My first T&J model affectionately known as "Digger".

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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 05-26-2016 05:52 AM 1766 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the mongrel that started my dog with a bone obsession with T&J models. It has been affectionately nicknamed ”Digger”, though I still haven’t figured out why and I would have called it a gymnast on a cross beam.

I think that the first gallery picture is interesting as it is a collage of the Sketchup model, the real McCoy and finally Digger, all flashing similar poses. That is followed by a few profile pictures for the police mug-shot gallery.

After a while into other T&J builds I found that I could enhance the models (at least in my thoughts) by cutting hex nuts on the laser (gave up trying to make them on the table and band saws after nearly loosing 2 fingers and a toe).

The following is the “before shot” prior to the retro-fit face-lift.

The face-lift “implants”,

Presenting the new look Digger after the face-lift (or as she-who-must-be-obeyed [note the tremor in the typing] calls it ”new shoes”),


I gave birth to this model about 2 years ago and it is interesting to observe, that back then, there was ample room on the tabletop for my empty drinks paraphernalia as well as Digger. I have since had to build two garages/cabinets for the vehicles and needless to say the drinks paraphernalia are still empty…

I shall try to post a few more pictures of my past built models, not to brag or try to compete with the fantastic output from other LJ members but rather to try compete with htl’s quota of number of posts per day rather than number of days per post.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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#1 posted 05-26-2016 08:09 AM

That is a nice facelift, well done.

-- Peter New Zealand

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#2 posted 05-26-2016 08:18 AM

Beautiful piece. Details are incredible.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 05-26-2016 11:11 AM

Loooks great

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#4 posted 05-26-2016 12:11 PM

Very nice

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#5 posted 05-26-2016 12:13 PM

You didn’t do easy, for your first model! What a great start to T&J! Excellent model!


-- Bruce - Indiana

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#6 posted 05-26-2016 02:48 PM

Well done sir.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#7 posted 05-26-2016 02:56 PM

Thanks boys and girls, Your kind remarks are appreciated.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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#8 posted 05-26-2016 03:38 PM

This is a beautiful miniature and it’s so skillfully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 05-26-2016 06:04 PM


-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#10 posted 05-26-2016 07:45 PM

Too neat to be played with!

Great shelf piece!


-- just rjR

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#11 posted 05-26-2016 09:48 PM

All I can say is what took you so long getting that beauty on here???
Really great job and love them there bolts aaa nuts I meant nuts.

Ducky if you can’t be nice be something? LOL
Bruce #4

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#12 posted 01-19-2017 04:07 PM

Dang. Deff. One of my favorites. Added to my project list. T&J is great. Ive been waiting to purchase the ho scale version and birth the older style into my layout. Big fan of the earlier models. Stay proud!

-- Nothing is impossible without faith.

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