A Pile of Pumpers

Discussion in 'Robin At His Best' started by Matthyro, Jul 11, 2003.

  1. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    A Plethora of Pumpers

    I wanted a source of oil for my oil refinery so am setting up an oil field near Harris on my layout. I made 7 oil pumpers to dot around the landscape.
    The first photo shows them BP (before paint)

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  2. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Next is AP (after paint)
    It may be a while before I install them on the layout as I still have some scenery to complete.
    Next though, I will build an oil drilling rig.

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  3. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Robin. Looks like you did it again. Looks fantastic. I have been trying to save the pictures of all your construction and have them in a folder.
  4. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way


    I suggest you put those little sucker to work as quickly as you can. They can't make you any money sitting around on your workbench.:D

    Oh, they aren't real you say, can't pump oil huh. Ya sure fooled the heck out of me....

  5. belg

    belg Member

    Robin great work as per usual,you seem to make things so effortlessly.The process you use I assume is first get a photo and then break down all the components neccesary to build. I'm just wondering how you sit in the Lr with a snacktable and watch tv.I seem to never have the right tool or enough space. Could you tell me again how do you cut such small pieces of cardboard and paint them without them curling,mine seem to curl as soon as I touch the paint to them.
  6. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Down heah we'uns call 'em "Grasshoppers" fer obvious reasons. Kinder look lak 'em don't they? You'll even find them raht inna middle o' downtown, suckin' up erl in the mos' unlikely places. Great work, Robin.
  7. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Nice Work, Robin!

    ...And out here, they're known as "Nodding Horses". Rather a fitting name, but the name tends to make some of the dumber kids think that it would be fun to ride a nodding horse.:rolleyes:

    I think I still have pictures somewhere...:D
  8. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Excellent Robin!
  9. guppyman

    guppyman Member


    OK.... take one of those apart and scan the individual parts..... I could use a bunch of those!
  10. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Thanks for the comments everyone.
    Belg, I start by painting them with acrylic paint right out of the bottle. No water used. After the first coat then I use water diluted paint for weathering. Once the cardboard is sealed by the first coat of paint then it doesn't warp or curve.
    I sorta had to guess as to the size to make these as all I had was a picture of one to go by.
  11. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    wowsers those look great !!!! you should put together some detailed instructions and do an article. i'm sure one of the mags would love it.
  12. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Fantastic work (again)!!!

    I'm immagining visiting Robins home for the first time, and seeing a classic corvette in the front yard (made of cerial box card board, but you can't tell by looking), then a walk through a beautiful garden (paper flowers) leads you up to a 5 story mansion (made of a billion cerial boxes, all sealed in epoxy to keep them water tight and strong).
  13. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Re: Nice Work, Robin!

    Yep, back in the 70s, I'd o' prolly been one of those knuckleheads. Them medicinal herbs and spices back then had me doin' stuff like that. Robin, from what I know of them, they can be as short as 8' tall upwards of 28' tall. There are some rare birds that top 30+. Hope that helps. Oh, and it is not at all unusual to have an occasional one painted to look like a---pick one---horse, duck or bird and grasshopper.
  14. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    And kin ya 'magine a dinner at Robin's no doubt is made up of an unusual conglomeration of every Snappy Doodle and Sugar infused Crispy Dinkle and Choco Bomb Corn Flake out there. ""Hope you enjoy it folks, you know I'm working on a model of Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows point plant right now.":eek: :p :D
  15. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Knowing Robin, he'll make the Choco Bombs look like steak. With the right amount of glue, they'll probably taste a lot like some steaks I've eaten.:rolleyes:

    D:cool: N
  16. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    You don't need to imagine coming to my mansion Jon
    come anytime and go for a ride in my cardboard Corvette.

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  17. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Holy cow, I mean, I don't know what I mean. I think I am flabergasted.

    Jon? Any comment
  18. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Super examples of your great modelling skills Robin. I wish I had the patience for such repetitive work.

    Don, I seee you've had the steaks served aboard British Railways!! ... :eek: :D :D (I'm surprised you survived them .. :D )

  19. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Once again, I stand amazed, Robin!
    That is just incredible work!:eek: :cool: :cool: :eek:

    Errol, where have you been man?
    Always brightens my day to see your oiniker 'round these parts!:D
  20. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Charlie, I've been suffering anxiety attacks on how to scenic the righthand end of my layout!!! :( :confused: :confused: :D .
    All I've done in 14 weeks is ballast about 3 ft of track and fitted an interior lamp to Tyson's gas station. Poor showing huh?
    Oh Lordy gimme an imagination as good as the other Gaugers here.


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