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    • February 16, 2020 1:33 PM EST
    • I wouldn't think so or at least I hope not as I like looking at all of them no matter what stage they are in, might not receive as many points as completed ones but then again I didn't write the rules

    • February 16, 2020 11:47 AM EST
    • Does a DNF disqualify?

    • February 15, 2020 4:26 PM EST

      Please finish posting you final pics ASAP.


      Even those that didn't finish and DNF'd Please post what you were able to get done,  for our inspiration.




    • February 14, 2020 10:55 AM EST
    • Man o man, I'm going have a hard time voting this year... again. I

    • February 13, 2020 9:49 PM EST
    • Yep, Dave's right, I am waiting on this liquid sunshine to go away.  Hopefully it will be nice out on Saturday and I will be able to get the photos taken.  I think, according to the original schedule we have until Sunday to get them uploaded.

    • February 13, 2020 8:33 PM EST
    • Oh Mr.Rooster... Thats a really good question when all the builds show upon the pic thread...   Maybe they are waiting for good weather to shoot there Glamor Pics...


      Voting starts next week...


    • February 13, 2020 8:11 PM EST
    • Why are not all the "Challenge Builds for 2020" in the "voting thread" and when "or how" is it time to vote?

    • February 15, 2020 6:04 PM EST
    • Leroy's Transfer & Warehouse - Build Log   I DID NOT FINISH


      I chose to go down a different path with my build technique this year.  The buildings are 100% 3D printed.  The only wood used is in the deck and the flooring on the 2nd floor.  Here are some statistics on the printing:

      Total Print time = 297 hours

      Total individual print jobs = 109

      Total individual pieces printed = 205

      Total length of filament used = 5,346 feet (just over a mile)

      Total Cost of filament = $96.23 (all in possession before Jan 1, 2020, so it doesn't count toward $30 limit) But still ridiculous.


      The only costs that go against the $30 is a couple bottles of CA glue at $4.67 each.


      Items left to do:  Roofing (corrugated tin), attach front steps, attach rear steps and a ramp that goes on the side, more painting and weathering and add a jib crane to the far right corner.  So, without further adieu:



      Thanks for following along and thanks to all those that participated this year and many, many thanks to Dave Taylor for being our fearless leader each year.


    • February 15, 2020 10:36 AM EST
    • I also did not finish so I will abstain from weighing in on the DNF question. Here are a couple glamour shots of what I did complete as it will soon be added to my layout as part of a winery project.






      When I discovered that I lacked the materials to finish the roof, I stopped work on the project for a few days. There are still a number of things to do and I am now back at it. My BAGRS open house is in May and I want to have it done by then, along with some other ongoing projects.

      • Doors and windows, of course, need to be installed.
      • The fireplaces and chimney need to be completed. I never did like the way the fireplaces had come out so I am redoing them
      • About the only thing that cannot really be seen from the layout, unfortunately, is the staircase, so I am not sure what to do about that.
      • A back porch and some kind of decking, planters, walkways, et al. around the perimeter.
      • Access to the house from the lower area of the compound and a ramp/driveway along the right side 
      • Some sort of lighting, both inside and outside
      • Weather-proofing.

      I spent around $20 for another tube of Weld-On 16 and the beads/crushed rock for the fireplaces. I also bought a couple packages of styrene.

    • February 14, 2020 8:27 PM EST
    • Mama's Bakery No Ka Oi

      by:  Clan Mueller

           I entered the contest with CINCHOUSE guidance "This cannot be just your hobby" which I operationalize as "All may participate; none must participate." The primary objective is to get the kids involved with creating and getting them outside. For personal skills, I really wanted to tinker with foam as a material, try making corrugated metal, and improve craft-stick-on-core techniques.    The crew wanted to  make a bakery dedicated to CINCHOUSE, who is an accomplished cook and baker.  We built to 1:24-ish PLAYMOBIL scale, which is close enough to the 3' gage OR&L from which I (we?) take the guide without sacrificing "play value" by detailing it beyond where we are ready to be.  Total cost was about $30 on the nose for crafsticks, replacement cutting wheels for the Dremel, and Mama.  On to the photos...

           Opening day at Mama's was quite busy, with live music and delivery of goods by the world's only ka'a wa'a (double hulled sailing locomotive), Wahineokaalahao (Lady of the Iron Road) from the Mik 2019 challenge.


           Below, you can see the baker, Mama, seems pleased!  The little detail painting is courtesy of my daughters and my niece.  The pastries are PLAYMOBIL, with the exception of the blue one.  Youngest Daughter crafted that from Scultptamold:

           Side shot, following by a close-up of more "pastries:"


          Rear shot.  The chimney was painted white, smeared with red acrylic, then given a heavy wash of black.

          A close-up of the service entrance.  Oldest Daughter free-handed the petroglyph symbols to direct those who've overindulged in coffee!  


           And the last side, where a family inspects more pastries drying on the shelves:

          The roof is removable at the insistence of the crew.  You can make out the Velcro tape in this shot, unfortunately. I do plan to light this building  in time. Oh, the roof topper is the remains of an epee blade.  As mentioned in the build log, incorporating fencing bits into build where I can is a running sight gag.  In the meantime, Mama's adds needed infrastructure and even a little industry to the Triple O!


      Thanks for the interest and encouragement!





