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nalmeida Posted - 08/30/2006 : 5:17:55 PM
So, as promised we have a side challenge in order to get everyone participating, there will be no excuses to stay out of this one.

The idea
The idea for this one came out of the "think tank" thread and as far as I know there's a similar one in the Scale Auto Mag. forum, it's a very simple challenge and the objective is to get the rest of the guys to participate, if you don't want to participate in the sq. foot challenges you can enter this one and have fun with the rest of us.

The time frame

The challenge will be open on the 1st September and will close on the 28th February

The rules
1 - You must create a small diorama in a peanut butter lid, or any other lid as long as the diameter doesn't exceed 4 inch
2 - It can be any scale

I think I covered everything, I'll update this thread if necessary, so let the challenge begin!!!
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angelanzus Posted - 03/16/2008 : 09:34:02 AM
I look forward to seeing your next animation.
Thank you
TrainClown Posted - 03/14/2008 : 11:09:48 PM
Hi Angela. I model primarily in HO, although I do have projects going on in other scales. This was my first HO animation, I have had some experience building gizmos over the years.

You see, I was at Michale's one day a few years ago and they had some Lemax Halloween animated displays and accessories. I was not impressed with their animation, but I did like some of the figures. So there and then I decided to buy some of the figures and build my own animated Halloween display. Since then I have gained quite a bunch of stuff.

I was about to start on my Halloween display when the Peanut Butter Challenge came along. I thought it would be a good way to experiment with the chain drive I had come up with, so I decided to make a tree house with a moving swing for my PBL. While I was carving the tree I thought of a way to build in a joke and thus the top tree house movement was developed. As I was fine tuning that, I noticed there was a wheel that did nothing, so I came up the the truck movement. While I was finishing off details I came up with how to make the dogs move. So you see, it was developed over time and not all thought up in one flash.

I'm working on another HO animation presently, but it probably won't have 6 different movements.

angelanzus Posted - 03/14/2008 : 5:14:09 PM
Christopher, that is incredible - thank you so much for sharing it and for your videos. What scale is this in?
Have you done a lot of animations?


Originally posted by TrainClown

Well here I am. At long last, I have completed my PBL. Seems like a month of Sundays, but who's counting? I sure had fun with this model.

I apologise to those with dial-up, because I have a few detail pix I would like to post here. I have 2 videos to share as well. One on the model and animated characters and the other on how they work.

That's enough gassing and wincing about.
Here are the pix.

The Unwanted Guests

A few notes of interest.

*The leash is made from one of my hairs.
*The junk is plaster casts I made from latex rubber molds.
*The saw is made from tin foil.
*The tarp is tissue paper glued to tin foil with paint.
*There are 6 individual movements taken off the motion of one motor.
*There are 11 LPBs, 3 dogs and 2 cats.
*The ferns are made from a green feather.

That's all I can think of right now. Here are the videos:



I would like to thank the talented people here at RRL Forums who have given me guidance, ideas, techniques and inspiration. I would have never built a model like this without your willingness to share. I thank you all. You are true gentlemen.

Now I get to clean up my bench.


Locobreath Posted - 11/15/2007 : 11:42:53 PM
That's big action in a small space. Incredible job Chris
Hume Lumber Co Posted - 11/10/2007 : 11:17:36 AM
You are welcome to use my photos if you find them helpful... I didn't even finish yet.

rrkreitler Posted - 11/10/2007 : 09:15:31 AM
Thanks a bunch everyone. Hopefully this will help generate a little enthusiasm for the contest out here. There are a bunch of great examples here.

Chester Posted - 11/10/2007 : 08:34:14 AM
TrainClown Posted - 11/10/2007 : 12:13:45 AM
If you think mine will help, be my guest.

Bbags Posted - 11/09/2007 : 10:05:34 PM
You are moere than welcome to use mine also.
UKGuy Posted - 11/09/2007 : 8:43:52 PM
Originally posted by Tyson Rayles

Dave feel free to use mine if you want.

Mine too.

Tyson Rayles Posted - 11/09/2007 : 7:37:45 PM
Dave feel free to use mine if you want.
Ken Hamilton Posted - 11/09/2007 : 7:16:53 PM
You've got mail..............
rrkreitler Posted - 11/09/2007 : 1:08:55 PM
Hey folks, I am involved in the sponsoring committee for a local train show coming up in the Seattle area in April. I am the contest chairman.

I am looking for something a little different and so I want to sponsor a peanut butter lid category. I need to write up some info for the promo material and I was wondering if anyone would mind if I "borrowed" a couple photos from this thread (or the final photos thread) to help folks understand the concept?
davkin Posted - 05/23/2007 : 09:34:36 AM
I've seen cases like that at crafts stores and many of those have weekly 40% off coupons, such as Micheal's.

Woodland Scenics makes a case like that too for their mini dioramas, I don't know how big they are or how much they cost though.

George D Posted - 05/23/2007 : 08:58:19 AM
That's a nice way to display your model, Matthew.


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