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Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:50 am
by DCRfan
Black Beetle gauged to 25.4mm just arrived following assistance from John Garaty. As expected it runs very smoothly. I'm sorting out the ride height at the moment. Due to the width of the body I'm trying to keep it as low as possible.

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I've also yet to decide on the final colour.

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:28 pm
by Dallas_M
Paul --

Proportions look quite good ... look forward to seeing more as this develops! Neat piece of equipment.

Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:54 am
by Oztrainz
Dallas_M wrote:Paul --

Proportions look quite good ... look forward to seeing more as this develops! Neat piece of equipment.


Hi Dallas, some ancient history is here:
http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=3430
Here's a look at a prototype
http://www.ilrms.com.au/vernier_diesel_mine_car.htm

For Paul, remember that the prototype is only 4" off the ground and comes with "dump brakes" :shock: where you rapidly let the air out of the airbag suspension....and the cab floor bottoms out and skids to a stop on the mine floor/rails :twisted:

Looks good so far, in whatever colour you decide.

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:50 am
by DCRfan
With an exhibition coming up this weekend I decided the manrider needed finishing. A change to an overall white colour scheme, some weathering and with a yellow WCC battery box off it trundled. The Blackbeetle runs very sweetly but :shock: :shock: once in the house basement it won't fit around the curve into the tunnel or into the hidden storage siding :oops: :oops:

The latter is a simple matter of cutting a small wedge out of the baseboard end profile but I'm not so kean to start carving up the tunnel lining at this late stage so the James Bond figure modified last night to drive the machine may never be employed. Drats :evil:

Lesson - square body profile may fit into tunnel profile but ALSO test it on the curves :?

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Postscript - after dinner and armed with stiff cup of tea and file the tunnel profile has been enlarged to allow the square roof line free passage.

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:34 pm
by Jon Randall
Very gnice work Paul. 8)

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 8:14 pm
by Glen A
DCRfan wrote:With an exhibition coming up this weekend


Where abouts?
I am off to one this weekend as well, but probably not the same place as you :wink:

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 6:03 am
by DCRfan
Glen A wrote:
DCRfan wrote:With an exhibition coming up this weekend


Where abouts?
I am off to one this weekend as well, but probably not the same place as you :wink:


No I'm heading north - Taupo

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:50 am
by rockershovel
fascinating model, very atmospheric and effective. Love the eimco.

interesting also to see the pics of what is clearly the Great Cross-course at S Crofty - are you on aditnow?

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:36 pm
by Ryan
rockershovel wrote:fascinating model, very atmospheric and effective. Love the eimco.

interesting also to see the pics of what is clearly the Great Cross-course at S Crofty - are you on aditnow?


fraid not, the dangerous levels of stupidity demonstrated by a vast number of the members of aditnow has always stopped me from joining them.

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:22 am
by rockershovel
they aren't as daft as SOME groups, not that this is saying a great deal... but I see what you mean. I'm no great lover of crawling about on rotten old timbers myself

it's an interesting group in some ways though

Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:37 am
by DCRfan
A great end to 2010 - famous in New Zealand :lol: It ain't quite Time magazine but it will do me.

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Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:26 pm
by Willow Creek Traction
Pretty cool :D 8)

DCRfan wrote:famous in New Zealand
I like that phrase.

Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:04 pm
by michael
happy new year Paul. Congratulations on making the cover.

Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:27 pm
by PeterH
Nice cover pic and article Paul.

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:44 am
by Gavin Sowry
Willow Creek Traction wrote:Pretty cool :D 8)

DCRfan wrote:famous in New Zealand
I like that phrase.


:? It is actually 'World famous, in New Zealand'.

.... and the centrefold, on the previous issue looked even better :!:

Re: Back to the Workface

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:00 am
by Gavin Sowry
Soon to be world famous, again.

Bumped into a mate of mine who casually mentioned that he'd acquired the 'remains' of Mt Albert Tramway. It is his intention to return it to the show circuit.

Re: Back to the Workface

Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:18 pm
by Jon Randall
Great news, fantastic and unique model.