    • February 14, 2020 1:16 PM EST
    • done

    • February 14, 2020 10:57 AM EST
    • My buddy John P withdrew for personal reasons, but I think his work should be shown and considered. Mine isn't finished, yet is entered, so in my mind; this does deserve consideration;

    • February 13, 2020 9:35 PM EST
    • Over the past year or so, various folks here suggested Kenai's Russian Orthodox Church would make for a Mik project:



      (note on pronunciation - most people outside the area pronounce it as Ken-Aye.  It's actually Keen-Eye - a moniker adopted by one of the early locals who ran 'Keen-Eyed Joe's' bar back in the old days.  Not likely to happen, but should the opportunity to arise, I suggest you take in the 'Ballad of Kenai' sometime - a strange yet engrossing mix of native american belief and the old homesteading days)


      Space is tight on my pike.  Not much room left for buildings...especially with the slot car track streets.  Still, Middleton, the 'big city' of the fictional line (which is also set on a fictional world) was the only berg on the layout lacking a church.  I mean Cliffport has the Shrine to Saint Dagon and Bachmann the Church of the Risen Dead and even the 2D town of Nocturne Deep (Summit or some such in the last challenge) has a churchly facade...but not Middleton. (no offense intended to the devout types here - my layout is more than a little 'out there.'  Buildings are mostly 'background' or 'props for gags.') And there wasn't much room, what with the gas station, Office Building, and Sin Tower (a pair of total rebuild projects that occupied me through the holidaze.)  But repeated careful measurements revealed a possible I went for it.  



      I started with scraps and leftovers from the rebuilds of the Office Building and Sin Tower, plus the last of the scribed siding from long past projects.  To this, at the suggestion of a member here, I added teardrop shaped Christmas ornaments.  Later, I went and bought more scribed siding and strips for trim...though the former didn't match what I had.  Tack in the priest figure, and the total tab is just under $25, much of that shipping.  Only used one ornament of four, so maybe that rates a discount, plus I still have some of the trim pieces left.  



      This project was a trial right from the start.  Everything from repeated miss-measurements to bad cuts to glue that didn't stick.  The scribed siding had an annoying tendency to curl and split when cut.  The prior two projects had their woes (Sin Tower, for example is nowhere near square, and a piece of plexiglass broke wrong during a cut for the Office Tower) but this was much worse. Because of these travails, I named it the 'Shrine of Saint Murphy the Muddled.' Amazingly, though, it didn't turn out too terrible apart from the steeple, which has a visible tilt to it. I figure it works as a rundown shrine in a seedy part of town.   Anyhow:




      Anybody spot Waldo?





    • February 15, 2020 9:09 AM EST
    • Thanks Dave, very educational, Bill

    • February 15, 2020 7:59 AM EST
    • Thanks Dave that added a bunch to my knowledge of the reefer and how it worked. I had never given much thought to melt and what to do with it. And also the fact that a reefer is an insulated car so using it to keep stuff warm as well is brilliant  and hadn't thought of that or read that. 


      So thanks for the added detail.  That's what I love about this group. I learn as much as I do modeling. It makes the modeling so much better when you also understand the process. 

    • February 14, 2020 10:08 PM EST
    • Devon.....   No Straw in the reefers them self.... They are insulated on all sides of the cars...   Ice was loaded in a couple of layers, and then several scoops of rock salt, another couple of layers of ice, more salt and such until full.   This "salting" was he death of the roofs, and the flashings around the ice hatches. Salt and water on sheet metal.... not a good combination.  To facilitate the re-sheeting of the rusted out ice bunkers,  all the cribbing for the bunker was bolted together so as to allow easy removal of the wood to allow the metal replacement.


      There are 4x4 beams running front to rear, with about 4" spacings between them to hold the ice up off the floor pan, and allow the cold air to circulate.


      Reefers have a metal bunker ( top, sides, back wall, and a bottom drip pan) to handle the moisture.  There are drains in the corners to let the melt out and down to the track.   The trucks ALL have inside brake shoes, so the dripping water wouldn't freeze up the brake shoes.


      ALSO:  During the winter, transcontinental shipments of fruit and vegetables that could not stand to be frozen, were shipped in reefers, and inside the ice bunkers were placed oil fired "Heaters" to prevent freezing that would be issues in regular boxcars.  When heaters were in use a placard was stapled to the doors warning to open all doors and vent the Carbon Monoxide before entering to unload.   On the ends of the "Heated" reefers also a placard was tacked alerting the "ICE MEN"  Not to ice, but to refill the heaters.  Dynamite and Nitro Glycerin were also shipped in heated reefers likewise to prevent freezing.  Go Figure,  explosives inside a rail car with an open flame heater burning...

    • February 15, 2020 9:03 AM EST
    • Eric, great job at the triple "O" kids really pulled it together, you still have the knack for staging, you and Tom Trigg, I still remember the sugar baron war staging, keep up the good work, Bill 

    • February 13, 2020 10:44 AM EST
    • I've reduced the track plan to adjust for outside conditions. Indoors I could get away with more sidings because everything could be made very tightly. Scenery could be vertical almost. But outside I have to leave more open space to allow for supporting substructures, stonework and landscaping.

    • February 13, 2020 10:18 AM EST
    • Sometimes it's a little change that makes us think.

      One of my favorite Art teachers in college answered my What is Art, with If it makes you think, it's Art.

      I already pinned them together so it can be moved back and forth.

      I rarely built a kit as is...


    • February 13, 2020 9:51 AM EST
    • What a cool idea John. I like dutch doors and never thought of modeling them.