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Dutchman Posted - 01/01/2021 : 09:43:05 AM
Lengthy description of the choices available to members in this year's "So Many Choices, So Little Time” Challenge can be found at this thread: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=53446

This thread is where participants can discuss which of the choices he/she is choosing, comment on other members' posts, post progress photos along the way, or even document the entire build.

Final photos of your project(s) can be posted in this thread: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=53471

We hope that we get great participation in this year's Challenge. We all have many options from which to choose!
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Larryc Posted - 03/08/2021 : 10:49:30 AM
All of these projects are really coming along very nicely. Great job guys; keep up the great work!!
mikethetrainman Posted - 03/08/2021 : 05:13:02 AM
Rob very nice work on the roofing. I like the combination of shingles and tar paper.
robert goslin Posted - 03/07/2021 : 8:14:14 PM
Nice work James & Bruce.

Have started work on the other side extension.
The roof was made the same as the other one.
And again I've done a mix of shingles & tarpaper.

Painted & weathered.

Trial fit. Again, held on by sliding over a block attached to the wall.

Now to enclose the front of the ceiling section, and add gable trim, rafter tails & legs.
Dutchman Posted - 03/07/2021 : 08:32:57 AM
Thanks, Mike.
mikethetrainman Posted - 03/06/2021 : 5:47:50 PM
Mike thanks for the kind comment.

James your metal work looks great.

Bruce the drying house looks very nice. That's the best I have seen with the shingles nice and straight.
Dutchman Posted - 03/06/2021 : 11:18:29 AM
The sand drying house is done. I'm starting the last part of the build - the sand tower.

Dutchman Posted - 03/06/2021 : 11:17:15 AM
Very nice metal work, James.
Michael Hohn Posted - 03/06/2021 : 05:10:41 AM
Looks fantastic, James.
jbvb Posted - 03/05/2021 : 11:11:06 PM
I've been looking in and admiring everybody's progress (but not telling you all, sorry). So I'll give a general Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!

My HO brass PRR FM flat car reached a milestone tonight. I'm almost ready to tinker the trucks and couplers onto it:

Of course, after that I've still got to do stake pockets, grabs, steps, brake mechanism and piping etc...
Michael Hohn Posted - 03/05/2021 : 9:12:51 PM
Mike M.,

Your coal dock is looking impressive.

mikethetrainman Posted - 03/05/2021 : 5:55:06 PM
Thanks George, Bruce and Steve for you kind comments.
leeflan Posted - 03/05/2021 : 10:54:03 AM
Thanks: Crew, for the kind words on the seed house. I like how it came out.

Mike (M.): Unless you have a really good Hobby Lobby (I don’t), you’ll probably need to look online.

Mike (H.): You’re right on about “distinctive regional buildings.” There are very few kits that have that regional flair. So, I end up having to either scratchbuild, as with the seed house, or kitbash commercial offerings to give them a “Southernized” look. Does save me money on big box craftsman kits.

George: Ah got me a fr’en’ wa’ss name is Pete. That’s his front name, don’ recollect his behind name. But his CB handle is ‘RionB-17 or sump’n lak dat. He’s’ a fine man, a wondermous man, an’ he smart, too, Ah gawrontee! Now, oncet when Ah done overdone some decrepitization on sum buildin,’ Pete, he done chided me, gentle like, ‘course, an’ reminded me, polite like, ‘course, that since the physical plant or structure of a business, however large or small, is one of its most important resources and certainly one of the most valuable assets on the balance sheet, the officers and directors of the business will take whatever measures are necessary and appropriate to maintain the condition and appearance of the structure as a going concern so it can continue to create the customers needed to generate the revenue and profits expected by the shareholders. Or sump’n lak dat. Wat Ah thank he said was they’s room for all levels of weatherin’ buildin’s an’ such, ya jes’ have to unnerstan’ the right one for each buildin.’ See, Ah done tol’ Y’all he wuz smart!

Catch Y'all later,


PS Apologies to you know who.
Dutchman Posted - 03/05/2021 : 08:38:06 AM
Rob, you do great modeling with 'the other wood'. So little used here in the States compared to Basswood.

Mike, I like your take on the coal dock.
George D Posted - 03/05/2021 : 08:16:55 AM
Nice wood work, Mike.

mikethetrainman Posted - 03/05/2021 : 05:20:57 AM
Rob thanks I like doing different buildings. That's one of reasons I learned to scratch build. Even when I build kits I change things up a bit.

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