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Postby Steve Bennett » Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:29 am

DCRfan wrote:I've been thinking of using a jack plug like microphones use as a pivot point (have obviously placed right in the centre). Have you tried this?


Yes, it works fine Paul. You will need to construct a base of sorts to raise the layout slightly off the table and give clearance for the wires, thats about it though.
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Postby DCRfan » Sun Sep 02, 2007 10:15 am

I just added in another 6 trees and a dozen ground ferns. Looking at this picture they just disappeared into the swamp. The pink is a clothes peg holding one of the trees upright while the glue dries.

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Postby dr5euss » Sun Sep 02, 2007 10:23 am

D'you think the greener leaves around the swamp might be planted a little too evenly, Paul?

Looks great though :D

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Postby DCRfan » Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:36 pm

dr5euss wrote:D'you think the greener leaves around the swamp might be planted a little too evenly, Paul?

Looks great though :D

Funny you say that. The regular pattern of different rows isn't as noticable in true life as it is in the picture but I am going to look at it.
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Postby DCRfan » Sun Sep 30, 2007 8:20 am

Though it was about time I had a go at making a suitable bush tramway jigger. I may have overdone the sloping chassis. What do you think :?:

Unsure if the drivers seat will be a rough wooden structure or as a contrast, a flash seat borrowed from a car kit.

I plan to add a corrogated iron roof.

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Postby Nick Ellingworth » Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:11 am

I suspect your engineer is a hotrodder in his spare time judging by the angle of the chassis on that jigger. :D :wink:

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Postby Oztrainz » Sun Sep 30, 2007 10:35 am

Hi Paul,
Your unit bears a passing resmblance to Jim Favre's Gnitro Gnat,
See http://hometown.aol.com/gn15modeler/page3.html

You may have a high speed log-hauler on your hands
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Postby scott b » Sun Sep 30, 2007 10:51 am

Paul I think it could really have that home built look to it but rather than the corragated look how about a canvas roof similar to the one in this picture and you need lots of clutter, ropes tools and boxes.
http://www.brifayle.ca/Folders/6Schombe ... wood06.jpg

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Postby DCRfan » Sun Sep 30, 2007 10:58 am

Oztrainz wrote:Hi Paul,
Your unit bears a passing resmblance to Jim Favre's Gnitro Gnat,
See http://hometown.aol.com/gn15modeler/page3.html

You may have a high speed log-hauler on your hands


I could never compete with Jims magnificent machine.
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Postby DCRfan » Sun Sep 30, 2007 11:05 am

scott b wrote:Paul I think it could really have that home built look to it but rather than the corragated look how about a canvas roof similar to the one in this picture and you need lots of clutter, ropes tools and boxes.
http://www.brifayle.ca/Folders/6Schombe ... wood06.jpg

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Hey thats neat 8) I'll definitely think on that. The saw has already attacked the rear wheel mounts and significantly reduced the hot rod look. Had no choice when I realised the rear chassis cross member was to high to match couplers on Sidelines wagons :oops:

The drivers seat ideas now include sitting on a sack folded on top of the fuel tank. Will need to find a non=smoking driver.
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Postby DCRfan » Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:01 am

I've spent most of the evening modifying one of the members of the Tamiya Rally Crew set into a jigger driver. The foot hanging out the side is surposed to portray a casual attitude to driving.

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Postby Oztrainz » Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:30 am

Hey look Ma, no toes :P
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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Oct 01, 2007 12:29 pm

DCRfan wrote:The foot hanging out the side is surposed to portray a casual attitude to driving.


Not sure about casual, foolish is the word that comes to mind :lol: .
The more level frame looks much more convincing, though the hot rod look had something about it :) .
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Postby DCRfan » Mon Oct 01, 2007 6:42 pm

Steve Bennett wrote:
DCRfan wrote:The foot hanging out the side is surposed to portray a casual attitude to driving.


Not sure about casual, foolish is the word that comes to mind :lol: .
The more level frame looks much more convincing, though the hot rod look had something about it :) .


Well he is from the West Coast :P The foot might not clear the flax bushes which are planted very close to the track so the pose may yet change :?
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Postby Oztrainz » Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:00 pm

Hi Paul,
If it is a west coast of NZ railway, where is the brolly to keep the rain off the driver or is his set of oilskins coming later. Or is it a fair weather railway that only runs when the sun shines on that one day of the year :?:

To those of you in the UK and elsewhere who think you have things damp, some westcoast NZ locations average better than an inch of rain a day. It makes the timber grow tall and straight in the rainforest
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Postby SOUTHPASS » Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:25 pm

G,day....If he was an Australian driver he would be laying back with both legs up on the bonnet/hood :D .
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Postby Jblair » Tue Oct 02, 2007 12:02 am

I would have to agree with Southpass! Except he most likely would have both feet out of the vehicleo or like southpass indicates up on the hood! Due partially to the aussie "laid back she will be right" attitude and just in case he needs to jump from the vehicle in an accident. :lol:

Have heard of a driver on one of the bush tramways in victoria performing what he called his evacuation procedures. What he would do while the loco was travelling along. He would jump from the train swing around a handy tree and back into the cab!

I have also heard of a rail vehicle (funnily enough on the same line) which was a converted car. And it was making a run along the line and came over a hill and the bridge had washed away. The unfortunate part was the railcar had no brakes. So every one jumped from the vehicle! The driver jumped out and grabbed hold of the back of the rail car and was able to pull it to a stop before it fell into the creek!

So it could be safer for this driver to have one leg in and one out! Just in case! :lol:

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Postby DCRfan » Tue Oct 02, 2007 10:40 am

The first colour has gone on. The driver is wearing a black vest and white gumboots (ex freezing worker), typical country garb

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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Oct 02, 2007 10:57 am

Now, the white hair I can understand, driving that thing would do that to anyone :) , bur I cant say the boots look quite right, working in the swamp they wouldnt stay that clean :lol: .

Like it Paul, it certainly has that homebuilt feel you wanted and goes perfectly with the setting. Should be interesting to see if you get any problems with couplings, the rear axle is quite close to the end, so I wouldnt think so.
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Postby DCRfan » Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:05 am

Steve Bennett wrote:Now, the white hair I can understand, driving that thing would do that to anyone :) , bur I cant say the boots look quite right, working in the swamp they wouldnt stay that clean :lol: .

Like it Paul, it certainly has that homebuilt feel you wanted and goes perfectly with the setting. Should be interesting to see if you get any problems with couplings, the rear axle is quite close to the end, so I wouldnt think so.


Lots of muck and yuck to go on the boots yet :lol: :lol:
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Postby Jblair » Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:38 am

Paul, Looks great. Is that loco behind push starting the new Jigger?

Prototypical starting method! :lol:
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Postby DCRfan » Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:27 am

While watching Dr Who this evening I decided it was time to stop procrastinating make the bush hut corrogated iron chimney.

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The sort of sepia photo finish looks good - well I think so :P
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Postby michael » Mon Oct 15, 2007 1:56 pm

yellowish sepia :twisted: don't you think :!:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:33 pm

Dont they call that the Tungsten light effect :) .
Unusual shaped chimney Paul, is there a reason for that on the prototype, I dont recall seeing one like it before.
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Postby DCRfan » Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:38 pm

The chimney is a common design dating back to the first European settlement in NZ. Originally built using green slab wood later replaced by corrogated iron.
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