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    • February 18, 2019 10:47 AM EST
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      Official VOTING for Mik's Build Challenge 2019

      Voting for your Favorite 

      Mik’s Build Challenge 2019 build.

      Voting for your favorite build from this years build challenge is simple.
      Voting is open to any member in good standings on LSC.

      FIRST: Goto the thread “ 2019 Mik's Build challenge Entrants Photos for voting” 

      and look over all the great builds.

      SECOND: Come back to this thread and post your votes:


      If you choose to vote in private e-mail me at

      There is ONLY ONE thing to vote on, Your favorite!
      For whatever the reason is doesn't matter.
      You set your own criteria.
      Please list your choices for: 1st., 2nd., and 3rd.

      Voting will end at sunup ( really more like when I drag me lazy as$ out of bed) on 

      Tuesday the 26th of Feb. Thats 7 days and a weekend.




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    • February 18, 2019 11:03 AM EST
      • Fort Wayne, Indiana
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      #1 Rick Marty's 4 Wheeled Steam Crane

      #2 Scott Johnson's P.J. MORVAN'S PRODUCE

      #3 Dan Hilyer's work Caboose 

      This post was edited by Jason V. at February 22, 2019 2:59 PM EST
    • February 18, 2019 11:09 AM EST
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
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      First Place

      Devon and Ricks steam cranes, both are outstanding, excellent models I cannot separate them, so joint win IMO.


      Second Place

      Todd Haskins Doodlebug, great model and I have a soft spot for Doodlebugs.


      Third Place

      Scott Johnson's freight Depot, so neat I'm planning on stealing it and building it myself.


      Special HMs to Jim Rowson and Bill Barnwell (another one I'm stealing)


      And Spirit of Mike Award goes to Eric Mueller, who with his kidcrew made a fun project.



      This post was edited by Vic Smith at February 22, 2019 2:59 PM EST
      Have fun with your trains
    • February 18, 2019 11:25 AM EST
      • Denver, Colorado
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         Vic, I swear on my grandmother's toenails you took the picks right off my draft board.


         First Place, the Two Cranes. I made up my mind a few days ago. I'm actually kind of ticked Vic beat me to it! No way to separate these two builds, no way they can't be my favorites, no way I wouldn't want both of them on my railroad. Brilliantly done, both Rik and Devon.


         Second Place, Jim Rowson's General Store. Well crafted, great color, the signs are wonderful, and it's all carried out in convincing detail.


         Third Place, Dave Taylor's detailed and scratchbuilt boxcars, especially since he should get some kind of mention for accomplishing the most work in the least time.


         First-Timer Award: Scott's Produce Platform. The best first-timer we've seen in years, maybe ever.


         Honorable Mention: John Passaro, for accomplishing the least work in the most time!


         p.s.: Todd's Doodlebug is a blueprint for a future addition to my RR, well done.






    • February 18, 2019 2:45 PM EST
      • Ormond Beach, Fl. 32174
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      #1 both Devon's and Marty's steam cranes, and guess if I had to pick 1 over another I would pick Devon's and only because it looks like it just came out of the woods, Marty's is also great but maybe too perfect a show of excellent workmanship, thanks to you both. #2 Scott Johnson's produce platform  because I believe it showed the best in recycled goods, great looking build. # 3 Dave Taylor and Jim Rowson, Dave because of it extra effort to build so many cars in such a short time, and Jim for the grand look of the build and the many helpful hints he gave everyone just like the MIK, there ought to be a award for the craziest one and that would have to go to Vic Smith's silver fish rail car especially with his past presentations of crazy builds, and last but not least Eric Muller, his devotion to his kits and supporting there interest in trains, his use of playmobil and figures for setting scenes in the true spirit of MIK. All of the builds were great and everyone deserves a hand, Bill.    

    • February 18, 2019 3:49 PM EST
      • Streamwood, IL
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      First: Rick Marty's steam crane


      Second: Devon Sinsley's steam crane


      Third: Scott Johnson's produce platform

    • February 18, 2019 7:56 PM EST
      • Post Falls, Idaho
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      Okay this is impossible. I think we stepped up the level this year. And everyone really did a great job of junk bin building. But if we must.


      #1 Eric Mueller's wife. She made the requirement that it be a family hobby and not Eric's hobby. And Eric followed through. So just because Oldest Daughter, Oldest Son, Youngest Daughter, and Kidzilla all participated I vote for the Mueller family. And its a really fun whimsical build.


      #2 Jim Rowson. Overall just a very nice building. But all the ingenuity that went into it, new techniques, took it over the top.


      #3, Scott Johnson. Another awesome building made from pieces parts and with great small attention to detail.


      But I want to give a hats off to everyone. Really this was about impossible to decide. And tomorrow I will feel differently about my choices.

    • February 18, 2019 8:31 PM EST
      • People's Republic Of Maryland, USA
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      Like Dev said, this IS impossible!


      OK, here goes.


      #1 Jim's store

      #2 Todd's doodlebug

      #3 Tie between Dev's and Rick's cranes

    • February 18, 2019 9:48 PM EST
      • Waverly, Alabama
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      Man, this is hard.  All the builds this year were great and my hat's off to all that participated but the rules say we must choose so here goes.


      1) Jim - Mackenzie's Mercantile.  Jim's building was different but true to the inspirational building.  The signs and lighting make the building come to life and the roofing materials give some insight into the history of the structure.


