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Yes I own a lot of Norscot Cat models they remind me of my many good years working for a Cat Dealer. Going out to the back forty after work playing with used equipment just moving dirt around
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Posted: Monday, October 19, 2015 11:01:11 PM

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Bolk Windmill Transporter Components. Featured models include: WSI Mega Windmill Trailer (MWT), low loader, WSI BF3 VW Support Vehicle, WSI VW NFTS Nooteboom Trailer Service Vehicle, WSI Assitancekaren Scania Wrecker, WSI windmill components load from Torben Rafn models, Tekno load straps and various figures from Preiser and Conrad.

The only unfortunate thing about the Bolk Volvo trucks is that they are both identical, as in even the licence plate numbers are identical.

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Transport display with assistance being provided to trailing Bolk MWT.

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Overview of the lowloader containing transport components from two Torben Rafn models.

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Close-up of the WSI Assitancekaren Wrecker.

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Checking the load straps before the convoy heads out.

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Discussing the issues holding up the Bolk MWT with the Nooteboom NFTS service attendant.

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Bolk Volvo moving the rear module into position against the rear of the windmill tower section. The rear towbar for the Scheureule module is functional, however the thickness of the towbar means that it will not fit into the slot for the front push coupler on the Volvo. In this case it is pinned in resting on top.

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Helping to guide the Bolk Volvo into position.



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Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 8:12:52 PM

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FirstGear Century Rotator Wrecker in Wes' Livery. Featured Models: FirstGear Century Rotator Wrecker on Kenworth 800 in Wes' Livery, Sword Models Freightliner with limited edition ballast trailer, Diecast Promotions Chevy Pick up, assorted figures from Preiser and Tekno load securing straps.

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Window box packaging.

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Package contents with clear plastic formers and nicely detailed winding key for adjusting the various winches.

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Beautiful tampo printing of very fine details along the side of the truck. Tag axle is in the upright position. FirstGear indicated that it is not meant to be adjustable...

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However, the tag axle is actually adjustable with some modification. The tag axle is on a pivot and held into the frame with two small plastic tabs. If you sand a few millimteres off of the plastic tabs and then sand a bevel into them you can easily lower the tag axle or leave it in the out of service upright position. Teeth

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The heavy wrecker doing what it does best, cleaning up a mess.

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Lifting straps in place to right an overturned Freighliner.

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Load partially intact.

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Multistage plastic outriggers in place to support the models. The stabilizers are unable to support the truck wheels free, but they do look the part.

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Poor Freighliner is in a world of hurt.

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Traffic management.

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Beautiful chrome accents. The heatshield on the exhaust stacks is actually tampo printed and not etched metal as featured on some higher quality models.

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The 75 ton capacity crane lifts the Freightliner with ease. Unfortunately the hydralic sleeves are unable to maintain this weight load for a significant length of time. There are no pre-drilled holes in the hydraulic cylinder to support locking pins and prevent bleeding of the rams.

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Freightliner ready to be towed. One unfortunate omission on this model is the wheel supports for the stinger. The wheel supports here were borrowed from a Conrad wrecker and although they fit loosely, they do the job. The stinger will not support any weight. This lift was facilitated with a round clear piece of acrylic placed underneath the stinger. Another option would be to attach the hooks from the crane to the front bumper and raise the towed model that way.

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A third winch and hook is featured in the main body of the Century wrecker that is hand wound and will not lock to hold any significant load. As you can see here sufficient tension can be maintained in this winch to simulate a tow.

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Positioning the Freightliner onto the stinger.

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I love the bad ass attitude with this livery. Crisp tampo priting on the roof matches the high quality finish on the remainder of the model. Hood opens to reveal a highly detailed engine. Front steering can be posed at a very decent angle.

Overall, this is a very interesting representation of a North American heavy wrecker and a model I have been wanting to add to my collection for a very long time. Although not up to the precision detailing common to Sword trucks, it is a very detailed model with an excellent finish and great functionality. This model poses very well with other models to create a very interesting and dynamic diorama. The plastic outriggers which are somewhat flimsy and the lack of wheel supports for the stinger limit the model somewhat. I highly recommend adding this model to any trucker enthusiasts collection.


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Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2016 12:33:01 PM

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A sorely neglected topic thread. I have a whole whack of heavy haulage models that have not been in front of the camera lens.

