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 Posted: Mon Aug 7th, 2017 01:43 pm
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Having had the 'Dinky Toys' diecast Goods Yard Crane in the M.M.M carshop for a while now ... :)

... it was great to de-rivet the 'nice bit' from that pesky blue Mayan pyramid ! :f:


I do like a bit of a history lesson, whilst ruining my priceless vintage collectables ... :old dude:

... so I was pleased to find this cool original 1956 catalogue illustration. :cool:





This black & white catalogue page was from a couple of years earlier.

Probably the Christmas 1952 edition ?

Looks like they might not have quite had it done in time for Santas rounds that year.





Unsuspecting potential buyers are blissfully unaware of the neon-blue base at this time ! :Crazy:

They should have read the 'small print' before ordering. L:

It does say " finished in yellow and BLUE ! " at the bottom ( not in upper-case though ) ;)



RRP is said to be 13 Shillings & 9 Pence !

A steal of a deal !! :bg:





Don't worry if you outgrow your toys.

Just MOD. THEM ! :brill:



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New crane & derrick car build photos to follow  .  .  .
 



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 Posted: Mon Aug 7th, 2017 02:03 pm
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Understand the tank car scenario I think I have 8 maybe 10 assorted tank cars, long way to go to catch up with my ore cars though, would need another 20 tank cars to close the gap!.

Forgot the 7 Tri-ang conversion's and another 6 HO conversions which would bring my ore car count up to 44?cars.

The Tri-ang ore cars will be for a separate mining operation, not for mainline service, based on a mining operation I visited years ago in Sothern British Columbia.

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For the the true propeller-heads out there, it's amazing the kinda whacky stuff that gets Posted on the net !

NO ! ... I'm NOT talkin' about Mysterious Moose Mountain !! ;)



Anyway, it seems that the boffins at 'Dinky Toys' who decided to paint the diecast crane base NEON BLUE way back in 1952 ...

... had somewhat of a change of heart 5 years later in 1957 & changed the paint spec. for that pesky pyramid ! :Crazy:





As you can see from this original factory specs. sheet ...

... they replaced the G/33 BLUE with their G/31 BLUE.

AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH !!!! :f:





Basically still BLUE ! but a couple of shades darker.

Makes a lot of sense, right ? ???



Seems they did it to go better with the new box design !

AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH !!!!



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And you thought I didn't know what I was doing ? :P

The 'Caterpillar' yellow looks nice on the decent bit anyway. :cool:



Some earlier Mysterious Moose Mountain 'Dinky Toys' crane photos on Pages 58 & 59 - HERE



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Not far from the legendary 'Cavern Club' in Liverpool ...

... where John, Paul, George & Ringo would later hone their melodic trade ...

... was the 'Meccano' factory at Binns Road, which also manufactured 'Dinky' and 'Hornby' products.



Here is a nice B&W illustration of the Binns Road site in 1927.





My 'Dinky Toys' crane was probably made there, over 60 years ago ...

... sometime between 1952 and 1957, since it has the first of the 2 paint schemes.

More interesting trivia !



Of the 4 cranes I'm meddling with at the moment ...

... the 'Tri-ang' R127, the vintage 'Airfix' locomotive crane & the 'Hornby Dublo' diecast ...

... this 'Dinky Toys' crane is by far the largest, in general overall physical appearance.

The jib length however, is similar on all of them, except the very small 'Tri-ang' R127 crane.



I'm trying to keep my rolling stock somewhat on the compact size generally.

So this crane, along with the 2-6-0 Moguls I have for BASHing, are likely going to be my largest pieces.





The heavy-duty flatcar I made a while back, is my longest car to date, at 17'6"

The BASHed 'Airfix' cranes current home, is a scratchbuilt Plastruct styrene underframe around 16' long.

I decided on this one to go for a 16' car length again, with the 'Dinky Toys' crane this time getting a wooden one.



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I have to say, I really like the 'heavy-duty flatcar' which I made some time ago now. :)

It can be seen with the 'Dinky Toys' crane on it ( kinda ) on Page 58 & 59, by following the link 2-Posts above ^^.

Having had it around for a while, I changed the trucks over on it, for some heavier ones I didn't initially have.

