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    • 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 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;

    • 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

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_E4933[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_E4930[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4965[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4958[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4951[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4949[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4945[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4969[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4968[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4971[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr

      [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]IMG_4955[/url] by [url=]Dennis Rayon[/url], on Flickr


    • February 11, 2020 11:22 PM EST
    • Well here it is,  just a humble little backwoods flagstop station.  The trains run on an every other day basis and don't stop unless the Station Master posts a flag. 

      The pictures show the building just plopped on the layout, not in it's permanent location, but it's forever home is now under construction, maybe pictures will follow somewhere else. 


      Just basic construction, nothing new or different, however this is the first time I have used popsicle sticks as siding, not to bad.  The chimney was cut down to better fit my minds eye for size to the building. 

      Windows are by Grandt Line, doors are scratch built, and the roof is doll house shakes, that aren't too bad for size.  

      Everything that went into this building was on hand, including the 9V battery for the lighting so my cost total is zero dollars for this project. 


      The final shots








      And, of course, the Drone flyby.




      The night lighting shots, I like the nice soft yellow glow that I get with using 14V bulbs and a 9V battery, 2 bulbs in series.

      It seems to fit the 1939 era better than the stark white that comes from LED's. Having said that I know all the arguments in favor, but to me bulbs and batteries are simple.



      That's is it for my Mik 2020, it was fun to participate again and to follow along with all the great stuff that was happening during this challange.  I learned a lot from you all and I thank you for sharing your builds and especially the fun.


    • February 11, 2020 11:02 PM EST
    • Neal S MIKs Challenge - Peterson Post Newspaper HQ.

      Glamour shot:



      This is constructed from a kit.  Kit included walls with brick molding and window frames plus doors.  I added paint, the bottom concrete block foundation, entry steps, awning, window glazing, historic headlines in windows, rooftop signage paperboy and MIK's chimney.

      The building will go nicely with the rest of Peterson village on our club layout, which is set in 1957.

      Kit and almost everything else were already on hand.  Purchases:  paperboy figurine and 1 can spray paint, total $18.

    • 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 12:08 AM EST
    • Just to finish out.... A couple of Glamor shots that didn't get used for the pic posting.

      Some roofing detail.....   BTW the anvil and hammer were my first ever sculpt molding....  I did put a wire thru the handle and hammer head



    • 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 11, 2020 11:14 PM EST
    • The Art of Practicing Medicine   ... We keep trying until we get it right.

      As I learned in my Bro in laws book, cancers mutate and mutations mutate without exact routes. The data base is growing and my case will add to the information so the next can benefit. I handled my first dose this time with ease compared to 8 years ago, so I asked for a full dose and I intend to continue the fight. I have a great support staff (my big sister).


      Thanks for your concerns, prayers good vibes, etc... all are appreciated

      I'm not bitter, at least God let me compete this year! I had some fun and a lot of tedious mundane work, but I too love the look, it almost looks as good as my mind's eye vision!

      What a year, every model a winner! 'Cept Devon's boxcar

    • February 11, 2020 10:41 PM EST
    • Well, shucks, John. Thinking about you.

    • February 11, 2020 10:35 PM EST
    • Sorry to hear of the setback, John.  Praying for you, buddy.

    • February 11, 2020 10:35 PM EST
    • Damn john I am so sorry to hear that. 

    • February 11, 2020 10:10 PM EST
    • Rough day, I'll post my pics in the vote thread tomorrow.

      Next Tuesday I go back on chemo.

    • 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 11, 2020 10:34 PM EST
    • Dave Taylor said:

      An Old Wise Mentor once stressed to me.....   " Just because you can,  Doesn't mean that you should "





      Oh so very true, Dave

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

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