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  • The 2022 Forum Renewal Challenge Main Thread

    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.

    As member Burley Jim suggested, the Challenge in each of the five categories can be enhanced if you incorporate 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".

    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/978278

    Time frame will be from now until April 30, 2022.

    Bruce

  • #2
    I guess I'll stick my foot in my mouth, and kick this off. My best friend and I are working on building a diorama for the Tri-Regional Convention next summer. The basic theme is 'A well fitted engine repair facility. " We're both MMR's and we're not looking to score any 'points', but just a fun, but intense learning experience. The other 'Jim' was a beginner in the 3D printing world, and I gave him my resin printer to use, to see a physical part come out of his drawing skills as he is learning them. The Bridgeport lathe was one of the first projects we worked on. The models will all be built in HO scale.

    So, he has drawn up a LeBlond 12" lathe that will go into the diorama. The thing I've never seen modeled is a steam locomotive wheel lathe and a 'Wheel of fire'. Steam locomotive wheel lathes (very few ever built) ranged from 90" to 100". A 14" engine lathe is a huge chunk of iron in any machine shop. So my wheel lathe will dwarf them. I'll put out a teaser picture of one of the chucks that will be used in the construction. And we're off and running.....

    The chuck above, is just a shade over 1" in diameter. The T-slots are .7mm (.027") wide at the base.

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    Here are a few of the parts printed today. Left to right, The chuck in the above drawing with a T-bolt at the 7'o'clock position. 19 more T-bolts. A 68" Driver with a tire already installed, to be 'turned' on the lathe.

    Jim
    Last edited by BurleyJim; 2 weeks ago.
    Take the red pill

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    • #3
      Some nice details there, Jim.
      Bruce

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      • #4
        Click image for larger version  Name:	image_4230.jpg Views:	40 Size:	120.8 KB ID:	978538 Well, January 1, 2022 has arrived. I will start with Choice #3 - Finish Up A Model. The model in question is the FSM Kit #35 Two Stall Engine House.





        Today I pulled the work that I started last April out of storage and placed it on my modeling desk. Here is a picture of my mid-build starting point for the Challenge.

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        I will post updates in this thread, and fully document the build in my original build thread at this link: https://railroad-line.com/node/40874
        Bruce

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        • #5
          My challenge is the professional procrastinators perpetual challenge of finish what I started. I Guess if I was really good at procrastinating, I would never have started things to begin with. .

          I have Four Background buildings in the Harbor area of the North Coast Railroad that need finishing. Three are awaiting lighting, signage and exterior details, and the fourth is in the unattached walls stage. So here's my four starting point photos.

          1 and 2) The Seneca Cold Storage Facility , and the Genesee Malt house

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          3) The Red Creek Canning Company


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          4) The Mohawk Mills Carpet Factory

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          If time allows, the fifth project will be the goal of completing the Marine Leg and Grain Elevator complex in the Harbor.


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          Home of the HOn3 North Coast Railroad, along the shores of Lake Ontario.

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          • #6
            I'm in with the Syudam two stall engine house build.

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

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            • #7
              Jim looks like an interesting project; you got my attention with "engine repair facility"; have fun.

              Bruce looks like this will be a nice build; have fun.

              David finishing up projects is a good thing. This is interesting since your area of modeling seems to be in my
              "neck of the woods".

              Bernd that looks like a complicated build....is that building metal? Enjoy.
              Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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              • Bernd
                Bernd commented
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                Yes Larry, it's metal. Syudam doesn't include what I'm doing to it with the frame. I was just an idea. It needed something to hold the corrugated sheet metal up.

            • #8
              As always, I won’t pass up a good RR-L Forum Challenge, or build a structure build from Bar Mills. So Build challenge choice #4 it is.
              I’ve had this HO scale Waterfront Willy’s kit from Bar Mills for some years now. So, it is a good reason to build it now, and join in with the 2022 Challenge. I've got to get my Oxen shoeing stock finished up so I can get going with this project.

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              Louis
              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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              • #9
                I am going to work on two categories: Finish a model and Layout project.

                For the first, I am going to complete a boxcar that I largely built a year and half ago:
                https://railroad-line.com/node/38603/page7 . After I painted it I set it on my layout, awaiting trucks, couplers, and decals. A few months ago I did some scenery where it sat so I moved it t0 my workbench. When I decided to work on other models I moved it to another spot in my workspace, where once again it was in the way. Time to finish it!

                Here's a photo:

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                For my second Challenge project I am going to do the scenery on my layout. It won't be done completely, but at least there will be at least simple scenery everywhere on my layout.

                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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                • #10
                  Dave, finishing up those background buildings is a great choice for the Challenge.

                  Bernd, I have enjoyed watching you build this metal building this fall, and will continue to do so as part of the Challenge.

                  Lou, have you decided which direction you are going with the build" Waterfront Willy's, Trackside Jacks, or something different?

                  Two good choices for the Challenge, Mike.
                  Bruce

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by Dutchman View Post
                    Two good choices for the Challenge, Mike.
                    Thank you, Bruce, for putting a Challenge together once again. It's a great opportunity for all of us to move projects forward and an incentive to meet a reasonable deadline.

                    I'm intrigued by all the projects put forth here already.

                    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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                    • #12
                      Like Mike said, great incentive, especially for me since I can never get a project done. Thanks Bruce for getting this going.

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

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by Dutchman View Post
                        Dave, finishing up those background buildings is a great choice for the Challenge.

                        Bernd, I have enjoyed watching you build this metal building this fall, and will continue to do so as part of the Challenge.

                        Lou, have you decided which direction you are going with the build" Waterfront Willy's, Trackside Jacks, or something different?

                        Two good choices for the Challenge, Mike.
                        Hi Bruce, I'm going with the Waterfront Willy's, because I've got an unfinished waterfront on the layout that needs to be filled in with structures. But, with a twist of course. It will become Waterfront Louie's.


                        Louis
                        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                        • #14
                          After clearing the driveway and walks of the 4" of snow we received over night, I collected my glues, carpenter squares, weights, etc. , and figured out where I left off on the build of the FSM 2-Stall Engine House.

                          I installed the door on one of the side walls, and will now do the door on the other side wall.

                          I'm not sure if I stained the walls and stripwood with Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, or a combination of both, but I do know that I used tube oils and odorless mineral spirits to make the wash that I used. Also, this Goldenrod PrismaColor Marker matches pretty good for coloring cut ends, etc.

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                          Here is the status of the now finished side wall of the engine house.

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                          Bruce

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                          • #15
                            I've gotten quite a ways with the Syudam engine house. I've surprised myself with sticking to it. Haven't figure out how far I'm going to to go in the details yet.

                            Here's a few photos of it by the yet to be finished ( ) rock crusher.

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                            The build thread can be followed here. LINK: https://railroad-line.com/node/973282
                            Bernd
                            Last edited by Bernd; 2 weeks ago.
                            New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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