The new modded diecast 'Tri-ang' Transcontinental passenger-trucks are chunky & funky ! :pimp:



So with that in mind & some of my 'home-milled' mahogany ( cut on the RIP SAW bench ! ) :w: ...

... I thought it would be the wood that the crane world wanted. L:





The 'Staedtler' 01 pigment-liner is a miniature woodworking tool, which I would not want to be without.

It is a GREAT pen ! for marking out wood, better than anything else I have ever tried & I've tried loads !

When it comes to making top notch pens & pencils, the Germans seem to be very good at it indeed. :P



The plank position marking, is there to help me get my glue-blobs in the right place.

Saves a lot of messy glue clean-up & the Patent M.M.M 'blob-technique' yields a slightly uneven height deck.

More on that . . . l  a  t  e  r  .  .  .



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Si, look what I have! A KOH-I-NOOR art pen!! A for real old fashioned India ink art pen which is useful for this n' that. The set includes a bottle of real India ink, which is used to load the bladder inside the pen. This came from the Bill Caldwell collection and is probably about 40 years old...and the ink is still good! This thing was made by the RAPIDOGRAPH Co. way back when. And yes, it works like a champ.

The small gear looking piece is used to change out the nib (point).
See, you ain't the only boy to have cool toys!

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Howdy Woodie :cb:



TOP GEAR ! :thumb:

I seem to remember my Mums Rapidograph 'Flow-Master' from when I was a kid.

A refillable big wedge-ended felt-pen & the most noxious ink on the planet !

Probably why I still favour Humbrol enamel over acrylics ! :shocked:


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I have been using many different types of wood for my car builds.

Varied grain, colour & quality.

I got some new decking material the other day from the £1 store. :cool:

These planks are cut from the kinda wood that is a lolly-stick or plant-marker.
 




I looked for a pack to try out, with as many 'flaws' in the wood as possible.

Picking out the 'best bits', these have quite an interesting surface to them.

The very 'flawed' pieces I cut slightly shorter & will be used on the cranes derrick-car. :mex:

You can't really see it here, but these pieces have a nice width-ways 'warp' to them.

Hard to get with 'perfect' basswood etc. L:



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Headed out this AM and bought a couple of Staedtler pens,
to test for marking stove bolt heads on my boxcar from Peru. Looks good, no bleeding into wood. Many Thanks for bringing the pen to my attention!.

As a side note to Woodie, on oldies but goodies I have a double action "WOLD" air brush, with a test certificate dated Oct 18 1945. Apparently still manufactured in New Zealand. Had to replace plastic handle.

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" Headed out this AM and bought a couple of Staedtler pens ... no bleeding into wood."



Hi Ken :wave:



Yeah ... Not bad Eh! :cool:



It's easy to scrub off ( mostly ) using a fibreglass-brush or sumtink as well.

They can mark styrene also, without the staining from 'permanent' markers.

But can smudge a bit sometimes, as the ink has a longish drying time.

Could be worth trying.



As well as the 0.1mm, they do a 0.05mm also ! :shocked:

I can't tell the difference though really.

The nibs are remarkably robust as well, and do last, even marking rough wood.

Nice pens ! :)



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These trucks were originaly used on very early Tri-ang 'Transcontinetal' U.S. cars, cabeese & tenders ...

... as well as some Brit. wagons, like the Tri-ang 'bogie-bolster' & some others.

They were later replaced by Tri-ang, with their more conventional looking arch-bar diecastings.



I've been using these on what are supposed to be my 'vintage' old-time styleee car builds & fitting new spoked wheels.





Here are some in various stages of modding.

The old wheels are removed, by pushing the stub-ended axle through, with a 2mm punch or drill-bit.

The old Tri-ang 'open-loop' coupler mounting-lugs are hacksawed off & filed down.

On my 8-wheel cars, I leave the end-beams on.

On my 4-wheel cars, I remove the end-beams, to allow space for fitting the San Juan Car Co. 'Evolution' couplers.



Bottom left is a modded & finished truck, for a 4-wheel disconnect styleee car build.

The new wheels are 1/2" dia. & bigger than the Tri-ang originals, so the curved file-outs are added as well.

 

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