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  • The 2023 “Twenty Year Celebration” Challenge Main Thread

    As 2022 comes to a close, we also see the completion of 20 years of existence for the Railroad-Line Forums. We will acknowledge that accomplishment with a "Twenty Year Celebration Challenge". The Challenge will start with the posting of this thread and end on April 30th. As has been our practice, the Challenge will include choices of categories, so there should be something for everyone.

    Our choices this year are:
    1. Build a structure kit and make it “your own” (What do we mean by “your own”? Change it up a bit. For example: swap out roofing materials; add a small addition or loading dock; detail the interior, add lighting… You get the idea.) EXTRA INTEREST POINTS if the kit is an “oldie” – let’s say that it pre-dates the laser cut era.
    1. Build or detail a locomotive or piece of rolling stock. (Pretty self-explanatory.)
    1. Build a resin or white metal vehicle kit. (Think of Jordan or Sylvan for resin, and such makers as Wheel Works; Lee Town, S.S. Ltd, or Walthers for white metal.)
    1. Scratch Building/Kit Bashing. Build any type of model from scratch (including 3-D Printing), or take the parts from a commercial model kit and use those parts (or some of them) to construct a new model in remembrance of Art Curren.
    1. Layout Project. If you have been wanting to attack some project on your layout, why not do it as part of this Challenge.
    1. Animation. Animate a model or a scene on your layout or module.

    We hope that we get great participation in this year's Challenge. We all have many options from which to choose!

    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. If you wish, you can start a separate build thread and just post updates in this one.

    Final photos of your project(s) can be posted in this thread: https://railroad-line.com/node/1022004

    Bruce

  • #2
    A broad challenge with at least 4 categories that cover things I need to do. I'm off to the attic to contemplate what should come first.
    James

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    • #3
      I'm in, maybe I'll finish this one...

      I'm going for option '1' ....

      Ohhh , well dang it, they're all labeled as option '1', hmmm, I guess I'm going to be busy for a few months.

      I guess 3 months is plenty of time to build all 6 option '1's ....

      Time will tell.

      Karl. A
      Last edited by UKGuy; 12-29-2022, 09:56 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by UKGuy View Post
        I'm in, maybe I'll finish this one...

        I'm going for option '1' ....

        Ohhh , well dang it, they're all labeled as option '1', hmmm, I guess I'm going to be busy for a few months.

        I guess 3 months is plenty of time to build all 6 option '1's ....

        Time will tell.

        Karl. A


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        I wrote it up in Word and then just copied and pasted it into the thread. In Word, they are numbered properly.

        Anyway, you all can picture them numbered from 1 to 6.

        Bruce

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        • #5
          ha ha Bruce, it's all good fun. Thanks for getting things started, as always.
          Now I just need to decide which '1' to start first...

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          • #6
            Bruce,

            They all look good, in a couple cases with interesting wrinkles such as "make it your own." The possibilities are particularly well thought out, in my opinion. It's going to be hard to chose.

            Mike
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            Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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            • #7
              I'm debating whether to join or not. I know I won't be finishing any of challenge projects just because I've got several non-model projects I need to do also. The kitchen cabinet comes to mind. But I do have three legitimate projects that would fit 4,5, & 6. So, I may join in and post progress reports in the Challenge thread while posting the details in my railroad thread. I've got two days yet to decide whether I'm in or not.

              Bernd
              New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

              Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

              New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy HOn30 Quarry Line https://railroad-line.com/node/31167

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              • #8
                Bernd,
                I'm with you.
                I will be entering as well, but not sure what I will finish. So many unfinished projects already.
                I think I'll start at one and see how many I can complete.

                Scott
                Last edited by CNE1899; 12-30-2022, 09:30 AM.

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                • #9
                  1. Build or detail a locomotive or piece of rolling stock. (Pretty self-explanatory.)
                  2. Build a resin or white metal vehicle kit. (Think of Jordan or Sylvan for resin, and such makers as Wheel Works; Lee Town, S.S. Ltd, or Walthers for white metal.)
                  3. Scratch Building/Kit Bashing. Build any type of model from scratch (including 3-D Printing), or take the parts from a commercial model kit and use those parts (or some of them) to construct a new model in remembrance of Art Curren.
                  Hmmmmm.........so when am I not doing the 1st one,

                  In the case of #2 --> instead of resin or white metal, what about a 3D printed kit???

                  #3 -- generally redundant to #1 -- when am I not scratchbuilding rolling stock?

                  May have a structure that qualifies for #3 as well.....

                  Off to the shop!

                  In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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                  • Dutchman
                    Dutchman commented
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                    Martin, a 3-D Printed kit would be great!

                  • mwbpequod
                    mwbpequod commented
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                    Cool! Got a 3D printed kit from All Nation that I need to grind through for a product review - 2 bird with 1 stone!

                • #10
                  Well that certainly is a nice list of choices. Since I sat out last year, starting a new layout, I thought I'd jump in
                  and have a go at it.
                  With that in mind, here are my choices: 2) Build or detail a locomotive or piece of rolling stock.
                  5) Layout Project. If you have been wanting to attack some project on your layout.
                  Looks like I better get going!
                  Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                  • #11
                    OK, you have my interest and consider me in, BUT you all know there are several unfinished threads I have started that never got finished.
                    I will try my best to complete what I begin here. Let's say #i and # 4 (not necessarily in that order)...

                    Rich

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                    • #12
                      I'm glad to see this much early interest. Thanks, all!
                      Bruce

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                      • #13
                        Although most of this winter's modeling time will be devoted to working on the layout (# 5), I will start by building this Lee Town HO Scale 1930's vintage Mack Heavy Duty Wrecker cast in white metal.

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                        For those not familiar with Lee Town, they were out of Belvidere, NJ. Here is their logo. So this one fits in Choice #3.


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                        Bruce

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                        • #14
                          Like I said in the On30 thread; https://railroad-line.com/node/1020961 "As always, I'll play"

                          So my categories are;
                          #1 Build a structure kit and make it “your own”.
                          Mine being a Kilborn Marine Sales kit by JL Innovative Design, and making it a service for boats on the waterfront, changing the kit layout design.

                          and,
                          #3 Build a resin or white metal vehicle kit.
                          Mine being a white metal kit from Alloy Forms.


                          My builds will be in their own threads, and recorded in this main thread, with finished phots in the The 2023 “Twenty Year Celebration” Challenge Final Photos; https://railroad-line.com/node/1022004#post1022004

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                          Last edited by desertdrover; 12-30-2022, 04:13 PM.


                          Louis L&R Western Railroad
                          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                          • #15
                            The first, second, fourth and fifth '#1" are all things I accomplished in 2022. It was a productive year for me. The third #1 will be hard to do on my 1890s era layout, but maybe I'll do a Jordan or Berkshire wagon kit "in lieu of."

                            I do have an animation project I've been pondering for a couple of years, I'm still trying to figure out how to get a servo to do 4" of vertical movement through a very narrow tube. The late Don Ball gave me some great ideas there, I just haven't worked them through. (Suggestions and pointers definitely appreciated!)

                            dave
                            Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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