With apologies to the Right Honorable Sir Puddington of Peterborough, I offer the following challenge to the artful dodgers (or dodgey artisans, you pick) of the Railwire.The No New Model Modeling Challenge.
In a nutshell:
Build a model using bits and pieces of things you have laying around, without opening a new model from its package. Think of it as The Railwire's version of "Junkyard Wars"
As an example, I offer the following mesmerizing bit of conjuring, an engine house Sir Pud built from his collection of model railroading effluvia.
Lifted with only a passing mention from the Puddington Valley's facebook page... to become one of the layout's legion of fans, you may link to it here:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010613551490&fref=ts
Now, I confess, I am at a bit of an advantage, having collected mountains of scenic and structure detritus dating back to N scale's Paleozoic era... a small sampling of which I offer here:
But I'm sure I'm not alone.
The rules are these:
You may not break the seal on any new structure kit, rolling stock item, or other commercially available new in the box scenic element to form the core of the project. Primary parts must come from other sources, i.e., your junk box, items found second hand at a swap meet or show, loose, unpackaged parts or scratch building materials. Items pilfered from layouts of other members are discouraged, but not prohibited. These, of course, must be accompanied by a funny story.
New scratch building materials (such as strip styrene, strip wood, or other bits) may be used to complete the project, but not to start it... Likewise, you may use new detail bits, such as figures, spot a pots, lighting or vehicles to augment the project and bring it in for a landing.
There are no limits on size or scope, but offerings should be able to be reviewed and discussed by ... lets say... March 18's Weekend Update. Progress shots and discussion should be posted within this thread, and "before" and "after" pictures are encouraged, if not required.
So... on your marks, get set.... GO!