Introducing my "Fiery" blonde.

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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 05-28-2016 09:24 AM 1027 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Fiery” was my second instalment of T&J models and completed early to mid 2015. Trying not to be politically incorrect, she is not a real red-head but more so a blonde and if you saw all the mistakes I made on it you’d not be surprised at her choice of hair colour.

It was a fun build and I still get a kick out of extending the ladder and swinging it around just to appease the whims of curious friends/guests/visitors, however, I do get upset when they try to climb onto the last top rung…
I had to extend my general house insurance for fear of accidents.

For all the international visitors, here in Australia CFA is an acronym for Country Fire Authority so I took great pleasure in creating the sign for the side of Fiery reading Churchill Fire Authority (you’ll know what I mean when you check out then township in my address).

One of the most glaring mistakes was the placement of the holes in the from wheels’ hub (right through the tyres… rendering them useless tires). I had to put up with that abusive placement of the holes and for over 2 weeks I closed my eyes every time I walked past “Fiery” until I could order, re-engineer and mount the replacement wheels. She was then ready for the catwalk (bar-table). Compare the picture below with the CFA one above.

Ouch, it still hurts to remember. No wonder it always had a puncture in the front.

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

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#1 posted 05-28-2016 04:08 PM

Yhis is not a toy!

It should be proudly displayed in the Churchill Fire Authority fire hall!

Marvelous work! I bet you do not want to add up the hours involved!

-- just rjR

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#2 posted 05-28-2016 04:42 PM

You may see a mistake. I see beauty! CFA is first class!

-- Bruce - Indiana

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Arlin Eastman

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#3 posted 05-28-2016 04:50 PM

Like I said to another guy who made the truck that I would so like to make them for my grandson since I can not afford to buy him toys like that.
You did a swell job

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#4 posted 05-28-2016 06:50 PM

That’s one great looking fire rig very well crafted. Don’t think I have the necessary patience to tackle such a detailed undertaking. My hat is off to you.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 05-28-2016 09:45 PM

Again my thanks go out to all that took the time to look at this post and take the time to make a comment.

Arlin, Far from trying to discourage you, unfortunately some of the T&J models are not kiddie safe and by that I refer to the models’ frailty. Unfortunatelly most of them have small fragile parts that I don’t trust in the hands of an adult let alone a child (anywhere from toddler age to pre-adult and closely scrutinise any adult man/woman handling). Having said that, there are many plans designed for kids and you can satisfy your childish desires by making one for your self (and keep them hidden from the kids)..

N’w’29 (hate typing long names), That’s what everyone said to me (don’t have the patience), but I proved them wrong. Unfortunately while trying to teach them a lesson I got addicted and trust me, from a ex-computer programmer that missed the woodworking quota back in high-school, if I can do it anyone can… all you need are some (and some more, and then sneak out and buy some more) tools, good plans and time… You don’t have to build it in a day. Just remember what I post on LJ overnight may take days/weeks/months in the workshop and the details just seems to develop.

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

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#6 posted 05-28-2016 10:21 PM

Well that’s a great looking fire engine! Very detailed!

And speaking of details, I hadn’t noticed the wheel screw-up until you mentioned it. Even though it bothered you, I doubt anyone else would have noticed!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 05-28-2016 11:32 PM

That is just brilliant. Like me you are critical of your own work. I don’t think any of my models are perfect and you may think the same of yours but they still look great.

-- Peter New Zealand

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#8 posted 05-29-2016 01:43 AM

Without any hesitation I can only say, “You have done Yourself Proud”, beautiful piece of workmanship

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#9 posted 05-29-2016 02:00 AM

An exceptional piece of workmanship. patience and time. Well done.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#10 posted 05-29-2016 02:06 AM

Beautiful model,- Nothing wrong with there,- even the minor, “mistake,” is not noticable. Must have taken you many hours, & days to build it. Credit to you.

-- Roger.

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#11 posted 05-29-2016 07:33 AM

Also this one is a nice one. All your buildings looking great. Don’t underestimate yourself.

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

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