Here are a couple shots of the Cadzow Nooteboom WSI heavy haulage combo with Merc tractor and a couple of escort vehicles: Cadzow Corgi Ford Transit van escort (picked up from an eBay purchase from the U.K. [this was sold as part of a heavy haulage set from Corgi], and the Cadzow Mercedes Sprinter van escort. This series of photos was part of my container stacker series. The featured load is a Sany (unknown manufacturer) SCRC4535 Container Stacker which is the best container stacker model I have been able to find.

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Very sharp Cadzow livery, I have been faithfully building my collection and also have the Tekno version with Mercedes tractor and Goldhofer 8 axle trailer. I think the Cadzow livery rivals that of the gorgeous Torben Rafn livery. The Sany Reach Stacker is a very beautiful model and makes a suitable heavy haulage load. Details of this model can be found on my ChandlerYohn Construction and Misc Models thread.

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Cadzow escorts in place against a container loading facility with a diverse range of container handling equipment. Admittedly the background is a little too noisy and draws away from the main subject.

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Trio of the heavy Merc tractor and it's sharply adorned escorts. The Ford Transit and the Merc Actros Titan feature right hand drive, but unfortunately that feature was not carried over to the Mercedes Sprinter van.

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This handly little Cadzow liveried Ford Transit van is highly detailed, take for instance the sharp Ford logo on the grille. The lacklustre functionality found in the larger Corgi truck models carries over to this model as it lacks steering and suspension found in WSI models. The supsension is arguably a luxury option as these models only sit on a shelf.

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Cadzow leads the way.

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The Mercedes Sprinter escort van is also very beautiful and has very sharp details such as the warning lights placed onto the front grille. One shortcoming is that I didn't photograph the well adorned rear of the vehicle. Paul Rose has some excellent photos of this beautiful van featured in his thread.

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Posted: Monday, May 02, 2016 10:48:02 PM

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A throwback to the past with the WSI TDR Heavy Transport Scania and 6 axle low loader hauling an NZG Komatsu HD785 100 tonne dump truck with an Atlas Sussex Police Landrover Defender escort. Figures are a combination of Preiser and Bachmann. I really appreciate the dynamic poses of the Bachmann figures, which often include small accessories. Another nice feature is that there is some racial diversity to the figures. The Atlas Range Rover Defender was advertised as 1/43, but I think it really looks the part in a 1/50 dio. It is a very well detailed model and for $8 USD, I rolled the dice and took a chance.

Also new to this series of pictures is a Canadian Studio Lighting Kit which features 1200 W of fluorescent bulbs, three lighting stands (two side and one overhead) as well as a muslin backdrop. I used a handheld steamer to remove the wrinkles, but I obviously need a little more practice with that. The lighting kit has worked out very nicely as it provides a richer and more consistent lighting experience.

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Conversing on the travel plan with the Komatsu crew making final checks on the big Komatsu HD785 and the patient police officer looking on waiting.

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This big Scania heavy haul unit was one of my very first WSI models, and I really love the rich blue livery. It has been featured in several of my heavy haul books. This move was based on a similar move by a UK haulier on the video UK Heavy Haul, but they were running a 2+5 configuration on the low loader trailer.

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The big Komatsu makes an imposing load. It will look better when I'm able to get my chain binders and more accurately fix chains between the load and trailer.

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Definitely a wide load.

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The fine photoetch component on the rear equipment tower of the Scania is a very nice touch. Steering, as always, is limited on WSI models.

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Big Komatsu supported by YCC crane mat boards in order to keep the fine ladders on the front bumper from becoming bent. These are very delicate components on the truck and you need to be very careful of them when handling the model.

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Komatsu technician taking in one last look before sending the HD 785 to her new home.

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A brilliant little Range Rover Defender escort vehicle in Sussex Police livery. The detail is amazing and this little model is better than I could have hoped.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 5:45:22 AM

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ChandlerYohn wrote:


Also new to this series of pictures is a Canadian Studio Lighting Kit which features 1200 W of fluorescent bulbs, three lighting stands (two side and one overhead) as well as a muslin backdrop. I used a handheld steamer to remove the wrinkles, but I obviously need a little more practice with that. The lighting kit has worked out very nicely as it provides a richer and more consistent lighting experience


Been thinking about a lighting kit myself to be honest.

