Gauge Kitbashing Challenge?

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Jac's Lines, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. Jac's Lines

    Jac's Lines Member

    I've been following the poll thread on the Atlas depot with interest, and had a (crazy?) idea. Would anyone be interested in joining a kitbashing challenge based on the Atlas Signal Tower? The rules would be something like the following:

    -all participants start with the same kit (and the selling points for the Atlas signal tower are that it's cheap, readily available, and more or less identical in N, HO and O scales).

    -participants can apply any level of modelling skill to the kit -- from basic construction and landscaping up to and including extensive bashing and scratching until the kit is no longer recognizable. Major structural changes, the use of commercial or homemade augmentables, lpb, vehilce, detail parts and landscaping are all permitted but not required. The only restriction is that the majority of the original Atlas kit must be incorporated into the final model.

    -participants should post regular updates (hopefully with pictures) and descriptions of their progress. We could start a separate thread for the challenge.

    -participants should try to get finished by the end of December and post a final picture of their structure on their layout or diorama.

    I can't claim this as a new idea, and I have to acknowledge that this is inspired by challenges on other boards. To my knowledge an Atlas Signal Tower challenge hasn't been done before, although there are of course lots of articles out there on bashing this ubiquitous structure.

    The challenge is non-competitive, except to the extent that hopefully participants will be inspiring each other with good feedback and encouragement to complete the project. This could also be a good chance for people to experiment with a different scale or try out a new building technique. The Atlas kit also just went on sale through Walthers (under $7) so the start up costs should be workable for most.

    Does this sound interesting to anyone? I'm between projects and sort of uninsipired right now, so I thought it might be a cool idea....
  2. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    sounds like a challenge. I am game.

  3. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    The challenge, will be finding a use for the tower, other than a tower! I have a couple of ideas for what it will look like, but not for what it will be........
  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I'm in, having received one in a box lot recently...and in flawless condition :p :thumb:

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  5. Catt

    Catt Guest

    I just made the suggestion to the powers that be that we make this an official Gauge project. :D
  6. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Of course.. the "powers that be" seldom listen to Catt! :D :D

    Gotcha!!! Johnathan!!! :)

    Sounds like we're going to do it... Details (And Official Rules ) to follow soon!!!!!

    Thanks For the idea!!!!!!!

    ~~ The Gauge Staff
  7. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Nobody ever listens to Catt,but he still gets blamed when it gets broken. :D
  8. Jac's Lines

    Jac's Lines Member

    Great news! :thumb: Thanks Catt for looking into making this an official challenge. My kit is on the way, and I'm looking forward to getting started.
  9. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    it's Not my job to run the train
    The whistle I can not blow..

    I'm not allowed to say how fast
    the railroad train can go...

    I'm not allowed to shoot off steam
    nor even clang the bell..

    But let the darn thing jump the track
    and see who catches hell :) :) :)
  10. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Sounds like a good idea.
    I really don't need any more projects at the moment.
    Have fun Guys.
  11. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    sounds like my posts inspire people...that's great!! Well i'm game too...lets get on with it! :)
  12. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Got one I built a few years ago, one of my first kits. I guess I can take it apart and start it over again.:D

    Great idea, I'm anxious to see where it goes.:wave:
  13. Catt

    Catt Guest

    The contest is now an official Gauge "DO". It will be officially announced as soon as we get some loose ends tied.

    A quick rundown for any and all interested parties.

    1- contest will run till 1-1-06

    2- popular vote decides winners- voting is from 1-1 to 2-1-06

    3- if your a Gauge member ,you can enter this means everybody even Mikey :D

    4- The most important part,you must base your kitbash on the ATLAS tower (it comes in 3 different scales) You DO NOT have to use it for a tower,but you must use most of if not all of the kit in your bash.By the way you can build it stock and just super detail if you wish.

    5- There will be a specially done Cyber Certificate awarded to all winners.
  14. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    I already built one about a year and a half ago for the simular contest on the atlas forum. Unfortuently I was lacking in the imagination department and just built it right out of the box.
  15. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Well Glen,fire up that imagination, and have another go at that tower.There's nothing in the rules that says you can't use a previously built kit.
  16. galt904

    galt904 Member

    Well, I'll bite. I'm getting back into the hobby and I think this may be a fun way to test and improve my skills. I don't need a tower, but I think I can bash it enough to loosely represent a house in my hometown. Now, to find a kit in a timely manner....

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