      2) Dave - Boxcars.  The detailing on the standard box cars really bring the cars to life.  But the show piece is the wagon top boxcar.  The curved roof draws your eyes to the car and then all the other details come to life like the solid AND jail bar doors.  Really nice work.


      3) Devon - Backwoods Crane.  The detail on the engine is great, but that is the second thing that catches my eye.  The first, is the overall look.  Devon stated he wanted a backwoods look and I think he certainly achieved that.  The crane looks as if it was used for 50 years before Devon's logging crew got a hold of it and they have put another 20-30 years on it.  Great job.


      Honorable Mention) Eric - "ka'a wa'a" (double hulled sailing locomotive),  Wahineokaalahao (Lady of the Iron Road).  Very unique and fun build and as other's have stated, a family build.  



    • February 19, 2019 7:20 AM EST
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      Dave Taylor's boxcar fleet.

      Jim Rowson's Mercantile structure.

      Todd Haskins' Doodlebug

      Eric's Family for the MIK


      It will be hard to best the spirit that was restored this year with going back to the basic 'Build Something' challenge.

      Thank you all for the pleasure

    • February 19, 2019 8:03 AM EST
      • Phippsburg, Maine
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      First...Rick's Crane...followed closely by Devon's...... you said we had to choose!

      Second  ... Todd's ultradoodlebug

      Third ... Jim's store

      Great fun all


    • February 19, 2019 9:07 AM EST
      • Easton , Massachusetts
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      1st Devon crane .. not only did he built it  .. he researched on what and how it worked.. he learned about 3d printing as well ... his work has improved because of this.. " He finished it "

      2nd Jim's store .. he tried new things for him and they came out totally great!

      3rd goes to Scott .. outstanding build .. first timer as well

      Todd's doodle bug .. hey we ran out of prizes...

      If we could have a tie .. the two cranes. Ricks is soo good..


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    • February 19, 2019 11:01 AM EST
      • Saint Johns, Florida
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      1. Devon Sinsley-Steam Crane
      2. Rick Marty-Steam Crane
      3. Scott Johnson-Produce Store



    • February 19, 2019 11:42 AM EST
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      Oh man oh man, tough choice this year. So many apples to oranges with the variety of builds. In the end I knew that more than modeling skill must preside. Concept and material choice were of equal importance. Therefore I chose:


      1st place, Vic Smith: Silverfish- this is also my pic for "Spirit of Mik" as it is whimsical and made of paper!

      2nd place, Scott Johnson: Produce Platform - Fantastic structure with lot of details details details.. Hello My name is Boomer and I am addicted to details.

      3rd place, Todd Haskins: Doodle Bigger -  A great kit-bash well done .  I feel your pain Todd as I am in the middle of the most difficult kit-bash I have ever done.


      and of course honorable mention for the "Crane brothers" Rick and Devon. You both out did yourselves.



      Another outstanding year of "MIK, just MIK". Thanks for the legacy old buddy and to Dave and BD for keeping it alive.






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    • February 19, 2019 12:03 PM EST
      • Martinez, California
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      Wow, some incredible work this year! This could have gone a number of different ways, but here's my picks:

      1. Devon Sinsley

      2. Rick Marty

      3. Scott Johnson

      Honorable Mentions: Jim Rowson, Dan Hilyer, Dave Taylor



    • February 19, 2019 3:56 PM EST
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      Amazing is the word to describe so many builds this year from the highly detailed to the fun and whimsical.  Thank you Dave for keeping the Spirit of Mik and this fun build challenge going. 


      Picking the top 3 was very difficult. 

      I'm a fan of cranes (who isn't)  so the 2 by Devon and Rick were really great to watch them take shape and these guys take the 2 top spots. I didn't know what a Heel Boom was but now I do.  In third is the amazing work by Scott Johnson.  I think POLA might come knocking to steal it from you.  

      1 Rick Marty

      2 Devon Sinsley

      3 Scott Johnson


      There were also so many runner ups.  I think we are all winners for stretching our skills, learning some new things and building something we can be proud of. 

      Well done everyone!  


    • February 19, 2019 6:18 PM EST
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      most all are simply flawless! i can not decide which is the best model.

      i can only say, i like most:

      1. Scot Johnson's Produce Platform

      2. Jim Rowson's General Store

      3. Bill Barnwell's Diner


      with special mention of Eric Schade, the Muellers and Vic - who made real MIK-models!



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    • February 19, 2019 11:15 PM EST
      • Candlewood Valley, Connecticut
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      There was so much talent on display this year that picking a favorite was tough, but here goes.

      1st  Rick Marty's steam crane.  I love the weathering.  If a tie were allowed Devon's crane would be it!

      2nd  Scott Johnson's produce platform. Excellent detail and paint work. This model stands up and shines under close-up high res photography.

      3rd  Dan Hyler's work caboose. A real nice model that looks right at home.

      Honorable Mention to Jim Rowson. I love your signs!!!


    • February 20, 2019 3:06 AM EST
      • KENILWORTH, WARWICKSHIRE UK. (Just up the road from Stratford-Upon-Avon)
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      First        Rick's Crane

      Second   Todd's "Doodlebug"

      Third       Jim's store


    • February 20, 2019 10:31 AM EST
      • Tolland County, Ct.
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      1st. Jim Rowson  general store

      2nd. Rick Marty  steam crane 

      3rd.Scott Johnson produce platform


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