Nice photos again!

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Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 9:16:51 AM

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Hi Paul, thanks for the comments, they're always appreciated.

Regarding the lighting kit I would definitely recommend it for improving quality of indoor macro photos, such as of models. I bought a lighting kit that was similar in price point to my camera. An LED lighting system would definitely be superior, but they are currently very costly.

What I liked about this system is that it has three light sources with diffusers, suitable stands (but not particularly robust) and back drops with white, black and green to offer some flexibility. Some people have had good success with using a paper backdrop which has the advantage of not needing to be ironed, but you would require some large sheets for the huge cranes. The whole set-up takes me about 15 mins to set up, and I'm sure it will decrease with more experience with the system.

I bought a hand steamer to get out the wrinkles and this takes about 5 mins to get the wrinkles out of a 6 ft x 7 ft muslin backdrop. One helpful hint is to have the lighting system on when you're doing this so you'll see the wrinkles that the lights will pick up. The hand steamer is also great for your clothes. Why did it take me so long to discover this?!? LOL!

Hope this info helps. Take care and thanks again for the comments.

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Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2016 4:44:21 PM

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A few pics of the Komatsu liveried Kenworth with Talbert tri-axle low loader (First Gear) also with the Komatsu liveried International Service truck (First Gear). Other featured models are Preiser and Bachmann figures along with a custom hand built model of an air compressor (base parts from MSW models) and a quad bike model custom build (Airfix Models British Forces Quad Bikes and Crew). Chevy Silverado Z-71 1500 pick-up truck (Diecast Promotions) and custom fitted light bar (Steel City Models). Ocean Traders Box Load (WSI) secured with load straps (Tekno).

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The First Gear models, although not as detailed as Sword models, do hold their own and are sharply detailed. The Komatsu liveried trucks also pair well with the Komatsu liveried figures from Preiser to really add to the scene. The little quad bike is a common sight in the back of a pick up truck. This kit also comes with a trailer and ramps (still finishing) which will also pose nicely. The military components have been left as optional components so that they can be added when paired with a military diorama or stripped away when paired in a civilian diorama as seen here (ammunition boxes, tacsatcom and military figures).

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Sharp details include the Kenworth logo on the hood (bonnet) and the Komatsu logo. The small metal grab rails on the exhaust stacks are nice, but tampo printing is used to detail the small venting holes on the heat shield versus using photo etch metal as seen on some higher end models. The chrome rims with black highlighted hubs are finely detailed and the tires alternate between driven and steering wheels.
The tag axle on the truck features a full range of steering, but on the model was fixed in place in the raised position. I used a couple small dabs of BSI CA Remover Un Cure to release the glue. You need to be very careful if using this product as it will eat paint finish and plastic. I recommend using a very small brush applicator rather than straight from the bottle.
The truck also features an opening hood with a very nicely detailed engine and the hazard lights atop the cab finish it off nicely.

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The Talbert trailer has a sharp logo at the gooeseneck and lines running to the trailer. The headache rack on the back of the truck is definitely more sparse than Sword models which are typically fitted with chains and airlines/electrical for hooking into the trailer. The dust is not simply poor housekeeping, but from pouring the rock and gavel load into the Komatsu mining equipment that is out of shot. Note to self to take the microfibre cloth to the scene after pouring any of the ballast material to simulate the load.
The reflection in the glass reveals the fine ribbing detail on the underside of the trailer. The side tie down points on the low loader are open and able to accept a tiedown strap or a chain, but are only made of plastic so care must be taken. The diamond plate metal cover at the top of the gooseneck is a nice touch of detail as well.

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The Bachmann figures are a really nice addition to the diorams. They offer unique poses and even small props, like the white bucket the man eating his lunch is sitting on (back of trailer).

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Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 1:20:23 AM

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Just a quick update on this thread. I recently discovered non-powered O scale diesel locomotives and I am super pumped. I recently acquired a Lionel SD40 in Frisco livery and a few train cars. This has really added an element that I didn't realize I was missing from my collection and I am so glad I have expanded my collection to include these gorgeous trains. I had some model trains growing up and I've always loved trains so to be able to add this passion to my collection is great. I'm not intending to expand to a powered train layout, and for the train purists I am not selfishly keeping these trains from running free on a railroad as they are non-powered. The lighter weight (actually still quite hefty) will allow me to better pose these as heavy haulage and crane loads in future dioramas.

