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“Scrapper” the pugilist.

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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 06-07-2016 12:27 AM 906 views 3 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Again you get the 2 for 1 instalment. You be the judge where your allegiance lies.

“Scrapper” was my 2nd. last completed T&J model (just before the Hummer) and built around September 2015. The thing I liked about this build was that it had quite a few movable parts, but on hindsight that’s was to be the demise of this model (movable parts eventually break).

Thank you for your attention.



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Now for the real story, with less “intelligent” content than my previous publications.

Why pugilist…? you ask, to which I answer ”You talkin’ to me?” and then try to answer. It’s because he can’t play any musical instruments and just “Scrapper” sounded naked which would fail the “G” rating. Why musical instruments...? Because he’s a single tasking male and as I am now just as confused as you should be, I shall look for the full stop. <-> There it is, terminating this mindless prattle like a bug on a wall (not the listening type but the crawly type… yech … I hate eavesdroppers, and name droppers, and pants droppers… where’s that second full stop?).

Scrapper” was my last T&J build just prior to and a bit before my last T&J build at the time. It has a sad, sad story to tell. It goes something like “WROOM, wroom, wroo-oom, wr-ooom, cough, splutter, wroom, wroom”!!! (but in a deeper gutteral engine concerto). To bypass the Engine to English dictionary, I shall try to translate myself.

I (this is “Scrapper” speaking and he does not speak in the 3rd. person) started on the computer screen as a SketchUp model and a few weeks later I was incarcerated in a display cabinet in some dark and dingy house in Churchill. The End.

”Scrapper” is a man of few word so I shall endeavour to extrapolate for him while waiting for my next psychiatrist’s visit.

He (this is me speaking now… actually typing in case you weren’t listening) had a dull beginning so I’ll try to ad-lib, however, the build was fairly unimpressive with few public holidays or mardi gras so actually there is not too much ad-libbing and even less pickies as the camera ran out of Jpegs.

When I (as in Duck) hit the workshop I began with the traditional wheel making (refer to previous blogs if you have a fetish for wheel related bufoonery). Ad-lib… ad-lib… ad-lib… ad-labour… ad-greeneies… ad-lib… ad-lib and finally I tunged it and gave it a shellacking.

Other than an uneventful build, it was totally frustrated by me (and to me), continually trying to fabricate the side panel of the bucket. I probably made about a dozen of them and kept breaking the “ring” that the “Rear Cross beam” was mounted in before I got an acceptable matching pair, only to discover later that I screwed up and the hole was not a pass through in which case I would never have broken it. I still carry the scars of my undying faith in SketchUP which is what drove me to such a fundamental stuff up.

(This is what it should have looked like)

This is how it was cut (dummkopf)

I’m only giving this more coverage than it deserves, because it was such an elemental stuff up which was discovered way too late after the glue up and also because I considered that I haven’t wasted as much valuable writing space due to lack of meaningful verbal material as I have in the past.



Last minute scoop. I found these photos of “Scrapper”s nuts growing on a tree. I picked the nuts and replace most of the T&J supplied pegs with my nuts (the laser cut ones). Don’t know whether it may have been a overkill but seeing as how the glue has dried (take my word for it as you cannot see dried glue in an old photo), the nuts are stuck and erring on the side of caution I’m going to let sleeping dogs lie as they would get upset if I glued some extra nuts on them.



Just thought of another last minute scoop (which would make the previous one a “last 2, minutes scoop”). Do not do what I have done and make the model fully operational. People, by that I mean those well meaning “individuals” in close proximity of “Scrapper”, seem to have succumbed to that contagious disease called the “Wet paint must be tested” syndrome. When I tell people that parts move they try to force movement and some even attempt to force up the dovetailed top of the display cabinet.

I’m hereby de-extrapolating this article (cutting short) as fortunately my ankle has re-covered (I put a new pair of socks on) and I can go back to abusing my machinery rather than waste everyone else’s valuable time.

You may need to wait for my next dicky ankle (funny place to have it) to get presented with another inane Ducky quackerry. But need not fear, I’ll keep poking my beak into other unsuspecting bloggers.

Bye 4 now.

I got so eager to hit the concrete of my workshop I nearly forgot to post the gallery pictures before hitting the [Post this project] button, but when you initially saw the pictures you probably had no idea how close you were to missing out. Phew.

Bye 4 now again.

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





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htl

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#1 posted 06-07-2016 01:07 AM

With all the trouble please note yours is now one of a kind there are no others like it so COOL!!!
That make’s it much more better, “Scrapper” wanted to be different than any other of his kind.
Wood models aren’t as stupid as we like to think they can maneuver thing to get their way.
Just my .02% brain power at work.

O!!! and really nice project.

#4

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

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#2 posted 06-07-2016 01:37 AM

Superb, my friend. Simply put, Superb !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 06-07-2016 01:38 AM

It think it is a nice job!

I still think “hand-made” includes VARIANCES!

Or they are not handmade!

-- just rjR

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#4 posted 06-07-2016 01:50 AM

Another piece of art.

-- Bruce - Indiana

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#5 posted 06-07-2016 02:41 AM

Forgot about time zone differences. Looks like you guys read the post even before I got to write it.

