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    • February 22, 2019 9:49 AM EST
    • Ths year was with out a doubt the most impressive builds I have seen. Congrats to all who entered and all the great ideas and techniques used and shown and explained to us. I have been thinking hard on who to put where and really want to make a 5 or 7 way tie for !st place. Everyone made it exceptionly hard to choose a winner and there are no losers here this year. So here we go:

      #1 Devon Sinsley. Wildly weathered and exactly what he set out to do.

      # 2 Dave Taylor. The woodwork alone is awesome, the fact its in 1:20 makes it even more so.

      #3 Rick Marty. I had a hard time where to put your build Rick, and it  deserves 1st  with Devon, flipped a coin 2 out of 3 to determine the difference

      Spirit of Mik,  Eric Mueller. getting the whole family in and all that help was great.

      First time Award to Scott Johnson you said you had some parts, it looks like a scratch build, great job !!

       

    • February 22, 2019 4:55 AM EST
    • Wow.  Just wow.  I am seriously impressed. 

      1st - tie between Devon and Ricks crane cars - simply incredible detail.

      2nd - Vic's Silver Zephyr - the quirkiness appeals to me.

      3rd - Bill Barnwell's roadside diner - I liked the interior detail work.

       

      Eric's double hulled sailing locomotive and Todd's doodlebug both get honorable mentions.

    • February 22, 2019 1:58 AM EST
    • The Vote from Hawai'i is in!

       

      Before writing down our votes, let me repeat what has been said above...Thanks to all who participated and so freely shared their techniques and provided a lot of inspiration. 

      CINCHOUSE, Oldest Daughter, and Youngest Daughter helped with the vote (the boys are in bed), heavily weighing scratch-built over kit-bashed in their votes and then applying an aesthetic value.  This broke my own mental deadlock as I tried to balance how to weigh these two very different expressions of modeling talent - scratch-building vs. kit-bashing.  In the end, our collective votes fell as follows:

      1.  Devon Sinsley's Steam Crane.  We were unanimous.  The ladies gave this a nod over Rick's entry for aesthetics alone; I would've been wishy-washy and declared a tie between these two magnificent models.
      2. Jim Rowson's Mackenzie's Mercantile.  We all admired the craftsmanship; again, the ladies' unanimous votes edged Jim into second.
      3. Dave Taylor's Box Cars.  Much the same results as above.  The ladies declared these "cute," giving Dave's work a bump over Scott Johnson's produce platform.

       

      "Spirit of the Mik." We unanimously voted Bill Barnwell's Sunrise Café for the 2019 for showcasing how to turn seeming scrap into a useable and attractive model. Oldest Daughter did nominate Tim of Alaska for a.) being in Alaska during the winter and b.) probably having to deal with many of the same issues we face in terms of locally available "large scale" resources. 

      We really, really had fun, and we appreciated this annual opportunity!

      Aloha,

      Eric and Family

       

    • February 21, 2019 10:14 PM EST
    • Very great modeling projects, hard to choose

      1 Rick Marty's steam crane

      2 Scott Johnson's produce platform

      3 Jim's store

    • February 21, 2019 6:22 PM EST
    • Wow, hard to choose. So many ways to think about it. Have to pick, so:

       

      1. Rick Marty

      2. Devon Sinsley

      3. Scott Johnson

       

      HM's for Eric Mueller, Vic Smith.

       

      But I really liked all of the projects. Very impressive modeling.

       

    • February 21, 2019 6:09 PM EST
    • Everyone did great work, and some was really outstanding.  But we can only pick three, so...

      1 - Rick Marty

      2 - Devon Sinsly

      3 - Jim Rowson

    • February 21, 2019 6:37 PM EST
    • For some crazy reason when we discuss paint colors, she doesn't want BN Green, NP Orange, or GN blue walls? I think that they would nice. A nice green wall with a big white BN logo in the middle seems like a pretty good idea for a wall covering in my book.

    • February 21, 2019 5:27 PM EST
    • Craig Townsend said:

      I've got plenty of lists going for me. Not only a long hobby list, but a rather lengthy honey do list as well. 

      My honey to do list is long too. So much for buying a "new to us" house last October. Now the wife for some random reason insists that we paint the walls? Odd. They look just fine to me. 

      LOL

      Craig I hear ya on the new house thing. After we built and moved in I was like "yeah we did it!" Then it dawned on me the amount of new work it just brought. Nice to know we're in the boat together  At least we can talk trains 

    • February 21, 2019 5:12 PM EST
    • Eric Warhol said:

      HAHAHAHA

       

      I've got plenty of lists going for me. Not only a long hobby list, but a rather lengthy honey do list as well. 

      My honey to do list is long too. So much for buying a "new to us" house last October. Now the wife for some random reason insists that we paint the walls? Odd. They look just fine to me. 

    • February 21, 2019 2:39 PM EST
    • I never ever want to end up with a completed list. I would be sitting staring at the wall sucking my thumb confused about why the world stopped spinning and hell froze over.

    • February 21, 2019 1:34 PM EST
    • HAHAHAHA

       

      I've got plenty of lists going for me. Not only a long hobby list, but a rather lengthy honey do list as well. 

    • February 21, 2019 1:21 PM EST
    • Eric Warhol said:

      Just a small list you're working on there eh Craig 

       

      I can give you the long list if you want... 

       

      What good is a hobby if you don't have a list of projects to keep you occupied? It's only 30 years or so until I retire, so I should have plenty of time to add more to the list. 

    • February 21, 2019 1:12 PM EST
    • Just a small list you're working on there eh Craig 

      I'm beginning to think I may setup a temporary outdoor railroad this spring/summer. Have the to itch to run something. After we finish landscaping (which will be a few years) I'll then build the permanent layout. 

    • February 21, 2019 11:37 AM EST
    • What's next?

      Big project wise: Build the outdoor layout.

      Medium project wise: Finish the snow dozer/finish my GP30 build/finish Pettibone/finish mystery project

      Small project wise: Convert rolling stock to Kadee couplers/roller bearing trucks

      Actually I gave a hint on something I'm working on in a completely different thread. Sean is closer than he thinks...

    • February 21, 2019 9:41 AM EST
    • Looking great Craig! What's next on your project list?

    • February 21, 2019 9:39 AM EST
    • That came out great .. are you going to try another car ?

    • February 20, 2019 10:28 PM EST
    • That's looking great Craig  

    • February 20, 2019 9:57 PM EST
    • Nice weathering job, Craig.