I have so many exciting ideas for dioramas which will blend my diecast collection with my burgeoning O scale train collection. I have a couple of pics just to start this thread up and I'm hoping to get time to upload more soon.

I want to thank Ironstef70 for planting this idea. I only wish I had happened upon it sooner then I could have had some Canadian National (CN) liveried trains. These non-powered units are unfortunately hard to come by, but I am hoping more will be made in the future.

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The Frisco livery was actually born from an abbreviation of the San Francisco line (ironically the run never actually went to California). The company actually ceased operations in 1980, but the livery looks very clean and contemporary. I also thought the name could blend into a more European setting (for those uninitiated in the livery and it's history). The enging actually features two opening cab doors, sliding side windows, and small fans inside the cooling fans on the roof. The fine tampo printing over the model includes warning and even the EMD label. EMD (Electro Motive Division) was a GM company that was purchased by Caterpillar. The models are in true 1:48 O scale which makes them approx 4% larger than their 1:50 counterparts. If you blend CCM models into your 1:50 collection then you are already aware of the subtle size differences.

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A large MTH Husky container car adorned with two Mammoet 40' containers from Tekno and a YCC load of the Mammoet jacking system components on the Super Rack container. The rails will need some rust coloured paint on the rails and a black wash across the plastic timber supports to help add to the "realism."

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Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2016 10:53:07 PM

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Hope everyone is having a great weekend. I've been quite enamoured by my O Scale trains and have been having some fun integrating them with my diecast models.

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Here are the Frisky Frisco Kitties. These little guys are offered through Bachmann in O scale and I think they're a fun addition to the dioramas.

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They ham it up for the camera just like the real ones...

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Be careful if you feed them... LOL!

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Can't exclude the puppy lovers... The Montana Rail Link mutts also from Bachmann. The dalmation was modified from the Lionel civil servants pack and liberated from the base of the miniature fire fighter. The train engine is an EMD SD70ACe. I was thinking that by having the non-powered units that they would be fairly light weight since they have an upper plastic shell. Little did I know they are still quite heavy as the trucks, fuel tank and frame are all diecast making the overall model quite hefty. I love the detailing with the opening doors, fine legible graphics in the form of warning labels and sharp tampo printing.

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The german shepard looks less than impressed with the beagle marking his territory. The sharp warning stripes at the front of the engine are also continued onto the caboose. The colour match between the MTH and Atlas units is pretty good. The caboose has some very fine details including a water tank on the inside for the crew. The figure up in the cupola (not seen) has a coffee mug in his hand. Modelled windshield wipers on the cupola windows of the caboose is a nice touch. The doors on the caboose open inward and are spring mounted, but if you slip the spring out of the door you can pose the door much easier. The train engine features etched vents throughout, the only unfortunate thing is that there is no equipment modelled behind them so you can see right through the train.

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The combo really demonstrates this beautiful livery.

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One amazing piece of functionality is that the door handle at the front of the train actually turns to latch the door.

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The train accessories are a very interesting addition to the diorama, here is an MTH cruiser motorcycle. These are sold as a four pack and each of the motorcycles is a different style and colour. They are advertised as 1/43, but pose very nicely with this 1:50 Diecast Promotions Chevy Silverado 1500. I finally finished up the trailers for my quads.

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The kickstand is functional. I added silver paint to the bracket for the windshield. I am more of a sportbike guy myself, but I really thought these cruisers looked sharp. The handlebars turn, the tires spin as well, but they are solid plastic and not rubber.

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I added black paint to the tips of the exhausts and gloss coat to the tail lights and headlights to add a little more realism.

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The train crew about to switch over. Cruiser poses nicely with 1:50 figures.





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Posted: Monday, August 01, 2016 12:05:49 AM

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Super heavy haul by rail. The MTH ABB Schnabel Transformer Transporter being unloaded by a YCC Mammoet gantry lift and NZG Mammoet SPMT modules.

Other featured models are: Lionel Frisco EMD SD40-2 train engine, MTH LIRR flat car, Tekno Mammoet container set, WSI Mammoet container set, Lionel track bumper, Conrad Mammoet figures, Bachmann cats and dogs.

