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    • February 23, 2020 10:44 AM EST
    • Final Day For Voting

    • February 23, 2020 10:36 AM EST
    • It is always great to see what springs from the fertile imaginations of the participants and each build is as unique to the builder and perfectly suited for their particular layouts.  

      Terrific job everyone, you have not made picking the top 3 easy but I am partial to railroady structures. 

       

      1 Dennis Rayon.  The peeling paint on those front doors and overall dilapidatedness?  of the whole build is amazing.

      2 Devon Sinsley.  The ice house is not something that is often modeled and you did good.

      3 This one was really tough to decide so to avoid the stress of having to make such a decision I say it is a 3 way tie between Dave Taylor, Dan Hilyer and Rick Marty.   Very well done guys. 

       

      John Caughey was a close runner up with his stone building. 

       

      Nice job to all the participants that stepped up to this years build challenge. 

    • February 22, 2020 9:44 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:
      Craig Townsend said:
      Devon Sinsley said:

      Is it too early for me to demand a recount 

      My vote can be bought... ;)

      I believe that, you are from Western Washington

      Ouch that hurt. I want my cream puff recipe back! NOW!!! 

    • February 22, 2020 8:59 PM EST
    • yes, I visit MLS once a day or so.  Some activity in the Beginners forum, an occasional post elsewhere.  

       

      For some reason I get occasional email updates about recent posts there as well.

    • February 22, 2020 5:42 PM EST
    • "MLS? Is that place still around?"

      Vic;

       

      Yes, it is still around.  Not a whole lot of activity, with the Beginners' Forum and the Live Steam Forum as the exceptions.  I am there a couple of times every day, but no longer post as much as I post here.  AND since the chimpanzee is 98% human (DNA wise), I don't think you should compliment the site's VS tech geniuses like that.  (Just irony, don't take me too serious.)

       

      Best, David Meashey

    • February 22, 2020 5:30 PM EST
    • Cliff Jennings said:

       

       P.PS and NO, that's not an MLS reference!! 

      MLS? Is that place still around? I thought the VS tech-chimps geniuses had finally it killed it off a while ago?

    • February 22, 2020 4:17 PM EST
    • In case the results don't go the way someone wants, just let me know. And for a very affordable fee, I'll post you a big envelop full of hanging chads. 

       

      Cliff

       

      PS: and NO, that's not an MLS reference!! 

    • February 22, 2020 11:14 AM EST
    • Chris Kieffer said:
      Devon Sinsley said:

      Is it too early for me to demand a recount 

       

      recount?...and just what do you plan to do when you run out of fingers?

      Use dead peoples fingers of course. Or maybe see if I can get Iowa to count them for me.

    • February 22, 2020 11:13 AM EST
    • Craig Townsend said:
      Devon Sinsley said:

      Is it too early for me to demand a recount 

      My vote can be bought... ;)

      I believe that, you are from Western Washington

    • February 21, 2020 7:17 PM EST
    • 1) Chris Kieffer

      2) Dennis Rayon

      3) John Caughey

    • February 21, 2020 6:21 PM EST
    • I edited because I initially only put #1 down, not #2 and #3... thanks for noticing

    • February 21, 2020 4:01 AM EST
    • To keep Rooster happy (if thats possible)

      My vote after a lot of deliberation:

      1.Dennis Rayon

      2.Rick Marty

      3.John Caughey

      Most work involved Vic Smith

      Group effort Clan Mueller

      Over use of technology Dan Hilyer

       

    • February 20, 2020 10:23 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      Is it too early for me to demand a recount 

       

      recount?...and just what do you plan to do when you run out of fingers?

    • February 20, 2020 9:54 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      Is it too early for me to demand a recount 

      My vote can be bought... ;)

    • February 20, 2020 9:23 PM EST
    • Is it too early for me to demand a recount 

    • February 20, 2020 7:21 PM EST
    • Do we have anymore voters and does anyone else want to edit their vote other than Greg?

    • February 20, 2020 6:57 AM EST
    • As others have said, this is getting harder to choose each year. From a simple incentive challenge to 'build something'  during the time that was referred to as "Cabin Fever", and an award of " Attaboy", we are now getting craftsman builds which constantly challenge the time constraints of that same thirty day period.

         I am going with:

            1st ..... The Muellar Clan and Mama's Bakery No Ka Oi, for staying closest to what I believe was "MIK just MIK"s building premise. Using what ever is on hand and re-purposing same into something for the railroad. In the few years they have participated, they have certainly improved their skill set levels, and the material usage is great.

             2nd .... John Caughey and his Assay office. The cut down medicine vials were over the top for detail and re-purposing. (If you have a dozen or so to spare I may try my hand on them)

             3rd ,,,,,  Bill Barnwell and his Shotgun house (as I've heard them referred to)  again re-purposing of what others would overlook.

      I can't leave this without saying that it is a pleasure seeing all of these come together and I for one would enjoy seeing the builds that aren't finished, after they are done. And on going progress as they get worked on. Thank you all for a great contest.

       

    • February 20, 2020 3:54 AM EST
    • 1st. Eric and Family

      2nd. John Caughy

      3rd. Devon Sinsley

       I have to say You guys all rocked this year. What little time I got to follow the builds I did pick up some ideas. Great job everyone!....

    • February 19, 2020 9:51 PM EST
    • #1 Dennis Rayon; Denray Welding Supply

      #2 Rick Marty;  Backwoods Flagstop Station

      #3 Dave Taylor;  Small Blacksmith Shop

      #4 Devon Sinsley;  Pepper's Ice Co, in a 2 way tie with Todd Haskins Switch Shack

       

      Honorable Mentions, if allowed under the rules,

      #1 John Caughy's friend  John P very fine old stone house

      #2 Bill Barnwell; Cracker House

       

      To all the others a big "Well Done"!!!  Wish I could model as all the entrants.