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Dutchman Posted - 12/31/2016 : 6:20:07 PM
This is the main thread for the first Challenge of 2017 - the Pick One - Build One Challenge.

Participants have from January 1 through Saturday, April 15 to work on their chosen project.

There are four (4) categories from which to choose your project(s).

1) Shelf-liberating (as opposed to self-liberating): Grab a kit off the shelf and build it the older the kit and the longer it has been on the shelf, the better!

2) From Sketch to Scratch: This one is for scratch builders. Start with a sketch or drawing and construct the final model.

3) Hit the Road: Grab a vehicle kit off the shelf (Jordan, Sylvan, Alloy Forms, Wheel Works, Williams Bros., etc.) and get it ready to hit the road.

4) Square Footer: Incorporate at least one model into a 1 Sq. Ft. diorama/scene

I hope that we get our usual large rate of participation in this winter challenge.

You can post all of your progress photos and comments right in this thread. If you do start a separate 'build thread' for your project, please post frequent updates in this thread also.

Once done, please post a few "final pictures" in the thread dedicated to that purpose.

Here is the link to that thread: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=48420

Let the Challenge begin!

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ed k Posted - 06/23/2017 : 12:21:10 AM
I just became aware of your fine workmanship.
Very nicely done.
danielb Posted - 05/19/2017 : 7:34:55 PM
Another HO build - this time Clevermodels Wally's Merchantile kit, kitbashed with a Paul Egri kitbash of the original structure.

So... that's a stock build of the structure, and a kitbashed version of the structure, kitbashed together!

To paraphrase a popular internet meme... "Yo Dawg, I hear you like kitbashes!" ;)

Next, I've also kitbashed a Clevermodels Brick Warehouse Flat, giving it an extra floor and some loading dock doors. It is simply a flat print on a wood backing, however it is mostly hidden behind the grain elevator and silos on my layout, so it doesn't really need to be super detailed.

Bill Gill Posted - 05/04/2017 : 3:37:02 PM
Dave, Smitty's Music Shop is well noted and Hoosier Mama's Pies has a nice crusty look to its exterior but a sweet inside. Habbaker's Garage will look spiffy when all tuned up.
danielb Posted - 05/04/2017 : 2:33:42 PM
Well, don't I have some catching up to do! :D

So much for continuing on my N scale builds - massive changes in my home layout situation put paid to any N scale work I was doing (I took down my N scale layout and put it into storage as I am not pleased with where the progress was going. As such, I've set up my HO scale exhibition layout in it's place, and have been working on several extensions.)

Since I posted last, my HO scale layout has gone from a 4'x11" layout, to a 10'x2' layout! :D

That said, I've been working on some kitbuilds - I've got a folder full of Clevermodels paper kits printed out and stored in a file case in my layout room, so I've been building them.

So far I've got a fair few finished, but all will need detailing and lighting added at a later date, once I know exactly where they'll end up going on my layout.

Smitty's Music Shop:

Hoosier Mama's Pies:

The interior is removable on this one so I can add the details and lighting. :)

Habbaker's Garage:

The interior shadow box has been replaced by a more detailed interior made from extra copies of the exterior walls. I intend to put a full set of tools, furniture, etc and a car being worked on. :)

These are all HO scale, as you no doubt figured out already, but I have got a couple of O Scale ones I'm starting work on today. :)

Hopefully this lot makes up for my lack of progress on the N scale front. :D
Guff Posted - 04/16/2017 : 11:25:36 AM
Well done!!
Building and trucks look right at home on the layout!
time2play Posted - 04/16/2017 : 08:49:21 AM

Nicely done Glen. It's coming together nicely...

Michael Hohn Posted - 04/15/2017 : 11:48:19 PM

Thank you.

Gern looks busy. Impressive array of trucks ready to ship product.

Glen Haasdyk Posted - 04/15/2017 : 10:40:33 PM
Looks great Mike. Glad to see the hoist worked out.

Well I finished the Gern Distributor and placed it and the truck on the layout:

Now that the final large structure is in in this area I can start to finish up the scenery

And a close-up. The asphalt was already there, and the structure isn't totally planted yet.

I placed the green truck at my larger terminal.
Michael Hohn Posted - 04/15/2017 : 10:35:55 PM
Bill, Dave and Bob, thank you.

railman28 Posted - 04/15/2017 : 10:19:54 PM
Love the hoist, I think that would work just fine.the whole bill came out excellent.
Guff Posted - 04/15/2017 : 10:17:03 PM
you completed the challenge in a BIG way! What a wonderful build of a large structure...Very realistic and beautifully modeled!
Bill Gill Posted - 04/15/2017 : 9:04:21 PM
Looks good, Mike. And good tip about the first course of shingles. It's the shadows that often give away a model vs prototype.
Michael Hohn Posted - 04/15/2017 : 4:35:09 PM
I finished my Swift's meat packing plant, based on an actual structure in Oswego, NY. Here are a few photos:

I'm ready to take shipments from the West Coast now:

Here is a close-up of the ice lift. Because the complete lower half was obscured by a boxcar in my reference photo, I had to get design ideas from information on the web, including the winch at the bottom.

Those of you who followed along know that I used familiar materials and parts and no unusual methods. Basically the skills I learned decades ago building Campbell and Suncoast kits (when I could afford them as a youngster). I did use some new materials to me: cedar shingles from Rusty Stumps, and for the ice lift winch, gears from Vectorcut.

One tip when using the cedar shingles: before sticking on the lowest row of shingles you want to glue a narrow piece of the shingle material along the edge. Otherwise the lowest row will be flat against the roof whereas the next row and all the rows from then on will be at an angle, slight to be sure, but enough to leave an unprototypical shadow along the bottom edge of the second row. You want all the rows including that bottom one to lie at an angle. This effect can be seen in the photos, especially the one with the reefer.

I am happy that I was able to fit a project into this challenge. My long term layout plan calls for just such a plant, and now I have one to send my reefers.

Michael Hohn Posted - 04/15/2017 : 1:35:54 PM
Glen, your trucks are first rate. You have a steady hand and a good eye.

Bob, so now you're working on two projects. You got a lot done on this one but time sure whizzes by, doesn't it? Too bad Einstein is not around to tell us why time seems to have accelerated lately.

railman28 Posted - 04/15/2017 : 02:33:16 AM
You're trucking right along and looking good at it. Nice choice in colors.

I found some unexpected time to model so I got a bit more done. Here were my Guard shack/tool house stands;

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