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    • February 17, 2020 3:31 PM EST
    • John Caughey said:

      Does a DNF disqualify?

      Sure would have liked an answer from the boss.

      I will gladly remove my post from the voting page, if I'm DQ'd.

    • February 17, 2020 9:34 AM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      Please post. Lots of great talent that needs recognition 

      John C said:

      Yeahbut ...


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


      John C said:

      Kinda feels like we don't count, to which I'm thinking;

      You want inspiration; look at my build log...


    • February 17, 2020 9:05 AM EST
    • Please post. Lots of great talent that needs recognition 

    • February 17, 2020 12:36 AM EST
    • John Caughey said:
      Vic Smith said:
      John Caughey said:

      Does a DNF disqualify?

      I didn't even start, I still posted.

      Yes and I wish I had a Participation Trophy for you.

      That's okay, I've already got one. 

    • February 16, 2020 8:53 PM EST
    • Vic Smith said:
      John Caughey said:

      Does a DNF disqualify?

      I didn't even start, I still posted.

      Yes and I wish I had a Participation Trophy for you.

    • February 16, 2020 8:18 PM EST
    • John Caughey said:

      Does a DNF disqualify?

      I didn't even start, I still posted.

    • 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 17, 2020 12:10 PM EST
    • Voting for your Favorite 

      Mik’s Build Challenge 2019 build.

      Voting for your favorite build from this years build challenge is simple.
      Voting is open to any member in good standings on LSC.

      FIRST: Goto the thread “ 2020 Mik's Build challenge Entrants Photos for voting” 

      and look over all the great builds.

      SECOND: Come back to this thread and post your votes:


      If you choose to vote in private e-mail me at

      There is ONLY ONE thing to vote on, Your favorite!
      For whatever the reason is doesn't matter.
      You set your own criteria.
      Please list your choices for: 1st., 2nd., and 3rd.

      Voting will end at sunup ( really more like when I drag me lazy as$ out of bed) on 

      Tuesday the 24th of Feb. Thats 7 days and a weekend.


    • 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 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