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A relatively short configuration.

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Positioning 20 axles of SPMT. Not as detailed as the IMC version, but certainly holds its own.

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Very fine detail on the Schnabel rig. Tampo printing on the sides denotes limits on the train car. The axles are even sprung as can be seen by the small paired springs on each of the trucks. Suspension helps to smooth out the ride on a model railway.

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Uncoupling the Schnabel from the Transformer using the Mammoet Gantry. Can you find the kitty and the puppy?

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How did that little fuzzy guy get up there?!?

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The train positions the leading half of the Schnabel forward to allow the SPMTs into position in front of the Transformer.

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The adjustable suspension on the SPMT modules at work to traverse the train tracks.

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Posted: Monday, August 01, 2016 5:08:18 AM

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Dang CJ, that's one cool expand of your collection with RR now.

I'm glad I have inspired you as you seem to enjoy this hobby the way I also like; using models for building awesome dioramas. That SD70ACE really looks awesome.

Now I guess your wife probably do not like me so much for bringing up the idea d'oh!

Sorry if I haven't noticed your comments before; slow summer hobbywise as I am reworking my home this summer. I've actually just came back from vacation from your side of the world: camping at Long Sault, Upper Canada park, and so on.

Keep on posting here man, I always like your stuff. The cats are a funny idea; we're also cat friendly home here, as long as they don't play with the crane hooks Whatever .

Stephane

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Hi Stephane, great to hear from you and glad you're getting some relaxation in this summer. I think if I tried to set up a running O scale train layout then my gf would leave me and/or I would have an intervention as apt living limits space for such a thing. Just living the model railway vicariously through YouTube. I wish they would come out with more of the non-powered units. I bought a Lionel EMD SD35-DD in a Canadian Pacific livery as I wanted to have at least something Canadian. I'm also waiting on some CN (Canadian National) coal cars.

The next series of pics will be some more intermodal shots and a Mammoet LTM 1500, Mammoet LR 1600 and a Mammoet Grove GMK5130 being loaded onto flat cars with a loading ramp. If you check out the Flickr link in my signature the pics are already there. This series was inspired by the truckfax blog out of Halifax: Truckfax Link. Just type "Mammoet" into the search bar in the upper left on the blog, and you'll see a whole whack of brand new Mammoet cranes being shipped by rail.

Thanks again for your very kind compliments and glad you like the kitties. The shot of the little orange and white kitty on the train stairs reminds me of my little guy who recently passed away. Take care and I hope the rest of your summer is rocking.

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Fantastic...your new lighting outfit puts the icing on the cake. I enjoyed those pics and it gives me the impetus to get moving on all of my stuff. Thanks Chandler.
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HI GC1, I'm so glad you enjoyed the pics. There will definitely be more to come. I just ordered a dual line railway bridge (MTH 70 inches total length) which I have some plans for SPMTs, heavy lifts and of course actually posing trains on. I hope things are great down under. Take care and all the best.

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Those trains look great!Adding a whole new dimension to dioramas.Wish I had the space to get o guage trains.The difference in scales is not noticeable,unless you look really close.Applause Applause More please.Teeth
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ChandlerYohn wrote:
Hi Stephane, great to hear from you and glad you're getting some relaxation in this summer. I think if I tried to set up a running O scale train layout then my gf would leave me and/or I would have an intervention as apt living limits space for such a thing. Just living the model railway vicariously through YouTube. I wish they would come out with more of the non-powered units. I bought a Lionel EMD SD35-DD in a Canadian Pacific livery as I wanted to have at least something Canadian. I'm also waiting on some CN (Canadian National) coal cars.

The next series of pics will be some more intermodal shots and a Mammoet LTM 1500, Mammoet LR 1600 and a Mammoet Grove GMK5130 being loaded onto flat cars with a loading ramp. If you check out the Flickr link in my signature the pics are already there. This series was inspired by the truckfax blog out of Halifax: Truckfax Link. Just type "Mammoet" into the search bar in the upper left on the blog, and you'll see a whole whack of brand new Mammoet cranes being shipped by rail.

Thanks again for your very kind compliments and glad you like the kitties. The shot of the little orange and white kitty on the train stairs reminds me of my little guy who recently passed away. Take care and I hope the rest of your summer is rocking.

