The Australian Replica

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The Australian Replica

Post by Mike Bull » Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:41 am

As I'm sure most of you will know already, the Aussies are getting right behind the anniversary of Donald's 'double' in a big way, and they are busy having a static display replica of the '64 spec K7 built...
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Looking very familiar already!
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Re: The Australian Replica

Post by Pullman99 » Sat Aug 09, 2014 2:53 pm

Thanks for posting the oics Mike. There are two related websites for Lake Bonney and Lake Dumbleyung that both refer to the replica (reproduction??) and theer seem to be separate timetables for celebrating each location's anniversary. Presumably just the one K7 replica though.

I always hoped that someone would take forward the idea of a 1964 replica.

Does anyone know how it's all progressing, who's carrying out the work? Also.where is the replica eventually to be kept and are they working from the same source materials as The Bluebird Project?
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Re: The Australian Replica

Post by Mike Bull » Sat Aug 09, 2014 3:01 pm

Pullman99 wrote: Does anyone know how it's all progressing, who's carrying out the work? Also.where is the replica eventually to be kept and are they working from the same source materials as The Bluebird Project?
To answer that lot, as far as I know-

No, no, no idea and no!

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Post by malcolm uk » Sat Aug 09, 2014 6:24 pm

Pullman99 wrote:Does anyone know how it's all progressing, who's carrying out the work? Also.where is the replica eventually to be kept and are they working from the same source materials as The Bluebird Project?
The work was won by tender by Statewide Boating, owned by Mark and Hilary Motzouris. I feel sure an Oz correspondent will know what information is allowing the build to progress (I do not know). The location for the replica is said to be an interpretative centre in Dumbleyung - think Ruskin Museum Campbell wing transplanted to the lake shore. The aim is December 31st when the water speed and 'double' will be celebrated.

If you are on 'facebo***' then there are two sites Dumbleyung Bluebird and K7 Project Bluebird.
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Post by Renegadenemo » Sat Aug 09, 2014 6:42 pm

They asked if we could help with plans but unfortunately all ours are for the 54 version and the boat is made of squillions of small pieces and that's not how they wanted to build theirs so we weren't able to help much.
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Post by Pullman99 » Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:06 am

Thanks everyone. It certainly appears that they're making progress. Hopefully, they will also acknowledge everything that you guys are doing too.
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Re: The Australian Replica

Post by Mike Bull » Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:06 am

More pics have appeared. I never thought I'd see anything that made K777 look accurate! Ah well, points for trying I guess.
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Post by Renegadenemo » Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:20 am

I really do hate having to say this because it's plain to see that lots of people have put lots of work into that so why, oh why, did they make it all the wrong shape? I mean, it's OK, it'll look not bad at a distance but if you're going to put a bend in a piece of metal it's no extra effort to put it in the right place, surely. That odd nose on the Tribute Act has long fascinated and appalled me at the same time - just, why?
Yes, we have a lot of drawings but by no means a complete set (we certainly don't have one for the nose) and most are obsolete anyway so we build everything so it's indistinguishable from the squillions of photographs taken from every imaginable angle that exist in the public domain. I just don't get why you wouldn't unless it's intended as an artistic representation only.

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Re: The Australian Replica

Post by Richie » Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:35 am

And there was me thinking it was a better job all round compared to 777.... Probably has more chance of getting onto its points. At least the intakes and sponsons are closer to being workable (no disrespect to 777 but haway lads...sort it out)

We have to remember that this will be built by a tender who has a time and budget constraint...no plans just images, I reckon it's a case of "it's close enough people will recognise it for what it's supposed to be". Where as we have Mike and an ethos of "you want it now ? Or do you want it right ?" I would sooner get behind this than 777, as it is being done with the best intentions and for the right reasons IMHO.
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Re: The Australian Replica

Post by quicksilver-wsr » Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:57 am

I don't envy them the task of trying to make a good replica, given that they will have had a whole load of constraints on what they could realistically achieve. We are purists, but the general public aren't. They will look at that, once it's painted blue, and it will ring the right bells, and at the end of the day that's all I imagine it was supposed to do.

All this goes to underline that there is only one Bluebird K7 and everything else is shandy.

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