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    • February 12, 2020 6:43 PM EST
    •  neat idea, had a 4 party line for several years when we lived in the cracker house, BB

    • February 12, 2020 5:42 PM EST
    • When I was growing our number was BE 5030, that meant the operator had to plug in the line to line 5 and our crank phone was 3 long rings, our neighbor had BE 5031-- 3 longs and 1 short (half ring), another neighbor had 3 shorts, their

      number was 5300, another neighbor was 5210= 2 shorts and 1 long. 

      With this said I have a personal contact with the old crank phones. And of course the BR 549 has always made me chuckle. I always try to include something that some people can relate to. Roosterville founder was Rooster Cogburn

      My large Mashville station, has many of the show's actors included in the names on the model. 

      It is all about making someone else laugh or at least chuckle. 

    • February 12, 2020 1:47 PM EST
    • I knew that was just teasing, I use to watch heehaw, Bill

    • February 12, 2020 12:37 PM EST
    • Bill Barnwell said:

      Dennis, your build is way over the top but I thought BR549 was for a good deal on a car, please explain. LOL

      HeeHaw and a bluegrass band... but primarily Heehaw, call this number BR5-49   Brentwood 5 #49, early phone numbers were like that. Party lines, others could listen in...

    • February 12, 2020 11:07 AM EST
    • Dennis, your build is way over the top but I thought BR549 was for a good deal on a car, please explain. LOL

    • February 12, 2020 6:36 PM EST
    • I noticed your beggar's reefer is missing a hatch, will your blocks pass through? Some Ice houses served crushed ice ... and little umbrellas

    • February 12, 2020 5:34 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:
      Dan Hilyer said:

      You need to splash some water on those blocks to simulate melting   Lights add another level of detail

      This is Pepper's "never melts" ice

      Pepper's Ice Co., "where the ice never melts and its always cold" 

    • February 12, 2020 5:20 PM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      You need to splash some water on those blocks to simulate melting   Lights add another level of detail

      This is Pepper's "never melts" ice

    • February 12, 2020 12:45 PM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      You need to splash some water on those blocks to simulate melting   Lights add another level of detail

      Make a Lucite puddle around the block and evaporating to an ink stain farther away ... easy peasy.

    • February 12, 2020 11:14 AM EST
    • Devon, of all the times I have been to train meets and see all sorts of layouts with people running wood sided refrigeration cars that take ice, your building is by far the first ice house I have ever seen, very different and very needed building. Excellent build, Bill 

    • February 12, 2020 1:46 PM EST
    • I Forgot to Note on the posting site, The cost was around 4.00 for paint and 4.50 for

      battery adapter for 9 volt battery for temporary lights

      Dennis

    • February 12, 2020 12:59 PM EST
    • Pete Lassen said:

       Nice job everyone!!! this year we may have to make catagories for the winners, as ALL are worthy of a prize. It felt funny to sit on the sidelinesand watch but I could not see me having the time to compete, which probably upped the overall quality ! Look forward to the hard part of judging and voting for the "winners" as all who started are winners!! congrats everyone

      Nice sentiments, but we missed you. We need you too, fresh ideas keep our minds active, I want to see your trucking experience come to life, much as Noel's layout shows his years on the road.

      Put in for contest friendly hours for next year, now!

      We want you back.

    • February 12, 2020 10:49 AM EST
    •  Nice job everyone!!! this year we may have to make catagories for the winners, as ALL are worthy of a prize. It felt funny to sit on the sidelinesand watch but I could not see me having the time to compete, which probably upped the overall quality ! Look forward to the hard part of judging and voting for the "winners" as all who started are winners!! congrats everyone

    • February 12, 2020 11:52 AM EST
    • And now Something Completely different;

      A Stone Assay Office.

      On my layout wood buildings dissolve ...

      Image result for split face tile

      Stones should survive ...  it took 3 sheets of these to build my Assay Office, the first I bought for my junk box gamble. This year it paid off. Contest cost = $26.00

      Unfortunately they are glued to a backing for application as a unit and I needed individual stones. Half my build time was liberating the rock. Luckily for me I have a lapidary shop and could sand the glue off, but tedious was the rule of the weeks.

      Overlooked were the polished stones included, but they became a floor and counter. First sheet ....

      Also since the blocks were all 3/8 x 1 1/8" I cut some into 3rds and 2/3rds as seen on left. Overlapping seams is a must for strength. 

      The longer white stones were foundation and lintels over doors and windows.

      I have a plan! (subject to changes)

      Since I have polished tiles I changed the showroom floor to tiles and for the contest compromised an a dirt floor for the shop portion, but if I have the tiles....

      I used a caulking gun and a tube of sanded Ceramic Tile Caulk for my mortar. The tin is my layout's footprint for the building.

      I tried using the box to keep the outside surface semi- flat, but oozing caulk made a bond with the cardboard that was a tough peel away, but the box did contain my mess somewhat so it's good.

      Spirit of Mik ... As a folk artist Mik was great at re purposing trash, my bottles below are from small glass syringes cut on my diamond saw.

      A little paint via Q-tip went inside to make the glass appear colored ...

      I haven't mentioned the brick oven that gives cause for the Chimney ...

      I had a sheet of embossed O scale bricks, molded in red, over the years that sheet was splattered with a cream colored paint. I cut a block of wood for the core and JB welded brick panels to it. The corners were covered with Plastruct 1/8" angle strips and brass tubing was cut and spring steel (black) wires became binding rods... The grey barrel came from a glass jar and the melting furnace from plastic mini vinegar bottles...

      A black marker denoted the oven's openings... as seen above.

      Above are my Mik recycled details.

      Since the interior makes this model, I decided to go with a Ruins look to be seen on my Scenic Railroad ... only a partial roof around the chimney

      When planted, dirt will hide the shadows and cover the lower half of the foundation and the track will be ballasted too.

      Thanks to Benevolent Bob our underappreciated Host and to Dave Taylor as our acting Trail boss, keeping us headed in the right direction: To Have Fun and beyond!

      I look forward to this event every year, it's fun to rub shoulders with truly great modelers, mebbe some will rub off on me!

       

      For more details; https://www.largescalecentral.com/forums/topic/30146/2020mik-chimineyastoldto-john-c

    • February 12, 2020 7:23 AM EST
    • Denray Welding Supply

      This has been a great contest with so many great models built for the contest.

      I thank all the entries and the people that headed up this contest

      My structure was a lot of fun and there are still ore to do on it

      This model is built out of Precision Board, a product used mostly for outdoor signage

      The base is 16 gage steel, made a couple inch bigger than structure so details, people, and tree's can be added

      The roof substrate is 20 gage steel, so it can set outside without worrying about getting wet inside.

      Redwood shingles, steel shim stock for lean too roof, (so it can rust)

      For outside 3 LED lights

      Signs are made from 2 layered Acrylic plastic, lasered to get lettering.

      Windows and Doors 3D printed

      Painted with acrylic paint

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    • February 12, 2020 11:31 AM EST
    • Dave, nice tribute to a good friend and what a piece of art your building is, thank you for sharing and all you do for us, Bill

    • February 12, 2020 11:28 AM EST
    • John here is praying you will be able to grace us with your expertise next MIK, super excellent build, Bill 

    • February 12, 2020 11:20 AM EST
    • Dan, you are defiantly the master at 3D printing, great looking building I am boggled at the amount of print time it took, thanks for the share, Bill 

    • February 12, 2020 11:17 AM EST
    • Neal, wonderful brick building and the Mik tribute is over the top, great build

    • February 12, 2020 1:04 AM EST
    • In our next episode: does Vic's track plan survive contact with reality?