought... ;)

    • February 20, 2020 9:23 PM EST
    • Is it too early for me to demand a recount 

    • February 20, 2020 7:21 PM EST
    • Do we have anymore voters and does anyone else want to edit their vote other than Greg?

    • February 20, 2020 6:57 AM EST
    • As others have said, this is getting harder to choose each year. From a simple incentive challenge to 'build something'  during the time that was referred to as "Cabin Fever", and an award of " Attaboy", we are now getting craftsman builds which constantly challenge the time constraints of that same thirty day period.

         I am going with:

            1st ..... The Muellar Clan and Mama's Bakery No Ka Oi, for staying closest to what I believe was "MIK just MIK"s building premise. Using what ever is on hand and re-purposing same into something for the railroad. In the few years they have participated, they have certainly improved their skill set levels, and the material usage is great.

             2nd .... John Caughey and his Assay office. The cut down medicine vials were over the top for detail and re-purposing. (If you have a dozen or so to spare I may try my hand on them)

             3rd ,,,,,  Bill Barnwell and his Shotgun house (as I've heard them referred to)  again re-purposing of what others would overlook.

      I can't leave this without saying that it is a pleasure seeing all of these come together and I for one would enjoy seeing the builds that aren't finished, after they are done. And on going progress as they get worked on. Thank you all for a great contest.


    • February 20, 2020 3:54 AM EST
    • 1st. Eric and Family

      2nd. John Caughy

      3rd. Devon Sinsley

       I have to say You guys all rocked this year. What little time I got to follow the builds I did pick up some ideas. Great job everyone!....

    • February 19, 2020 9:51 PM EST
    • #1 Dennis Rayon; Denray Welding Supply

      #2 Rick Marty;  Backwoods Flagstop Station

      #3 Dave Taylor;  Small Blacksmith Shop

      #4 Devon Sinsley;  Pepper's Ice Co, in a 2 way tie with Todd Haskins Switch Shack


      Honorable Mentions, if allowed under the rules,

      #1 John Caughy's friend  John P very fine old stone house

      #2 Bill Barnwell; Cracker House


      To all the others a big "Well Done"!!!  Wish I could model as all the entrants.

    • February 19, 2020 6:16 PM EST
    • 1 - Dennis Rayon

      2 - Chris Kieffer

      3 - Devon Sinsley

    • February 19, 2020 12:54 PM EST
    • 1.....Chris Kiefer

      2....John Caughey

      3.... Dennis Rayon

    • February 19, 2020 11:31 AM EST
    • #1 Dennis Rayon

      #2 John Caughey

      #3 Devon Sinsley

      Whooo  that was real hard  ..

    • February 19, 2020 11:30 AM EST
    • 1. Hawaii Modeling Group

      2. Peterson Post

      3. Denray Welding Shop

    • February 18, 2020 8:54 PM EST
    • I have been quietly following along...too many other projects to join in the fun this year (again, dang it all)

      I want to give my first place vote to Eric Mueller and family for Mama's bakery,  for the family fun!

      Second, to Dennis Ryan's very cool welding supply! So much nice detail

      Third, to Neal S and the Peterson Post! nicely executed!

    • February 18, 2020 7:54 PM EST
    • If it's any help I made post-its with all the variations and basically eenie meenie 'd it!, only took 16 tries before I could live with it, or ... or ... or ...

    • February 18, 2020 7:22 PM EST
    • Well like everyone else has said, really hard to choose. 

      First I like one, then I look at the next and like it more, then a third one catches my eye, then the first one is my choice again.  Been going around in circles like this for 3 days, but it's time to pony up.

      Going with what I like best funky old buildings.

      1-- Dennis's welding supply

      2-- John's Assay Office

      3-- Devon's ice house

      Spirit award-- Bill's shotgun shack

    • February 18, 2020 2:59 PM EST
    • Enjoyed watching them all but the two that really caught my eye were Chris and Dennis. John was 3rd as I loved the stone work and the interior. Of course I always enjoy watching the Mueller kids work (and it keeps getting better)! Congratulations to all those that entered.....great work all around!

      1....Dennis Rayon

      2....Chris Kieffer

      3....John Caughey

      4...Spirit of Mik .....Mueller Crew!!

    • February 19, 2020 2:58 PM EST
    • I had to edit my comment as its a family site. Lets just say I think Rooster had to pay a certain someone a certain sum of money to keep quiet about the whereabouts of the chimney

    • February 19, 2020 10:54 AM EST
    • After two days of voting,    


      Leading the count is:...... ROOSTER?   with 27 email 1st place votes,    All coming out of the Ukraine .........


      I'll have to go back and look at the Big Chicken's  use of the Chimney .


      But I suspect something fowl is going on......