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    • February 22, 2020 6:34 PM EST
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      That is some fine mechanical modeling, Cliff.  Way too cool.  And its all held together with zip ties 

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    • February 22, 2020 6:53 PM EST

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      Good Lord!

      You need a job as you have way too much time on your hands!

       

      Just outstanding !

       

      This post has been edited by: Rooster....."How the hell do you compete with that" !

    • February 22, 2020 7:29 PM EST
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      Wonderful workmanship Cliff, beautiful model of an unusual prototype.

       

      "Haha! Right, 5 five years from now, someone will publish an online article using an image of my totally fictitious pump to prove how it was really done.  "

       

      I know what your saying.

      A number of years ago I scratched a Marion Steam Shovel based on all available, to me, plans, pictures and specification sheets.  There was no information

      available on the exact mounting into/onto the machine frame of the cable drums and cable tower, So I winged it based on best guess and machinery standards of

      the time frame 1919.  Of course I posted the entire build log on a forum.

      Ten years later I am contacted by a modeler in Germany who is building one in brass and using my build log as his reference and had some additional questions.

      I helped him out and he kept me abreast of his build progress clear to the finish and presentation of his model.

      He was congratulated more than once on the models complete historic accuracy, I kept my lip bit and congraulated him also.

      I guess this is how myth becomes fact.

       

      Again congratulations on that fine build.

       

       

    • February 23, 2020 1:46 PM EST
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      Un real great build!

    • February 23, 2020 2:30 PM EST
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      Hey guys, thanks so very much for your very nice compliments. It really means a lot -- especially coming from fantastic modelers such as yourselves!! 

       

      Dan, you said it. And I found yesterday that Amazon sells all kinds of brown zip ties, which will be far more prototypical I think.  

       

      Rooster, my wife would agree with the time comment... But thanks! 

       

      Rick, thanks for the story. I can so see how that would happen! Good for you though, biting your tongue, I think I'd have sprung a leak at some point, haha! 

    • February 23, 2020 2:34 PM EST
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      Now that you know how to do it, build another one, hook it up to a generator , set it up outside and power your layout...............

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    • February 23, 2020 2:36 PM EST

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      Fantastic model of a fascinating prototype.

    • February 23, 2020 5:03 PM EST
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      Wow Cliff, 

      As always your model has kept us all mesmerized as we followed your build. The video just took it over the top, to watch it 

      actually perform. Also your awesome way to keep us informed of your build as you gained grounds on the build. 

      Thanks for showing us

      Dennis 

    • February 24, 2020 6:30 PM EST

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      Cliff Jennings said:

       

      Rooster, my wife would agree with the time comment... But thanks! 

       

      Wonderful!

       So now I'm done with you sucking me in on the historical aspect/research (how many times have I said that already ??)

    • February 25, 2020 12:53 AM EST
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      Hey Cliff, I have a question for you, and please don't take this as any kind of criticism of this fantastic model. I am in awe.

       

      The thing my eye keeps catching on are the "wood" horizontals in the base. They seem to be interlocking pieces of printed material and my eye keeps seeing the weird interlocks instead of looking at the rest of the model.

       

      Here's an example picture from your build:

       

       

      It is most easily noticed for me on the bottom-most part of the picture: that horizontal part of the base is presumably, in the prototype, pretty much a single piece of lumber.

       

      So, my question is: am I right that should be a single seamless piece? And my followup is: is there another way to design that kind of structure so it doesn't have as many seams to catch the eye?

       

      Again, I hesitated to ask just because I don't want to appear to be nitpicking. Trying to understand what the limitations of the technology are and if, after you got this all done, you were also bothered by those seams and had already come up with a plan to avoid them in future work.

       

      Or maybe I am nitpicking and you should tell me what to do with the pick.

       

      Cheers!

       

    • February 25, 2020 1:13 AM EST
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      Jim I think what you see is the compromise to allow the model to lie flat during transport and pop back in position for display.

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      The older I get, the less I know, please don't make me prove it.

       

       

    • February 25, 2020 7:32 AM EST
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      Thanks Jim! And I really appreciate your interest.

       

      Like John said, the lower part has to flatten to go in a suitcase for the NV trip in October. An oversized box for a wooden version would cost $70 each way on Southwest, and my wife said there's no way that's happening for a 3-day conference. So though I hated not stick-building the tower, suggesting it in loose acrylic will let me indicate the main dimensions of the thing.   

       

      I may or may not stick-build a proper tower after the conference, but my give-a-crap will probably be running on empty at that point. 

       

      Cliff

    • February 25, 2020 4:04 PM EST
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      Gotcha. Thanks!

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