Spoon frogs and other such craft work

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Post by Renegadenemo » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:08 am

Absolutely fine to post that here. It's a gorgeous little boat and a cracking photo. I looked up where it is - Bloody Hell, Oz is a vast place! I went to Brisbane for four days a while back and remember feeling relieved when the aircraft made landfall over western Australia only to be equally let down when I realised we still had five hours in the air over land!
We plan to take K7 back to Dumbelyung providing there's enough water there by the time we figure out the logistics so if you drive for about a fortnight we might see you there.
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Post by Filtertron » Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:43 am

According to the dreaded Google, it's a 34 hour drive for me at nearly 3300km distance. I'll quite happily drive it if you can get K7 here. There is also the appeal of replicating it's 1964 tour. K7 must have been landed in Melbourne, as there is footage of it passing through Kaniva on the back of a truck, which is around 3 hours from here. The whole town turned up to see it pass through, which is pretty impressive. To give some sense of scale of Australia, the state I live in (Victoria) is about the same size as the U.K. Oddly enough, Texas in the U.S isn't much bigger. The entire population of this country is near equivalent to that of London alone - great if you want to avoid people or disappear!

Here's another interesting boat - the P.S Hero, built in 1874 at Echuca as a hawking boat. She was used as a towing boat for a myriad of owners for much of her life. She was sold to a saw-milling family in 1956 at a place called Boundary Bend for use as a tow boat, but was burnt at her mooring in early 1957. Most of her superstructure was destroyed, but she remained afloat for a short while. She then sank and sat in the mud for the next forty years. Gary and Irene Byford bought the wreck in the mid 1980's; salvaged it in 1998, and took it to Echuca for restoration. The original steam machinery was to be used, but the engines had suffered structural cracking, which may have been a result of the intensity of the fire. The boiler was also absolutely knackered from sitting partially submerged for nearly forty years. So, brand new steam engines where built to the same design as the originals, and a new welded boiler fabricated. The hull was re-launched on the 126th anniversary of it's original launch, and the entire boat completed early 2007. This photo was taken at Torrumbarry Weir after her 144th 'Birthday' cruise last year.
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Here's another photo, so you get a better idea of what she looks like.
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Post by Renegadenemo » Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:01 pm

Made a cute little Guy Taplin tribute a few days back. Always wanted to do a driftwood sculpture. There's just no way to know where the material came from. It could be from the other side of the world. Whatever the puffin was made from it's not any wood I've ever worked with before.
Made it for the eldest - she loves puffins and I've promised her for long enough.

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Post by RolandCape » Sat May 04, 2019 3:49 am

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Post by Renegadenemo » Mon May 06, 2019 12:54 am

Any info on how long this actually took?
Are you asking about the little puffin or something else?
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Post by Filtertron » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:35 pm

Took this on Saturday evening in the village of Maldon, about 40 or so miles from where I live in Victoria. The locomotive is a Victorian Railways first series T class (often referred to as "Flat Tops" or "Squash Boxes" - can't imagine why...), which were built in 1955 or '56 by Clyde Engineering in Granville, New South Wales. This little chappie is powered by an EMD 8-567C engine. This is a single shot, so hasn't been layered. I'll probably head up there again in the next few weeks to see if I can get a better shot than this - weather depending (it's winter).
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