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  • The 2022 Forum Renewal Challenge

    To celebrate the re-birth of the RR-L Forums with our new software, we will dedicate this year’s Challenge to Joe whose willingness to spend his time and money to migrate the RR-L’s content to a new platform will keep us moving forward for many years.

    As is our usual practice, some choices of modeling projects will form the structure of the Challenge.

    Our choices this year are:
    1. Loading Dock Mini-Scene: Build a loading dock of any type and create a mini-scene using details either scratch built or purchased.
    2. Brick Wall Project: Take a section of brick wall – made of any material (plaster, plastic, laser cut wood, etc.) and use your imagination to paint, weather, and detail it. You could even combine this with Choice #1 and put a loading dock in front of your wall.
    3. Finish a model: If you have a partially completed model sitting somewhere on a shelf, pull it out and finish it up!
    4. Start anew: Take a kit of any type of model off the shelf and have at it! Or, make some plans of your own and scratch build a model of your choice.
    5. Layout Project: If you have been wanting to attack some project on your layout, why not do it as part of this Challenge.
    Time frame will be our usual January 1 – April 30, 2022

    I will open the official Challenge thread in the Mike Chambers’ Craftsman’s Corner by January 1st.

    We look forward to your participation.

    Bruce

  • #2
    Thanks for putting this thread up Bruce. And again thanks to Joe for all the effort to get the Forum up and running again. The new format is certainly a lot easier to work with.

    I could probably combine choices 1,2 & 3, as I have 2 unfinished projects. One needs a wharf built, I suppose that could count as a loading dock, and would need a wall. Mine would be either stone or concrete, not brick, but I don't think the fun police will pull me up on that.
    The other is my big diorama I'm still working on from last years challenge, so same as above.
    I also wouldn't mind doing a new scratchbuild,....... if I have time. .....as that is my main problem these days.
    Regards Rob

    Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

    My current build.

    https://railroad-line.com/node/979864

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    • #3
      Hmmm...........#'s 3 & 4 look familiar. Oh wait, that's what I'm always doing, More of the same in the shop should keep me chugging along!
      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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      • #4
        I'll play but which one? Maybe #3

        Bob

        It\'s only make-believe

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        • #5
          I could be trying to catch up on no. 3s for the rest of my life. I'll see what I can get done.

          -Cody

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          • #6
            I have several #3's, the two stall engine house being one that's a work in progress. My questions is should I continue to post in the thread I started and put a finished picture of it when it's done?
            New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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            • #7
              Seems like we have some starters. I hope you all actually do participate, as the challenges are a lot of fun.

              Bernd, Besides the main thread, many also have their own separate threads. You can post updates in both, as you go along.
              Your current thread is current, not one that's on the shelf, but if you want to do that, should be OK. No hard and fast rules. The more the merrier.
              Looking forward to seeing what you and others bring to the party.
              Regards Rob

              Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

              My current build.

              https://railroad-line.com/node/979864

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              • Bernd
                Bernd commented
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                I was just thinking of the double posting (cross posting?) that would happen. But I think I've got an idea of how to work that. Thanks for the come back.

            • #8
              Bruce,

              I'd like to add another number, if possible.

              Design and build a complete model or scene incorporating a method(s) or material(s) that is 'new' to you. Paper Mache, balsa wood, plaster, styrene, resin, brass, aluminum, or whatever. Basically a challenge to learn some new tricks, or as some might say, "jump into a new rabbit hole".

              Jim
              Take the red pill

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              • #9
                Jim, participants could take that approach on any of the 5 options, although it might be harder on choice #3, depending on how far along the build is. When I post the official thread on/before January 1, I will add your suggestion at the end, pointing out that it can be applied to any of the five choices.
                Bruce

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                • #10
                  I will start with Choice 3 and finish up my FSM 2-Stall Engine House build.
                  Bruce

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                  • #11
                    I'm in for 1,2 & 3, also have something on the sidelines for 4,
                    I'm not sure I can build a layout and get in on 5 before the deadline so I'll have to let that one slide ...

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                    • #12
                      I'm in for 1,2 & 3, also have something on the sidelines for 4,
                      I'm not sure I can build a layout and get in on 5 before the deadline so I'll have to let that one slide ...
                      Ditto.

                      Cheers, Mark.

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                      • #13
                        I have lots of unfinished projects. I'm in for number 3 several times over.
                        Home of the HOn3 North Coast Railroad, along the shores of Lake Ontario.

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                        • #14
                          Think I'm gonna take a stab at #4!
                          Ken Pryor
                          Oil Belt Traction Company (someday!)

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                          • BurleyJim
                            BurleyJim commented
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                            Ken, this is a great way to gain a lot of skills in a hurry. Looking forward to it.

                            Jim

                        • #15
                          Ya'all can count me in...really ! Decisions... finish up would be much better than contributing yet another to the already started... pile.

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