That sounds like an awesome project. I actually got some upclose pictures of one of those cranes in halifax harbour a while ago! Here are the photos.










-Adam
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Hi ModelManiac, glad you enjoyed the pics. I hear you on the limited space for models. My train layout needs to fit onto a 70 inch (178 cm) glass shelf which is why I elected for the non-powered versions. I am having a ton of fun integrating these trains. I have also been building up my military model collection... adding figures, quads and HMVEEs to go along w/ the Sword HET and HEMTT. There are some 1/48 aircraft such as a Blackhawk (Forces of Valour), AH64-D Longbow Apache (Franklin Mint), A-10 Warthog (Franklin Mint), etc. That also add tremendous dynamics to the military dioramas. I'll get some pics done up of those dioramas as well.

Thanks so much for your support. Take care and all the best.

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Hi Adam, those are some great pictures of the Mammoet train loading in Halifax. That is pretty cool that that is part 1 of 22. I wonder what the other 21 orders look like.

Thanks so much for sharing the pics. Take care and all the best.

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Mammoet cranes being loaded onto flatcars as inspired from the scene in the Halifax harbour with Mammoet Canada taking delivery of new new cranes while being transferred from ship to rail with a final destination out west to Alberta in Canada.

Featured models: WSI Mammoet Liebherr LTM 1500, WSI Mammoet Grove GMK 5130, NZG Mammoet LR 1600, WSI Mammoet LTM 1500 Luffing Jib Kit, MTH LIRR flat cars, Lionel Frisco EMD SD40, Lionel Cell Tower (custom modified to fill screw holes and re-paint metal base), Lionel Loading ramps, Conrad Mammoet Figures.

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Guiding the big Grove onto the narrow deck of the flat car. These flat cars are plastic on the deck, however they have a metal plate sandwiched between the top and bottom surfaces which provided tremendous strength to support the weight of the load. As well, they sit on sprung diecast trucks (train wheel components). The cell tower was added to help break up the background a little and add a neat set piece.

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Two heavy duty cranes and the LTM 1500 luffing jib sections off to the side awaiting space on a flat car.

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Easy does it...

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The trio of heavy cranes being secured onto the flat cars. I'm still trying to get the fine brass turn buckles to add tension to the chains. I may also look into using fine guage springs with a couple of small hooks added to the ends. I think that will add a lot to the trailer and train load lashing.

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Some components of the huge LR 1600. It would take many more flat cars (and space) than I have to display all of the components. If I recall from the Mammoet video when they moved the PTC crane from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Saint John, New Brunswick the train was a 1/2 mile long (maybe a mile... it's been a while).
My switch track is seen being put to use with the leading rail car. I have a switch tower that only arrived on Friday which would have added nicely to this shot.

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LR 1600 crane body and boom foot ready for lashing.

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Massive crawler track and a little ballast to fill up the flat car.

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Heavy duty shunter, the EMD SD40 rated at 3000 HP, to help position the rail cars and build the train.

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Drone view of the shunting demonstrating the switch track.

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The LTM 1500 just squeezes onto the flat car. Detail of the Lionel loading ramp with nice wood texture on the wooden base and a smooth concrete ramp surface. The ramp itself is cast in resin and the single ramp is diecast. These ramps appear to be intended for use with the auto rack train cars which have the accompanying right sided ramp. I will have to test my styrene building skills and create a ramp for the other side. I contacted Lionel about a replacement metal ramp and they told me I was SOL. LOL!
The flat car has some nice added detail with the upper metal grab rail. Be cautious of the two hanging steps on the flat cars as they are plastic and quite delicate.

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The diecast base of the Lionel cell tower is visible in this shot. It came with two holes in the base to allow the user to secure it to their layout, but they proved too unsightly. I filled it with model filler and sanded it down with various grades of sandpaper from 300 grit to 2000 grit. I used the Testors pack which took me to 600 and then I bought some wet/dry in the automotive department for the 1000 and 2000 grit which made it satin smooth for painting. It looks much more uniform and you can't tell where the screw holes are from the top surface.

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View from the loading side. Nice warning graphic details on the cranes and the inclusion of the spare tire on the Grove is a nice touch.
For this shot I really should have moved the front facing light to the rear... live and learn.









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