The Gauge Party Winter 07

Discussion in 'Competitions & Challenges' started by N Gauger, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    We asked you in this thread: for what you wanted in the future parties and contests on The Gauge. I saw the suggestion from Bones for a parts box competition, plus one from slekjr about using sprue and decided to use both ideas for the next challenge.

    So, we are announcing: The Gauge Party Winter 07!!!!

    As always - we have to even the playing field with guidelines :)

    1. The party will start October 1, 2007 and end January 15, 2008. This is so it doesn't end during the holiday season...

    2. This is a scratchbuild get together.. only 1/4 of your finished product can all be part of an original kit. The other 3/4 must come from your junk drawer, junk box, trash can.. Everything you have been saving "For that one time you need it" can be used here. :) There are no restrictions other than these "junk" parts must not be supplies from a new kit or bought new such as sheet goods or plastic shapes. Check out #6 for what can and cannot be used. We're talking imagination here, we're talking real junk.:rolleyes:

    3. The finished model, MUST be railroad related or a structure that would normally be seen on a model railroad.

    4. You can "register" by starting a separate thread in this forum and name it:
    (Your name)'s Gauge Party Winter 07 then reply to this post with a link to your new thread....

    5. We will open the voting a few days after Jan 15th..

    6. Here is a general list of what's allowed and what's not allowed:

    For a maximum of 25% of the project you can use anything that includes:
    • New parts from a kit or ready-built
    • Entire kits or ready-built if it constitutes only 25% of the project
    • Packaged plastic, brass, wood, & Ect. Sheet goods such as Evergreen, Plastruct, or shapes and ready-made scenery products such as Woodland Scenics.
    All the above cannot total more than 25% of the project

    For the 75% balance of the project (remember - you can use more of this list than 75%) you can use the following:
    • Bits and pieces of anything that is in your junk boxes or bins including spare parts from other kits.
    • Cardboard, sheets of paper, greeting cards, plastic containers and the likes.
    • Plastic or metal sprue from kits.
    • Small pieces of wood (To exclude full sheets & shapes).
    • Cardboard, plastic or paper shapes such as toilet paper rolls or toothpaste caps.
    • Anything you find in the trash can.
    • Anything you can swipe from your spouses vanity or makeup table... or find on yours.:eek:
    • Pebbles, rocks, dirt, sand, grass clippings, twigs or anything else from your yard or from the ground
    • Anything else you can find that you think qualifies.
    Things that you should not use for the 75% remainder of the project:
    • New parts from a kit, packaged sheet goods or shapes that exceed the 25% allowed.
    • New scenic material such as ground foam or trees that exceed the 25% allowed.
    • If you have to question whether it's OK or not, it probably isn't.:rolleyes:
    Remember, this is only a general list. We will let your conscience be your guide as to if something can or cannot be used. The intent here is to build something really cheap by using mostly junk and a lot of your imagination.
  2. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    Mikey, you might want to clarify the wood scraps (75%) and sheet goods (25%). Such as:
    And make:
  3. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Nice!!! I edited it :) Thanks!!!
  4. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    I'm pre-planning, this might be a tough one.
  5. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Aww Come on!!! We're giving you THREE MONTHS!!!
    sign1sign1sign1 PLAN FASTER sign1sign1sign1​
  6. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Plan faster?????? Geeze, I just started planing to plan.:p :p :p :p
  7. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    I've been planning for a week now... i just spent FIVE HOURS cleaning the shop to get ready for the "Build"

    I'm almost don planning - Getting ready to go!! :D :D :D :D
  8. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    Well the planning, is well, 95% of my scrap is in the 25% category. Top that off with 99% of my imagination being there...
  9. scottcn

    scottcn Member

    For all you planners who are planning on making a plan, try this:

    Dump contents of junk box into a pile alongside an unused siding. Use everything in the box. The messier, the better. Pour 1 bottle glue over the junk. Let dry. Paint junk pile in various shades of rust and ... voila! One 100%-from-the-junk-box pile of junk :)

    No need to share your prize with me. This idea is provided as a community service :mrgreen:
  10. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer


    now thats a good one :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
  11. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    Great idea, but I'd think that might constitute more then 25%.
  12. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    That's ok - by the rules..... :) If you use "Junk box " junk -- then it can be 100%

    It just can't be More than 25% NEW parts :) :)
  13. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    Oh boy, you're ALL in trouble now...

    I've got 25lbs of junk!
  14. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    Wow, and I thought my sister was a packrat!:eek::rolleyes::p:mrgreen:

    Hey, for 'junk box' parts, can they be from a kit, but the kit they came from has already been assembled/kitbashed/whatever and the leftover parts put in the junk box?:confused: Oh, and let's say you have 25% already in the model, but can you use decals from a relitively new kit?
  15. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    We are not going to split hairs. If some of your "junk" was leftover from a kit, in a sense it's "new", but in reality, it's junk and therefore can constitute up to 100% of your project. That includes decals and anything else one might find. What we are trying to do is to keep someone from making a kit, then dressing it up a bit.

    Use this criteria. If you feel comfortable using something in your project, do so, you don't have to ask. If you feel hesitant about using something, then don't use it. You're on your honor and I know everyone that enters are honorable folk....:mrgreen::mrgreen:

    yee gads, 25# of junk...:p :p :p :p
  16. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    My G scale Junk weighs more than 25 lbs :) :) :)
  17. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Can you imagine having 25# of N scale junk?:eek: :eek: I don't think all my good stuff weight that:twisted: :twisted:
  18. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    Alright, thanks for the info. I still have a bunch of window peices left over from the assembly of the grain elevator (aparently they were for the acompanying building, the actual milling structure, and that would actualy answer the question why the decals for the main building are on the decal sheet...), along with what looks like the base for the aforementioned structure (man, did Walthers gang-mold the two together?), and some other stuff. I am going to have a challengle literaly with this one, mainly because my junk box isn't as full as you guys have yours.
  19. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Well! Mikey's out of this one guys, it'll take him six months just to figure out where everything went to! bounce7
  20. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    Shush, a fellow model railroader was clearing it out, and he had some stuff I needed for my Burger King's interior, got it all for $10 shipping.

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