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    • February 25, 2019 6:49 PM EST
    • Very cool guy's ...good work!

    • February 25, 2019 6:38 PM EST
    • I second Marty. The challenge this year pushed me to build the crane I had been wanting to build for two years now. It was just the right incentive to start and complete it. Thanks as always Dave for hosting this event and keeping it going.

    • February 25, 2019 6:22 PM EST
    • Thanks to everybody that participated and everybody that voted.

      I had fun and was forced to complete in a month a build that would normally have taken

      me 6

      Thanks Dave for picking up the torch.

    • February 25, 2019 5:48 PM EST
    • It was a lot of fun, thanks for having me, Bill   Way to go Eric and the kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • February 25, 2019 5:15 PM EST
    • Gladly accepting my Participation Trophy. Had fun this year. 


    • February 25, 2019 4:36 PM EST
    • Thanks guys for the accolades.  


      FYI:  that pic of me, is with a John West Photo of D&RGW 315, that I printed into a mural and hung on the wall at the Durango Library's children's section.

    • February 25, 2019 4:28 PM EST
    • Rick has the Power!

      Raise your boom and be Healed!


      Sorry Dave, I'm both a preacher's kid and a Navy brat ...  couldn't help myself   

    • February 25, 2019 4:21 PM EST
    • John Passaro said:
      Dave Taylor said:

       Congrats to all those that keep the Spirit of Mik alive.


         Especially you. We all know Dave can't stand recognition, but you're my hero.




      Amen to that!

      Thanks very much Dave. My life is better with the Challenge. Your time is very much appreciated.

    • February 25, 2019 4:03 PM EST
    • Dave Taylor said:

       Congrats to all those that keep the Spirit of Mik alive.


         Especially you. We all know Dave can't stand recognition, but you're my hero.




    • February 25, 2019 4:00 PM EST
    • Congrats to all who participated!


      Eric: superb!

      Devon: you rocked this year. Well deserved recognition!

      Rick: excellent model.

      Scott: amazing first time project.

      Dave: thanks for keeping the tradition alive!



    • February 25, 2019 3:02 PM EST


      This years Challenge was the best group of entrants ever.   And the saying that everyone is a winner sure comes into play this year.   GREAT BUILDS all around, and if any one of them would like to contribute their build to me, I would be proud to place it on my pike.  All of them!!


      The most prestigious annual award is presented in the honor of the build challenges founder, 

       Mik just Mik.

      Is proudly presented to:


      2fer for the Muller Clan,   Keep the spirit alive!!


      The voting for this years builds had 45 people casting votes, a record.  

      The top spots were Neck and Neck with just a few points between them.

      The rest of the field had only a few points separating the next 4 places.   


      Each vote was assigned a value of:

      4 points for 1st place vote

      2 points for 2nd place vote

      1 point for 3rd place vote


      And the winners are:






      The close runner-ups were: Todd's Doodle Bigger,  And my own boxcars and Vic's Silver fish with Toots 13 1/2... in that order


      Congrats to all those that keep the Spirit of Mik alive.


    • February 24, 2019 10:18 PM EST
    • 1. Vic Smith

      2. Rick marty

      3. Devon Sinsley

    • February 24, 2019 7:53 PM EST
    • 1. Rick's crane

      2. Devon' s crane

      3. Jim's store

    • February 24, 2019 3:26 PM EST
    • 1) Scott Johnson - Produce Platform


      2) Dave Taylor - Boxcars


      3) Rick Marty - Crane

    • February 24, 2019 1:05 PM EST
    • Quick, I gotta make my list and nail it to the pole before it closes!

      1 Devon's crane.

      2 Rick's heel boom loader

      3 Clan Mueller



      Neal S. ... best junk

      Vic ... best whimsy

      Pete L ... Spirit of Mik (just Mik) A great start with most of the needed details started to produce a very pleasing model

      on the Washer Dryer.


      I'll be baaack next year!

    • February 24, 2019 11:48 AM EST
    • Todd Brody said:

      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.


        Over the years of the challenge I have won once, come in third once or twice, been a runner up a few times, been named Miss Congeniality.. Hugs, Air Kisses and World Peace for everyone!  and now I have won the award for best Drum Majorette ! HA Too funny Todd Brody. It was not intentional but now that you mention it the similarities are striking ! 

        I should build and attach a baton to the DoodleBigger and send it round the RR.  It would serve to knock cobwebs and the occasional bat out of the tunnels.  LOL

    • February 24, 2019 9:06 AM EST
    • 1. Jim Rowson....General Store

      2. Rick Marty...... Steam crane

      3. Todd Haskins.. Doodle Bug


    • February 24, 2019 3:40 PM EST
    • Looks great Craig.


    • February 24, 2019 9:12 AM EST
    • Last Day For Voting!

      Poll closes at Sunup tomorrow ( Monday Feb 25th )

    • February 23, 2019 4:29 PM EST
    • Plenty of room for the next challenge too.