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GuyM
Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 3:30:37 AM
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A few pictures of the P&H 4100 XPC shovel during Olive's weathering operation:



Crawlers and chassis:



To be continued.
Guy

GuyM
Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 3:33:27 AM
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The lifting arm with its greasing details:





The bucket:



Regards.
Guy
Quinella
Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 9:50:17 AM

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Guy: Please find out about the dust. This dio is beyond belief. These guys must absolutely love doing this. It's like being a young kid,playing in the sand box with Tonka trucks. CAW
Exkvate3140
Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 9:58:18 AM
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Guy the weathering on the undercarriage is just incredible, especially the one where Quinella is talking on the phone with the women’s dress shop.
Those men do outstanding work.
Thanks
Steve
GuyM
Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 6:52:10 AM
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Komatsu D 475A dozer pushing down rocks blown out by a previous explosives operation on the quarry face:







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Guy

GuyM
Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:06:01 AM
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The Komatsu dozer after its weathering operation by Olive:



Michel modified a Caterpillar dumper into a maintenance support vehicle. Here it is during some maintenance operations, brand new on the Syncrude P&H shovel working site and some time later, in assistance to the O&K unit:





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Guy
Paul R
Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:54:53 AM

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Words fail me on this. It is just epic and I marvel at the skill and dedication to this diorama.

This has to be one of the best topics I have seen on this forum, and I have been around longer than most!

Paul R
GuyM
Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 2:27:22 PM
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Quinella wrote:
Guy: Please find out about the dust. This dio is beyond belief [...]


I've just asked Denis about that dust and just got a response from him: Olive used Photoshop!
Apparently, he was very clever using this software and tried - before he left the LorraMine team - to pass all his skills and tricks to Denis, who should take care about such pictures in the future.
So, wait and see what Denis can do (and explain) in the coming period.

I hope it helps.
Guy
GuyM
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A Caterpillar 5110B excavator being unloaded from the TowHaul mining lowloader, then at work at the quarry face:





The Caterpillar 854K wheeled dozer pushing rocks. It takes-over duties of the damaged 854G, recovered from the site the previous week, because of a fire under its engine hood:





Regards.
Guy
Jamiescotland
Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 3:34:21 PM

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I love looking at these photos. What a fantastic layout. I'm not a fan of weathering in general, but I can't help but be impressed but this. The only thing it really needs however, is natural lighting outside - some decent sun and shadows would make it ten times more realistic. Is this a possibility, or is the whole thing indoors and there to stay? Despite the poor lighting, it's still great to see and probably great fun to work on.
Exkvate3140
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Guy you really have to go thru these pictures a couple of times to catch all the details in the weathering, it’s just incredible.
Steve
JohnGalt
Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 10:32:29 PM

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Paul R wrote:
Words fail me on this. It is just epic and I marvel at the skill and dedication to this diorama.

This has to be one of the best topics I have seen on this forum, and I have been around longer than most!

Paul R


+1 Applause
GuyM
Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 3:54:54 AM
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Gents,

Many thanks for all your positive comments.

A Caterpillar 5130B mining excavator, weathered by Olive:



Even Australian Mt Arthur Coal equipment was temporarily "assigned" to the LorraMine extraction site. Here 2 of their Liebherr 994s:





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Guy

GuyM
Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 4:05:49 AM
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Recovery of the Boss Land Rover, broken-down on site:





All major 4WD vehicles companies are trying to sell their models to LorraMine. Here a Hummer pick-up during field trials:



Following extensive tests of various models, the mine management decided to stick to Land Rovers and Chevrolets.

Regards.
Guy
GuyM
Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 1:57:07 PM
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Routine site maintenance on a Caterpillar 797B dumper:



A 777D dumper to be overhauled on its way from LorraMine to Caterpillar regional workshops:





Regards.
Guy
JohnGalt
Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 10:21:23 PM

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Paul R wrote:
This has to be one of the best topics I have seen on this forum, and I have been around longer than most!

Paul R


I talked to johnn, Sunkist Diecast, and the peeshie bar guy from Bangladesh, and they all agree.
GuyM
Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 5:24:25 AM
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Olive did an excellent job when weathering that pure American combination:





I suppose that the "Weathering Man" saw it on an American road and not in France, as it should get a "convoi exceptionnel" sign over here instead of the "wide load" one.

Regards.
Guy
GuyM
Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 5:33:45 AM
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At LorraMine, activities are shut-down during the Christmas break:









To be continued (later).
Guy
GuyM
Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 7:56:46 AM
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Jamiescotland wrote:
I love looking at these photos. [...] The only thing it really needs however, is natural lighting outside - some decent sun and shadows would make it ten times more realistic. Is this a possibility, or is the whole thing indoors and there to stay? Despite the poor lighting, it's still great to see and probably great fun to work on.


Jamie,

Dios are built indoor in the East of France (where a nice weather outside cannot be guaranteed all year long) and are far too large to be moved outside afterwards. You'll find a few pictures below showing how they were made.
Therefore all pictures were taken under "artificial" light with conventional bulbs giving some sort of "yellowish" atmosphere in the early phase. These bulbs have all been changed since to more modern ones, giving a better "natural" light.

1- Building of the quarry face diorama:







2- Initial phases of the workshop area diorama (to be displayed at a later stage in this topic):



Regards.
Guy




GuyM
Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 12:20:21 PM
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Dozers at rest during the XMas shut-down of the mine:





To be continued (tomorrow).
Guy
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