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Exkvate3140
Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2018 4:18:07 PM
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Guy does Jean-Francois make those telescopic pistons, or does he take them from other models? I love that Renault it just looks heavy duty.
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Steve
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Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2018 3:22:05 AM
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Steve,

Jean-Francois generally uses old radio sets antennas for his multiple extension pistons, with each element cut to the right length for each semi-trailer.
Single pistons for truck tippers are 100% homemade from bars and tubes: to ensure some friction, a thin layer of epoxy glue is placed outside the bar, then - when dry - sanded until it can move inside the tube with little effort.
I've tried myself his technique and must say that it works fine. See for example the old Corgy Toys Bedford fire-fighting vehicle below being upgraded, where "toyish" lifting mechanisms of the Simon Snorkel access platform are being replaced that way:



I hope it helps.
Guy
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Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2018 6:15:51 PM
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Guy thanks for the information. I’m making some 1960 single axle dump trailers and I’m trying to figure out how to do a four stage piston that will somehow stop before the next stage is ready to rise. Your information is very helpful.
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Steve
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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 4:03:25 AM
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H. Thomson & Sons combination, a small livestock transport family business near Aberdeen (Scotland):







Scania R164L-580 6x2/4 tractor and low bed Houghton-Parkhouse Professional 3-axle livestock semi-trailer (Corgi models).

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Guy
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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 4:11:01 AM
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Renault VI Kerax 420-34dCi 6x4/2 tractor (Joal model being modified) and Nooteboom OSD 58-04 4-axle lowloader semi-trailer (modified Lion Toys model) carrying a Zeppelin ZR 28T tracked excavator equipped with an ABI piling equipment and a multipurpose piling telescopic mast (Conrad model):









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Guy
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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 4:19:14 AM
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Jean-Francois homemade Fruehauf tipping semi-trailer (presented earlier) was provided to MiniCams, which made a copy, with the intention of producing it, with some short-cuts to maximise cost, as replicating all functionalities modelled by JF would make that model over-costly. The unit, here behind various tractors (WSI, Minitrucks et MiniCams):







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Guy
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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 4:23:21 AM
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Direct from Jean-Jacques workshop, the maiden trip of a Magirus-Deutz tractor, made from a Minitrucks cab fitted on a modified Tematoys chassis:







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Guy
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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 10:44:31 AM
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Guy that’s impressive having a model manufacturer copying a piece that your team scratch built, that’s how you know your doing it right. Again with that Renault, the more I see it the more I like it.
Steve
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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 12:36:11 PM
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Steve,

MiniCams is a 1-man models company having regular exchanges with Azur Modelisme team members: it provided quite a few kits to them, while they sent from time to time homemade tipping bodies, complete semi-trailers or modified cabs for molding.
Norbert, who runs MiniCams on a part-time basis (he has another job that ensures him a regular income) is very flexible in terms of models and he tries, whenever feasible, to build the right customized model you want. As he does a lot of repaints for regular customers in addition, he becomes more and more known in the little French truck and plant equipment modelling world and his order book is more than full: the problem being now that you never know when your order will be treated.

He hasn't got a website, but here is the blog where he presents his models: http://minicamionsdetp.skyrock.com/304.html

I hope it helps.
Guy
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Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 4:09:34 AM
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Courcelle, a transport and heavy haulage company from the Toulouse region (France), have gone through a very rapid expansion since 2000. A few years ago, they commissioned a large French models retailer to have 2 combinations made in Holland by Tematoys painted in their livery. Here below, one of them:







DAF FTS 95XF-480 4x2/2 tractor + Nooteboom OSD 48-03/L 3-axle lowloader (Tematoys models) loaded with a Volvo-CE EC 210 tracked hydraulic excavator of 22.3 tonnes (Cararama model)



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Guy
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Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 4:22:20 AM
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To the end of the sixties, "A" et "F" letters of the DAF name meant "Automobiles Factory" and "Trailers Factory", as it can be seen on the company brochure below dating back from the period and bearing the 2 fabrication lines of the Dutch truck builder: "Van Doorne's AutomobielFabrieken N.V." and "Van Doorne's AahangwagenFabriek N.V.":



DAF was then a complete automotive builder, as they produced small cars as well. Here below a DAF DO 2000 DKA 4x2/2 tractor (modified WSI model) and a DAF ETAL 3224 2-axle box semi-trailer (Lion Car model being modified):





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Guy
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Renault VI Magnum 440-19T dXi 4x2/2 tractor (modified Joal model) and its Langendorf Floatliner SGL-3 3-axle glass panels handling and carrier semi-trailer (modified Lion Toys model)





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Guy
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Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 4:39:09 AM
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Back in the sixties in Wales (UK) with 2 "light heavy" haulage performed by Wynns, from Newport:



- On the left: Bedford SAG 4x2/2 tractor (modified Corgi model) + Trailer Co of America 2-axle low bed semi-trailer (homemade) carrying a 12 tonnes Thurley/Trecor incinerator (homemade),
- On the right: Scammell Hyghwayman 4x2/2 tractor (modified Corgi model) and Taskers 1-line lowloader (modified Corgi model) loaded with an Alsthom-Atlantique 5MVA electrical transformer (Dinky Toys load).

To be continued.
Guy
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To be continued.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 4:49:23 AM
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From then, temporary railing installation and winching operations of the transformer to its final location can commence: a hard day's work for the Wynns crew!

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Guy
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Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 3:17:36 PM
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Guy thanks for the information on MiniCams very interesting. Your load customs are just as good as your model customs nice work.
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Steve
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Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 4:25:07 AM
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Steve,

Many thanks for your positive comments.

Berliet tractor and tank semi-trailer built from Minitrucks kits:









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Guy
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Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 4:29:00 AM
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Liebherr LTC 1045-3.1 6x6/6 mobile telescopic hydraulic crane (Conrad model):









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Guy
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Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 4:35:41 AM
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In UK during the eighties, road haulage of a Caterpillar dumper by GCS Johnson:





Scania LBT 141 6x4/2 tractor (Corgi model being modified) and King Trailers 3-axle lowloader (modified Corgi model) loaded with a 28 tonnes Caterpillar 769B 4x2/2 dumper (Gescha model)





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Guy
Exkvate3140
Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 3:43:50 PM
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Guy when they hauled the 769s in our neck of the woods they pulled the two outside rear tires off and kept the front ones on, you obviously do it in a different way. Nice pictures.
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