Before I post the final pictures of the award-winning Backwoods Water Tank and Storage Shed, I want to say a few words about Sierra West kits, Brett, and the other modeler (craftsmen) on this forum. The Water Tank was just my second craftsman kit. Because of that, I leaned heavily on the expertise of all the modelers on this forum as well as Brett. Brett and all of you were very patient with me and offered great suggestions. But at the same time, you urged me to build my own model, not copy what had been done. When I went to Boston for the Fine Scale Modeler's EXPO, I was very nervous because the EXPO included some of the best modelers in the country. How would I measure up?? When I went into the contest room, I quickly realized that my model would be competitive. Why? Because I had been tutored by the best and it became clear to me that any Sierra West kit that was properly constructed and utilized the methods explained by Brett and the others on this forum would be competitive with the other great models.
The best night of my brief modeling career came when they announced that my Water Tank had won the 8X8 category. Not only was it great to be recognized by my peers, but it was even better to share it with Bill, Ken and Dustin, who were at the EXPO. The picture below will be hanging in my layout room for a very long time. Thank you Brett and thank you fellow modelers.