Wallace & Gromit - A Riveting Day Out.

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Hot Air Balloon

Postby Gerry Bullock » Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:17 pm

Wells I've constructed the framework to take the supports that hold the Hi-wire. Not finalised as the angles are critical and I'm not convinced that I have it right.
Takes 3 minutes for Balloon to traverse wire. Hot Air Balloons don't exactly chase across the sky.
The short video shows that maybe I need to raise the wire to prevent Wallace from breaking his neck. :lol:

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The video as uploaded to Photobucket is pathetic as it cuts before the loaf deposits Wallace into Cobblers. Uploads of Videos to Photobucket seem to have deteriorated. :(

Uploaded a second trial of Hot Air Balloon , this time hat is knocked off without moving Wallace.:

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:21 pm

Here's the final version of the Balloon Hi-wire, supports now painted black.
I've used a Guitar tensioner albeit not too tight as balloon runs better if there's a little sag in line.
More substantial posts and less tension obviates need for strut between posts.. August 9 at Church Show will be the test, certainly not counting the chickens as yet. :wink:

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There will be one further addition , a side drop on the right hand side. Wallace is always dreaming about a Castle so I've given him a virtual one. Currently being printed by local firm.

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Postby Tomo » Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:10 pm

Gerry Bullock wrote:
"... certainly not counting the chickens as yet. :wink:



I thought this was a Rivet Farm, not a chicken farm?! :lol:

Wonderful! Will you be producing a short film of the balloon in action?

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Postby Glen A » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:39 pm

Hi Gerry,

Your balloon on the string arrangement looks great!
Sorry, I've lost track on how it gets triggered to start its trip along the wire. Do you just drag it up there and let it go? Or is there some trigger lever the kids pull to start it going? I know this is what you originally planning but I can't work out from the photos if this is still the case or not.
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:58 am

Tomo wrote:
Wonderful! Will you be producing a short film of the balloon in action?

Tomo


Yes Tomo however it will await show over August 9/10 as I need too many hands to try now. :roll:

Glen A wrote:Hi Gerry,

Your balloon on the string arrangement looks great!
Sorry, I've lost track on how it gets triggered to start its trip along the wire. Do you just drag it up there and let it go? Or is there some trigger lever the kids pull to start it going? I know this is what you originally planning but I can't work out from the photos if this is still the case or not.
Thanks.
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If you look at second photo above you can just see length of wire attached to Balloon loop Glen.
Retained at tuther end by a Pop Rivet (What else :lol: )
I'll release balloon from hook when child (of any age :twisted: ) wishes to try and knock Wallace's hat off, then they will hold balloon and let go whenever!
Might have been possible to arrange a lever to free balloon however I'm sticking with this for the moment.
Balloon now runs very freely as I've added a microscopic amount of Coppercrest, an anti-seize compound. Plastic loop at top of balloon not as slippery on wire as I had hoped. :(

Here's what the sidedrop looks like - not yet fixed. Second photo taken at a distance shows reverse side as seen by punters approaching from right of layout.
There will be "A Rivetting Day Out" display thereon.

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:18 pm

Here's the photos plus a small part of background story - [runs to 9 pages of A3 :roll: ]

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:50 pm

First day of local Rail Show for Charity in Methodist Church.
Lots of interest in "A Rivetting Day Out" now that the Hot Air Balloon has been added.
Not easy however for visitors to knock Wallace's Hat off.
I managed a run of three in the morning - one took down Wallace & the Loco. :oops:
Afternoon saw a run of 5 consecutive strikes - there is a Gnack.
Here's a couple of shots taken at show plus Video showing fellow Club Member scoring - first take. :D

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Received two invites, one slightly unusual not a Rail Show but a Village Fete.
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:34 pm

Even better responses today, partly perhaps as I had taken prizes for knocking off Wallace's hat (forgotten yesterday). All were won eventually. :D
I had many returning to try and knock the hat off again & again. No you only received a prize if the hat was removed at First Strike.

