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GuyM
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2018 3:52:39 PM
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Steve,

Getting an authorization to take pictures on an industrial site is not that difficult, providing that you accept to follow site specific safety rules.
A few years ago, I spent some weeks in the Canadian Alberta oil sands, on a plant managed by a US company called C----- P-------: I was granted, within 24 hours, a 1-year picture permit. So nothing is impossible!

I hope it helps.
Guy
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Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2018 6:03:21 AM
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At the end of the day shift, some pictures taken at Liebherr Mining Commercial Manager's request:







To be continued.
Guy
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Guy
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Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2018 6:09:57 AM
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As the photographer was on site, he was asked to shoot some more pictures for LorraMine internal use:







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Guy
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Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2018 6:23:02 AM
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Some pictures taken during the 1st LorraMine Open Days, when the quarry front was open to visitors and equipment collectors:





It should be noted that the Poclain excavator above and the Liebherr shovel next post below were both built in 1/50 scale, from scratch in cardboard, metal and plastic by C. Voreaux, a LorraMine fellow collector.

To be continued.
Guy
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Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2018 6:33:06 AM
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Tomorrow, we'll discover the LorraMine mobile electrical generation set, used in some quarry zones not reached by the mine electrical distribution network.

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Guy
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Those are a couple of amazing builds. I never would have guessed they were scratch built had you not said something.

My Facebook page: NorCalDiecastCustoms

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GuyM
Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018 5:36:55 AM
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Clifton,

I agree with you: both models are incredibly detailed and you don't realize that they are approx. 90% made from cardboard.
Here a link to Pascal D.'s blog where you can get more information about them (providing that you can read French, of course): http://www.ec1000.net/article-6622834.html

Final connection tests of the LorraMine mobile electrical generation unit, before moving to site:



The cable is moved on a "sled", efficient local transport mean, even if not sophisticated:





To be continued.
Guy

GuyM
Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018 5:41:19 AM
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Site tests will be performed with the 495 HR shovel, moved after some maintenance to a remote quarry zone:







To be continued.
Guy
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The genset is started and the shovel powered. It picks-up its cable support to move freely:





The pilot car blocks surrounding access roads to prepare the shovel move:



To be continued.
Guy

GuyM
Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018 5:58:02 AM
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Climbing that track in reverse mode, with little clearance on each side, is not an obvious task:







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Guy

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Yikes!!!! If for some reason that shovel runs away (mechanical failure) that truck is in trouble. Love watching your story, very interesting.
Exkvate3140
Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 1:12:39 AM
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Guy great shots of some heavy iron, and not so heavy iron. Those customs out of cardboard are amazing,they really do look like diecast, I understand why they are not weathered now. Do you have any information on the International mobile generator truck.
Thanks
Steve
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Exkvate3140 wrote:
[...] Do you have any information on the International mobile generator truck [...]


Steve,

I know that it was built by Michel and weathered by Olive, but I can't find what model(s) donated cab and chassis. Both were apparently used for building miscellaneous LorraMine units:



Denis did some search about electric shovel moves and mainly came with larger gensets mounted on trailers or semi-trailers, used not only for moves but for digging as well:



Here is another unit posted by "Sam_Euclid" on the LorraMine topic on the French forum. It is located in the largest iron mine of North America (?):



I hope it helps.
Guy



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Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 2:20:10 PM

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Skunkmodels R-11 fuel truck. A plastic military kit in1:48, been looking at them for a bit for the International Workstar cab.
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Guy thanks for the information the fuel truck looks great and that trailer generator is awfully big, but I bet it would not be able to suit Quinella’s needs in his mansion/townhouse/trucking area.
Steve

GCK3 thanks for the information on the International, I have never heard of that model brand before. It looks nice for being a plastic model though.
Steve
GuyM
Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 3:46:08 PM
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GCK3,

Many thanks for the information on this 1/48 plastic kit I never heard about before.

Here is a link to an English-speaking website about the kit: http://www.hyperscale.com/2013/reviews/kits/sw62001reviewjw_1.htm
For technical details of the R11 Refueller (1st generation built by Oshkosh for US and NATO Armies, 2nd generation produced by Kovatch Corporation): http://www.military-today.com/trucks/kovatch_r11.htm

Regards.
Guy
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Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2019 5:40:16 AM
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As suggested yesterday with the 3rd generation R11-6000 Kovatch/International fuel truck picture, the Liebherr 9800 mining excavator requires to be fueled regularly. A track is made first to reach a place that the truck can access:







To be continued.
Guy
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Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2019 5:47:36 AM
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There seems to be a problem with the fueling access door, blocked and inoperative... Is there another way of fueling the "beast"?



Regards.
Guy

GuyM
Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2019 5:55:12 AM
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While the refueling team is trying to find a solution to their problem, let's follow that explosives triggering devices carrier van moving slowly to a new working location:





Here it is:





To be continued.
Guy
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