Apr 03

2018 Denver Comic Con Info

The 2018 Denver Comic Con is coming up soon. June 15th -17th.  We have many things planned and a group display is one of them. Any updates will be posted at the bottom of the page.

What do you need to know?

Group layout:

Pop culture scenes. A scene from a tv show, movie, book, comic book, meme, anything really. The only rule about what can be a scene is, there can be no Batman or Star Wars. Get creative, get out of your comfort zone. And I’m kidding about Batman and Star Wars.

Like last DCC 2017, it will be 1 32×32 baseplate wide minimum and 3 32×32 base plates deep. The maximum width is 3 32×32 baseplates. If you need a larger footprint contact Ian or Me to see if it’s possible. Collaborative builds are encouraged, double the builders to double the size. There are no height restrictions just understand that there are rules against using ladders at the venue. Everything will be listed on the cowlug.net website, and the Facebook page.

There isn’t a table layout yet, waiting on DCC organizers, so we might need inside and outside corners.

There will be a monorail running around it again maybe a train or both. This year there needs to be a 16 stud empty space at the front of the base plate. I plan on keeping it at ground level and limiting the elevations.

By June 1st at the latest, participating members need to send Ian or Jim a picture of what you’re making with foot print dimensions. Also the following information will need to be provided by June 1st.
– Name of the creator.
– Title of the build.
– A brief description of your inspiration.
– This is so a title card can be made for it. The picture is to help make sure it meets the requirements so there won’t be any issues durring set up. And to help with creating the layout.

Mar 17

Estes Park: Rails on The Rockies 2017

By Lester:

Greetings to all,

We had another successful Estes Park Train Show a few weekends ago, and I would like to thank all those who came up and helped with it. A total of 12 people had something to do with the show; some couldn’t make it, but sent their items with someone else. With the loan of track and base plates from Duane and Mark, we had one heck of a track layout with a large switchyard. The layout was in a U shape with two trains running on each side, Jim’s monorails on each side, plus the moving parade. It was like having 7 trains running the whole time. It really impressed people who attended as well as the train people. The weather was great this year, no snow or high winds. It did rain a bit in the afternoon on Sunday, but very light. I talked to one of the organizers of the show and they said attendance was great this year, but un-sure how many attended the show. Partly due to their new entry fee, so there were a lot of people showing up for both days on the same ticket.

The parade side of the layout:
clip_image002

The Switchyard area:

clip_image004

Eric’s buildings:

clip_image005

The moving parade:

clip_image006

As usual , we talked about next year’s show, and have decided to do the theme of Circus. Circus trains, circus parade, maybe a big top (not sure how), side shows and a caravel. Oh yes, on another section of the lay out, Jurassic Farm. Start thinking of ideas for next year, what can you build?

Thanks again everyone for you help.

Lester

Feb 14

Estes Park: Rails on The Rockies 2016

Rails on The Rockies 2016

February 13th and 14th

The Rails on The Rockies held annually over President’s Day Weekend in Estes Park was another fun filled weekend of model trains, LEGO, and Lester coming up with an idea out of the box. This year’s display theme was “Islands”. A train track was laidout out around various islands created to be humorous and practical, that had boats and ships that ran around them on the track. There was a kitchen island, Gilligan’s Island, Desserted Island and many more types of islands. A small amusement park had a standard train running around it and other city buildings. The “train” ships were something new and were quite popular amongst the crowd. Thanks to all the builders, about 13, who participated in a unique display layout.

SAM_1019Duplo blended well with the theme of islands. Just need to watch out for Captain Hook and Peter Pan. And when you have a volcano, you might as well toast a marshmallow too.

SAM_1020A popular island by Lester.

SAM_1021
Desserted Island is filled with yummy goodness created by Nancy

SAM_1022
Scooby Doo wouldn’t be out of place with a Skull Island build by Stuart, Monster Mystery Machine by Jim.

SAM_1028
Samantha went all out for Gilligan’s Island. SKIPPER!

SAM_1031
Art’s boardwalk was a great addition to the islands. It’s a very busy place to be.

SAM_1035
Art added a beach with a bar, rock concert, surfin’, and muscle beach. Inside Tip: Almost everything Art builds, there’s his signature concert scene.

SAM_1042
The smallest amusement park set up by Jim. Push buttons again were popular.

SAM_1069Nikoli’s “Penguin Island”. CoWLUG’s youngest builder keeping things cool.


SAM_1072Chris’ “Pirate Cove” is filled with many wonderful details you had to see it in person. The sails on the ships were custom made and well done.


SAM_1082A tug boat and garbage barge with a raptor drinkin’ by Lester. Michael and Meghan’s Viking ship, a classic set.

SAM_1084Some small islands by Lester and Bill. Boat races and Bat Boat, which runs on the tracks, by Lester.

SAM_1015Jim’s “Battle For The Witches Gold”. A chaotic scene featuring pirates, orcs, trolls, dinosaurs, various soldiers, a few ninjas and some wizards battling for gold.

Another fun year and can’t wait to see what Lester has planned. Thanks to: Lester, Art, Jim, Bill, Sam, Meghan, Michael, Nikoli, Nancy, Peter, Chris, (anyone I missed let me know). Early word for next year is “Steam Powered” not “SteamPunk”.