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    • January 4, 2021 5:16 PM EST
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      Devon Sinsley said:

      Everyone has a freight shed vic.

       

      Possibly, but that doesn't mean that everyone has room in their frieght shed.  Case in point, mine are full and won't hold another picture.  And when I was going to remove some years ago, I was asked not too because various posts would loose their continuity.  Happens.   

    • January 4, 2021 5:18 PM EST
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      OK, count me in for the Challenge.  We don't currently have a "can" on the T&LBRR and this is just too obvious!  

      This post was edited by Todd Brody at January 4, 2021 5:41 PM EST
    • January 9, 2021 1:25 AM EST
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      Can we start already 

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    • January 9, 2021 8:30 AM EST
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      Dan Hilyer said:

      Can we start already 

      Dan I have been working in mine for about 4 hours already, What are you waiting for?? Actually I have just been going over things in my mind, but its been keeping me awake so I consider it working on it

       

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    • January 9, 2021 9:35 AM EST
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      In the same boat, Pete. That's why I posed the question.  Couldn't sleep so I figured I may as well get up and do something productive 

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    • January 9, 2021 6:30 PM EST
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      What have people been using to get clean cuts on their cans? A Dremel with a cutoff wheel?

       

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    • January 9, 2021 6:56 PM EST
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         That is what I use. It gives me good control for most anything. 

    • January 9, 2021 6:57 PM EST
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      Todd Brody said:

      What have people been using to get clean cuts on their cans? A Dremel with a cutoff wheel?

       

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      Depends on the can.  For beverage cans I just cut one end off in the bandsaw then open them down the side and around the bottom with tin snips then square everything up in a paper cutter.

      For heavier cans I cut the end off with a hack saw, open then down the side and around the bottom with snips.  If you use left and right (red & green handles) aviation snips you can some times remove the bead from one end and open them that way.

      Does that make any sense? 

    • January 9, 2021 7:48 PM EST

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      Dave Taylor said:

      In Memorial  to Allan Bupp, 

      aka:   Mik,  Mik just Mik. 

      Founder of the challenges.Train Guy, 

      Builder,  Scrounger,  Steam Guy

      and friend to all. 

      We miss ya buddy! 

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        MIK’s Build Challenge 2021

        Let the fun begin.

       

      All aspects governing the Challenge

      are to be applied under

      Mik’s build challenge Rule #1  

       

       

      Rule #1:  Remember this is a “Fun Build Amongst Friends”

       

      The 2021 challenge is a tribute to LSC's own Alan Bupp.

      A time to overcome the doldrums of January and a long winter

      to wait thru till we can get back to running trains.

       

        The 2021 challenge shall be:

        Build what ever you would like

      using a common  “Tin Can”

      as a part of your build.

       

       

      There is no size restrictions this year,  just like last years challenge.

      Any Size, Any Shape, Building, ROW thing,

      Anything that would have a “TIN CAN” shape as part of it.

       

       

      You will have 30 build days,

      and a Max budget of $30.00

       

       

      The Final Build can be any size or shape that you want, of anything that you would like to build. You may use anything or materials that you have on hand as of 1 Jan. 2021, without it costing against the $30.00 total.   

       

      TIME LINE:  

       

      Jan 1 thru Jan 8th,  Sign up.  You can start planning, drawing (napkins not included), gathering up your supplies,  but NO CUTTING or BUILDING!

       

      Before Jan 9th,  Build Logs to be posted in Annual Build Challenge forum on LSC. Please post your Napkins drawings with your first posting.

       

      Jan 9th, 0001hr, Actual construction begins.

       

      Jan 9th thru Feb 7th, up-dates to your build log posted.

       

      Feb 7th, 2400hr building ends (extended to local sunrise on the 8th if you must put in an all nighter to finish).

       

      Feb 8th thru 14th, Posting pictures to the “Official Finished “ forum post [ I will start ] for judging. Also post your total “out of pocket” cost.

       

      Feb 15th thru 21st, Voting on the “Official Vote “ forum post [ I will start ] for judging. Also Again this year, you may vote by e-mailing me your vote if you would like to keep it secret.    [email protected]

       

      Feb 22nd, Winners announced.

       

       RESTRICTIONS:

      #1  Actual building starts on JAN 9th  and  Ends on Feb 7th.  That gives you 5 weekends to get it done.

       

      #2  For the 2021 challenge, you must start a “NEW PROJECT”.  This challenge excludes anything that you may have started previously to the Jan 1, 2021 starting date.

       

      #3 You may use your “Tin Can” as a form, and cover it with other materials ( ie: wood strips to form a water tower) or such.  Just show the process in your build logs.  Your “Tin Can” does not have to be tin/metal, it can be Plastic ( ie: paint cans) or aluminum.  You may cut it down or attach several together.  

       

      #4 Cutting up beverage cans to use the pieces as re-formed roofing material is not in the spirit of the “Tin Can” concept.

