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Wallace & Gromit - A Riveting Day Out.

Postby Gerry Bullock » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:59 pm

Here's the background story. The trackplan is borrowed from Tess, i.e. a twin Pizza. :wink:

Just 6 months back the Riveting Emporium was set-up by Wallace & Gromit to supply fixings to the Cheese trade.
In that short time Gromit has counted 987,654,321 rivets without so much as a bowl of Meatabix from Wallace.
Whilst they outsource their Iron & Ali rivets they are immensely proud of their Organic Copper Rivets that recently won a Gold Award at the 77th International Rivet Makers Conference held in Sane City.
These Organic Copper Rivets are nurtured in special enclosures called COBBLERS. The enclosure is filled with small and large cobbles, the small for the young rivets whilst the large cobbles provide a fertile bed that encourages strong rivet growth prior to the Rivet Harvest in September.
Each Cobblers Enclosure is surrounded by a low wall just 25” high. Why? You may well ask – to prevent the notorious Rivet Fly from destroying the crop. This obviated the Gneed for Anti-Pesto.
This fly is prevalent during the early growing season in May.
It cannot destroy Wallace’s crop as it’s incapable of flying higher than 24”!
However there have been instances when Shawn the Sheep has jumped over the walls dislodging stones such that the Rivet Fly has entered the COBBLERS enclosure.
Rivet Flies have an uncanny knack in locating Rivets being able to sense them at a distance of 2 miles!

In 2013, acknowledging the publicity debt owed to Wallace, the Wensleydale Decennial Games [the origins of which are lost in the mists of time] have asked Wallace, not forgetting Gromit, to open this event.
Wallace was also asked whether he could provide Rivet Medals to present to the winners.
At the last Games in 2003 the organisers presented Gnutty medals however these were manufactured in a factory with poor hygiene resulting in them being contaminated with pips!

Wallace proudly offered his Organic Copper Rivets to the organisers who have accepted.
For those who haven’t been aware of the Wensleydale Decennial Games perhaps I should explain a little about the contests:
Rolling the Cheese, only open to Fellrunners.
Cheeseput.
Cheese relay, baton replaced by a W&G Truckle.
Tossing the Cheese, similar to Cheeseput however the cheese has to be balanced upon the end of a Caber.
Cheesathlon , a bit of a mouthful.
There are others but I’ll bore you with the details.

Gromit has suggested that the best way to get the Organic Copper Rivets to the Games would be to use the train.
Unfortunately Feathers McGraw has got wind of this and plans to ambush the train and hijack the Rivets.
Kids will have control of Feathers who has armaments to destroy the train.
Will W&G get through or does Feathers McGraw have the last laugh.
To find out you’ll have to see “A Riveting Day Out” at a local Model Rail Show sometime in 2013 onwards.
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Postby chris stockdale » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:08 pm

:D :D :D

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Postby Oztrainz » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:36 pm

:twisted: :idea: Pssst,
Want to borrow agnother idea from DownUnder :?: :?:
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as first revealed in the fahrpanzer thread
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Sounds like Wallace & Gromit will gneed some "rivetting" protection...
:twisted: Can the DownUnder Mafia assist with agnother export?
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Postby Adrian » Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:58 am

G'day Gerry
Must admit that I have never heard of a rivet farm........
But did know of a guy with a stud farm. :shock:
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Postby Adrian » Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:15 am

G'day Gerry
Gromit has suggested that the best way to get the Organic Copper Rivets to the Games would be to use the train.
Unfortunately Feathers McGraw has got wind of this and plans to ambush the train and hijack the Rivets.
Kids will have control of Feathers who has armaments to destroy the train.
Will W&G get through or does Feathers McGraw have the last laugh.
To find out you’ll have to see “A Riveting Day Out” at a local Model Rail Show sometime in 2013 onwards.

