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GuyM
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 9:10:16 AM
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Denis during one of his site visits to LorraMine:



Liebherr and Komatsu dumpers at work:





Please note the effects of load on the Komatsu 960E front tires. I'll explain further down how that was managed by Olive, the "weathering man" of the team:



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Guy



GuyM
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 9:25:53 AM
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Olive's explanations on the tires "flattening" process:

"I use a thermal cleaner, a paint glass bottle and suitable model tires"



"I insert the bottle in the tire, heat the lower part of the tire until it softens (be careful, it heats quickly quite a lot) and then I press the tire on the ground until it becomes hard again, as a result of the cooling process. As simple as that!"



It looks awfully simple!!

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Guy
Exkvate3140
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 1:38:52 PM
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Guy I’m fascinated by those pictures first the flat and fire, and then the tires with the loaded end dumps. Great work.
Steve
Exkvate3140
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 1:42:46 PM
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Guy that is great how they achieve the looks on those tires, I was just commenting on it while you were posting the technique of how it is done, thanks for showing how it’s done.
Steve
GuyM
Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 2:59:30 AM
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Guy
GuyM
Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 3:13:20 AM
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GuyM wrote:
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"! [...]


After the Bucyrus 495HR (pictured above), some Syncrude "assistance" to LorraMine with their 495HF:





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Guy


GuyM
Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 3:17:44 AM
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Guy
GuyM
Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 9:14:33 AM
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Site maintenance operations on the Bucyrus 495HR:







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Guy
Exkvate3140
Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 10:07:10 AM
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Guy the weathering is outstanding and the maintenance scenes are so realistic. Any dioramas of the pickup trucks that have been crushed by equipment and end dumps? My oldest brother went to college with a couple of guys from Minnesota and their family members worked in some type of mine there. My brother had visited them in Minnesota and when he came back he had pictures of the whole operation. A couple of pictures that stood out were of a fenced in area of about 10-15 pickups that were crushed from being run over.
Steve
GuyM
Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 11:02:17 AM
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Steve,

That's why in most mines all pick-ups have to have a long pole with a flag on top, so that it can be noticed by dumpers drivers, who can't see the ground just in front of their huge trucks. But accidents still happen, mainly these days when dumpers drive back in position in reverse.

Just for information, I read somewhere on the French forum that Olive indicated having spent approx. 40 hours, just to weather the Bucyrus 495HR shovel.

I hope it helps.
Guy
Exkvate3140
Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 11:37:18 AM
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Guy tell Olive the time he spent was definitely worth it. I have a couple of the Chevy pickups left over depending on their condition maybe I will do a diorama of the crushed pickups in the fenced in area.
Thanks for the information Guy.
Steve
GuyM
Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 3:12:57 AM
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Caterpillar D11R dozer clearing the quarry face:



The O&K RH340 at work:



Close view of the O&K upper deck:



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Guy
GuyM
Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 3:17:40 AM
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Guy
GuyM
Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 3:21:30 AM
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In another part of the mine, a P&H electric shovel loading 2 Caterpillar dumpers:





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Guy
sd90
Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 3:52:19 AM

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Hi Guy,
This is on my bucket list if I ever get to Europe this is a must see,
Thanks for showing the pictures really enjoying looking and scanning
the details on the models wonce again fantastic .
Thanks
Leon.
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GuyM
Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 8:09:50 AM
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Olive even managed to "show" the dust resulting from rocks and dirt falling from the bucket (but he didn't explain how he did that!):



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Guy
GuyM
Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 8:20:07 AM
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While the Bucyrus shovel works at the quarry face, a drilling rig is busy below preparing for another front:



Filling of the drill holes with explosives:





As no explosives vehicle carrier could be found on the 1/50 modelling market, the truck was "simply" built by Michel, then weathered by Olive.

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Guy
Exkvate3140
Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 8:32:03 AM
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Guy there are some great shots in that post. The dust is incredible along with the explosives truck. The picture of the top deck f to O&K looks like they were out in the pit and actually took a picture of the real machine. Also Guy don’t stop posting pictures of your teams work.
Steve
ChandlerYohn
Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 10:40:49 PM

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These diorama pics just continue to amaze! Thank you so much for sharing them.

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GuyM
Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 3:23:31 AM
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Exkvate3140 and ChandlerYohn,

Many thanks for your support.

Soon after the explosives have opened a new quarry face:





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Guy
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