#4, Seems like you and “Scrapper” shared the same ring and in the clinches he whispered my innermost secret. Now that my secret has bee divulged, I deliberately make mistakes in each of my models so I don’t have to turn them over and read the hand written description on their bellies to identify them and thereby instantly tell the difference between “Digger”, “Fiery”, “Spock”, “Logger”, “Arty” and not forgetting…. ..... ...
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oh yeh, the newly born “Hummer”. Their names just confuse me and they all look so similar that makes my head hurt.

To All (and #4), Thanks, it’s been a pleasure to share (my lunacy as fortunately I can’t remember what I did ”right” but the missus is ”woman”cotting me)..

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

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#6 posted 06-07-2016 02:56 AM


It ...
I still think “hand-made” includes VARIANCES!

Or they are not handmade!

- ralbuck


I’m lucky I’m the only woodworker in my household. I can weld a piece of dowel to a resawn piece of upside down FDM and call it an workbench and my family wouldn’t know the difference :-).

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

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#7 posted 06-07-2016 03:31 AM

Another masterpiece. Great work on those nuts.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 06-07-2016 04:10 AM

Damn Ducky, You sure have excelled in such a short time of model making sir….beautiful work…

One question please…
What timbers have you used in the build and what is the finish please…
Sorry that was two…
oh well!!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#9 posted 06-07-2016 05:03 AM

Crowie I was thinking that you can’t use the wood that Ducky uses it come from trees that are upside down to us but then it hit my your upside down to us too. LOL

Have a great day it’s time I was in bed. #4

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

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#10 posted 06-07-2016 05:07 AM


Crowie I was thinking that you can t use the wood that Ducky uses it come from trees that are upside down to us but then it hit my your upside down to us too. LOL

Have a great day it s time I was in bed. #4

- htl

Bruce…We in the Great Southern Land are DownUnder and on top!!!!!
First to greet the new day and one of the best places in the world to live IMHO…..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#11 posted 06-07-2016 05:27 AM

Great looking scraper nuts and all

-- Peter New Zealand

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#12 posted 06-07-2016 08:09 AM


Damn Ducky, You sure have excelled in such a short time of model making sir….beautiful work…

- crowie


Thanks crowie, and I do apologise to all the great model makers out there and please don’t take this as a disparagement of your wonderful talents.

If this Little Black Duck can do it, anyone can. However, I should add… One may need to put in the yards (or meters to the civilized).

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

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#13 posted 06-07-2016 08:11 AM


... First to greet the new day …

- crowie


I sleep in.

... to live IMHO…..

- crowie


Sorry kiddies, there’s only room for the missus an me InMyHOme.

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

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#14 posted 06-07-2016 09:06 AM

BUT Ducky…What’s the timbers you’ve used please????

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#15 posted 06-07-2016 09:33 AM

Just finishing drafting as you posted the above…...


One question please…

- crowie


Crowie, Just to keep your conscience and my language (not the English) clean, Maplewalnuttungoilshellac. There, a simple worded answer, but now here comes the long BUT as I’m easing into the worshop gradually and 4 hours to start is enough (and my T&J plans still haven’t arrived to import into SU).

Unfortunately I don’t have a woodworking background and was brought up on pine, chipbard and FOR the last few centuries MDF so I don’t have a working knowledge of all those wonderfull species that other builders have the furtune to know about and use.

When I started T&J models, on visit to the timber merchant I found out about maple, and observed that walnut as a great contrast, and so far religiously stick to it for all my T&J models, more so through ignorance and not necessarily by selective choice. Unfortunatelly these two species come with a hefty price tag and you don’t find too many crates built from them to add to your scrap bin… Is it only me that has to pay for stuff in their scrap bin which no longer makes it cheap let alone free? I make regular pilgrimages to Melbourne to buy these as I can only fit so many 3M lengths into a mid sized sedan and I keep frogetting to hitch up the trailer when SWMBO and I go visiting (long winded way of saying where I get it from… Matthews Timber in Knoxfield).

I once used “Tassie Oak”, for the back wheels of “Spock” as I thought the kit front wheels (sorry for the ignorance but no idea what timber it’s made out of) would be out of whack with walnut back wheels. I didn’t realise that Tassie Oak was such a dog to work with and it was only by sheer luck that the final result turned out to be acceptable. I WONT use that again for T&J models.

Once the model is built (or just prior to final major component glue up) I always tung oil it, actually I OrganOil it which is predominantly tung but mainly because I like the smell of it (otherwise I would stick with pure tung). I give it a generous lashing, after about 1 hour wipe off the excess, let it “dry” for a day and repeat the coating. This I let cure for 1 week (till it dries or till the vino runs out or the tung oil sniffing wears off, whichever comes last). I then give it a good 2 to 3 coats of shellacing. I like to give it the gloss so the dust will slide off (whee…) as the T&J models are hard to clean. For that same reason (hard to clean and “fragile” parts) I brush on the shellac (2lb cut) with a bloody expensive brush and usually don’t sand as I can’t, without fear of breakage (the fear is there… the breakage isn’t). The one thing I do do, is to treat them like a peasant (put them under glass) and get them into a cabinet ASAP. The first ones I build already have a nice 5 o’clock shadow of hard to move dust (I don’t dust… that’s woman’s work and the missus just can’t manage to talk me into that sex change).
The cabinet have the models perched (they are peasants) on sliding shelves so curious friend/guests can get a closer look if they so wish and with the use of my tazer, discouraged from touching.

I would like to add that this is what I do and not necessarily what I researched to be a good, let alone the best practice. It works for me and until I blunder onto another better method or someone beats it into me, I’ll just have to take my word for it to it being my best way.

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

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