Whilst showing one visitor and his son how - this occurred. :roll:
No it was not fixed as I was saying where's the hat gone, looking in the usual fall out locations. The onlooker's response. "It's on the Loco Funnel, is there a magnet that makes it do that each time?"
Hardly; odds on that must be millions to one. :lol:

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Postby Glen A » Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:49 pm

Gerry Bullock wrote:Here's a couple of shots taken at show plus Video showing fellow Club Member scoring - first take. :D


I was surprised at the speed of the video. Was it one of those time elapsed videos that has been sped up? The post at the top of the page mentioned it took 3 minutes for the balloon to make its trip. I was expecting a slow motion trip. I was so surprised, I blinked at the wrong time in the video and missed the vital part!

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:25 pm

Hi Glen, the video (speed wise) seems not to view correctly on Photobucket via a PC however via an iPad it is OK. :?
The original mock-up used a fishing line and took the Balloon that 3 minutes to traverse the line.
I concluded that wasn't feasible at a Show, any participant would be unlikely to hit the hat!
Use of a guitar string plus a touch of hand cream as lubricant gives an express Balloon with a good chance of hitting the Hat.
Obviously was a hit (pardon pun) as visitors kept coming back for another go whether they had originally hit the Hat or Gnot. :D
Conclude that I have a winner, unusual theme + audience participation with prizes on offer; prize only given if first try scores. :wink:
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:38 am

Hat in the funnel - definitely rates high on the 'you could never make that happen on purpose' scale!
Love that a grand time was had, that's what it is about.
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Fri Aug 08, 2014 3:34 pm

As Juergen has, in a sense, re-activated this thread it is time to announce that "A Rivetting Day Out" will appear at NGSW (Small & Delightful) on 21st Feb 2015.
So little time, so many ideas!!!!! GerryB.

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Postby Nevadablue » Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:11 am

Is there a link to the video? I love this little layout. Would like to see it working. :D
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Postby cjwalas » Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:30 am

Ken, perhaps you're like me and you're seeing the "Sorry, the person has moved or deleted this image" from Photobucket. Those are in fact the video links.

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Postby Nevadablue » Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:53 am

That was it, thanks! I hadn't clicked on them.
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:07 pm

Wallace gets a run out later this month in a slightly different setting to that of a Rail Show:

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Fortunately the kids' event is only on the Saturday albeit rather a long day!
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Re: Wallace & Gromit - A Riveting Day Out.

Postby Gerry Bullock » Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:24 pm

Well Gromit's master plan paid off, layout won the Siver Plate award for the best feature at the Shepton Show.
Will add photo of the W&G celebrations as soon as I've uploaded photos.
ps. Consecutive wins of this award as I didn't exhibit last year.
Have cunning plan for an attempt at 3 in a row for next year. :twisted: :lol:
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Re: Wallace & Gromit - A Riveting Day Out.

Postby lesmond » Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:26 pm

Congratulations, Gerry - well done.

Roll on year 3!

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Postby chris stockdale » Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:29 pm

Well done indeed Gerry.

Cheers,

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Re: Wallace & Gromit - A Riveting Day Out.

Postby johna » Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:38 pm

Gerry Bullock wrote:Well Gromit's master plan paid off, layout won the Siver Plate award for the best feature at the Shepton Show.
Will add photo of the W&G celebrations as soon as I've uploaded photos.
ps. Consecutive wins of this award as I didn't exhibit last year.
Have cunning plan for an attempt at 3 in a row for next year. :twisted: :lol:



Good luck for year 3 Gerry :D
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Re: Wallace & Gromit - A Riveting Day Out.

Postby Gerry Bullock » Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:35 pm

Thanks to all for your comments; I must admit that I would have been somewhat disappointed if it hadn't have won.
The award last time 2013 for the Rocking Loco on Gneiss Cider paved the way for this entry.
Here's the cast celebrating. :roll: :lol:

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This shows the winning Feature - Hot Air Balloon with lethal loaf about to knock of Wallace's Hat; the operator's timing was right however the camera action was a tad early :!:

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Re: Wallace & Gromit - A Riveting Day Out.

Postby Pierre Chatelet » Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:11 pm

It looks like a plastic plate... :lol:
Anyway, it's a great layout.
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Re: Wallace & Gromit - A Riveting Day Out.

Postby Gerry Bullock » Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:33 pm

Now now Pierre, would the Small & Delightful Railway Group use plastic? :roll:
It's a genuine Chinese 'handmade' plate for the Tesco empire. :wink:
Not as good as the last one in 2013 - I'll show you why:

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No place to put photo of winning feature. :cry:
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