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Old 14-05-2009, 03:23 PM   #1
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Default The floating cranes from Allington Docks. Thunderbirds, Day of Disaster.

I have been inspired by Mike Delamar and his fire engines thread so I have decded to take on my own project, a replica of the floating cranes from the Thunderbirds episode, Day of Disaster.
I have probably not yet realised how big this will be..but who cares? I'm off to Uni and I get my own room !
Be great fun in the bath

http://lester.demon.nl/superm/sfx/tbirds/models6.html

link to an interesting website about thunderbirds models (on the page with the cranes), might want to check out the fire engines Mike...
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Old 14-05-2009, 05:42 PM   #2
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I'm useless at parts spotting etc and I do not have the proper facilities to do the screen grabs, but here is a link to a youtube video of the floating cranes, cheers, Chris
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Old 14-05-2009, 06:12 PM   #3
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This is probably one of the easier models to build - stock up with Airfix/Dapol girder bridge and travellling crane kits and you're halfway there, with easy reference for scaling the other parts. Good luck !
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Old 14-05-2009, 06:21 PM   #4
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the crane structure would be easy-ish, as you said just those two kits. But the internal rotary tower woill be interesting. The floating base will be the main challenge. I want it to float too.
Maybe Captain Apollo and I could meet up and sink his MSP then sink my crane trying to save it!
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Old 14-05-2009, 06:47 PM   #5
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I think the crane might be some kind of boat with an Airfix girder attached on top...

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Old 14-05-2009, 08:31 PM   #6
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George...you may have hit something there...(a boat? OH MAN... expenses!!!!) (is that your Fireflash in the pic G?)
It probably is, if it is a model boat of some kind I have no idea what i will do! It would cost a bomb! but it will be rather large. Longer than the 1/350 Fireflash (1ft-ish long) it would roughly be a foot tall too by my reckoning. Maybe not a bath but the local pool

more footage from 6:17 i want to know what the base is, and what that barrier thing at the front is...anyhelp at all is welcome.
cheers Chris
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Old 15-05-2009, 05:30 AM   #7
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more footage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UrrrXr2KgE from 6:17 i want to know what the base is, and what that barrier thing at the front is...anyhelp at all is welcome.
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I'll put up some screengrabs to try and help you identify the parts to the floating cranes...

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Old 15-05-2009, 11:20 AM   #8
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Cheers George, that is very kind. I think I identified the cabin on the back of the floating crane as the cabin for the Dapol/airfix dock crane...
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Old 15-05-2009, 06:27 PM   #9
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Chris, here are the screengrabs (in good quality to help you identify the parts...):





I think the top half of the boat may have been sawed off because you can see a faint hint of bluey-grey at the bottom of the cranes.
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Old 16-05-2009, 09:58 AM   #10
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I did my own scrren grab from youtube then annotated it in MS Word...now i don't know how to get it from word to here
And I don't actually have art programmes on my laptop.
(But those grabs are useful, cheers mate)
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Old 16-05-2009, 10:43 AM   #11
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Everyone's into 'Day of disaster' models at the moment! All we need is someone to build the bridge and we'll be able to recreate the scene!

Good luck with the build Chris!

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Everyone's into 'Day of the disaster' models at the moment! All we need is someone to build the bridge and we'll be able to recreate the scene!

Good luck with the build Chris!
Well, Day of Disaster is one of everyone's favourite episode (my fav is Trapped in the Sky, then Pit of Peril, then Day of Disaster)...

And a good luck from me as well Chris...

George

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Old 16-05-2009, 04:37 PM   #13
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I think David could do the bridge if he put his mind to it...we just need a local pool now!
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I think David could do the bridge if he put his mind to it...we just need a local pool now!
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Old 16-05-2009, 05:18 PM   #15
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Luckily i work in my local model shop so i had a decko at the various kits i need...its gonna be big!! (And we have most of them in stock as well!)
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Old 16-05-2009, 05:58 PM   #16
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I think David could do the bridge if he put his mind to it...we just need a local pool now!
What about the Amersfoort harbour? That's big enough and there's room for public!
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Old 16-05-2009, 07:20 PM   #17
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For 17 years of my civil service career I worked to prevent exactly this type of accident. We in Bridges Section routed abnormal loads throughout Scotland with the express intention of never having a load of this sort go through a bridge !! And I can happily report that in that 17 years we never had an accident.

In fact when my boss retired I took video grabs from this episode and made a joke card showing what might have happened if he hadn't had such great staff!!

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Old 17-05-2009, 08:20 AM   #18
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well in that case you would be perfect for the bridge model!
yeah Hwels... but I wuld like to get the model back at the end of the day; as it's a harbour I can imagine myself loosing a crane its taken me forever to build
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Old 17-05-2009, 09:42 AM   #19
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Best of luck with the project and please post photos as you go.

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I have fogotten all my photo bucket passwords and things...i will have to make a new one. I won't actually be starting the project until the summer; exams first and all.
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