Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

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Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby Sojourner » Sat Nov 14, 2015 3:50 pm

Right, while I'm waiting for the postman to deliver the 3 card ships, and a Revell Spitfire, I'll make a start on this one for the comp.
No box of parts, just 6 small postcard size pieces, original cost 2/6 - half a crown, 12.5 pence for the younger members - bought from Marcle Models for about £2-00.
Some (very) delicate cutting involved - fortunately the cards can be photocopied in case mark 1 goes wrong..... A blast from the past on the instructions sleeve: "some micromodellers tell us they spend as much as 60 hours on one model....and the finished articles are sometimes sold for 2 or 3 guineas each" !! My first attempt at one of these, so we shall see.....
Several modifications/additions are planned.
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby royjess » Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:22 pm

Nice looking kit and a great choice! Looks very interesting and I'm looking forward to this build.
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby steve131 » Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:27 pm

Interesting subject ,be good to watch 8-)
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby Jesscheekylee » Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:43 pm

That is something different and I like it, can't wait to see you build it :D
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby Mark » Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:00 pm

I had an uncle who made a lot of these models. I tried one of the Loco kits. Incredibly difficult !!

I didn't know that Micromodel did the excavator. I shall look forward to this build.
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby casper » Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:18 pm

great choice sojourner
looks a difficult model to do, looking forward to this one.
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby Sojourner » Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:20 pm

First job done: 2 sets of photocopies made, as the original set is too rare and valuable to actually cut up. :)
Tomorrow, with - hopefully - a steady hand, I shall make a start, with Rod Stewart in the background singing, "First Cut is the Deepest"..... :roll:
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby royjess » Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:22 pm

Great idea about photocopying the model. You certainly wouldn't want to cut up anything too valuable and I couldn't expect you too either.
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby Sojourner » Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:53 pm

Well, I've made a start, this is a VERY challenging model. The pieces are soooo small - I'm already on mark 2 for the first chassis assembly. But, really enjoying it, and hopefully some pics tomorrow when I've made a bit more progress.
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby royjess » Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:45 pm

I'm please that you are enjoying it, that is what it's all about. I looking forward to seeing some photos on your progress.
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby Sojourner » Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:07 pm

Some progress made - I think I need a more powerful set of eyes... :lol:
First modifications: windows cut out and glazed, opening door, and swivelling undercarriage made.
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby royjess » Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:19 pm

A great start there, I've personally never been good with paper/card models. I know cutting these out can be very tricky.
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby Sojourner » Sun Nov 29, 2015 1:35 pm

A bit more progress...
Railings and ladders made from thread
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby Mark » Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:39 pm

Looking good so far ! Did the instructions recommend making thread ladders and railings, or your own idea ?
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby royjess » Sun Nov 29, 2015 4:08 pm

You've done a great job with those rope ladders :clap: I know when I did the rigging on my ship it was very tricky .

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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby Sojourner » Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:43 pm

Mark wrote:Looking good so far ! Did the instructions recommend making thread ladders and railings, or your own idea ?


Thanks Mark, and Roy, - the ladders and railings are printed on the card, as top RH of pic, and the suggestion is to "cut out the black parts for super detail"..... well, that is way beyond my talents - even if the card is strengthened with thin cyano, the finished railing or ladder rung is about 5 thou thick.You can of course just assemble the sections as printed, and I guess it would look OK.(as the piece of decking at the RH foreground, but that's mark 1, I shall use the thread railings for the comp entry)
So, I followed the tried and tested method of threads on a frame, as when making ship's shrouds/ratlines. In the past I've used paint, varnish or french polish to glue it all together, but thin cyano is much better IMO.
How modellers in the past made these, with only razor blades and seccotine gum, is beyond me.....
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby Mark » Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:57 pm

I used watered down PVA, but there must be hundreds of ways of skinning this particular cat :lol:
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby steve131 » Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:15 pm

Looking good :clap:
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby Sojourner » Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:56 pm

More progress: the shovel will of course be supported by threads. This is mark 1, using the ladders and railings as plan - mark 2 will have improved stuff, hopefully.
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Re: Micromodels Shovel Excavator.

Postby royjess » Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:10 pm

Wow! You've doing a great job there. :clap:

I don't think I've got the patience to cut out all those little bits in the crane arm :shifty:
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