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Exkvate3140
Posted: Saturday, December 08, 2018 2:15:02 PM
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Guy great customization on all three of those Chevy’s along with the service trailer the detail in it is fabulous
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Steve
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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 5:21:56 AM
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While the Liebherr shovel is being repaired, drilling and preparation for explosives progress in another part of the mine:







To be continued.
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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 5:30:23 AM
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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


Back in December 2008, initial stages of the LorraMine site development:







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That was probably the easiest part of the exercise.

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Paraphrasing a well-known cartoon "That's all folks" (for today).

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Guy

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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 12:57:31 PM
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Guy great pictures of the diorama prep, a lot of time and money goes into that set up. Is it set up in up in one of their homes or an office?
Steve
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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 1:21:39 PM
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Steve,

Dios are built in Denis' attic, therefore impossible to move afterwards.
For large pieces (like LorraMine main workshop below), he used his son's telehandler to lift them to its flat roof/terrace, where there is an access door to that room:







I hope it helps.
Guy
Exkvate3140
Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 1:46:03 PM
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Guy incredible you gentlemen have it all figured out over there, just incredible. My wife would shoot me.
Thanks for the response, we have to step this hobby up in the US.
Steve
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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 5:23:54 AM
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LorraMine dio building (continued).

Denis molded approx. 550 "rock pieces", homemade from"rocks" found in a local railway swapmeet:







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Each piece of the jig-saw is installed to verify the overall look, then cut to exact size to fit perfectly:





When OK, the "rocks" are glued in position with joints hidden with plaster:



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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 5:41:02 AM
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When a part of the quarry face is built, Pulco paints it:



Rock pieces laying at the bottom of the quarry face were obtained by passing material through 3 laboratory meshes of decreasing sieve (from top to bottom):









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Guy

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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 5:49:03 AM
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The diorama final touch-ups:





Tomorrow, back to normal extraction work in LorraMine.

Regards.
Guy

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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 6:29:48 AM
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This is so good it's beyond words. Thanks for sharing all these pictures of the build process and techniques used by Denis. It's amazing!
Exkvate3140
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Guy great pictures of that incredible process. I use all real materials in my dioramas also you can’t achieve a better look. I get the materials from around the area and leave them in the basement for a couple of weeks in front of a dehumidifier and they adhere beautifully to the work area. I do the same thing you show in the pictures with the ledge, I get big pieces then go to work with a 3lb sledge in the garage. I use everything that the sledge produces right down to the dust, it is much better than the materials they sell at the hobby stores. Maybe I will ask my wife if I can take over our dinning room, that antique maple table will make a perfect base for me to make headquarters and garages for the site work company.
Thanks for the pictures Guy.
Steve
GuyM
Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 5:52:20 AM
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Gents,

Many thanks for your support.

Transport to site of an overhauled bucket for the Bucyrus 485 HR shovel:





The maintenance intervention team has mobilized 2 heavy cranes to perform safely the bucket change-over:



To be continued.
Guy
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Bucket unloading operations are about to begin:









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To be continued.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 6:11:14 AM
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Its deck being cleared, the Towhaul is moved forward:







Bucyrus bucket standard exchange to be continued tomorrow.

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Guy
Exkvate3140
Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 1:15:58 PM
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Guy I hope the chains don’t break. The weathering is just great, it adds so much realism to it he diorama.
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Steve
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