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    • January 31, 2020 10:39 AM EST
      • Ormond Beach, Fl. 32174
         
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      That's a winner

    • January 31, 2020 3:12 PM EST
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      John Passaro said:
      Rick Marty said:

      Beautifully done John!!!

      Please explain what looks like an offset in the chimney???

       

         I haven't cut out the floor space yet to line it up with Dave's chimney above, that's all. Although an offset chimney might be interesting!!

       

       

      OK, Thanks for the expanation, now it makes sense to these old eyes

       

       

    • January 31, 2020 3:13 PM EST
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      John Passaro said:
      Rick Marty said:

      Beautifully done John!!!

      Please explain what looks like an offset in the chimney???

       

         I haven't cut out the floor space yet to line it up with Dave's chimney above, that's all. Although an offset chimney might be interesting!!

       

       

      OK, Thanks for the explanation, now it makes sense to these tired old eyes

       

       

    • January 31, 2020 6:17 PM EST
      • Denver, Colorado
         
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         Rick, I'm really interested in chimney caps since my engine house build a couple of years ago. For this build, I want to come up with something nifty. I mentioned before that at this altitude we have marmots and we don't want these little devils in the chimney:

       

       

         I won't go this fancy: 

       

       

         But I like the flashing and I think I have time to do something like this:

       

       

         I started looking around the neighborhood when I'm driving around, and it is truly fascinating to me the number of solutions to chimney tops there are and how creative and beautiful some of them are.  And that's just in little ole Denver. I know the English people have taken chimney tops, or pots as they call them, to a whole other level.

       

         My kids always say it doesn't take much to capture Dad's imagination!!!

       

       

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    • February 2, 2020 11:26 PM EST
      • Denver, Colorado
         
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         I'm afraid this is it for me gentlemen. I have a major life event taking place next Monday the 10th and won't be able to work on this next weekend, meaning I'd have to finish my build by this Wednesday or Thursday at the latest. The plain logic is that there is still way too much to do to finish them properly, windows, doors, stairs, finish work, not to mention painting, and more....just too much left to do. Truth is I probably wouldn't finish even with next weekend to work with. If I hadn't gotten off to a false start I might have made it, maybe, but then the field stone building came out of the false start so I can't complain. I'm happy with the field stone building, but if I'm being honest some of the craftsmanship on the tower isn't that great, rough. I was improvising as I went and some of it worked and some didn't. I'm thinking of this tower more as a practice building at this point, and I can cannibalize parts of it for other structures and start the tower over having learned a lot.

       

         And I really DID learn a lot, which makes it all worthwhile.

       

         I'm disappointed to say the least, but there's not much I can do about it.

       

         I'll be checking in on all the other builds and I'm enthusiatic about seeing how they all come out---it's a great group of guys we have here.

       

         Anyway, here's as far as I got:

       

       

       

       

       

       

         Thanks to everyone!

       

       

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    • February 2, 2020 11:30 PM EST
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      John first I hope all is well , life comes at us all the time and I hope this is a minor thing in the grand scheme.

      second the building looks great and I hope it will be in the running for a winner.

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    • February 2, 2020 11:34 PM EST
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      Gad, John. Here’s hoping all works out well. Your buildings turned out great. Best of luck! Let us know if we can help...

      This post was edited by Jim Rowson at February 4, 2020 1:51 PM EST
    • February 2, 2020 11:45 PM EST
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      John, I hope this major life event works out to your liking. Will be thinking about you.  The tower really looks good, but the stone building is impressive. Stick a chimney on it and call it good 

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    • February 3, 2020 12:09 AM EST
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      John, I am sorry that you won't be able to bring this build to a finish at this time. 

      I have been following your progress with great enjoyment, perhaps later this year you will share your finishing touches.

      Great build and build thread.  I do hope your life event turns out less serious than anticipated.

      Thanks for sharing your build with us.

    • February 3, 2020 12:27 AM EST
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      Coming along nicely regardless, I know the feeling. I doubt I will be able to finish digging...I mean finishing my station. Too many other things getting in the way.

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      Have fun with your trains
    • February 3, 2020 12:30 AM EST
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      good luck with the life event

       

    • February 3, 2020 1:40 AM EST
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      Slap the chimney on that shack and enter that gem....

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      The older I get, the less I know, please don't make me prove it.

       

       

    • February 3, 2020 2:13 AM EST
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      John,

       

      Echoing the sentiments of others, may the life event be one of blessings, and may you stick the chimney on the stone building and call it "Good!"

       

      Eric

    • February 3, 2020 6:53 AM EST
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      Sorry to hear of a life event coming on you John. Like others I hope this is but a minor set back in the overall scheme of life

    • February 4, 2020 12:03 PM EST
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      Its a damn nice start. That was an ambitious project and you really have done a nice job with it.

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