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GuyM
Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 9:01:18 AM
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Gents,

Denis - who is taking care of the incredible diorama posted for years on the "Photos de TP" French forum - has accepted my proposal to decline the topic in "DHS Diecast Forum".
As he is not fluent in English, he asked me to manage all pictures transfer and associated translations. That means that, any question you may have, will have to be translated by me to him if I'm not able to answer myself: so please, keep questions to a minimum!

As a starter, a "picture" of the 5 French modellers who were involved in the diorama from day one in 2012 (this has slightly changed in the recent past):



From left to right:
- Pulko: he takes care of all background pictures and managed the coloring of the open pit quarry face,
- Olive: he is the team weathering specialist,
- Florian: the "boss" with the knowledge of the mining industry, he is involved in the mine design and all scenes details and chronology,
- Denis: he liaises with all other members of the team and manages pictures,
- Michel: he creates all items which can't be found in a 1/50 scale on the market, among which are numerous amazing models.

Please don't try to see in this diorama any real open-cast mine in Lorraine (East of France): it does not simply exist! A real model in a 1/50 scale would have required much more space and was impossible to make. Moreover, digging and transport equipment used around show a large diversity... as they were, either readily available or simply created for the dio.
The only aim of the LorraMine open-cast diorama is to show mining equipment in action!

To be continued.
Guy
GuyM
Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 9:08:58 AM
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A 49HR drilling rig in action, preparing for explosives installation:



A Caterpillar mining grader maintaining dirt tracks to the quarry face:



A Towhaul wrecker performing the recovery of a large dumper:



Regards.
Guy



GuyM
Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 9:45:06 AM
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Another picture of the recovery:



A tanker-converted dumper watering a dirt track to minimize dust:



Site cleaning operation on-going:



Regards.
Guy

GuyM
Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 9:51:12 AM
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Maintenance operations on an O&K mining shovel:







Regards.
Guy
rmkulak
Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 9:59:28 AM
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Guy,

I have followed the thread on another forum about the mine. It is just plain mind blowing. The one question I have always had is how big is the diorama or dioramas.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 10:16:13 AM

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GuyM wrote:
Gents,

Denis - who is taking care of the incredible diorama posted for years on the "Photos de TP" French forum - has accepted my proposal to decline the topic in "DHS Diecast Forum".
As he is not fluent in English, he asked me to manage all pictures transfer and associated translations.


Guy,

Thanks for taking this unnecessary task on! I'm sure folks will have many questions about this incredible project. My first one is who owns the models and how were they convinced to offer them up for weathering? I feel like most collectors are reluctant to tarnish their purchases, especially the valuable ones like the Syncrude.

Bug

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GuyM
Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 10:28:27 AM
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Mark,

I have no idea about the size but I know that they made several dios, of quarry faces, dirt roads, maintenance workshop and equipment outdoor assembly site. I'll ask about sizing and details.

Bug,

I agree with you: I'm reluctant as well to weather my models! I know that all models are theirs and that they commonly agreed to have Olive weathering them (that was his main task within the team until he left for personal reasons recently) to add some realism to the various dios.

Regards.
Guy
Exkvate3140
Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 10:36:35 AM
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Guy thanks for taking your time to post for these gentlemen. One word “outstanding” just pass that on to them please. It almost sounds and look like they are a company that does this for a living, but I would have to think that would be impossible. If so your team would be able to make a living at it. It is amazing what people create in this hobby.
Again Guy thanks for taking your time to post.
Steve
GuyM
Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 1:39:02 PM
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A routine working day in the open-cast mine:







Regards.
Guy
Paul R
Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 3:24:57 PM

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Words escape me to describe this!

It’s simply outstanding and such amazing detail!

Paul R
GuyM
Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 3:36:35 PM
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rmkulak wrote:
Guy,

I have followed the thread on another forum about the mine. It is just plain mind blowing. The one question I have always had is how big is the diorama or dioramas.

Mark


I've just got a response from Denis on your questions:
- each dio is about 38 square metres large and approx. 2 metres high.
- In addition to dios already listed in my former response, I should add a crushing material zone - never shown in detail to-date - and a mining office/headquarters office.

I hope it helps.
Guy

JoeE
Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 6:17:53 PM

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I think the coolest 1/50 dio that i have seen to date.



We rally round the family, with a pocket full of shells.....
Quinella
Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 6:52:58 PM

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That is just ridiculously wonderful. That would take me a lifetime and still look like child's play. Thanks for sharing. CAW
Rivera2171
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 3:25:00 AM

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This is so incredible. I was scouring through his FLIKR account and the details and weathering are incredible. Some of the custom models, rigging, work shop and workers etc are just jaw droopingly good. AMAZING!
GuyM
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 4:13:21 AM
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Gents,

Many thanks for your positive comments.





Regards.
Guy

GuyM
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 4:28:03 AM
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Unlucky week!
We suffered yesterday the breakdown of the 797 dumper, today a fire in the engine hood of the 854 G wheeled dozer:



In spite of these equipment "problems", work continues at the quarry front:





Regards.
Guy
GuyM
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Regards.
Guy
sd90
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 5:04:13 AM

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Hi Guy,

Any chance of getting a start operating the 495HR
or the RH340.
Fantastic work .
Leon.
frusso
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 5:51:52 AM

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He is the one!
GuyM
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 8:57:44 AM
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Leon,

I shall post more pictures of both Bucyrus 495HR and O&K RH340 in the coming days.
Even the Syncrude Bucyrus 495HF shovel worked for some time in LorraMine: I know that it never moved out of Northern Alberta oil sands, but let's call that "the magic of modelling"!

Regards.
Guy
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