I must admit that this idea really appeals :!:
Borrow the BB guns from the 'battle group' guys http://www.ausbg.org/links.html
.......... connect them to controls on the outside of the 'layout' .......
enclose the layout in a clear plastic box .......
maybe add a coin slot :?: :?: :?: :?:
No, stop, don't even think about it .......
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:16 am

Adrian wrote:G'day Gerry

I must admit that this idea really appeals :!:
Borrow the BB guns from the 'battle group' guys http://www.ausbg.org/links.html
.......... connect them to controls on the outside of the 'layout' .......
enclose the layout in a clear plastic box .......
maybe add a coin slot :?: :?: :?: :?:
No, stop, don't even think about it .......


We're going down a much more modern route Adrian - laser warfare.
Arranged such that no eyes will be harmed in the process and a finger continuously on the button WON'T WORK. :twisted: :lol:
One does learn something from hanging around games machine emporia. :roll:
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Postby Glen A » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:32 am

:!: Might need to add a new section to the Gnatterbox for Wallace and Gromit layouts.
My Wallace and Gromit figures just arrived in the post from China today. :P
I haven't got a track plan for mine yet though - In the mean time I wonder if Santa needs a hand with his railway at the North Pole??

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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:54 am

Just as funny reading it through again Gerry.
Watched "The Wrong Trousers" last night and now I have to be careful not to get drawn in to build something W&G :roll:
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:32 pm

Steve Bennett wrote:Just as funny reading it through again Gerry.
Watched "The Wrong Trousers" last night and now I have to be careful not to get drawn in to build something W&G :roll:


You're hooked Steve, one more Film and you'll be building. :twisted:
The more I watch them the more RIVETS I see. :lol:
There's around 50 visible in the bedroom Service machine. :roll: :oops:
I've been counting. :oops:
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Postby jacko » Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:07 pm

This might give you a few idea,s http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=8227
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Postby KEG » Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:47 pm

Choose the route of your W & G Rivet train very well. Always expect my hamster to come around the bend.

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He is a notorious rivet collector.

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:57 pm

Hi Jacko, much as I like your Wallace Loco that's not a route I plan to go down.
The theme being rivets everything will be geared to that alone, though in view of Juergen's Hamster getting involved I might need a hamster catcher on the Loco. :wink:
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Postby Tomo » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:29 pm

Gerry Bullock wrote: I might need a hamster catcher on the Loco. :wink:


I know what a Hamster powered Loco would look like, but not what a Hamster Catcher would... :?

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Postby Adrian » Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:53 am

G'day Gerry
We're going down a much more modern route Adrian - laser warfare.
Arranged such that no eyes will be harmed in the process and a finger continuously on the button WON'T WORK.
One does learn something from hanging around games machine emporia.

I do hope that you do realize that lasers are invisible in clean air ?
An enclosure with a smoke generator/dust storm/fog generator will be required for the beams to be visible ?
Not really required .... but much more visually satisfying :!: :!:
Also if using smoke an efficient filter should also be fitted to avoid smoke alarms going off. :shock: :shock:

If the 'finger continuously on button' doesn't work you will get the 'push the button 20 times a second' syndrome, this means that you will need to find a supplier of archade games type buttons .......
anything less won't last the first show :!: :!: :!:
Don't bother to ask me how I know.
(if you can't find any suitable buttons let me know. Might be able to help out)

For your lasers you could try Electronic Goldmine http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/p ... ber=G19031
Very cheap ..... nice and small .... they work ..... but postage might be a killer .....normal disclaimer

Lasers might be very high tech, but surly they can't compete with the satisfying 'THUNK' of a high speed projectile striking a small target and making it wobble about in an unpredictable way :?: :?: :?:

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with in the future
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:01 pm

Adrian wrote:G'day Gerry

I do hope that you do realize that lasers are invisible in clean air ?


If the 'finger continuously on button' doesn't work you will get the 'push the button 20 times a second' syndrome, this means that you will need to find a supplier of archade games type buttons .......
anything less won't last the first show :!: :!: :!:
Don't bother to ask me how I know.
(if you can't find any suitable buttons let me know. Might be able to help out)

For your lasers you could try Electronic Goldmine http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/p ... ber=G19031
Very cheap ..... nice and small .... they work ..... but postage might be a killer .....normal disclaimer

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with in the future
Cheers


Second time of asking to compile this reply Adrian, last time Feathers Mcgraw must have intervened as my PC crashed 3X over 10 minutes and I lost the input.

