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Discussion in 'Show Off Arena' started by scamper, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. scamper

    scamper Senior Elf

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    Last year over winter I spent my spare time building a version on Smeighan's 9 foot nutcracker. It turned out a huge talking point.
    Well as the rain has started, I was at a loss as to what to do this year, there are so many novel ideas, so I put it to my daughter. Big mistake!
    This is what she wants me to build..... Just bigger!

    So I started by measuring the main dimensions of the model, then upscaling the whole lot to get a rough size.
    I have drawn the outline out on a sheet of ply ready to cut out the cab.
    I am taking some inspiration off videos and pictures I have seen on the internet and will be mostly making it up as I go along, but will be documenting it as I go along, so will post the build here if anyone is interested.
    as with the nutcracker, it is a long term project, so there will be long gaps between posts.
     

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    DavidJ247 Full Time Elf

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    Awesome! Watching with interest.
     
  3. BundyRoy

    BundyRoy Senior Elf

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    That will look great. You'l have to sequence a song from the movie "Polar Express" now.
     
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    scamper Senior Elf

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    I may need to sit down with the kids and watch it again to find a song first :)
    But good idea !
     
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    fasteddy I have C.L.A.P Global Moderator Generous Elf

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    You definitely have your work cut out for you with this project, I look forward to seeing how you progress with it
     
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  7. Bill Ellick

    Bill Ellick Full Time Elf

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    Yea, you took on a good one with this! :D


    It should be quite the sight though. Look forward to seeing the progress.


    Good luck.
     
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    smartalec Im a SmartAlec what can i say! Community Project Designer

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    you need to make it bigger still..
    how else are you going to put a v8 under it an have some fun with it :D
     
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    scamper Senior Elf

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    I had to work out where it was going to live before I even started. I have now decided to build a storage/railway workshop down the side of the house. And if I am going to do that I might as well make it big enough to store the sleigh and a bunch of other stuff.

    On a positive note today, I went to the local salvage yard today and they had some sheets of 15mm ply going out cheap, so I have spent a few hours in the shed tonight cutting out the base and seats. I already had a sheet of 9mm so have cut the front and 1 side already.
    But better than that, I was talking to a mate and just randomly asked if he knew where I could get some train wheels.
    To my surprise, he said he had 4 small ones that I could have :)
    Now to find 2 more larger ones.

    And no Alec, I think 12v electric powered will be just fine!
     
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    scamper Senior Elf

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    I didn't get much time in the shed this weekend, but I did manage to get the other bits of the cab cut out and then stapled together. (I am gluing and using an air stapler to assemble, I will be adding 42x19 pine in the structural weak points with either bolts or screws)
     

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    I love watching projects like this come to life!
    This is going to be a great addition for you to the display.
     
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    Trains looking great!, but is that a whack a mole game in the background? Love the arcade games too.
     
  13. bjpc2716

    bjpc2716 need more lights to light up the world

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    great job very nice
     
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    Wow....just......wow :)
     
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    Very nice Scamper !
     

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