       

      #5 $30 (US$ or your local equal) is the max you can spend on materials, paints, glue , etc. If you buy a bottle of ink and use two drops, don’t worry about it, if you use the whole bottle, count it.  If you have to use 2 inches of a 36 inch piece of brass, because thats the shortest length they sell, figure the cost as 1/18th, you get the picture!

       

      #6 Any item that you already have in your hands as of 1 Jan 2021, does not count towards the limit.  Any “Free” item you can procure, is free.   IF YOU PURCHASE SOMETHING JUST TO GET THAT SIZE OR SHAPE OF CAN(S)…..  THAT PRICE DOES NOT COUNT AGAINST YOUR DOLLAR LIMIT.   This is on the honor system guys.  Refer to rule #1

       

      #7 All contestants MUST post a “Build Log” in the Annual Build Challenge forum section of LSC.  You have to declare your intentions of what you will attempt to build in the initial post. Post your napkin (drawings) with your first post. You can change it if you want to, but you must post it.  PLEASE SHOW a photo of your starting can so everyone can see and follow along on how you’r using it.  NO phantom builds to pop up on the last day!  Progress posts ( preferably with pics ) need to be made often.  Recommended Build Challenge forum Title “Dave's 2021 challenge log”.  Something along those lines so every one will know, and be able to follow along. 

       

       

      If you choose to participate in Mik’s Build Challenge 2021,

      Post a reply to this thread.  

        

       

      The Prize pool for 2021:

      Spirit of Mik Award: Photo Mug by Dave Taylor

       

      Others as added:

       

      For the historical record these

      have been the Challenge categories:

       

      2021: Tin Can. 

      2020: Chimney Kit. 

      2019: 10 year redo: “Build Whatever You Want”

      2018: 2x4

      2017: Quarry cut stones.

      2016: Roof panels =800Sq Ft.

      2015: 16' Flat car, Whimsical theme.

      2014: Door

      2013: Gondola Kit, or a building.

      2012: Finish something you already started.

      2011: Build something! Up to 288 Sq In base.

      2010: Unk. Category ( build whatever you want )

       

      Happy New Year! 

      & Great Building!!

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Damnation!

       

       

      I missed the registration dead line .....I don't use napkins anyway.

       

       

      Might still build it anyway only because I can!

    • January 9, 2021 8:02 PM EST
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      Rooster said:

       

      Damnation!

       

       

      I missed the registration dead line .....I don't use napkins anyway.

       

       

      Might still build it anyway only because I can!

       You still have 4 hours before the deadline to enter.  Get off your feathers and get started on that napkin drawing or are you chicken 

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    • January 9, 2021 8:26 PM EST

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      Dan Hilyer said:
      Rooster said:

       

      Damnation!

       

       

      I missed the registration dead line .....I don't use napkins anyway.

       

       

      Might still build it anyway only because I can!

       You still have 4 hours before the deadline to enter.  Get off your feathers and get started on that napkin drawing or are you chicken 

       

       

       

      NO Dan ....Please re-read as suggested by the experts. I missed the dead line to "register/SIGN UP" !

      This post was edited by Rooster at January 9, 2021 8:30 PM EST
    • January 9, 2021 8:30 PM EST
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      Chicken   I’m sure Dave will make an exception if you explain that you were sitting on eggs and couldn’t leave them until today 

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    • January 9, 2021 8:32 PM EST

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      Sorry Dan.....against the posted rules !

    • January 9, 2021 9:13 PM EST
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      You do know that I can change anything I want.......... In fact , if you want to start tomoerrow...  I'll even give you an "extra" add on day at the end so you still get your full 30 days to build.....

       

      Now......   No excuses.....

       

      "THE"  Dave T.

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    • January 9, 2021 9:57 PM EST
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      Oh good I ll see if the camera works! And if I can download a picture!

    • January 10, 2021 2:32 PM EST
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      What would be the best, and easiest way to just cut an arched doorway out of the side and cut the top and bottom out while leaving the top and bottom "rings" intact on a can such as this?  The sides could be easy, but the arch presents other problems.  One could approximate it, but filing the edges of a thin can without tweakling it are remote.

       

    • January 10, 2021 3:49 PM EST
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      Use a hole saw for the arch , then cut the rest as planned.

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    • January 10, 2021 4:46 PM EST
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      draw it on a piece of paper, cut that out and apply to the can then drill a starter hole and cut it out with snips and a hacksaw blade

       edit to add a hole saw will catch and tear apart the can

      This post was edited by David Marconi,FOGCH at January 10, 2021 4:48 PM EST
    • January 10, 2021 7:09 PM EST
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      I have a "nibbler which starting at an edge ... or hole... bites out a little bit of metal maybe 1/4" square...keep taking bites until you cut what you want.  You can cut  just a little out, angle it some what, use it to make a nice square corner or with several cuts appproximate a curve.

      Nibbler from amazon

    • January 10, 2021 7:44 PM EST

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      Dave Taylor said:

      You do know that I can change anything I want.......... In fact , if you want to start tomoerrow...  I'll even give you an "extra" add on day at the end so you still get your full 30 days to build.....

       

      Now......   No excuses.....

       

      "THE"  Dave T.

       

      Rules are rules !

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