We asked you in this thread: http://forum.zealot.com/t151214/ 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. 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. 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. 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.