I'll be quite happy just to see the red dot of the laser. It's certainly enough for a cat to chase. :wink:
I guess anyone pushing the button will see it.

The laser you suggest Adrian is available locally albeit at 5x States price, probably not much difference when postage taken into account.

No problems with button reliability, have one on Guy's Fizz-Bang Tram that's not failed in 5 years and is repeatedly multi pushed /pushed for minutes on end whereas one short 3 second push is all that's required.
We can always introduce sound effects if a direct hit is scored.

By the way as this is in the realms of Fantasy I'm planning to call the scale W&Gn15. :roll: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:05 pm

Completed the Baseboard yesterday and having some O-16.5 track for a Club project I've borrowed it and here's where I'm at.

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Close up of the Emporium:

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Postby Steve Bennett » Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:31 pm

Liking that very much Gerry, in fact that track plan is very appealing for a show layout.
Had to laugh at the W&Gn15, especially knowing what you have in mind :wink:
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Postby mad gerald » Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:52 pm

Gerry,

Gerry Bullock wrote:... Completed the Baseboard yesterday and having some O-16.5 track for a Club project I've borrowed it and here's where I'm at ...

... would you mind telling the dimensions of your baseboard?

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Postby Adrian » Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:52 am

G'day Gerry
Sorry about your PC .... you don't realize how much you rely upon them till they die :shock:

Glad to see that you have sourced the laser and button.
Two major problems out of the way ..... now how many to go :?:
( But still think that you need to add smoke )

Had an inspiration last night, just before falling asleep, as Feathers is using a 'modern' laser weapon, why not have Wallace shooting back with something a little more ancient, like a trebuchet :?:
With a projectile made of 'silly putty' or a 'super ball' there is no knowing where it will go :!:
Although looking at your baseboard/track plan there probably isn't sufficient room for one :shock:

Looooove the 'W&Gn!%' label by the way ...... could this be the beginning of a new forum section I wonder :?:

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Postby Adrian » Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:16 am

G'day Gerry
Just found this site.
Anything/Everything that Wallace would need to defend himself :D :D :D
http://www.trebuchet.com/
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:49 am

mad gerald wrote:Gerry,

Gerry Bullock wrote:... Completed the Baseboard yesterday and having some O-16.5 track for a Club project I've borrowed it and here's where I'm at ...

... would you mind telling the dimensions of your baseboard?

Cheers


760x600mm Gerald.
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:50 am

Adrian wrote:G'day Gerry
Just found this site.
Anything/Everything that Wallace would need to defend himself :D :D :D
http://www.trebuchet.com/
Cheers


Have you seen how big these weapons are Adrian - I'd struggle to get one on the baseboard without any track. :roll: :lol:

There might be space for a mini rivet gun. :twisted:
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Postby mad gerald » Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:08 am

Gerry Bullock wrote:
mad gerald wrote:
Gerry Bullock wrote:... Completed the Baseboard yesterday and having some O-16.5 track for a Club project I've borrowed it and here's where I'm at ...

... would you mind telling the dimensions of your baseboard?

760x600mm Gerald.

... ah, thanks ... I was expecting or hoping respectively, it would have less than 50cm in depth ... :roll:

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Postby Glen A » Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:27 am

Nice start Gerry, I like the track plan.
I'm looking forward to see how this develops... (and if you have any good ideas I can borrow for later :wink: :lol: ).

Looks like you have a slightly different set of figures to me. My one only had one sheep, but it did have the automatic trousers and an extra Wallace, (with his hands stretched up).

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Postby KEG » Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:40 am

Well, you can always hire some Chaos Dwarfs with their Gn15 artillery
to guard the rivet transports.


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They are perfectly in scale, I believe.

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